Anton Alfimenko


Date: 18th Jul 2016

A fed-up Bucks student from Kazakhstan made an award-winning film about his country after classmates constantly asked questions about Borat.

Anton Alfimenko made the film about his home city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, after getting questioned about Sacha Baron-Cohen's fictional character from the country. Anton Alfimenko's film 'Welcome to Almaty' won Best Travel Film at the Global Short Film Awards festival.

'Welcome to Almaty' won Best Travel Film at the Global Short Film Awards festival, with Anton collecting his award at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France.

Anton studies BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects and said: "When I moved to the UK I found myself answering so many questions about Borat because people knew little or nothing about Kazakhstan.

"The weirdest question was 'do you have shops?' That led to me filming a little movie that would showcase the place I came from in the best way possible.

"It's the first film festival I've won so it's a great experience. It also came out of the blue, with the festival itself taking place in New York and the awards in Cannes. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind."

Sound mixing for the film was carried out by Bucks New University BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production student Jack Blenkinsopp. Watch the film and view Anton's work at

Course leader Rob Penhaligon said: "We are extremely impressed with Anton's commitment and talent.

"He has produced some of this year's best work and almost certainly has a bright future in the industry. We are thrilled he has won this award."

Picture caption: Anton Alfimenko graduates in BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects in September 2016.


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