Born in 1984 in Alga Province in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, majoring in film direction and cinema. In September 2007, he studied in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the Busan International Film Festival led by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratana-ruang and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In February 2008, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. Emir is a member of the Asian Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

His debut feature Harmony Lessons (written, directed and edited by Baigazin) celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution and the Morgenpost Readers’ Award. Among over 20 other recognitions worldwide, Emir Baigazin was awarded at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Sao Paolo Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival as well as nominated for best Directing Achievement at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia. Emir Baigazin was a member of the Juri “Pardi di domani” at the Locarno Film Festival 2013 as well as a part of the International Competition Jury at the Sao Paolo Film Festival (Brazil) 2014. In June 2015, he was a member of the Jury of the Art Film Fest in Trencin, Slovakia. 

Emir’s next full-length feature, The Wounded Angel (written, directed and edited by Baigazin) was supported by the Berlinale Residency 2013 and has won the International Arte Prize during the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2014. In August 2014 the project was awarded with the Work-in-Progress Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Wounded Angel premiered in the Panorama Special official program at the Berlin international film festival in February 2016. The Wounded Angel received the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju festival in may 2016 and the Blue Angel for Best Director at the Kosice Art Film Fest in June 2016.

Currently Emir is working not only as director/screenwriter, but also producer on postproduction of the melodrama Would You Like to Stargaze?, which has received a Hubert Bals Fund grant for script development in December 2015, and pre-production of the 3rd part of the so-called Aslan trilogy «The River: Aslan and His Brothers», which received funding from the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan and Kazakhfilm studio, an MPA APSA grant for development, and funding from Norway's Sorfond and Polish Film Insitute.



CHEERFUL AND OFFENDED / screenwriter, director, cameraman

Best Director Award at the 2007 Didar Students Festival


STEPPE (2 min.) / screenwriter, director, cameraman

Selected at the Asian Film Academy, South Korea

Selected at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008

2007 VIRGINS / screenwriter, one of five directors, (Asian Film Academy) 

FATSHEDDER (20 min.) / screenwriter, director

Grand prix of the 2008 Didar Kazakhstani Students Film Festival in Almaty

Special Prize of the 2008 Stars of Shaken Film Festival in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Special Prize of the MIFF International Youth Jury and Eurasia 2008, Astana (Kazakhstan)

Participant of the international competition program of the 28th VGIK IFF in Moscow 


JEAN'S VIDEO DIARY (28 min) / screenwriter, director

Winner of the 2009 Zhastar Award in the Best Debut nomination 


HARMONY LESSONS (120 min.) / screenwriter, director, editor

Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlinale 2013

Prize of The Berliner Morgenpost Readers'Jury for best feature film at the Berlinale 2013

Nomination and aHigh Commendation» in Directing Achievement for an APSA

Special Critics Prize at the San Paolo Film Festival in Brazil

Special Jury Mention (Best New Narrative Director) at TriBeCa Film Festival

Grand Prize at Basel-Bildrausch

Grand Jury Prize at Seattle Film Festival Grand Prize and Trencin Mayor Award at the Film Art Festival Trencin

NETPAK Prize (Best Asian Film) at the Warsaw Film Festival

NETPAK Prize (Best Asian Film) at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Best Debut Feature at the Philadelphia FF 


WOUNDED ANGEL (112 min.) /screenwriter, director, editor

Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju festival in May 2016

Blue Angel for Best Director at the Kosice Art Film Fest in June 2016

Grand Prix at Funf Seen Film Festival in August 2016