I'd love to see Eclipse do a Tolomush Okeev set in the future and include his debut short There Are Horses. From what little I've read about him I'm very intrigued. His use of nature shots has been compared to Malick.
There's a grand tradition of Central Asian filmmaking that is almost completely unknown outside of the former USSR -- I'm tempted to say even there, since very few people in the Central Asian republics even seem to recall their own nations' film history. There was some festival-based noise about the "Kazakh new wave" around 1990, and some accompanying retrospectives -- and a trickle of films from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan (all French and German co-productions) since, but anything made prior to 1990 has fallen between the cracks.
Does anyone know if Omirbaev's AINOUR ever got made? It's on IMDB as a 2007 release, and it was mentioned on some reports of CNC funding, but it doesn't appear to have gone to any festivals, surely the only market open to Omirbaev at this point (outside of Paris)?