After completing his studies in applied mathematics, Omirbaev attended the VGIK (Institute of Higher Cinema Studies) in Moscow. For several years, he was a critic for the magazine “New Film”.
1988 — first short feature, Shilde (July), was selected for a kazakh cinema perspective and shown in twenty cities in Canada and United States.
1992 — Kairat, his first feature, won the Silver Leopard and the Fipresci Prize in Locarno (1992), the Silver Montgolfière in Nantes , the Grand Prix and the Critics Prize in Strasbourg (1993).
Kairat was released in France in December 1997.
1995 — Kardiogramma feature — Competition in Venice (1995) – UNESCO prize;
The film received the Jury’s Prize in Nantes, Grand Prix in Singapore IFF.
Kardiogramma was released in France in 1997.
1998 — Killer feature — Official Selection in Cannes , Prize “ Un Certain Regard ”.
It also won the Best Script Prize in Teheran (1999). It has been selected in many festivals: Tokyo, Pusan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Nantes, San Francisco, etc. Killer was released in France in January 99.
2001 — The Road his fourth feature was in Official Selection in Cannes (2001) – Un Certain Regard.
It has been selected in many festivals: Tokyo, Pusan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Nantes, etc.
The film was released in France in January 2002.
2005 — About Love, short film, 33 minutes, produced by Koréa.
2007 — Chouga feature film, received the Jury’s Prize in Nantes, Vesoul (co-prod: Kazakhstan, France, Japan)
2012 — Student feature film, participated in CANNES — Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, Busan IFF, Tokyo IFF, FUCINAM IFF, Lisbon IFF, Haifa IFF, Golden Orange Antalia IFF, etc.