Rustam Ibrahimbayov

Chairman of the Board of the Union of Cinematographers of Azerbaijan

Film and theater playwright, director, writer, Honored Art Worker of the Azerbaijan SSR (1976), Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation (1995), State Prize Winner of the Azerbaijan SSR (1980), State Prize of the USSR (1981), four-time laureate of the Russian State Prize, People’s Writer of Azerbaijan (1998), holder of the Third Degree Order for Services to the Fatherland (1999), Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Chairman of the Confederation of Unions of Cinematographers of the CIS and Baltic States, Secretary of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Jewish Film Festival in Moscow, member of the European Film Academy “Felix”, American Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Russian Academy of Cinema Sciences “Nika”.

In May 1981, Rustam Ibrahimbayov was elected as First Secretary of the Board of the Union of Cinematographers of Azerbaijan and in January 2003 as Chairman of this creative organization.


Rustam Mammad Ibrahim oglu Ibrahimbayov was born in Baku on 5 February 1939. In 1963, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry and then completed a graduate school at the Institute of Cybernetics of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He is the author of several scientific papers on the theory of automotive control systems.

In 1967, he completed the Higher Scriptwriting Courses and in 1974 the Higher Directing Courses at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography.

Rustam Ibrahimbayov took up literature in 1962 when his story “Bread without preserves” was published in the “Youth of Azerbaijan” newspaper. Since then, his stories have been published systematically.

Rustam Ibrahimbayov has written 15 plays staged in more than 100 theaters around the world. The plays “A Woman behind Closed Door”, “Funeral in California”, “House in the Sand” and “Lion-like” enjoyed tremendous success in Prague, Berlin, Sofia, Budapest, New York (Circle Repertory Theater, 1987), Baku and Moscow.

He is the author of 10 books and collections called “Ultimatum” (1983), “Waking up with a Smile” (1985), “Dacha” (1988), “Selected Tales” (1989), “Solar Plexus” (1996) and others, which have had a print-run of over 500,000 copies.

The talented scriptwriter became famous after the release of the film “White Sun of the Desert” in the USSR. The script for the renowned film was written by Ibrahimbayov in collaboration with Valentin Yezhov.

In the early 1970s, he began collaborating with director Nikita Mikhalkov, who shot his first film, “A Tranquil Day at the End of the War,” on the basis of Rustam Ibrahimbayov’s script. This creative union resulted in the production of a number of films that gained international recognition, such as “Urga, a Territory of Love” (main prize of the Venice Film Festival “Golden Lion”, State Prize of the Russian Federation), “Burnt by the Sun” (“Oscar” for the best foreign film, Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival jury, State Prize of the Russian Federation), “The Siberian Barber” (State Prize of the Russian Federation).

Rustam Ibrahimbayov has authored scripts for more than 40 feature and television films and almost all of his literary works have been filmed.

Rustam Ibrahimbayov is the founder of the first children’s film school in Baku, which took prizes in many film festivals.

In 1989, Rustam Ibrahimbayov founded the film company “Ibrus” (Moscow), which is engaged in the production of feature films and documentaries. In 2000, the same-named theater was opened in two cities – in Moscow and Baku.