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!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2015
9 February 2015
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Dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film, since 2001 Istanbul International Independent Film Festival (!f) runs every February and March in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, hosting film buffs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world. Perceiving the shared experience of cinema as a form of activism that has the power to connect people across borders, !f curates and bases its thematic sections in order to reflect issues that are gripping the world΄s - and filmmakers΄- imagination. Moreover, through !f ², a ground-breaking alternative film distribution and sharing project, the festival will travel to more than 30 cities in Turkey and neighbouring countries.

In 2008, !f launched an international film competition - !f Inspired- for emerging and innovative directors. The competition carries a $15,000 prize for the Most Inspired Director. Love & Change section, the festival’s other competition programme, started in 2014 as an international platform for films and filmmakers who look at the world through critical eyes and with soft hearts. Love & Change awards a prize of $10,000.

This year, !f’s 14th edition will open with Tim Burton’s latest hit, Big Eyes and it has prepared a really interesting programme. Starting with the festival’s most glamorous section, Digiturk Galas will host some of the year’s most anticipated films, including multi-awarded Birdman, Love is Strange, a French/American drama directed by Ira Sachs, Joshua Oppenheimer’s Venice awarded documentary The Look of Silence (produced by Werner Herzog) and Tusk, a comedy horror film, directed by Kevin Smith and starring Johnny Depp. In this section we also find the film Drawers by M. Caner Alper & Mehmet Binay, a 2015 Turkish production. 

Drawers by  M. Caner Alper & Mehmet Binay

Going to the two International Competition sections, the !f Inspired programme has included Yannis Veslemes’ futuristic Norway (Greece, 2014) and Spirit of Dust, a 2014 Turkish drama directed by Nesimi Yetik, while the Love & Change programme will be screening -among others- Jessica Oreck’s multinational production (including Romania) The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

The Home section is comprised of independent documentaries from Turkey and neighbouring countries, as well as international ones. The programme will include the following four Turkish productions and co-productions:

Our Atlantis by Arthur Sukiasyan, France/Armenia/Turkey, 2014 

Spirit of Dust by Nesimi Yetik

!f 2015 will also see the return of long-standing favorite, such as !f Music which brings music to cinema and cinema to the stage while energizing Istanbul’s nightlife with parties. Anadolu Break by Taylan Mutaf & Uluç Keçik (Turkey, 2014) is the only Balkan film in the programme, while, Cem Kaya’s multi-travelled Remake, Remix, Rip-Off will be screened at the Art & Life section, which presents feature films and documentaries showing the exchange that happens when art and human meet.

Another Turkish feature film, the dark and humorous OHA: In Search of Oflu Hodja by Levent Soyarslan (Turkey, 2014) is included this time at the Play section, where the experimental and the fantastical cinema meet and offer unique cult moments, similar to those the other genre sections of the festival will do, like the Dark & Edgy, the !f Cult, the Special Screenings and the Saints, Poets and Fools categories. !f 2015 is also screening some 18 Turkish shorts in the three different programmes of the !f Shorts section. 

We shouldn’t forget to mention the screening (with great pride) of a restored copy of Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 classic Colour of Pomegranates, a film-inspiration to a range of contemporary artists. 

Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2015 will run from February 12 to 22 (Istanbul), followed by Ankara and Izmir, between February 26 to March the 1st, 2015.

Source: !f official website
  Remake, Remix, RipOff
  Spirit of Dust
  Depo: Life In Mental Hospitals
  Village Headman
  Our Atlantis
  OHA: In Search of Oflu Hodja
  Anadolu Break
  Here's to Life ! With love from Yirca and Validebağ...
  Yannis Veslemes
  M.Caner Alper
  Mehmet Binay
  Cem Kaya
  Nesimi Yetik
  Can Dinlenmis
  Ege Kanar
  Arthur Sukiasyan
  Caner Canerik
  Levent Soyarslan
  Uluc Kecik
  Taylan Mutaf
  Kazim Kizil
  Hakan Tosun
  !f on Facebook
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  !f on Vimeo
  !f 2015 teaser
  !f official website
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