Participant Profile

Ikhbayar Shagdarsuren


Filmmaker Ikhbayar Urchuud addresses issues of contemporary Mongolian society through his cinematic vision. His recent feature documentary, Uran Khas (The Will to Art), is an observation of the lives and resurgent shamanist interests of featured contemporary Mongolian artists. The film was presented during the 2015 Berlinale Talents master class. He is also actively involved in community engagement programs for disadvantaged youth which assist in the development of life skills and creativity.

Urchuud is the founding director of the Golden Reel International Underground Film Festival, which encourages international cooperation among experimental filmmakers in Mongolia and abroad though a slate of experimental short films.

While in the U.S., Urchuud sought access to film archives and the opportunity to engage with and develop future collaborations.