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The 11th Edition of Meetings on the Bridge 2016
14 April 2016
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The 11th edition of the Meetings on the Bridge was held on 8-14 April 2016 within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival

The projects and films that received the Meetings on the Bridge awards were announced at a reception held at the Cezayir Restaurant on Wednesday, 13 April

The closing reception started with the speeches by Istanbul Film Festival Director Kerem Ayan, Head of Meetings on the Bridge Gülin Üstün and Anadolu Efes Turkey Corporate Communications Manager Simge Balaban. 
At Meetings on the Bridge workshops the first international presentations of 8 feature films and 2 documentaries, along with 4 feature film and 1 documentary at the post-production stage, from Turkey, were made this year. A total of 80 international filmmakers who came to Meetings on the Bridge to meet and network with the filmmakers from Turkey had a total of 300 meetings with the directors and producers of the projects and films in the workshops.

Upon the presentations in the Film Development Workshop, the international jury comprising of Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique), Hisham Alghanim (Kuwait National Cinema Center), Jamila Wenske (One Two Film), Ossama Bawardi (Philistine Films), Remi Burah (Arte France) decided on the award winning projects.

Winners of the Film Development Workshop

The selection committee selected 10 projects out of the 100 applications for the Film Development Workshop held for the 9th time within the scope of the Meetings on the Bridge. 

Müge Büyüktalaş, the producer of Perihan by Can Evrenol received the Meetings on the Bridge Award of USD 10,000 from Jamila Wenske. 
Melodika Sound Post-production Award was presented to Ali Vatansever for his project Pure by Didem Oğuz, the co-founder of Melodika.

The Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script and Development Workshop Award, which comprises four stages, was presented to Lusin Dink for her project Letter of Ashes. The director and scriptwriter of the project will participate in the script workshops, two of which will be on the Nisiros and Samos Islands of Greece in 2016 and two of which will be online.

Special Mention Award is presented to Onur Saylak and Doğu Yaşar Akal for their project More by Remi Burah.

Work in Progress Workshop

5 films were selected for Work in Progress in its 5th edition that aims to support feature films and documentaries in their post-production stage. Selected films were presented to the distributors, sales companies and festival representatives within the Work in Progress Workshop are:

The Work in Progress jury members Lorenzo Esposito (Locarno Film Festival), Rickard Olsson (Picture Tree) and Zsuzsanna Kiraly (Komplizen Film) watched the offf-line edit of the films and also held one to one meetings with each team.  

The Anadolu Efes Award of 30.000 TL was presented to the director Ceylan Özçelik and producers Emre Oskay, Adnan Şapçı and Sadık Ekinci of Inflame by Anadolu Efes Turkey Corporate Communications Manager Simge Balaban. The award will be used to promote the film. 

The director Erkan Tahhuşoğlu and the producers Ayhan Salaş and Erkan Tahhuşoğlu of the film The Verge received the Digiflame Award by Digiflame co-founder Oğuz Öztürk. This award was presented in the Work in Progress Workshop for the very first time and will cover the color adjustment and online editing expenses of the film.   

The Başka Sinema Award was presented to the director Ayşe Toprak, and the producer Cem Doruk of Mr. Gay Siria by Başka Sinema Director İmre Tezel. The award will ensure that the film is exempt from paying the virtual print fee for its screenings at Başka Sinema theatres

Neighbours Project

Meetings on the Bridge has launched Neighbours platform last year in order to initiate new international collaborations and enhance communication between filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries. With the aim of building a ground for institutions and individuals to cooperate while developing common stories, the platform, organised within Film Development Workshop, invites film professionals and filmmakers from neighbouring countries.The filmmakers of 5 projects had meetings with international film professionals and producers from Turkey at the workshops. The 5 projects that participated in the second edition of Neighbours section of the Meetings on the Bridge are as follows.

Georgia – Maya by Tamta Gabrichidze, Producer: Tinatin Kajrishvili
Gemini Film

Iran – Mahmood by Sina Ataeian Dena, Producer: Amir Hamz
Bonvoyage Films

Cyprus - Smuggling Hendrix by Marios Piperides, Producer: Thanassis Karathanos 
Twenty Twenty Visions

Syria - My Favorite Fabric by Gaya Jiji, Producer: Laurent Lavole
Gloria Films Production, Ibarra Films, Dublin films

Greece – Entwined by Minos Nikolakakis, Producer: Minos Nikolakakis, Giorgos Georgopoulos

Source: Meetings on the Bridge Official Webpage
  Giorgos Georgopoulos
  Thanassis Karathanos
  Onur Saylak
  Lusin Dink
  Marios Piperides
  Cem Doruk
  Komplizen Film GmbH i.G.
  ARTE France
  Meetings On The Bridge 2013 Awards
  Istanbul Film Festival 2015 - Meetings on the Bridge
  Meetings on the Bridge 2015 Awards
  Meetings on the Bridge
  IKSV - Official Website
  MFI - Official Website
  Melodika - Official Website
  Digiflame - Official Website
  Baska Sinema - Official Website
  Multivision - Official Website
  Authorwave - Official Website
  Anadolu Efes - Official Website
  ARTE France - Official Website
  Films Boutique - Official Website
  One Two Films - Official Website
  Philistine Films - Official Website
  Locarno Film Festival - Official Website
  Picture Tree - Official Website
  Komplitzen Film - Official Website
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