Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival opens

Art & Culture
2020-10-20 17:08:29

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 12th edition of Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival launched on October 19 at Tengis Cinema with the opening of a film inspired by novel “Bedridden” written by author G.Ayurzana. On the day, organizers of the film festival and representatives of cooperated organizations held a press conference to provide information on significance of the film festival and the film “Bedridden”.

This year the film festival will be consisted of six sections and the festival program has a new section called “New Horizon”, which aims to celebrate cultural diversity and to engage wide audience. The section will be opened with the premiere of the Mongolian feature film, ‘Gobi Mirage’ (1980), by Dorjpalam R. in full HD format in the framework of the project.

During the festival, top works of the leading film directors in Asia will also be presented through the Focus Asia program, and full length contents will be presented for children for the very first time this year.

France has been selected as a focus country of this year’s film festival on the occasion of the 55th diplomatic anniversary between Mongolia and France. Director of Alliance of France in Ulaanbaatar Celine Martin noted “Film art is originated from France" and she said “Summer of 85” film shows how France respects human rights and freedom. "The French people honor the value of freedom of speech. I am thankful for showing values of our country to Mongolian people through the film.”. Three French feature films will be screened at the festival and one of them is dedicated to children.

Head of Swiss Cooperation in Mongolia Dr  Stefanie Burri said “Art and culture sector is the most important in Switzerland. Therefore, the Government spends one percent of its budget to art and culture. The purpose of an art and culture project running by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is to foster local cultural identity and artistic diversity and encourage creative use of art for social transformation and development in Mongolia. Although not a long time has passed since my arrival in Mongolia, I observed three things. Firstly, Mongolia is rich in art and culture, secondly, the country has numerous young artists and thirdly, there is huge potential for the country to make its film sector known to the world in the future.


Organizers of the film festival expressed gratitude to the SDC on encouraging activities of the Arts Council of Mongolia and the film festival constantly and asked its support to broaden cooperation between “Locarno” French Film Festival and Ulaanbaatar Film Festival.

Check out the 2020 Ulaanbaatar Film Festival screening schedule below. All films are screened at the Tengis Cinema and tickets (MNT 5000 per ticket) are available for purchase prior to each screening.

2020.10.20 Tuesday - French films

18:00 Summer of 85 

20:40 Should the Wind Drop 

2020.10.21 Wednesday – Mongolian films

17:00 Spouse (Гэргий)

19:30 Khokho (Хөхөө)

22:00 The Woman (Эмэгтэй) 

2020.10.22 Thursday – International films screening

18:00 Martin Eden

20:50 Undine

22:50 There is no evil 

2020.10.23 Friday – New Horizon Section

18:00 Gobi Mirage (Говийн зэрэглээ) 

20:30 True Mothers 

2020.10.24 Saturday - New Horizon Section

12:00 The Bears' Invasion of Sicily

14:10 Stairs

14:10 H is for Happiness 

16:30 Days

19:20  So long my son       

2020.10.25 Sunday – International films screening

14:00  My life as courgette  

15:50 The invisible life of Euridice

19:00 Black Milk