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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.




'Mothers', Milcho

MOTHERS (2010) is the latest film by celebrated Macedonian
filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994)

screens at the 30th Istanbul International Film Festival (IFF) 2011

MOTHERS premiered in Toronto 2010 for US and in Berlin for its international premier.  



"MOTHERS begins with fiction, indeed with the fabrication of a lie,
moves on to an attempt at the fabrication of a myth and ends in the
shattering imagery of the real, where no fabrication is possible. Lying
below the surface of all the episodes is a small web of fibs and
betrayals, minor on the whole, but gaining an awful power in the final
act, where a man respected by the community turns out to have deceived
them all. There is no easy reading of Mothers, only a need for us to
work with the filmmaker to uncover its many meanings."... read more of
this article here:


IFF APRIL 15, 2011


posted by, Vanessa McMahon

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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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