- 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
caption = Festival logo as of 2008
language = International
website = http://www.iksv.org/film/englishThe Istanbul International Film Festival is the first and oldest international
film festivalin 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. [http://www.iksv.org/film/english/film.asp?cid=7&ms=1|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. [http://www.iksv.org/film/english/film.asp?cid=3&ms=1|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
last = Bayrak
first = Kerem
title = A Silver Year for Istanbul International Film Festival
date = 2006-04-19
url = http://www.indiewire.com/ots/2006/04/a_silver_year_f.html
accessdate = 2008-04-05]
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
title = 27th International İstanbul Film Festival introduced through press conference
publisher = İKSV
date = 2008
url = http://www.iksv.org/film/english/film.asp?Cid=251
accessdate = 2008-04-01]
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 Abuladzewere 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
title = Istanbul Film Festival In Censorship Dispute
publisher = The New York Times
date = 1988-04-04
url = http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DEFDE153BF937A35757C0A96E948260
accessdate = 2008-04-05]
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:
*Turkish Cinema 2007-8
**Out of Competition
*Festival Awards Screenings
*Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited
*Human Rights in Cinema
*Challenging the Years
*From the World of Festivals
*Documentary Time with NTV
*Woman is Her Name
*From the Caucasus to the Mediterranean
**Medscreen Arab Film Promotion
*The World of Animation: Alexander Petrov
*'68 and its Heritage
Marc Caro: Lost in Illusions
Nokia NseriesShort Film Competition
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
*Best Actor and Best Actress (national competition)
*Lifetime Achievement Award
FIPRESCIPrize (national -in memory of Onat Kutlar- and international competitions)
*People's Choice Award
Top Award Winners
=International Competition (Golden Tulip) [http://www.iksv.org/film/english/press_release.asp?cid=4&ms=6 Istanbul Film Festival awards] , retrieved 2007-12-15] =
Year Film Director 2008 "Egg (Yumurta)" Semih Kaplanoğlu 2007 "Reprise" Joachim Trier 2006 " A Cock and Bull Story" Michael Winterbottom 2005 "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 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 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]
* [http://www.iksv.org/film/english Official Festival Website]
* [http://istanbulkolay.com/content/view/771/659/ 26.İstanbul Film Festival]
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