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Istanbul Film Festival

The largest, most established and most influential film event in Turkey, the Istanbul Film Festival has over the past 30 years, presented Istanbul audiences with a total of more than 3,250 films, showcasing the cinema of 103 countries, and attracting a total audience number of 3,150,000. With an audience of 150,000 in 2011, it is also considered the biggest Turkish film festival. Established in 1982 as a film week, and accredited by FIAPF in 1989, the Festival aims at encouraging the development of cinema in Turkey and promoting films of quality in the Turkish market. As such, the Festival incorporates the Meetings on the Bridge platform, and within the frame of this programme, a competitive Feature Film Project Development Workshop that was initiated in 2008, and a Work-in-Progress sidebar in order to support the Turkish film industry and Turkish film professionals. In 2015, the MoB began to accept submissions from neighbouring countries.

The Istanbul Film Festival features an International Competition (limited to films on arts and the artist or literary adaptations) with a monetary award of a total of €25,000 as its grand prize the Golden Tulip. Showcasing Turkish cinema as the most active promotional, international platform in Turkey, the Festival features a National Competition, A National Documentary Competition, and a Human Rights in Cinema competition endorsed by the Council of Europe. The festival each year screens around 200 feature films, and takes place in April.



31. Istanbul Film Festival's Winners


The awards of the festival were given out at the Closing Gala and Award Ceremony at Lütfi Kırdar. Memet Ali Alabora host the night. Here are the films awarded at the ceremony:

“Golden Tulip International Competition Award” on behalf of Şakir Eczacıbaşı,
The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev)

Golden Tulip International Competition “Special Jury Prize”
Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)

“Golden Tulip National Competition Best Picture”
Beyond the Hill (Emin Alper)

“Golden Tulip Best Director of the Year”
Inside (Zeki Demirkubuz)

“Special Jury Prize” on behalf of Onat Kutlar
The Trace (M. Tayfur Aydın)
Efes supports the Special Jury Prize with 30.000 USD.

“Best Actress Award”
Sanem Öge, Present Tense

“Best Actor Award”
Engin Günaydın, Inside

“Best Screenplay Award”
Beyond the Hill (Emin Alper)
Voice of My Father (Orhan Eskiköy)

“Best Director of Photography Award”
Türksoy Gölebeyi, Inside

“Best Soundtrack Award”
Mustafa Biber, The Trace

“Best Editing Award”
Zeki Demirkubuz, Inside

FIPRESCI Award “International Competition”
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)

FIPRESCI Award “National Competition”
Beyond the Hill (Emin Alper)

Human Rights in Cinema Competition “Face Award”
Just the Wind (Bence Fliegauf)

Human Rights in Cinema Competition “Special Mention”
Crulic-The Path to Beyond (Anca Damian) and
Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese)

Radikal Newspaper People’s Choice Award “International Competition”
Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo Garcia)

Radikal Newspaper People’s Choice Award “National Competition”
Inside (Zeki Demirkubuz)

After the award ceremony, guests watched the Golden Bear-winner Caesar Must Die by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, as the closing film of the festival.
Celebrated actors and directors as well as significant names of the cinema world participated to the party held at Salon İKSV under the sponsorship of Efes.


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About Istanbul Film Festival

The most comprehensive and oldest international film festival in Turkey. Established in 1982, it screens more than 200 films of various genres, and has an extensive Turkish features showcase. The Golden Tulip Grand Prize of the Festival has a monetary award attached.



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