27th Sarajevo Film Festival’s Guest of Honor Announced

The 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will pay tribute to director Wim Wenders and honor him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of film. 

The guest of honor of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which will be held for the 27th time this year, has been announced. It will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 13-20 August. The acclaimed director will be presented with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award and honored with a retrospective of his selected works in the Festival’s “Tribute to” Programme.

Festival will also organize a special screening of the newly restored version of his film The Million Dollar Hotel, winner of the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival (2000).

Wenders, the director of City Of Angels, Wings of Desire ve Alice in the Cities, will hold a Masterclass.

Submissions for 12 Punto TRT Script Days Are Open Now!

Submissions for “12 Punto TRT Script Days”, which will be organized for the third time this year by TRT, started today. For anyone interested in the cinema, Turkey’s biggest script development and co-production platform’s event submissions can be made from www.trt12punto.com address until February 12, 2021.

Submissions started for “12 Punto TRT Script Days 2021”, the first and only project of its kind made for the cinema industry in Turkey, The event, which will be held for the third time by TRT, will bring together the leading names of world and Turkish cinema this year.

Feature and short film projects will be accepted.

Feature and short film project submissions to the “12 Punto TRT Script Days” can be made between January 12 and February 12, 2021. Submissions will only be made through the submission form on www.trt12punto.com.

Among the 12 finalists selected by the international jury in the feature film category, 4 projects will be awarded TRT Co-Production Award, and 4 projects will be awarded TRT Pre-Buy Award.

Among the short film project applications, 12 projects will be awarded TRT 2 Short Film Production Awards. With the completion of the shootings, the films will broadcast on TRT 2. 12 feature films and 12 short films selected as a result of the evaluation of the pre-jury members will be announced on April 12.

International co-productions, in which Turkish producers have small shares, will also be able to apply to the event until February 12, 2021. With the “TRT International Co-Production Award”, which was given for the first time last year, it will also contribute to the increase in the recognition of Turkish cinema in the international arena.

This year’s “Special TRT Co-Production Award” was given to director Semih Kaplanoğlu.

Within the scope of the event, this year’s winner of the “Special TRT Co-Production Award”, which is given to a master of Turkish cinema every year, was Semih Kaplanoğlu’s new film project “Bağlılık Fikret”. “Bağlılık Fikret” It tells the story of a theater director in his 40s who want to import Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s “A Mind at Peace” novel, by travelling between the 1930s and the present day Turkey.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the “Special TRT Co-Production Award”, which was given for the first time last year, with his latest project “On Barren Weeds”.

Nearly 600 feature and short project applications were made last year.

Among the international jury members of the event held in 2020 were President of the European Film Academy, General Manager of Cannes Cinefondation, CEO of Doha Film Institute, Director of Films Boutique and President of Sarajevo Film Festival Industry. The president of the international jury of 12 Punto, which was held for the first time in 2019, was Oscar President John Bailey. Despite the pandemic conditions, nearly 600 feature and short film project submissions were made to the event in 2020, which was also held with the participation of international brands.

“EAVE – TRT Scholarship” Winner Announced

Producer Sezgi Üstün San was the winner of the “EAVE – TRT Scholarship”, which was given for the first time this year. 52 producers from 37 countries won EAVE scholarships to study at the 2021 EAVE Producers Workshop.

EAVE is one of Europe’s leading producer training programs, created by a unique network of over 2200 producers. EAVE has been constantly reviewing its educational activities in order to strengthen European independent productions in order to successfully compete in European and global markets in recent years and to contribute to the sustainability and competitiveness of producers by reinforcing their creative, managerial and financial skills; is preparing new workshop programs.

EAVE, which was founded in 1988 and participated in programs organized for producers in Europe, South America, Arab World, Asia, Africa and Russia by collaborating with a wide network around the world, to create professional training opportunities and to bring together producers from different parts of the world to establish co-production relations. aims to facilitate.

This year among the partners providing the EAVE Scholarship TRT is also available. CNC from France, MDM from Germany, Polish Film Institute from Poland, PACT from England, Telefilm Canada and SODEC from Canada, Projeto Paradiso from Brazil, Firuli Venezia Giulia from Italy, IDM Südtirol from Bolzano – Alto Adige and Turkey TRT institutions are among the partners that award EAVE scholarships this year.


Among the achievements of EAVE producers in 2020;

1 Oscar Award,

2 Golden Globe nominations,

27 Best Foreign Language Oscar Award nominations,

17 European Film Awards nominations,

9 European Film Awards winners,

4 Sundance Film Festival Awards,

12 Berlin Film Festival awards,

14 Venice Film Festival Awards

There are 3 Heart of Sarajevo Awards.

23rd British Independent Film Awards Nominees Announced

23rd British Independent Film Awards nominees are announced.

Nominees for this year’s British Independent Film Awards which has been held since 1998, have been announced. Saint Maud, directed by Rose Glass, was the film to compete in most categories with 17 nominations.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the award ceremony, which is not yet clear whether it will be online or with audience participation, is planned to be held in February 2021.


All nominees for the 23rd British Independent Film Awards:

Best British Independent Film

  • Calm With Horses
  • The Father
  • His House
  • Rocks
  • Saint Maud

Best International Independent Film

  • Babyteeth
  • Les Misérables
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Nomadland
  • Notturno

Best Director

  • Sarah Gavron & Anu Henriques, Rocks
  • Rose Glass, Saint Maud
  • Nick Rowland, Calm With Horses
  • Remi Weekes, His House
  • Florian Zeller, The Father

Best Script

  • Rose Glass, Saint Maud
  • Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Rocks
  • Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli
  • Remi Weekes, His House
  • Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father

Best Actress

  • Bukky Bakray, Rocks
  • Morfydd Clark, Saint Maud
  • Clare Dunne, Herself
  • Wunmi Mosaku, His House
  • Andrea Riseborough, Luxor

Best Actor

  • Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli
  • Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, His House
  • Amir El-Masry, Limbo
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Cosmo Jarvis, Calm With Horses

Best Supporting Actress

  • Niamh Algar, Calm With Horses
  • Kosar Ali, Rocks
  • Jennifer Ehle, Saint Maud
  • Ashley Madekwe, County Lines
  • Fiona Shaw, Kindred

Best Supporting Actors

  • Harris Dickinson, County Lines
  • Barry Keoghan, Calm With Horses
  • Alyy Khan, Mogul Mowgli
  • Merab Ninidze, The Courier
  • D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Rocks

Promising Actors

  • Niamh Algar, Calm With Horses
  • Kosar Ali, Rocks
  • Bukky Bakray, Rocks
  • Frankie Box, Perfect 10
  • Conrad Khan, County Lines

Douglas Hickox Ödülü (First Feature Film Director Award)

  • Henry Blake, County Lines
  • Rose Glass, Saint Maud
  • Eva Riley, Perfect 10
  • Nick Rowland, Calm With Horses
  • Remi Weekes, His House

First Script Award

  • Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli
  • Rose Glass, Saint Maud
  • Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Rocks
  • Joe Murtagh, Calm With Horses
  • Remi Weekes, His House

Pioneer Producer Award

  • Emily Gotto, Samuel Zimmerman, Douglas Cox, Host
  • Daniel Emmerson, Calm With Horses
  • Angus Lamont, Irune Gurtubai, Limbo
  • Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman, Saint Maud
  • Edward King, Martin Gentles, His House

Discovery Award

  • Justine
  • Looted
  • One Man and His Shoes
  • Perfect 10
  • Rose: A Love Story

Best Documentary

  • The Australian Dream
  • Being a Human Person
  • The Reason I Jump
  • Rising Phoenix
  • White Riot

British Best Short Film

  • Filipiñana
  • The Forgotten C
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Mandem
  • Sudden Light

Best Cinematographer

  • Limbo
  • Saint Maud
  • Rocks
  • Mogul Mowgli
  • His House

Best Casting Award

  • Calm With Horses
  • Saint Maud
  • His House
  • Limbo
  • Rocks

Best Costume Design

  • The Secret Garden
  • Rocks
  • Saint Maud
  • Ammonite
  • Misbehaviour

Best Editing

  • His House
  • The Father
  • Rocks
  • Host
  • Saint Maud

Best Visual Effects

  • Undergods
  • Saint Maud
  • His House

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Saint Maud
  • His House
  • Ammonite
  • Rocks
  • Misbehaviour

Best Music

  • His House
  • Mogul Mowgli
  • The Reason I Jump
  • Rocks
  • Saint Maud

Best Production Design

  • His House
  • Misbehaviour
  • The Father
  • Undergods
  • Saint Maud

Best Sound

  • His House
  • Saint Maud
  • Mogul Mowgli
  • The Reason I Jump
  • Host


12 Punto TRT Script Days Winners Announced

12 Punto TRT Script Days Winners Announced

TRT Co-Production Award

Life / Hayat (Zeki Demirkubuz)

Neandria ( Reha Erdem, Gizem Başaran)

Idea (Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Vildan Erşen)

The Reeds / Kamış (Cemil Ağacıkoğlu, Sezgi Üstün San, Özlem Özçelik)


TRT Pre-buy Award

Turagay (Atalay Taşdiken, Baran Seyhan)

Lacuna / Aralık (Selman Nacar, Burak Çevik)

Now There / Şimdi Orası (Bünyamin Musullu, Necmettin Sancak, Alp Ertürk)

Kriegsausgabe / Geceden Fecre Kadar (Tarık Aktaş, Güneş Şekeroğlu)


TRT International Co-Production Award

A Year of Cold / Soğuk Bir Sene (Min Bhadur Bham, Can Aygöy, Zeynep Koray)

The Klondike (Maryna Er Gorbach)

The Sacred Spirit / Kutsal Ruh (Enes Erbay, Chema Garcia Ibarra)

2020 Oscar Awards Found Their Owners

The 92nd Academy Awards found their owners at the awards ceremony held at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre.

South Korean-produced “Parasite” has won The Best Picture, The Best Director (Bong Joon Ho), The Best International Film and The Best Original Script. “Parasite“, which has been a nominee in 6 categories and won 4 awards, shattered Oscar history being The Best Picture as a non-English film for the first time.

The names winning the acting awards have not been a surprise. Renee Zellweger was chosen as Best Actress with the movie of “Judy“, while Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the movie of “Joker“. After, Heath Ledger, that was the second time that Joker role was awarded. While Laura Dern was chosen as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie of “Marriage Story“, Brad Pitt was chosen as Best Supporting Actor. Pitt, who previously won the Oscar as a producer with “12 Years a Slave” has won his first acting Oscar.

2020 Oscar Awards


WINNER: Parasite (Neon)

Ford v Ferrari (Disney/Fox)
The Irishman (Netflix)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Joker (Warner Bros.)
Little Women (Sony)
Marriage Story (Netflix)
1917 (Universal)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)



WINNER: Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saorise Ronan (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)



WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)



WINNER: Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)



WINNER: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” Rocketman (Elton John ve Bernie Taupin)

“I’m Standing With You” Breakthrough
“Into The Unknown” Frozen II
“Stand Up” Harriet
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” Wild Rose



WINNER: Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir)

Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker



WINNER: Parasite

Corpus Christi
Honeyland (Bal Ülkesi)
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory



WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman



WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Kathy Bats, Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell



WINNER: Bong Joon Ho ve Han Jin Won (Parasite)

Rian Johnson (Knives Out)
Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Sam Mendes ve Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)



WINNER: Bombshell

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil



WINNER: Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

Steve Zaillian (The Irishman)
Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Todd Phillips ve Scott Silver (Joker)



WINNER: Toy Story 4

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link




Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker



WINNER: Ford vs. Ferrari

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit



WINNER: 1917 (Roger Deakins)

The Irishman
The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



WINNER: 1917

Ad Astra
Ford vs. Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



WINNER: Ford v Ferrari

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker



WINNER: American Factory

The Cave
Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland (Bal Ülkesi)



WINNER: Hair Love




WINNER: The Neighbor’s Window

Nefta Football Club
A Sister



WINNER: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit



WINNER: Little Women

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



WINNER: Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl

Inthe Absence
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Meet the Jury Members of 70th Berlin Film Festival

The names that will be in the Main Competition Jury of 70th Berlin Film Festival to be held between February 20 and March 1 have been announced.

Kenneth Lonergan, Bérénice Bejo, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Luca Marinelli, Bettina Brokemper, and Annemarie Jacir will accompany with Jeremy Irons in the Main Competition jury.

Last month, it was announced that Jeremy Irons would chair the Main Competition jury of the 70th Berlin Film Festival, which will be held from February 20 to March 1.

Fatma Çolakoğlu Will Also Take Part in The Short Film Jury

Abbas Amini, Jenna Bass, and Rima Das will take part in Kplus jury of the Generations section, where films for young people meet with cinema lovers; Marine Atlan, María Novaro, and Erik Schmitt will take part in 14plus jury.

Réka Bucsi, Fatma Çolakoğlu and Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese will take part in the jury of the international short film jury. Being one of the Turkey’s leading curators Fatma Colakoglu, moved to SALT in 2018 and held the position of Assistant Director of SALT Research and Programs after serving as Pera Museum Film and Video Programs Manager for 10 years.

The jury that will determine the winners of the documentary awards by evaluating the documentaries in the Main Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation, and Perspektive Deutsches Kino, will host Gerd Kroske, Marie Losier and Alanis Obomsawin.

Finally, Ognjen Glavonić, Hala Lotfy, and Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria will take part in the jury that will determine the winner of the “best debut” award.

The 70th Berlin Film Festival Awards will find their owners at a ceremony to be held in Berlinale Palast on February 29.

The award on behalf of Alfred Bauer was removed on grounds of ‘Nazi’.

2020 Sundance Film Festival Awards Found Their Owners

The Sundance Film Festival awards held between January 23 and February 2 this year found their owners. In American cinema “Minari” and in the world cinema “Yalda” won The Grand Jury Prize.

The production that came to the fore in the American cinema department was the “Minari” by Lee Isaac Chung. Telling the story of a Korean family who moved from Los Angeles to Arkansas to farm in the 80s, the film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. In the world cinema, Iranian “Yalda” was deemed worthy to the Grand Jury Prize. Mexican production “Sin Señas Particulares” was another production drawing attention in this category by winning both the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize (Script).

It was also announced that Tabitha Jackson would take John Cooper’s place as the new director of the Sundance Film Festival during the ceremony where the awards found their owners. Tabitha Jackson had been dealing with the Documentary Film program of the Sundance Institute.

The fact that digital platforms such as Netflix and Amazon compete with large studios to get the rights of remarkable movies has also led to the signing of important agreements at the Sundance Film Festival this year. While Neon and Hulu broke a new record by paying $17.5 million to purchase the rights of “Palm Springs”, which was one of the most remarkable films of the festival, the new films such as “The Night House” and “Uncle Frank” were also subjected to significant agreements that were worth more than 10 million dollars.

2020 Sundance Film Festival Awards


Grand Jury Award


Audience Award


Director Award

Radha Blank – The 40-Year-Old Version

Waldo Salt Script Award

Edson Oda – Nine Days

Special Jury Award (Player Community)

Charm City Kings

Special Jury Award (Auteur)

Josephine Decker – Shirley

Special Jury Award (Neorealism)

Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always



Grand Jury Award

Boys State

Audience Award

Crip Camp

Director Award

Garrett Bradley – Time

Special Jury Award (Breakthrough Filmmaker)

Arthur Jones – Feels Good Man

Special Jury Award (Social Impact)

Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres – The Fight

Special Jury Award (Editing)

Tyler H. Walk – Welcome to Chechnya

Special Jury Award (Innovation in Non-Fictional Storytelling)

Kirsten Johnson – Dick Johnson Is Dead

World Cinema-Drama

Grand Jury Award


Audience Award

Sin Señas Particulares

Director Award

Maïmouna Doucouré – Mignonnes

Special Jury Award (Actor Performance)

Ben Whishaw – Surge

Special Jury Award (Visionary Filmmaker)

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese – This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Special Jury Award (Script)

Fernanda Valadez & Astrid Rondero – Sin Señas Particulares

World Cinema-Documentary

Grand Jury Prize


Audience Award

The Reason I Jump

Director Award

Iryna Tsilyk – The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Special Jury Award (Creative Storytelling)

Benjamin Ree – The Painter and the Thief

Special Jury Award (Image Director)

Micrea Topoleanu, Radu Ciorniciuc – Acasa, My Home

Special Jury Award (Editing)

Mila Aung Thwin, Sam Soko, Ryan Mullins – Softie

Short Film

Grand Jury Award

So What If The Goats Die

Director Award

Michael Arcos – Valerio’s Day Out

Jury Award (International-Fiction)

The Devil’s Harmony

Jury Award (USA-Fiction)

Ship: A Visual Poem

Jury Award (Non-Fiction)

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

Jury Award (Animation)


Actor Award

Sadaf Asgari – Exam

Other Awards

NEXT Audience Award

I Carry You With Me

NEXT Innovative Award

I Carry You With Me

Alfred P. Sloan Feature-Length Film Fiction Award


Sundance Institute NHK Award

Kirsten Tan – Higher

73rd BAFTA Awards Found Their Owners

2020 BAFTA Awards found their owners. Sam Mendes’s 1917 movie was awarded in 7 categories, including Best Film and Best Director.

BAFTA Awards, distributed by the British Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (BAFTA), found their owners with an award ceremony last night.

Being the biggest favourite of Oscars, the movie of 1917 marked the 73rd BAFTA Awards. Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 received 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best British Film and Best Director.

Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern, and Adam Driver were outstanding figures in acting awards.


Best Picture

The Irishman
One Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Best British Picture

For Sama
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

Best Picture in Foreign Language

The Farewell
For Sama
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Documentary

American Factory
Apollo 11
Diego Maradona
For Sama
The Great Hack

Best Animation Picture

Frozen 2
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Toy Story 4

Best Director

1917 – Sam Mendes
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
Joker – Todd Phillips
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon-Ho

Best Original Screenplay

Booksmart – Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Knives Out – Rian Johnson
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-Ho

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi
Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes – Anthony Mccarten

Best Actress

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

Best Actor

Leonardo Dicaprio – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Margot Robbie – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

BAFTA Rising Star Award

Jack Lowden
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Micheal Ward

Best Soundtrack

1917 – Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit – Michael Giacchino
Joker – Hildur Guđnadóttir
Little Women – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Best Cinematography

1917 – Roger Deakins
The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
Joker – Lawrence Sher
Ford v Ferrari – Phedon Papamichael
The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Best Newcomer British Screenwriter, Director or Producer

Mark Jenkin (Senarist/Yönetmen), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Yapımcı) – Bait
Waad al-Kateab (Yönetmen/Yapımcı), Edward Watts (Yönetmen) – For Sama
Alex Holmes (Yönetmen) – Maiden
Harry Wootliff (Senarist/Yönetmen) – Only You
Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Senarist/Yönetmen) – Retablo

Best Editing

The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles
Joker – Jeff Groth
Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland, Michael Mccusker
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Fred Raskin

Best Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Best Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Best Hair and Makeup


Best Sound

Ford v Ferrar
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best British Short Animation

Grandad Was A Romantic
In Her Boots
The Magic Boat

Best British Short Film

Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)
The Trap

Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop Projects are Announced

Meetings on the Bridge continues to gather producers, the director, and screenwriters from Turkey and neighbouring countries with international film professionals.

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival, Meetings on the Bridge will take place between 13-17 April with the support of Anadolu Efes. Fiction feature film workshops, documentary projects and presentations of the films in post-production stage from Turkey and neighbouring countries will be presented to international cinema professionals in the Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop, Work in Progress, and Neighbours workshops.

In the 15th year of Meetings on the Bridge, a new award will be added to the supports given to the filmmakers in the workshops organized with the contributions of TRTTRT Special Award amounting 50,000 TL, will start to be given to a project from Turkey at the TRT Film Development Workshop.

This year, 112 applications have been received from Turkey for Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop. The applications have been evaluated by the advisory and reading board; 10 fiction and 1 documentary film projects have been selected to attend to the workshop. International presentations of the projects will take place in Algeria on April 15-16.

Being one of the previous years’ participants of the Meeting on the Bridge, Ali Vatansever, who opened his first film “Saf” at the Toronto International Film Festival, makes his first presentation of his project “Agoni” at the Film Development Workshop this year. Salih Demir, director of “Cano” is rejoining Meetings on the Bridge with his new project “The Treasure” and the experienced producer, Yamaç Okur, is joining the workshop with Sinan Öztürk, who is the director of “Çukur” and the adaptation of Alper Canıgüz’s novel “Kan ve Gül”. Melisa Önel, who made the premiere of her first film “Kumun Tadı” at Berlin Film Festival is making the presentation of her new project “Aniden”, which she developed with Feride Çiçekoğlu. Emre Akay, who participated to Meeting on the Bridge with ‘Av’, which is one of the first films of genre cinema, is presenting his new project “Ebedi Alev”. Besides experienced directors, the young directors, Ziya Demirel, Ozan Yoleri, Emre Sert, and Gözde Yetişkin, who took part in many festivals are joining the workshop, too. Meetings on the Bridge also presents documentary projects in its selection every year. This year’s documentary project is Ali Özkul’s “O Yaratıklardan Biri”, which will be the production of Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, noted for triology of “Kaygı ve Cadı.”

Projects Selected for the Film Development Workshop

Agoni (dir. Ali Vatansever, prod. Selin Vatansever Tezcan, Oya Özden – Terminal Film)

Aniden (dir. Melisa Önel, prod. Alara Hamamcıoğlu – Vigo Film)

Ebedi Alev (dir. Emre Akay, prod. Ali özgür Baltacı – Emre Akay Film)

Güzel Bir Gece (dir. Ozan Yoleri, prod. Arda Çiltepe, Ilgın Coşar – Vigo Film)

Hazine (dir. Salih Demir, prod. Çekdar Erkıran – Layen Film)

İki Gözlüler (dir. Ziya Demirel, prod. Anna Maria Aslanoğlu – İstos Film)

Kan and Gül (dir. Sinan Öztürk, prod. Yamaç Okur – Ay Yapım)

O Yaratıklardan Biri (dir. Ali Özkul, prod. Ceylan özgün Özçelik – EHY Film Prodüksiyon)

Orada Mısın? (dir. Aysim Türkmen, prod. Nesra Gürbüz – Monomit Film)

Pastoral (dir. Michael Önder, prod. Joseph Erçelik Amado – Bluff Film)

Rahmet (dir. Emre Sert, Gözde Yetişkin prod. Suzan Güverte, Şebnem Kitiş – Ptot Film, Güverte Film, Emre & Gözde Film)

Project teams will make script, production, pitching, marketing and social media trainings with internationally experienced filmmakers and trainers in March.

The owners of the Film Development Workshop awards will be determined after the negotiations with international jury.

Film Development Workshop Awards:

TRT Special Award – 50.000 TL

Meetings on the Bridge Award – 30.000 TL

CNC Award – 8000 Euro

Melodika Sound Award

Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script Workshop Award

Genius Park Visual Effects Award

Transilvania Pitch Stop Award

SE-YAP Award

Work in Progress Applications Continue

Work in Progress applications will continue until Wednesday, February 19, where international presentations of fiction feature films and documentaries will be made in the post-production stage.

The directors and producers of the films selected for the workshop will only make open presentations to distributors, festival or financiers and media representatives. The films to be selected at the end of the workshop will be awarded 30.000 TL Anadolu Efes Award, Color Up Post-production Award, Another Cinema Award, Daire Creative Visual Design Award.

Neighbours Platform

When the NEIGHBORS platform, which was launched in 2015 to encourage new international collaborations and to accelerate relations with filmmakers from neighbouring countries, develops shared stories, it also aims to create a common ground to enable filmmakers and theatre institutions work together in Turkey and its neighbours. In Neighbours platform, where the presentation of film projects from Turkey’s neighbouring countries are made, a project will receive the Postbıyık Audio Post-Production Award, which includes sound post-production, and a project will also be evaluated for the 8000 Euro CNC Award, which will be given for the 9th time this year.