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Ariunaa Tserenpil

Ariunaa Tserenpil


Film Festival, Training, Production


Decision Maker 2019


Ariunaa Tserenpil is the arts, film & media producer of the Guru Media, a Mongolian based production company with extensive experience in arts administration, advocacy, international co-productions, festival management and training opportunities for emerging young filmmakers for over 20 years. Her career in the arts & film started in 1996 as line-producer of the internationally acclaimed films "State of Dogs" (Brosens & Turmunkh) and "Real Men Eat Meat" (Maria von Heland). Later she was the coordinator and then director (1997 -2002) of the Arts & Culture Programme of the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society (Soros Foundation) to promote contemporary arts in transition society.

In 2002 she has founded the Arts Council of Mongolia, the flagship organization in supporting arts and served as Executive Director till 2015. During her tenure, she initiated and sustained number of international film festivals & training opportunities for local filmmakers including the Interdoc Int’l Documentary Film Festival (Interdoc 1997-1999), Mini Margaret Mead International Documentary Film Festival (2009), Easy Meets West – International Film Festival & Forum (2010) and three editions of the Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival (UBIFF), the biggest international film gathering in Mongolia.

In 2008 she founded with her husband Byamba Sakhya an independent film & media production company called Guru Media and produced internationally acclaimed films like “Passion” & “Remote Control” by Byamba Sakhya, which were selected at more than 30 well known international film festivals and won multiple international & national awards including the New Current Award at Busan IFF 2013, which was the first prestigious award in the last 30 years of the Mongolian film history.

company profile

Guru Media is a Mongolian based production company founded in 2008 by Byamba Sakhya & Ariunaa Tserenpil aims to produce both documentary and feature films. In 2010 the company produced Passion, documentary by Byamba Sakhya with support of PanStar Fund by Asian Network of Documentary, BIFF and supported Visions Sud-Est, Switzerland & Goteborg IFF Fund. In 2013 Guru Media produced Mongolia-Germany-USA a feature film co-production named Remote Control by Byamba Sakhya with support of Prince Clause Fund, Hubert Bals Fund & World Cinema Fund & Mongolian Government.

At this moment Guru Media is in the development of Bedridden & Takhilch – two feature films by Byamba Sakhya.

In 2016 Guru Media established UB Film Lab – a project to empower young independent filmmakers through various training & mentoring opportunities to nurture talents & sustain their passions in filmmaking.