Istanbul International Film Festival
Mr. Kerem Ayan
Year of Foundation 1984
Event Date from 05 April 2019 till 16 April 2019
in Istanbul, Turkey
Sections a) The International Competition, open only to films that fit the theme “new perspectives in cinema”;
b) Turkish Cinema 2018-2019, which includes the subsections National Competition, National Documentary Competition, and National Short Film Competition;
d) Non-competitive, informative sections. Fiction features and documentaries can be selected for these sections.
e) Thematic sections.
Terms of Entry Films for the main competition should provide new perspectives. Short films (running time under 60 min.) are not considered (except documentaries). Feature films and documentaries will not be considered for the program if they are already released or shown at a public screening in Turkey. Turkish premiers preferred. For the international competition, films must be produced in after 01 January 2018. Accepted submision material: DVD (PAL or NTSC) or online links (no time or IP restrictions).
Genre Art, Culture, Literature, Music
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format DCP, 35 mm
Registration Deadline 22 December 2018
Attendance Figures 85,000
Participants of the Film Industry around 50 Turkish buyers from TV, video, theatres and distribution companies. The second week of the Istanbul Film Festival is recognised as the international accreditation period. The International and national competitions take place during the second half of the Festival and the Festivals hosts approximately 200 – 250 guests from all over the world every year.
Prizes/Awards Golden Tulip Award (€ 10.000 to the director, € 10.000 to the Turkish distributor), FACE – the Film Award of the Council of Europe (€ 10.000), Special Jury Prize (€ 5.000), People's Choice Award, FIPRESCI Prize
COCOTE by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias (DO/AR/DE, Pandora Filmproduktion)
WESTERN by Valeska Grisebach (DE/BG/AT, Komplizen Film)
Human Rights in Cinema Competition
CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Ainouz (DE/FR/BR, Lupa Film)
THE ESCAPE by Kenan Kabut (TR/DE, una film)
MUHI – GERERALLY TEMPORARY by Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman (IL/DE, Celluloid Fabrik)
STYX by Wolfgang Fischer (DE/AT, Schiwago Film)
THE ESCAPE by Kenan Kabut (TR/DE, una film)
GRAIN by Semih Kaplanoglu (TR/DE/FR/DE/QA, Heimatfilm)
THE GULF by Emre Yeksan (TR/DE/GR, Kundschafter Filmproduktion)
National Documentary Competition
TURTLE SHELLS (SCHILDKRÖTENPANZER) by Tuna Kaptan (donaukapitän, HFF Munich)
Vodafone Red Galas
THE BOOK SHOP by Isabel Coixet (ES/GB/DE, One Two Films)
THE HAPPY PRINCE by Rupert Everett (DE/BE/IT, Maze Pictures)
ISLE OF DOGS (ISLE OF DOGS – ATARIS REISE) by Wes Anderson (US/DE, Babelsberg Film)
TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie (RO/DE/CZ/BR/FR, Rohfilm Productions)
TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)
Best of the Fests
THE CAPTAIN (DER HAUPTMANN) by Robert Schwentke (DE/DR, Filmgalerie 541)
THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM by Muayad Alayan (PS/NL/DE/MX, Manderley Films)
THREE PEAKS (DREI ZINNEN) by Jan Zabeil (DE/IT, Rohfilm Productions)
WAJIB by Annemarie Jacir (PS/FR/DE/CO/NO/QA/AE, klinkerfilm)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIAN COUNTRY (ES WAR EINMAL INDIANERLAND) by Ilker Catak (Riva Filmproduktion)
CANDELARIA by Jhonny Hendrix (CO/DE/NO/AR, Razor Film Productions)
Documentary Time with NTV
MRS FANG by Wang Bing (FR/CN/DE, documenta14)
PLOT 35 by Eric Caravaca (FR/DE, NiKo Film)
THEATRE OF WAR by Lola Arias (AR/ES/DE, Sutor Kolonko)
NOTHINGWOOD by Sonia Kronlund (FR/DE, Made in Germany Filmproduktion)
UNDER THE THREE by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (IS/PL/DK/DE, One Two Films)
LOOKING FOR OUM KHULTUM by Shirin Neshat (DE/AT/IT, Razor Film Production)
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke (DE/GB, Rapid Eye Movies)
Where are you my love?
THE CAKEMAKER (DER KUCHENMACHER) by Ofir Raul Graizer (DE/IL, Film Base Berlin)
THE HEIRESSES by Marcelo Martinessi (PY/DE/UR, Pandora Filmproduktion)
Bergman: 100 years
AUTOMN SONATA by Ingmar Bergman (FR/DE/SE, Persona Film)
THE LEGEND OF THE UGLY KING by Hüseyn Tabak (DE/AT)
PARIS, TEXAS by Wim Wenders (DE/FR/GB, Road Movies Filmproduktion)
Number of Films Shown around 200 films
Media Coverage International and local journalists from TV, periodicals, Internet and newspapersSpecific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Spezialised Feature Film Festival.
Evaluation The festival has a high standard of film culture and gets widespread coverage in the national media. It is very well attended by the public and is a good platform for testing foreign films. The extensive program consists of various sections and also offers a good survey of the year's production in Turkey. The Meetings on the Bridge attract international industry representatives interested in discovering projects from the region.
Services Shipment costs of the prints for both ways will be paid by the Festival only if the prints are sent from and returned to their sources. In case the print is shared with another festival, the Festival will pay for the return transportation charges only. Storage, customs, insurance and handling charges in Turkey are covered by the Istanbul Film Festival.
Electronic subtitles in Turkish are prepared by the Festival for all non-Turkish language films.