Mongolia’s most prestigious film festival which has a short film competition section
In 2013, festival director Ikhbayar Urchuud launched the first Underground Film Competition in Mongolia, with the goal of fostering local interest in experimental films and encouraging young artists from ages 18 to 30 to challenge conventional methods of filmmaking. Over the next few years, the competition evolved into Golden Ger International Film Festival.
Ger is the main dwelling and a great heritage of the nomadic Mongols. Golden Ger means an event with the highest form of expressiveness in the most inclusive manner. Starting in 2020, Mongolian Film Institute is changing the name of the festival from previous Altan Khalis International Film Festival into Golden Ger International Film Festival.
Since 2013, we received over 2500 Mongolian and international short film submissions and of those submissions, about 250 went onto selected in the competition section of our film festival. For the last 9 editions of our film festival, we gave monetary prizes to 50 filmmakers.
It provides a platform for aspiring young filmmakers to challenge themselves and showcase their burgeoning talents to a growing audience of movie-lovers. Ultimately, the film festival aims to establish a creative filmmaking scene in Mongolia.
The main part of this film festival is the competition section for short films made by Mongolians and international filmmakers. Golden Ger International Film Festival is the only film festival to host a competition for short films in this scope in Mongolia. We also screen feature films by invitation, hold master classes, host discussions and organize networking events during the film festival.
Honorary guests from previous editions
The previous honorary guests and jury members were celebrated filmmakers such as Golden Bear and Golden Globe winner Fatih Akin, Golden Bear winner Wang Quan’an, and Peter Tscherkassky, Eve Heller, Boo Jungfeng, Artur Żurawski, Ella Manzheeva, Julian Radlmaier and industry professionals such as Kim Young-woo, Maxine Williamson and Bernadette Schramm.