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40th Istanbul Film Festival Announced the Winners for National Documentary and National Short Awards

The Criminals and Anima win big.



40th Istanbul Film Festival, held by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, announced the winners for The National Short Film and National Documentary Awards.

The screenings of the National Documentary and National Short Film competition films in the Turkish Cinema section, which was held for the 34th time and sponsored by Anadolu Efes, were done at the 40th Istanbul Film Festival, which was organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the winners of the competitions were announced. The competition films were screened on the festival’s online screening site from May 20 to 30.

Anima 40th Istanbul Film Festival

National Documentary Competition

This year, 9 films competed in the National Documentary Competition of Istanbul Film Festival to support documentary cinema and filmmakers. The National Documentary Competition jury included Serdar Kokceoglu (“Mimaroglu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island”) and Martina Priessner (“The Guardian”) and also Hasan Söylemez (“Tenere”).

The Best Documentary Award went to Yusuf Emre Yalçın‘s Anima. Discovery+ awards a monetary prize of 20,000 Turkish Liras to the director of the Best Documentary in the National Documentary Competition.

Nosema, directed by Etna Ozbek, and Wind Horse, directed by Sidar Inan Erçelik, got honorable mentions in the National Documentary Competition.

The Criminals 40th Istanbul Film Festival
The Criminals 40th Istanbul Film Festival

National Short Film Competition

This year, 13 films competed in the Istanbul Film Festival‘s National Short Film Competition, which was founded to encourage short film production. The jury featured actress and producer Nazlı Bulum, director Engin Erden, and film critic Selin Gürel.

Serhat Karaaslan‘s short film The Criminals won the Best Short Film Award. The Best Short Film will be awarded 5,000 TL by Anadolu Efes.

Malaz Usta got an honorable mention in the National Short Film Competition for “A Year in Exile.”

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Selman Nacar’s “Between Two Dawns” To Compete in San Sebastian Film Festival

The TRT Co-production!



The 13 films that will compete in the New Directors showcase at the 2021 San Sebastian Film Festival (September 17-25) have been revealed.

Selman Nacar‘s first feature film “Between Two Dawns“, co-produced by TRT, will compete in the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival. The filmmakers will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which is $60,000 (€50,000). The award will be shared between the director and the film’s Spanish distributor.

The festival, which will be held in the city of San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain between 17-25 September, is considered the most important international film festival in Spain.

The only Turkish film competing in the festival

The film, which was shot in Turkey for four weeks in July and August 2019 and is the only Turkish submission in the festival, will have its world premiere at the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The world’s most major film platforms provided support

The film received the “Chainsaw Europe” at Transilvania Pitch Stop in Romania, two industry prizes at San Sebastian, and “Work in Progress” Grand Prize at Meetings on the Bridge after participating in many Turkish and international organizations and being funded by the world’s biggest cinema funds. TRT co-produced films have won over 150 awards at over 200 film festivals across the world and have been nominated for Oscars two years in a row.

Here’s the full New Directors lineup:

Directors: Silvina Schnicer (Argentina), Ulises Porra (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Dominican Republic – Argentina

Ese Fin De Semana / That Weekend
Director: Mara Pescio (Argentina)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Argentina – Brazil

İki Şafak Arasinda / Between Two Dawns
Director: Selman Nacar (Turkey)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Turkey – France – Romania – Spain

Inventura / Inventory
Director: Darko Sinko (Slovenia)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Slovenia

Josefina / Josephine
Director: Javier Marco (Spain)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Spain

La Roya / The Rust
Director: Juan Sebastián Mesa (Colombia)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Colombia – France

Las Vacaciones De Hilda / Hilda´S Short Summer
Director: Agustín Banchero (Uruguay)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Uruguay – Brazil

Le Bruit Des Moteurs / The Noise Of Engines
Director: Philippe Grégoire (Canada)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Canada

Marocco / Mikado
Director: Emanuel Parvu (Romania)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Romania

Hon-Ja Sa-Neun Sa-Ram-Deul / Aloners
Director: Hong Sung-Eun (South Korea)
Country(Ies) Of Production: South Korea

Director: Fran Kranz (Usa)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Usa

Nich’ya / Unwanted
Director: Lena Lanskih (Russia)
Country(Ies) Of Production: Russia

Shu Qi Shi Guang / Lost In Summer
Director: Sun Liang (China)
Country(Ies) Of Production: China

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Ferit Karahan Wins Best Director for “Brother’s Keeper” at the European Film Festival Palić

Another award for Brother’s Keeper!



Ferit Karahan, the award-winning director, has come home with the Best Director Award from the 28th European Film Festival Pali, which took place in Serbia from July 17 to 23! The film, which won awards from the festivals it participated in, continues its journey in international festivals without slowing down.

Ferit Karahan‘s 71. Berlin Uluslararası Film Festivali Brother’s Keeper,” which received the FIPRESCI Award, Best Screenplay Award at the 38th International Fajr Film Festival, and Best Film and Audience Award at the 36th Valencia Cinema Jove International Film Festival before, has won the Best Director Award at the 28th European Film Festival Palić!

Brother’s Keeper is the story of Yusuf and his best friend Memo who falls mysteriously ill. Yusuf is forced to struggle through the bureaucratic obstacles put up by the school’s repressive authorities to try to help his friend. But by the time the adults in charge finally understand the seriousness of Memo’s condition and try to get him to the hospital, the school has been buried under a sudden, heavy snowfall. With no way out and now desperate to reach help, teachers and pupils engage in a blame game where grudges, feelings of guilt and hidden secrets emerge, as time ticks mercilessly on and threatens to run out. The film, which stars Ekin Koç, Mahir Pek, Cansu Fırıncı, Melih Selçuk, and child actor Samet Yıldız, also contains elements from Ferit Karahan‘s own life. Intramovies, based in Italy, is globally distributing the film, which was edited by Sercan Sezgin and Hayedeh Safiyari.

The festival journey of Asteros Film‘s “Brother’s Keeper” continues with the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, and the 15th Two Riversides Film and Art Festival.

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Venice Film Festival’s 2021 Lineup

‘Dune,’ ‘Last Duel,’ ‘Power of the Dog,’ ‘Spencer,’ and More



The Venice Film Festival, which will be held for the 78th time this year, has been unveiled the selection. This year’s festival, which will feature the world premieres of many highly anticipated films, will take place from September 1 to September 11.

The selection for the 78th Venice Film Festival, presiding over by director Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite,”) has been unveiled. This year’s festival, which will be placed in person between September 1 and 11, will also feature many films.

From Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers starring Penelope Cruz to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune featuring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, the selection of the 78th Venice Film Festival is as follows:

Competition/Venezia 78

  • “Parallel Mothers”, Pedro Almodovar — Opening Movie
  • “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon”, Ana Lily Amirpour
  • “Un Autre Monde”, Stephane Brize
  • “The Power of the Dog”, Jane Campion
  • “America Latina”, Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo
  • “L’Evenement”, Audrey Diwan
  • “Official Competition”, Gaston Depart, Mariano Cohn
  • “The Hole”, Michelangelo Frammartino
  • “Sundown”, Michel Franco
  • “Lost Illusions”, Xavier Giannoli
  • “The Lost Daughter”, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Out of Competition (Fiction)

  • “Il Bambino Nascosto,” Roberto Andò – Closing Film
  • “Les Choses Humaines,” Yvan Attal
  • “Ariaferma,” Leonardo Di Costanzo
  • “Halloween Kills,” David Gordon Green
  • “La Scuola Cattolica,” Stefano Mordini
  • “Old Henry,” Potsy Ponciroli
  • “The Last Duel,” Ridley Scott
  • “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve
  • “Last Night in Soho,” Edgar Wright

Out of Competition (Non Fiction)

  • “Life Of Crime,” Jon Alpert
  • “Tranchees,” Loup Bureau
  • “Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo,” Augusto Contento
  • “Republic of Silence,” Diana El Jeiroudi
  • “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song,” Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
  • “DeAndre#Deandre Storia di un Impiegato,” Roberta Lena
  • “Django&Django,” Luca Rea
  • “Ezio Bosso. Le Cose Che Restano,” Giorgio Verdelli


  • “Les Promesses,” Thomas Kruithof – Opening Film
  • “Atlantide,” Jury Ancarani
  • “Miracle,” Bogdan George Apetri
  • “Pilgrims,” Laurynas Bareisa
  • “The Peackock’s Paradise,” Laura Bispuri
  • “The Falls,” Chung Mong-Hong
  • “El Hoyo En La Cerca,” Joachin Del Paso
  • “Amira,” Mohammed Diab
  • “A Plein Temps,” Eric Gravel
  • “107 Mothers,” Peter Kerkekes
  • “Vera Dreams of the Sea,” Kaltrina Krasniqi
  • “White Building,” Kavich Neang
  • “Anatomy of Time,” Jakrawal Nilthamrong
  • “El Otro Tom,” Rodrigo Pla, Laura Santullo
  • “El Gran Movimiento,” Kiro Russo
  • “Once Upon a Time in Calcutta,” Adita Vikram Sengupta
  • “Rhino,” Oleg Sentsov
  • “True Things,” Harry Wootliff
  • “Inu-Oh,” Yuasa Maasaki


  • “Land of Dreams,” Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari — Opening Film
  • “Costa Brava” (AKA Lebanon) Mounia Akl
  • “Mama, I’m Home,” Vladimir Bitokov
  • “Ma Nuit,” Antoinette Boulot
  • “La Ragazza Ha Volato,” Wilma Labate
  • “7 Prisoners,” Alexandre Moratto
  • “The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic,” Teemu Nikki
  • “La Macchina Delle Immagini di Alfredo C,” Rolando Sejko
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