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State Budget of Uzbekistan for 2017 Approved

free industrial economic zone

Uzbekistan expands activities of free economic zones

Over 150 projects aimed at the development and modernization of engineering, communication and road infrastructure totaling more than $9.8 billion have been scheduled for implementation in the next four years in Uzbekistan

Seven Wonders of … Uzbekistan

Second Dreamliner lands in Tashkent

A Palette of Cinema Art of Uzbekistan

 State Budget of Uzbekistan for 2017 Approved

Members of the Legislative Chamber (lower house) of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis (Supreme Assembly) approved the national budget and those of state trust funds, along with the main guidelines of the tax and budget policies for 2017.

The acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister of the country Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part and delivered a keynote speech at the lower house session.

The first deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Republic Rustam Azimov made a report on the draft state budget of Uzbekistan and the budgets of state trust funds, as well as on the main guidelines of the tax and budget policies for 2017. 

It was noted at the meeting that this major financial document envisages the enhancement of economic reforms on account of reduction of the government’s participation in the economy, significant consolidation of the private property’s role and reliable protection of entrepreneurship. It is aimed at further securing the growth of the population incomes and living standards.

The main guidelines of the tax and budget policies provide for further reduction in the tax burden, simplification of taxation and improvement of the tax administration, raising the salary levels of public organizations, pensions, allowances and scholarships.

After the provision of detailed information on all the issues of interest for parliamentarians, the draft of the state budget for 2017 was discussed by representatives of all political party groups and the deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan. The legislators noted the importance of timely and comprehensive financing of development programs of the most critical sectors of the economy, education, healthcare, science, culture, and other spheres of public life.

“Members of our faction have focused their attention on the fact that the draft budget plan 2017 envisages further reduction of the tax burden, simplification of taxation and improvement of tax administration,” member of the UzLiDeP parliamentary group E.Kholbutayev noted. “Specifically, it is planned to reduce the tax burden on the country’s economy from this year’s 20.2% down to 18.9% of the gross domestic product. What is important is that for the purposes of further advancement of priority branches of economy in 2017 it has been proposed to prolong certain privileges and benefits, the terms of validity of which expire next year. This will enable to leave about 500 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.11.2016, 1$= 3120.51 soums) at the disposal of entrepreneurs for modernization and technological re-equipment of production.”

“The budget message for 2017 has been elaborated on the basis of new approaches and deep analysis,” underlined D.Jalilova, member of the Milliy Tiklanish DPU. “The volume of expenses for the maintenance of cultural establishments and carrying out sporting events has been envisaged with a 16.7% growth YOY in the draft budget for the year 2017. It has been proposed to allocate resources to the amount of 25.8 billion soums, which will be channeled to funding the programs designed for restoration and conservation activities at the sites of cultural and archeological heritage of the country.”

“The issue of annual increase in the share of resources on account of the State Budget assigned for the needs of the social sphere are at the center of our attention,” said member of the faction of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, Sh.Tursunboyev. “Raising the salary levels of the budget organizations’ employees, pensions, allowances and student scholarships in the amounts outstripping the inflation rate contributes to the growth in the population’s living standards and consumer consumption. At the same time, members of the faction have highlighted the proposal on revising the teaching load at professional colleges and lyceums. It’s worth noting that expenses on supporting the low-income families and payment of social allowances to families with children in 2017 will reach the amount exceeding 2,6 trillion soums.”

“The country’s economy should lean on the most advanced achievements of science and technology, effective management of economic processes and the system of public education. 13% financial increase in the upcoming year will enable to carry out measures on the further development of science and carrying out research and experimental-construction works within the framework of the government-supported scientific-technical programs,” A.Shodmonov, member of the parliamentary group of Adolat Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, insisted.

“We have paid major attention to the importance of continuation of efforts directed at uninterrupted provision of the population with drinking water, ecologically pure food products, reclamation of irrigated lands, rational management of water resources and gardening of settlements,” stated the head of the deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan B.Alikhonov. “In the course of discussion, our group voiced some proposals on the expediency of rational and efficient utilization of resources allocated from the State Budget for the protection of the environment and solution of environmental problems, as well as the consolidation of parliamentary control over their targeted use.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

free industrial economic zone

Uzbekistan expands activities of free economic zones

On October 26, Interim President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev signed a Decree "On additional measures for the intensification and expansion of activities of free economic zones".

The document was adopted in order to create favorable conditions for further development of free economic zones - as an important factor in the expansion of attracting foreign direct investments to create new high-tech industries, more active involvement of regions of the Republic in development of production of modern competitive export-oriented ready-made industrial products, ensuring the accelerated development of production, engineering-communication, transport, social infrastructure and logistics services.

The decree of the head of state has unified the names of free industrial-economic zone "Navoi" and special industrial zones "Angren" and "Jizzakh" with renaming them, respectively, to the free economic zones "Navoi", "Angren" and "Jizzakh".

Followings have been identified as the main directions of further development of activities of free economic zones "Navoi", "Angren" and "Jizzakh":

- establishing a single legal regime for free economic zones, unification of tax and customs privileges and preferences to create the most favorable conditions for foreign investors;

- active attraction of direct investments, primarily foreign, to create modern high-tech and localizing production, ensuring deep processing of local mineral resources and production of competitive products with high added value, promotion of industrial specialization of free economic zones and development of industrial cooperation;

- gradual transition to “one window” principle in all free economic zones, that provides for rendering all types of public services, including licensing procedures;

- advanced development of production, engineering-communication, transport and social infrastructure, as well as development of modern infrastructure to provide high-quality logistics services;

- organization of training of highly qualified specialists in higher and secondary special, professional educational institutions, with regard to current and future needs of free economic zones in the profile employees, having provided manufacturing practices at existing enterprises located in free economic zones.

The document has also unified tax and customs regimes in force in the territory of free economic zones, with exempting the participants of free economic zones from payment of:

- land tax, income tax, tax on property of legal entities, tax for accomplishment and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment for microfirms and small enterprises, as well as also obligatory charges in the Republican Road Fund and Off-budget Fund for reconstruction, refurbishment and equipping of general schools, professional colleges, academic lyceums and medical institutions under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

- customs payments (except fees for customs clearance) for equipment, raw materials and component parts imported for own production needs, as well as building materials not produced in the Republic and imported within the framework of the projects on the lists approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In terms of sale or donation of equipment, raw materials and component parts imported with the use of customs privileges for three years from the date of importation, customs duties are levied in full in the manner prescribed by law.

Privileges are provided for a period from 3 to 10 years depending on the amount of investments, including in the equivalent of:

- from $300 thousand to $3 million – for a term of 3 years;

- from $3 million to $5 million – for a term of 5 years;

- from $5 million to $10 million – for a term of 7 years;

- from $10 million and above for a period of 10 years, while profit and uniform tax rates for the next 5 years are established at 50 percent below the current rates.

According to the Decree, the participants of free economic zones "Angren" and "Jizzakh":

- exempt from payment of customs payments (except fees for customs clearance) for imported raw materials and components in terms of production aimed at export, for the entire period of activities at free economic zones;

- within the free economic zones, have the right to make calculations and payments in foreign currency in accordance with the concluded agreements and contracts;

- have the right to pay for the supply of goods (works, services) from other business entities-residents of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign currency, and use convenient terms and forms of payment and payments for exported and imported goods.

The document has also formed the Administrative Council of free economic zones, abolishing the previously established Administrative Council of free industrial-economic zone "Navoi", the Administrative Council of the special industrial zone "Angren" and the Administrative Council of the special industrial zone "Jizzakh".

The main tasks and functions of the Administrative Council of free economic zones are:

- coordination and state regulation of activities of free economic zones;

- decision-making on granting of the participant of free economic zone status to the enterprises and organizations;

- assistance to economic entities - participants of free economic zones in the implementation of the whole complex of works on development of promising investment projects, attracting foreign investors, identifying sources of funding and the establishment of sustainable cooperative ties and the promotion of local products for export;

- coordination of work of ministries and departments, business associations, responsible for the implementation of projects in free economic zones, for the timely preparation of design, tender and contract documentation, their examination;

- conducting a monitoring over implementation of approved investment projects, including their construction and commissioning;

- implementation of complex of measures for organization of effective functioning of free economic zones, the formation of the directorates of free economic zones and monitoring their activities.

In addition, the Administrative Council of free economic zones is granted the right to:

- make decisions on providing state-owned inactive enterprises and property to investors at zero redemption value under corresponding investment commitments;

- form independent budgets of free economic zones formed at the expense of income from services and other earnings not prohibited by the legislation;

- create funds for development of free economic zones, the funds of which are allocated towards the development of infrastructure and raising the efficiency of free economic zones.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Over 150 projects aimed at the development and modernization of engineering, communication and road infrastructure totaling more than $9.8 billion have been scheduled for implementation in the next four years in Uzbekistan

The schemes are focused primarily on raising the level and quality of life, provision of appropriate conditions for the development of industrial capacity of the country, as well as creation of new jobs in regions. In particular, they envisage the upgrading of low voltage distribution networks and power supply facilities. The works will be carried out mainly in rural areas to ensure the reliable electricity supply to consumers.

It is planned to widely introduce advanced information technologies and communication systems in industries, further develop and strengthen rail and air transport capacities, continue with building and reconstruction of road sections, develop and advance drinking water supply and sanitation systems in rural areas.

“It is expected that 5,628 transformer points and more than 2,000 km of transmission lines will be built and reconstructed, 90% of population will be covered with mobile connection, the total length of fiber-optic communication lines will increase to 28,500 km (1.7 times increase). It is also envisaged to increase the proportion of electrified railways from 34% to 51%, and commission a new airport passenger terminal Tashkent-4,” said Rustam Narimov, Manager of Industrial and Engineering Infrastructure Development Programs at Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Economy.

According to him, the construction and renovation of more than 6,000 km of drinking water supply networks would provide the urban population with quality drinking water by 90%, and rural areas - up to 85%.

In addition to the construction and reconstruction of roads of national importance, the local budgets envisage overhaul and repair of 1,952.6 km of pavement in cities, villages, district centers and urban villages, and 4,049.3 km of inter-farm rural roads.

Some major projects will be completed late this year. For example, power industry will finish the construction of 302 transformer points and more than 320 km of transmission lines, the national airline will receive the second Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, and railroads will get the high speed train Talgo-250.

In order to ensure the effective implementation of abovementioned initiatives, the Ministry of Economy introduced a specific monitoring procedure by means of interdepartmental electronic software. It was developed by the Center for Development and Introduction of Computer and Information Technologies, UZINFOCOM.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

Seven Wonders of … Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s citizens have voted to shortlist seven wonders of Uzbekistan-2016 within the framework of the www.meros.uz internet project.

It was a unique project for the country although it had been set up by analogy with foreign projects. But this does not reduce its significance. The site has turned into the richest continuously replenished database on historical, cultural, architectural and such other destinations particularly attractive for tourism.

Having logged in just select the object of your interest and get complete information about it with its location on the map.

The project has been implemented by the UZINFOCOM Center for raising the attractiveness of Uzbekistan’s regions for international and domestic tourism and popularization of our country’s rich cultural heritage and places of interest.

The portal is interactive at the same time. Its users may take part in the replenishment of the resource with new information and also take part in the voting. Seven wonders of Uzbekistan have been selected for the duration of one year. The results of voting were summed up within the framework of the National Information-Library Week. The list of this year’s wonders covered: the Registan Ensemble (Samarkand); the Igor Savitsky State Museum (Karakalpakstan); the Tashkent TV Tower; “Uzbekistan” Palace of International Forums (Tashkent); Mirzo Ulughbek Observatory (Samarkand); Ichan-Kala architectural ensemble (Khiva) and Amir Temur Mausoleum (Samarkand).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  Second Dreamliner lands in Tashkent

The second Boeing-787 Dreamliner of the Uzbekiston havo yollari national air company (Uzbekistan airways) landed at the Tashkent International Airport on 5 November 2016.

At the solemn ceremony, held in this regard, General director of the air company V.Tyan and others noted that thanks to the favorable conditions under the leadership of the First President of our country Islam Karimov for accelerated development of civil aviation, the fleet of the national air carrier has been increased, provision of high-quality services at the level of international standards and ensuring flight security have been improved.

Uzbekistan airways has cooperated with Boeing, a famous US corporation, since 1996 and has purchased about 20 Boeing aircraft until now.

The first Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner was received by Uzbekistan airways on the eve of 25th anniversary of the independence of our country.

This aircraft is composed of unique composite materials, which allowed to reduce its weight and improve flight characteristics. The aircraft has many other advantages in terms of security, economy and environmental impact. It is capable of carrying out long-range flights without stop-overs. As experts underline, the Dreamliner can handle 16-hour non-stop flight, which means directs flights from Uzbekistan to the US, Canada, Australia and African countries.

Deputy Director-General of Uzbekistan Gennadiy Kharlap, Deputy Directors of Aviation Enterprise Uzbekistan Airways Technics Andrey Margachev and Valeriy Kosov received the plane at the Boeing facility. Pilots Andrey Tyan, co-pilo Yuriy Gorkov and chief navigator of the airline Stanislav Gurfinkel carried out 12-hour flight to bring the airplane from Seattle to Uzbekistan.

During the visit of President of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Raymond Conner to our country in September this year an agreement was reached on the purchase of three new aircraft, which will be 787-9 stretched with more passenger seats.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan B.Zokirov took part at the ceremony.

(Source: UzA)

CINEMA

A Palette of Cinema Art of Uzbekistan

The exposition of the museum of cinema art, with nearly 40,000 pieces, begins with a portrait of cameraman Hudoybergan Devanov, a founder of Uzbek cinema. At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, taking interest in a new kind of art, he bought one of the first cameras of Pathe for his own savings, and began showing architectural landmarks of Khiva on the screen to his amazed countrymen. It all began with documentaries, to proceed with silent films, live-action, Uzbekfilm studio, animation... The exposition is crowned by a rolled image film, symbolizing that the cinematic art of Uzbekistan still has the best times ahead...

Cinema ranks among the most talked-about topics this year. There is a targeted program on its development. One of the country’s oldest film studios Uzbekfilm has embarked on modernization. Reconstruction and repair of buildings is currently underway, and cutting edge equipment will be purchased by the completion of the works. Movies will be produced at the latest equipment that meets all the achievements of world cinematography, as well as the powerful computer graphics in modern formats. The cartoon studio will start a new life with the most advanced technologies.

A draft law on cinematography, which, in fact, outlines the prospects of development of the national cinema, has been submitted for discussion.

The new legislative initiative proposes the introduction of a whole range of innovations. In order to raise the artistic level and demonstrate national and universal values in domestic movies, the document proposes to establish an advisory council of leading specialists at Uzbekkino. It will be engaged in assessment of the movies that were produced by private studios and imported from abroad, with the subsequent permission for broadcasting them in the country. The advisory council will also classify audiovisual works by groups, except for scientific, sports and educational audiovisual works.

The establishment of Cinematography Extrabudgetary Fund under Uzbekkino is an important aspect of the bill. It will accumulate the funds raised from the release, deductibles from incomes of Uzbekkino structural units and other sources, provided by legislation.

It is worth to mention another mechanism – a Unified Automated Information System on Screening Audiovisual Works, which is destined to be the main source of replenishment of the fund.

The bill provides that the cinema is obliged to report about each session and tickets sold to the Unified Automated Information System on Screening Audiovisual Works. The information should fully comply with the information contained in the ticket, the form of which will be approved as an accountable form, which was used to report on cinema screenings.

The system is designed to ensure the protection of exclusive rights for movies, consumer rights and provision of the authorized body with reliable and prompt information on the state of the internal market of screening audiovisual works. Financial security of software package of the Unified Automated Information System will be provided by Cinematography Extrabudgetary Fund.

Today, Uzbekkino National Agency is assigned with the production of 15 feature films, 20 documentaries and popular science films, 10 animation, and 60 hourly spiritual, enlightenment, scientific and methodical movies a year. The experience of Uzbekistan is studied by many states, because such a funding and support system has no counterparts in the world.

Meanwhile, none of the areas of cinematography stands still. They evolve both technically and creatively. For example, a documentary tells about outstanding personalities and sights of the country, covers educational subjects. Live-action films have mastered 4K format and other latest technologies. The diversity of genres has expanded with the release of big-budget blockbuster ‘Baron’ and fantasy ‘Oyqiz Ertagi’. The main animation studio is currently producing the first feature-length film, and private studios have mastered the production of 3D cartoons.

The evolution of national cinema aesthetics was conditioned by gaining independence, and fundamental changes in the social ideology of the nation. This period is featured by the emergence of a new audience and a new poetics of cinema, multidirectionality of style trends (author and viewer movies) in the search for national identity. The period of independence, with radical changes in social ideology, has become a fundamentally new stage in the development of national cinema, making an impact on the establishment and implementation of the final film product. Morphologically, the Uzbek cinema has retained its previous format (live-action films, documentaries, animation, children's films, etc.).

Liberation of cinema workers from rigid boundaries that previously reigned in their creative expression is one of important achievements in the cinema industry of Uzbekistan during the independence period. It was the period when the idea of the need for state regulation of domestic cinema industry was acknowledged and implemented in government regulations. Cinema network is rehabilitating, private studios appear. Cinema theaters are gradually returning to their core mission of screening movies, which has served as a powerful stimulus for the development of the Uzbek mass cinema.

Over 25 years of independence, the Uzbek cinema Uzbekistan has experienced some positive changes in government support and funding, the lack of which had a negative effect on the development of live-action films of previous years. The government initiated a strong support for the domestic cinema industry. The Decree of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov ‘On the establishment of the state film company of the Republic of Uzbekistan’ and Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan of May 6, 1992 paved the way for the establishment of the State Film Company aiming to further develop the national cinema.

The State Stock Company Uzbekkino was founded by the Decree of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On the establishment of the State Stock Company Uzbekkino’ of April 29, 1996, and Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of July 12, 1996. The Decree ‘On streamlining cinematography management’ of March 16, 2004, and the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers ‘On the establishment of Uzbekkino National Agency’ of March 17, 2004, as a legal foundation for reogranization of the State Stock Company Uzbekkino into Uzbekkino National Agency was the next strategic step in the development of national cinema.

The cinema industry has built its own large audience in recent years. Domestic movies gather full houses. This important social phenomenon, which distinguishes the domestic cinema from that in other Central Asian states, was repeatedly noted by foreign and domestic experts.

In late 20th century, the cinema market of Uzbekistan was replenished with the works of talented filmmakers of several generations. The movies like ‘The Valley of My Fathers’ by Sh. Abbasov, ‘A Stone Idol’, ‘Iron Woman’, ‘Sharif and Marif’, ‘Love’ by I. Ergashev, ‘I Cry Bitterly in My Dream’, ‘The Only Memory’ by S. Nazarmuhamedov, ‘A Soldier's Tale’, ‘Abdullajon’, ‘Bomb’, ‘Little Doctor’ by Z. Musakov, ‘Who Are You?’, ‘Kammy’ by D. Fayziev, ‘Before the Dawn’ by Yu Azimov, reflect various author styles, the experience of cinematic known schools and creative directions.

There are some important indicators in the dynamics of the live-action films. In the second half of the first decade of the 2000s, the domestic cinema industry started producing much more live-action films than in the early 1990s. Nearly 50 public and private films, including live-action, documentaries and animation, have been annually produced since 2008. Genre and thematic content of the national live-action cinema have also undegone fundamental changes. The baton of great domestic films of 1991-2000s was continued by the movies ‘The Road Under Heaven’ (2005, directed by K. Kamalova), ‘The Spring’ (2006, directed by Yo. Tuychiev), ‘Heaven is My Abode’ (2012, directed by A. Shahabiddinov), ‘Homeland’ (2005, directed by Z. Musakov), ‘Yurt’ (2007, directed by A. Shahabiddinov).

The Uzbek cinema did not neglect such relevant, pressing and destructive problems for prosperous society as religious extremism, drug addiction, criminal thirst for illicit enrichment, etc. This trend is quite clearly shown in the film ‘A Deceived Woman’ (2011), ‘On the Bottom’ (2012), ‘The Lost’ (2014) by H. Nasimov, and in large-scale projects ‘Traitor’ (2015) and  ‘Baron’ (2016) by R. Sagdiev.

The motion-picture process of the end of the twentieth century is featured by certain artistic and philosophical aspects. The realistic attitude to reality, the study of the changes entailed by the increasingly complicating concept of the most important categories of existence - space, time, personality, was reflected in the ‘new cinema’ of Uzbekistan. Displaying specific events in movies, the filmmakers and scriptwriters sought for not isolating them, not carving them out of context, but considered them in a single integrity of verticals - from everyday life to existence, and horizontals - from the past to the future. There is an obvious tendency of inextricable links between the private and the global.

The opportunity of inclusion in the global process of creative achievements and exchange of experience, as well as understanding of positive practices and trends in world cinema is important for the progressive development of national cinema. The Uzbek cinema is confidently integrating in the orbit of the global art process, suggesting that now the country has an effective tool for implementation of truly creative projects, which focus on the rise of international status of national cinema.

There are several areas in the live-action Uzbek cinema today. For instance, it is a focus on mass audience, that is movies without clear spectator or genre orientation, which are obviously biased to the author's movies (‘The Moon Steals Tired Souls’ by S. Nazarmuhamedov).

Some directors work within the narrative model, with a clearly dominant nostalgic comprehension of the national theme (‘The Valley of My Fathers’ by Sh. Abbasov, ‘The Past Days’, ‘Chimildik’ by M. Abzalov, ‘Chayongul’ by S. Nazarmuhamedov). The others prefer more abstract forms. For example, there is a tendency of conventional forms of expression in the works of many young filmmakers: the screen is willingly and openly turning toward the eccentric, the unconventional. This urge for the strange, the outstanding, is seen at all levels, ranging from the poetics of titles and extraordinary scene collisions to the selection of unusual characters. The armory of irony and eccentrics play a key role in style scripts and such bitter and dramatic films like ‘Little Tabib’, ‘Fellini’. The colors of irony, comic entertainment, eccentric and grotesque permeate the films of these directors.

Understanding of the national context is a fundamentally important for modern cinema. Along with the national spiritual context, domestic movies reflect spiritual and aesthetic space of world cinema. They trace a kind of national perspective on the moral and philosophical problems that are raised in the cinema of other countries.

Filmmakers of Uzbekistan are active participants in international film festivals. Over the years of independence, more than 180 feature films, documentaries and animated films competed in international film festivals and won more than 100 prizes and diplomas in various categories.

The list of participants includes ‘Heaven is My Abode’ (2012, directed by A. Shahabiddinov), the holder of the Grand Prix ‘Golden Vine’ at the Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, ‘Film Shock’, ‘On the Heels of the Dream’ (2004, directed by Yo. Tuychiev), which received Grand Prix and distributor prize at international film festivals in Aubervilliers (France) in 2006, ‘Chashma’ (2005, directed by Yo. Tuychiev), which won the Grand Prix of the contest ‘Perspective’ in the Moscow International Film Festival, ‘The Road Under Heaven’ (2005, directed by K. Kamalova) – the holder of the specialized Eurasia prize in 2006.

In 2011, the film ‘Postscript’ (2011, directed by Yo. Tuichiev) was awarded three prizes at the International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (France): Ciclo d'Or, Netpac prize and the Guimet Museum prize. The film ‘Yurt’ by the Uzbek director A. Shahabiddinov won the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival Cinemarina (Turkey) and a prize of the International Film Festival Golden Minbar. The film ‘Don’t Forget Me’ (2013, directed by K. Kamalova) is the prize winner of the IFF Children's Film Schlingel-2014 (Germany).

Today, there is every reason to say that cinema of independent Uzbekistan is an important part of the national art, and an essential factor of the spiritual renewal of society.


(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)