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Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop Projects Announced

12 fictional and 3 documentary film projects are selected.



12 fictional and 3 documentary film projects are selected to join in the Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) as part of the Istanbul Film Festival.

There has been 84 aplications to the 16th Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop with the supports of TRT. The fiction, documentary and post-production films of “Neighbour Platform” and “Work in Progress” workshops will screen to the international cinema professional on April 7-8-9.

Films selected for Film Development Workshop

  • Anathema ( dir. Yılmaz Özdil, yap. Hewi Çınar )
  • Altın Humması ( dir. Yavuz Gözeller, yap. Hilal Şener)
  • Berna ( dir. Sinan Kesova, yap. Alara Hamamcıoğlu, Arda Çiltepe)
  • Buradayım İyiyim ( dir. Emine Emel Balcı, yap. Dilek Aydın)
  • Geceden Fecre Kadar (dir. Tarık Aktaş, yap. Güneş Şekeroğlu)
  • Istanbul’un Sesli Rüyaları ( dir. Anıl Eraslan, yap. Kıvılcım Akay)
  • Kara Orman ( dir. Nazlı Elif Durlu, yap. Annamaria Aslanoğlu)
  • Nesrin (dir. Selman Nacar, yap. Burak Çevik)
  • Perşembe Gecesi Çok Karanlık (dir. Onur Sefer, yap. Tilbe Cana İnan)
  • Philax ( dir. Ruken Tekeş, yap. Balam Bingül)
  • Road to Tokyo ( dir. Efe Öztezdoğan, yap. Aslıhan Altuğ, Haluk Koçak)
  • Salyangozlar (dir. Gülten Taranç, yap. Serpil Altın)
  • Sanki Her şey Biraz Felaket ( dir. Umut Subaşı, yap. Cemre Erül)
  • Şerife Tavşan ( dirTareq Daoud, yap. Çiğdem Mater)
  • Tussifed ( dir. Doğu Akalyap. Kaan Ege)

Project team will meet the international filmmakers and instuctors in March  to do presentation techniques, marketing and social media. 

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Documentarist Istanbul Film Festival Kicks Off

Istanbul Documentary Days return with an exciting lineup.



Documentarist Istanbul Documentary Days celebrating its 14th edition in theaters on 6-11 July, after the pandemic. The films that have received prizes at the festival so far will be accessible for free streaming for one week beginning July 3. Eliane Raheb, who won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale last week, is this year’s Festival’s Guest of Honor.

Documentarist Istanbul Documentary Days returns after the pandemic with an exciting program of quality documentaries. The festival, which will be held for the 14th time this year, will begin online and then continues with documentaries screenings and extra events in venues throughout Beyoglu. In the online section, the films that have won the Johan van der Keuken New Talent Award given by the festival for ten years can be watched all over the world on between 3-9 July. Then, from July 6-11, a diverse lineup of documentaries that have gained prominence in recent years will hit theaters.

Eliane Raheb, who won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale last week, is 14th Documentarist Istanbul Film Festival‘s Guest of Honor. Raheb’s new film, Miguel’s War (2021), wins big at Berlinale and placed second in the Audience Awards, along with the Teddy Award.

Raheb is a documentary maker who focuses on Lebanon’s societal fault lines, recent traumas, and problems she avoids tackling. Her work has been featured in major festivals such as Rotterdam, San Sebastian, and Berlinale, and she has won awards from several documentary festivals. She is also a documentary trainer and the co-founder of Beirut DC, an independent movie institution. Along with Raheb’s latest film, two more feature films, “Sleepless Nights” (2012) and “Those Who Remain” (2016), will be screened during the festival.

While ‘XR Extinction Rebellion‘ section stands out in this year’s Documentarist program, documentaries about the various forms of the global ecological crisis we are living in, its connection with the capitalist system of exploitation, and the struggles in this field take up a significant place. In addition, the Turkey Panorama section, selected among more than 150 films from Turkey, consists of Turkish documentaries. As in previous years, the directors chosen for this section with their debut or second films will be nominated for the Johan van der Keuken New Talent Award. The Tarabya Cultural Academy art director Pia Entenmann, producer Armağan Lale, cinema critic Ayça Çiftçi, music writerFeyzi Erçin, and last year’s winner Ardin Diren make up this year’s jury for the JvdK New Talent Award.

The FIPRESCI jury, comprised of Maricke Nieuwdorp (Netherlands), Nadia Meflah (France), and Ahmet Gürata (Turkey), will evaluate an international selection chosen from the programming of prominent festivals such as IDFA, Berlinale, and Visions du Reel, for Critics’ Award.

The International Panorama section of the festival consists of documentaries selected from world festivals.

The festival is organizing with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the Goethe Institute, the Portuguese Embassy, and the French Cultural Center, and the collaboration of Pera Museum and Arter, the festival is sponsored by

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“12 Punto TRT Script Days” Kicks Off Tomorrow

The events will take place at Istanbul Feriye Cinema.



The 3rd edition of “12 Punto TRT Script Days” will take place between June 22 and 29, with the participation of the world’s best filmmakers.

This year, 12 Punto, a film school for anybody interested in cinema, will contribute to Turkish cinema by bringing together masters. Panels, masterclasses, Q&As, and screenings will be held in 12 Punto, which will also be attended by notable figures from throughout the world.

The event schedule for the “12 Punto TRT Script Days,” which everyone engaged in cinema is looking forward to, has been announced. International events and meetings will take place online during the “12 Punto TRT Scenario Days,” which will take place this year on three distinct platforms. Also, these online events are going to be held in Istanbul Feriye Cinema in accordance with social distance.

Live and exclusive shows on TRT 2

TRT 2 will entice moviegoers to the screen with live shows every evening, notably during the “12 Punto TRT Script Days” from June 22 to 29. The “What’s Goes On in 12 Punto?” and “Tomorrow on 12 Punto” shows will provide information on the event beginning at 19.00. Behind-the-scenes documentaries of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, each of which is a directing lesson, will be aired at the “12 Punto Movie Time.” TRT 2 will air the three-part “Voyage of the Wild Pear,” which features behind-the-scenes from the film Wild Pear Tree, and “A Long Cold Winter,” which features behind-the-scenes footage from the film Winter Sleep. “12 Punto Movie Time” will air TRT Co-produced films ‘Honeyland‘, ‘Trap‘, and ‘Focus, Grandma‘.

The program, which will also include exclusive interviews and masterclasses every evening, will end on Tuesday, June 29 with the closing event.

The panel and masterclass program to be held with the participation of the world’s leading filmmakers is as follows;

Tuesday, June 22

Panel: The Role of Sales Agents in the Film Industry

Speakers: Sata Cissokho (Head pf Acquisitions), Zeynep Atakan (Producer)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 11.00

Masterclass: How to Make a Ken Loach Film?

Speaker: Rebecca O’Brien (Producer of Ken Loach Films)

Venue: Cinema Feriye


Screening: I, Daniel Blake (Dir: Ken Loach)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 18.30

Wednesday, June 23

Panel: Breaking the Path: How Did I Make My First Film?

Speakers: Müge Özen (Producer), Hilal Çelenk (Scriptwriter), Orçun Köksal (Director), Bekir Bülbül (Director)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 14.00

Thursday, June 24

Masterclass: International Co-productions and Co-production Markets

Speaker: Martina Bleis (Head of Berlinale Co-production Market)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 14.00

Masterclass: Roadmap to Co-production

Speakers: Lise Lense-Møller (Head of Studies,EAVE), Sezgi Üstün San (Producer)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 17.00

Friday, June 25

Screening and Q&A: Honeyland

With Participation of: Tamara Kotevska (Director), Ljubomir Stefanov (Director)

Venue: Feriye Bahçesi

Time: 18.30

Saturday, June 26

Masterclass: How Did We Make Honeyland?

Speakers: Tamara Kotevska (Director), Ljubomir Stefanov (Director)

Venue: Cinema Feriye

Time: 16.00

Screening and Q&A: Quo Vadis, Aida?

With Participation of: Jasmila Zbanic (Director), Damir Ibrahimovic (Producer)

Venue: Feriye Bahçesi

Time: 18.30

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“12 Punto TRT Script Days” To Start Soon

The “12 Punto TRT Script Days,” which TRT will organize for the third time this year, is about to start.



The “12 Punto TRT Scenario Days,” which TRT will organize for the third time this year, will take place on three different platforms between June 22 and 29, with participation from nine different nations. “12 Punto TRT Script Days” will make a huge effect in the world arena with the participation of prominent names in the cinema industry, online masterclass’, special shows to be broadcast on TRT 2 and events to be placed in Istanbul Feriye.

12 Punto TRT Script Days” brings a fresh viewpoint to the film industry by supporting filmmakers at the scenario stage, contributing to the development of their films, opening up space for them at festivals, and facilitating international co-producer meetings. This year, Turkey’s largest script development and co-production platform, 12 Punto, will bring together master names, project owners, and audiences on a single platform.

The Most Prominent Names are in 12 Punto!

This year’s event, which will be organized with social distance restrictions in consideration, will bring together film professionals from all over the world. 12 Punto will bring together filmmakers from Turkey, England, France, Germany, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Australia, and the United States. The proprietors of the 12 feature film projects that went to the finals of 12 Punto this year will take part in workshops with experienced names in the sectors of scenario, marketing, and promotion. Within the framework of 12 Punto this year, 12 short film scriptwriters will also have the opportunity to improve their scripts with their screenplay advisors.

12 Punto TRT Script Days feature events attended by renowned personalities in the Turkish and international film industries, as well as engaging content for both professionals and young people just starting out.

Jury members will announce the winners.

On 28 June, the project owners will present their projects to a 5-person jury consisting of the managers of the most important institutions of the international film industry. TRT Co-Production Awards will be given to four projects out of the 12 finalists, whileTRT Pre-Buy Awards will be given to four projects. This year’s TRT International Co-Production Award winners will be announced during the 12 Punto TRT Script Days Award Ceremony. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony to be held on the evening of 29 June.

All in-person events are on Feriye!

Panels and presentations with the directors of the world’s most important institutions of the film industry will be held at Feriye Cinema in Beşiktaş as part of the 12 Punto TRT Script Days. Along with screenings of TRT Co-produced and award-winning international films, masterclasses with the directors and producers of these films will be held. Visitors will be allowed to attend events based on their social distance.

In the next few days, details on directing, producing, co-productions, film marketplaces, award ceremonies that affect the cinema business, and film finance events will be announced on

Every evening from June 22 to 29,

TRT 2 will air “12 Punto Exclusive” at 19.00. The event will include interviews with the 12 Punto finalists, updates on the event, and interviews with award-winning Turkish film directors and producers. The “12 Punto Award Ceremony,” which will take place on June 29th, will be broadcast live on TRT 2.

The legends of cinema were in 12 Punto

European Film Academy Chairman Mike Downey, Cannes Cinefondation General Manager Georges Goldenstern, Doha Film Institute CEO Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Films Boutique Director Gabor Greiner, and Sarajevo Film Festival Industry President Jovan Marjanovic were among the international jury members at last year’s event. Oscar President John Bailey presided over the international jury of 12 Punto, which was held for the first time in 2019.

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