Zhannat is an award-winning writer/director and producer from Kazakhstan with a background in business administration and marketing. After working in corporate sector for couple of years, in 2011 Zhannat shifted to filmmaking, entering the film industry as a set photographer.
She studied MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Her graduation short film END OF SEASON (2018) premiered as an Official Selection at 71st Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation), won Most Promising Director Award in Tel-Aviv and Best Cinematography Award in Munich.
In 2019 Zhannat participated in Bela Tarr's directing workshop, where she developed and shot a film PAOLA MAKES A WISH (2019), produced by Locarno Film Festival, CISA and Ticino Film Commission. The film got screened at Locarno Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts and Sundance Film Festival, continuing its festival run.
Her most recent short film HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION is currently in post-production.
Zhannat’s debut feature project MOTHER TONGUE got selected for Asian Project Market 2019 (Busan IFF), where it won ARTE France’s ArteKino International Award.
She is Berlinale Talents and Sundance Institute alumna.