Istanbul International Film Festival

Istanbul International Film Festival

:"The article is about the older festival, held in April. For the newer festival, held in February, see If Istanbul Independent Film Festival."

Infobox Film Festival
name = Istanbul International Film Festival

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location = Istanbul, Turkey
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The Istanbul International Film Festival is the first and oldest international film festival in Turkey, organised by the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts (IKSV), a non-profit organisation. It is held every year in April in movie theaters in Istanbul, Turkey. As mentioned in its regulations, the festival aims to encourage the development of cinema in Turkey and to promote films of quality in the Turkish cinema market. [|2 Istanbul Film Festival regulations] , retrieved December 15, 2007]


The Istanbul International Film Festival was first organized in 1982, within the frame of the International Istanbul Festival as a "Film Week" consisting of six films. [|1 Istanbul Film Festival history] , retrieved December 15, 2007] The theme of the films participating in the Festival was limited to "Arts and Cinema", to keep the event within the context of the International Istanbul Festival. In 1983 the event was realized under the title of "Istanbul Filmdays", taking place throughout the Festival within a span of a month.

Beginning from 1984, the event gained an identity as a separate activity; it was shifted to the month of April. In 1985, two competitive sections, one being national and the other international, were included in the festival program. From 1987 on, "Cinema Honorary Awards" began to be presented.

In the following years, The Istanbul International Filmdays firmly established its position and took its place among the major film festivals of the world with the large number of films shown and the quality and versatility of its program.

At the beginning of 1989 the event was recognized as "a competitive specialized festival" by International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and was accredited. Parallel to this development, "Istanbul Filmdays" was renamed as "Istanbul International Film Festival".

Beginning from 1996, "Lifetime Achievement Awards" along with "Cinema Honorary Awards" began to be presented to international cineastes, actors and actresses.

In 2006, celebrating its 25th year, the festival created a meeting platform for Turkish and European film professionals under the title "Meetings on the Bridge", aiming to bring European film institutions with Turkish directors and producers to discuss funding possibilities.Also in 2006, Azize Tan, the then Assistant Director of the festival replaced Hülya Uçansu as director. [cite web
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In 2007, the Council of Europe, in collaboration with Eurimages, started to present the Council of Europe Film Award (FACE) to a film selected from the entries in the Human Rights and Cinema section of the festival.

Since the beginning of the Festival, a total of 2,065,000 spectators have attended the screenings of 2,330 films from 72 different countries (2005 figures). The festival boasted an audience of 170,000 in 2007, breaking its own record. [cite web
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In 1988, government inspectors forced the withdrawal of 5 of 160 films that are to be screened at the festival. Jean-Jacques Beineix's "Betty Blue" and "Vedreba (The Supplication)" by Tengiz Abuladze were among these five works. "Vedreba" was being blocked on the grounds that it was "anti-Islamic" and cuts from the other four films were demanded because of erotic scenes. cite web
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Upon the notification by the censorship board that certain films on the program were to be banned, the then president of the Golden Tulip Jury, Elia Kazan, organised a protest march with the participation of Turkish filmmakers. The Turkish Ministry of Culture subsequently issued a decree holding all international film festivals exempt from censorship.


The selection and programmation of the festival films are conducted by the selection committee and the advisory board. The program consists of an international competition open only to feature and animated films on art and artists or literary adaptations, a national competition, non-competitive, informative sections on specific themes which can include documentaries, shorts and feature films.

The 2008 program which includes 200 films comprises the following sections:
*International Competition
*Turkish Cinema 2007-8
**National Competition
**Out of Competition
*Festival Awards Screenings
*Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited
*Human Rights in Cinema
*Challenging the Years
*From the World of Festivals
*Young Masters
*Documentary Time with NTV
*American Independents
*Mined Zone
*Midnight Madness
*Woman is Her Name
*From the Caucasus to the Mediterranean
**Medscreen Arab Film Promotion
*Kids' Menu
*The World of Animation: Alexander Petrov
*'68 and its Heritage
*Marc Caro: Lost in Illusions
*In Memoriam
*Nokia Nseries Short Film Competition

Awards list

These awards are presented within the context of the festival:
*Golden Tulip (for the best film in the international competition)
*Best Turkish Film of the Year
*Best Turkish Director of the Year
*Special Prize of the Jury
*Special Mention
*Best Actor and Best Actress (national competition)
*Honorary Award
*Lifetime Achievement Award
*FIPRESCI Prize (national -in memory of Onat Kutlar- and international competitions)
*FACE Award
*People's Choice Award

Top Award Winners

=International Competition (Golden Tulip) [ Istanbul Film Festival awards] , retrieved 2007-12-15] =

Year Film Director
2008 "Egg (Yumurta)" Semih Kaplanoğlu
2007 "Reprise" Joachim Trier

"A Cock and Bull Story" Michael Winterbottom

"La femme de Gilles"
"Kohi Jikou" ("Café Lumière")
Frédéric Fonteyne
Hou Hsiao-hsien
2004 "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" ("Bu San") Tsai Ming-liang
2003 "Suddenly" "(Tan de repente)" Diego Lerman
2002 "Magonia" Ineke Smits
2001 "No Place to Go (Die Unberührbare)" Oskar Roehler
2000 "Clouds of May" ("Mayıs Sıkıntısı") Nuri Bilge Ceylan
1999 "El Viento se llevó lo qué (Gone with the Wind)" Alejandro Agresti
1998 "Ayneh (The Mirror)" Jafar Panahi
1997 "The King of Masks (Bian Lian)" Wu Tian-ming
1996 "Little Sister (Zusje)" Robert Jan Westdijk
1995 "Silences of the Palace (Saimt el Qusur)" Moufida Tlatli
1994 "The Blue Exile (Mavi Sürgün)" Erden Kıral
1993 "Manila Paloma Blanca" Daniele Segre
1992 "Life on a String (Bian Zou Bian Chang)" Chen Kaige
1991 "Farendj" Sabine Prenczina
1990 "Pomegranate and Cane (Nar O Nay)" Saeed Ebrahimifar
1989 "A Film with No Name (Za Sada Bez Dobrog Naslova)" Srdjan Karanovic
1988 "Travelling Avant" Jean-Charles Tacchella
1987 "Guard Me, My Talisman (Khrani menya, moj talisman)" Roman Balayan
1986 "Yesterday" Radoslaw Piwowarski
1985 "1984" Michael Radford

=National Competition=

Year Film Director
2008 "Summer Book" ("Tatil Kitabı") Seyfi Teoman
2007 "İklimler" ("Climates") Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2006 "Beş Vakit" ("Times and Winds") Reha Erdem
2005 "Anlat İstanbul" ("Istanbul Tales") Ümit Ünal, Kudret Sabancı, Selim Demirdelen, Yücel Yolcu, Ömür Atay
2004 "Karpuz Kapuğundan Gemiler Yapmak"
("Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds")
Ahmet Uluçay
2003 "Uzak" ("Distant") Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2002 "9" Ümit Ünal
2001 "Dar Alanda Kısa Paslaşmalar" ("Offside") "Herkes Kendi Evinde" ("Away From Home") Serdar Akar
Semih Kaplanoğlu
2000 "Mayıs Sıkıntısı" ("Clouds of May") Nuri Bilge Ceylan
1999 "Güneşe Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun)" Yeşim Ustaoğlu
1998 "Masumiyet" ("Innocence") Zeki Demirkubuz
1997 "Akrebin Yolculuğu (Journey of the Clock-hand)" " Ömer Kavur
1996 "80.Adım (The 80th Step)" Tomris Giritlioğlu
1995 "İz (Traces)" Yeşim Ustaoğlu
1994 "Bir Sonbahar Hikayesi (An Autumn Story)" Yavuz Özkan
1993 "İki Kadın (Two Women)" Yavuz Özkan
1992 "Gizli Yüz (Secret Face)" Ömer Kavur
1991 Camdan Kalp (A Heart of Galss)" Fehmi Yaşar
1990 "Karartma Geceleri (Blackout Nights)" Yusuf Kurçenli
1989 "Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar (Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite)" Tunç Başaran
1988 "Biri ve Diğerleri (One and the Others)" Tunç Başaran
1987 "Anayurt Oteli (Motherland Hotel)" Ömer Kavur
1986 "Züğürt Ağa (the Agha)
Amansız Yol (Desperate Road)
Adı Vasfiye (Her Name Is Vasfiye)"
Nesli Çölgeçen
Ömer Kavur
Atıf Yılmaz
1985 "Bir Yudum Sevgi" (A Sip of Love)" Atıf Yılmaz

Famous visitors

Famous visitors since 1982 include:cite book |last= (eds.) Pinhas |first= Yusuf | coauthors= Omaç, Nuray | title= Anlar/Moments | origyear= 2006|series= 2| publisher= IKSV |location= İstanbul | isbn= 975-7363-53-7]


External links

* [ Official Festival Website]
* [ 26.İstanbul Film Festival]

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