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Balkan Titles at the 35th edition of Istanbul Film Festival
6 April 2016
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Initiated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) as a film week in 1982, the Istanbul Film Festival has since become the most extensive film event in Turkey. The festival prepares to leave its mark on the city one more time this year as it celebrates its 35th edition, between 7 and 17 April, with the support of Akbank for the 12th time.

The Istanbul Film Festival presents a rich programme in its 35th edition as ever, ranging from the latest productions of world cinema to cult films, to the latest Turkish films and the classics, new discoveries, masterpieces, and hidden treasures. The festival hosts 187 feature films, as well as 10 short and 24 experimental films, in 25 different categories and in addition to the screening of a total of 221 films by 223 directors from 62 countries, there will be talks with guest filmmakers, panel discussions, concerts, and other special events.

Interruption by Yorgos Zois

In the International Competition section of the Istanbul Film Festival, 15 films from 14 countries, under the “New Perspectives in Cinema” theme will vie for the Golden Tulip

The jury of the International Golden Tulip Competition, presided by Pablo Trapero, comprises actress Melisa Sözen, actor Lior Ashkenazy, video artist Ali Kazma, and producer Ewa Puszczyńska.

Ember by Zeki Demirkubuz

The International Competition Golden Tulip Award, presented in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, will be supported with a 25,000 Euro monetary award given by the Eczacıbaşı Group. The director of the Best Film will be awarded with 10,000 Euro, the distribution company of the film in Turkey will be awarded 10,000 Euro, and the director of the film to receive the Special Jury Prize will be awarded 5,000 Euro. 

Balkan Films in the International Golden Tulip Competition 

Thirst by Svetla Tsotsorkova

The Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) for the section Human Rights in Cinema is being presented only at the Istanbul Film Festival for 10 years. The FACE Award supported by the Council of Europe and its coproduction fund Eurimages comprises 10,000 Euros monetary prize and a statuette. The FACE Award Jury comprises author, actor and screenwriter Ercan Kesal, director Jakob Brossmann, European Film Fund Eurimages Deputy Executive Director Isabel Castro, and Leyla Kayacık who is the Senior Adviser at the Private Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Deputy Secretary General on matters related to Human Rights and Supremacy of Law. 

Balkan Films in Human Rights in Cinema Competition 

Coastliners by Erdem Tepegöz, Barış Pirhasan, Alphan Eşeli, Melisa Önel, Ramin Matin

The Magic Mountain by Anca Damian

10 films that were completed in the 2015-16 season will be vying for the Golden Tulip in the National Competition of the festival, while raising the occasion to three Turkey and four world premieres. The National Competition Jury will be headed by actress Müjde Ar, with actor Tansu Biçer, actress Niki Karimi, director Ben Hopkins, journalist and writer Murat Uyurkulak, and distributor Torsten Frehse as its members.

Best Film in the National Competition selected by the jury will be awarded with the Golden Tulip and 150,000 TL, and the Best Director will be awarded with Golden Tulip and 50,000 TL. Best Actress and Best Actor will be awarded with 10,000 TL each. The Istanbul Film Festival National Golden Tulip Competition Jury will also give the Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music awards. Producer of the film awarded with the Special Jury Award in memory of Onat Kutlar will be given 60,000 TL by Anadolu Efes. 

National Golden Tulip Competition films

Black Crow by Tayfur Aydın 
Swaying Waterlily by Seren Yüce 

Rauf by Baris Kaya and Soner Caner

The Istanbul Film Festival, will be awarding a Best Documentary Award, in order to support documentary film-makers and documentary film production in Turkey, and 10,000 TL with the support of 5. Kat Restaurant. The National Documentary Competition jury consists of documentarians Emel Çelebi, Güliz Sağlam, and Carlos Hagerman. 7 world premieres and 3 Turkey premieres will be held within the Istanbul Film Festival National Documentary Competition

National Documentary Competition films

Attention! by Onur Bakır & Panagiotis Charamis 
The Children of Rafet by Mümin Barış & Reşit Ballıkaya 
Mr. President by Orhan Eskiköy 
The Others by Ayşe Polat 
Ballad of Exiles Yılmaz Güney by İlker Savaşkurt 
Holy Camel! : A True Love Story by Sibel Mary Şamlı 
Dark Atlas by Umut Vedat 

Young Wrestlers by Mete Gumurhan

The Istanbul Film Festival presents the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award in memoriam director and producer Seyfi Teoman, who passed away in 2012. Director of the film awarded with the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award will be presented 30,000 TL by CMYLMZ Fikirsanat. All the debut feature fiction films from Turkey in the International Golden Tulip Competition, Human Rights in Cinema and the Turkish Cinema (National Golden Tulip Competition, “Out of Competition” and “New Turkish Cinema”) sections are eligible for the prize. Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award jury consists of scriptwriter and director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, distributor Ioanna Stais, and actor Ahmet Rıfat Şungar.

With a view to drawing attention to gender inequality, the Council of Europe’s co-production fund, Eurimages, has introduced an annual award of 30,000 euros to be conferred on a woman director for her to use on her next project. The Audentia Award will be given for the first time in the world at the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, where the films of 15 women directors in the festival programme will be competing for the award. Named after the Latin word for courage and bravery, the “Audentia” award intends to give greater visibility to women directors in order to encourage other women to follow in their footsteps. The first Audentia jury consists of director Yeşim Ustaoğlu, director Angelos Frantzis and Sanja Ravlic. The patroness for the first edition of the prize will be Anna Serner (CEO of the Swedish Film Institute), who was chosen for her outstanding courage and commitment to advancing the cause of gender equality in the film industry. 

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will give the FIPRESCI Award to one film from the International Competition, one film from the National Competition, and one film from the National Short Film Competition. The FIPRESCI jury will be headed by Chris Fujiwara from USA, and will have Harri Römpötti from Finland, Patrizia Pistagnesi from Italy, Viera Langerova from Slovakia, Senem Erdine and Ali Deniz Şensöz from Turkey. Award, will be presented to a film that besides having indisputable artistic qualities also brings out the idea of dialogue and integration. Award will be presented to a film in the National Golden Tulip Competition section of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival and selected by film critic Vladan Petkovic.

The Cinema Honorary Awards of the Istanbul Film Festival, bestowed on distinguished figures of Turkish cinema who have put their lives and hearts into cinema, will be presented to five artists this year: Yeşilçam’s “most beloved femme fatale” character, Suzan Avcı; one of Yeşilçam’s most prolific directors with over 200 films to his credit, Ülkü Erakalın; producer of numerous major features, including Vurun Kahpeye and Vesikalı Yarim, Şeref Gür; character actress Perran Kutman who has made generations of audiences laugh throughout her career spanning 50 years; actress and voice actress Jeyan Ayral Tözüm who has been the voices of some of the greatest Yeşilçam stars through her career of more than 60 years. 

  The Magic Mountain
  Young Wrestlers
  White Plane
  Missing Times
  Family Film
  Blue Bicycle
  Dust Cloth
  One Breath
  The Field
  My Own Life
  Memories of the Wind
  Cold of Kalandar
  Angelos Frantzis
  Svetla Tsotsorkova
  Ahmet Rifat Sungar
  Ercan Kesal
  Mahmut Fazil Coskun
  Mete Gumurhan
  Onat Kutlar
  Anca Damian
  Zeki Demirkubuz
  Seyfi Teoman
  Ozcan Alper
  Olmo Omerzu
  Yesim Ustaoglu
  Tansu Bicer
  Yorgos Zois
  Mujde Ar
  Cemil Agacikoglu
  Kazim Oz
  Faysal Soysal
  Melisa Sozen
  Metin Kaya
  Gurcan Keltek
  Senem Tuzen
  Umit Koreken
  Soner Caner
  Baris Kaya
  Ahu Ozturk
  Christian Zubert
  Ben Hopkins
  Adnan Akdag
  Mustafa Kara
  Istanbul Film Festival 2015 - Competition sections
  Istanbul Film Festival 2015 - Meetings on the Bridge
  Istanbul Film Festival 2015 cancels competition programmes and closing ceremony
  7 Balkan women competing for Audentia Award for Best Female Director
  Istanbul Film Festival - Official Website
  Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts - Official Website
  Eurimages - Official Website
  FIPRESCI - Official Website
  Cineuropa - Official Website
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