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TRT Co-Productions at Sarajevo Film Festival: Forgiveness, Hesitation Wound, Quo Vadis, Aida?

TRT, Turkey’s official broadcaster, will have a prominent position at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival.

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TRT co-produced films stand out at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, which kicks off on August 13 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Danis Tanovic’s Not So Friendly Neighbourhood, a TRT production will open the 27th edition of the festival which will be held which will be held between 13-20 August.

Forgiveness by Cem Ozay and Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic, both TRT co-productions, will compete in the festival’s In Focus programme. Another TRT co-production, director Bekir Bulbul’s To Carnations of a Song, will be featured in the Cinelink Work in Progress section of the festival. The festival will also feature Hesitation Wound, directed by Selman Nacar and co-produced by TRT. The festival’s Cinelink Industry Days chose it for the co-production and drama strands.

The Sarajevo Film Festival, the most important film festival in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, will feature five films produced by TRT. The festival, which will kick off with Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic’s TRT production “Not So Friendly Neighborhood,” will feature the best films produced in Eastern Europe and the Balkans in the previous year.

Forgiveness by Cem Ozay and Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic, both TRT co-productions, will compete in the festival’s In Focus programme. Cinelink will have two projects in the festival’s industry section: “Hesitation Wound,” which earned the TRT Co-Production Award in 12 Punto last June, and “To Carnations of a Song,” which won the TRT Co-Production Award in 12 Punto in 2019.

TRT’s Not So Friendly Neighbourhood will open the festival

Following the opening ceremony of the festival, which began in order to remove the remnants of Bosnian genocide (1992-1995) and to re-establish Sarajevo as a hub of culture and art, Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic’s film “Not So Friendly Neighbourhood” will have world premiere. The TRT-produced film depicts the competition of two of Sarajevo’s top “cevabi” (Sarajevo-style meatballs) chefs who, although having quite different personalities, are friends and neighbors. The film will have its world premiere during the festival on Friday, August.

Oscar-nominated “Quo Vadis Aida?” will be screened in Sarajevo

TRT co-production “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, directed by Jasmila Zbanic and produced by Damir Ibrahimovic, is a co-production of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France and Norway. The film, which is about the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, takes place at the United Nations Base during the genocide, when tens of thousands of Bosnians, including women and children, were massacred by Serbian soldiers in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica.

The film had its world premiere in the Main Competition section of the Venice Film Festival in September 2020, competed in the Toronto Film Festival, and received accolades at numerous film festivals. Last October, the film won the Best Film Award in the International Competition at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey. 93. “Quo Vadis Aida?” was nominated for an Oscar for “Best International Film,” and it was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film.

TRT’s award-winning “Forgiveness” is in “In Focus” programme

Forgiveness, directed by Cem Özay focus on the struggles within the family deepen due to the authoritarian and unjust attitudes of the father, who lives in a forest village and works in lumber trade. Forgiving each other is the only way out of the psychological crisis for members of this family. TRT co-production “Af”, which had its world premiere at the 33rd Tokyo Film Festival, was also supported by the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The film will compete in the “In Focus” section of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

TRT co-production “Hesitation Wound” and “To Carnations of a Song” are on Cinelink!

The industry section of the festival “Cinelink” will have “Hesitation Wound”, which won the “TRT Co-Production Award” at 12 Punto TRT Script Days held in June this year, and “To Carnations of a Song”, which won the “TRT Co-Production Award” at 12 Punto in 2019.

“Hesitation Wound”, directed and scripted by Selman Nacar and produced by Burak Çevik and Diloy Gülün, was selected for the Co-production Market of Cinelink, the industry section of the festival. The film tells the story of lawyer Nesrin, who must confront her own conscience at the sentencing hearing of a murder suspect she believes is innocent and has been defending for a long time.

“To Carnations of a Song,” co-written by Bekir Bülbül and Büşra Bülbül, directed by Bekir Bülbül, and produced by Halil Kardaş, is in the festival’s industry area, Cinelink, where films in the editing stage compete. The film, which is about the journey of an old refugee Musa and his granddaughter Halime amid terrible climatic conditions and their struggle to survive, was shot over the last few months.

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Winners Announced at “Diaspora International Short Film Festival”

The Festival concluded with a closing and award ceremony at Atlas Cinema.

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The Diaspora International Short Film Festival concluded with a closing and award ceremony at Atlas Cinema.

The winners of the Diaspora International Short Film Festival, which was held between 27-29 August for the first time this year by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) in collaboration with the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cinema, and Global Communications Partner Anadolu Agency and Boğaziçi Culture and Arts Foundation announced at Atlas Cinema. Karsu Dönmez, one of the most outstanding artists of the Turkish diaspora, performed at the festival’s closing and award ceremony, hosted by Simge Fistikoglu, with compositions that mixed jazz, blues, and Turkish music.

The opening speech of the ceremony was made by Abdullah Eren, President of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities. Eren drew attention to the fact that 300 million diasporas live in various countries around the world, stating that their tales, losses, pleasures, and lives are not being told.

Serdar Çam, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, also delivered a speech. Çam congratulated everyone who helped create such an important festival at a time when art was most needed, stating that despite the fact that it is the festival’s debut year, it was a successful and useful one.

Jury members consisting of Nariman Aliev, Writer and Producer Samed Karagöz, Director Anthony Nti, Asian World Film Festival Director Asel Sherniyazova, Baku International Short Film Festival Director Fehruz Shamiyev, Sarajevo Film Center Director and Director Ines Tanović, selected the productions that will receive awards in the Turkish-Speaking Films Competition Category and the Foreign Language Films Competition Category in the first year of the festival.

Karsu Dönmez, the award ceremony’s guest, also gave a brief remark before taking the stage. Karsu Dönmez expressed her gratitude for being invited to the award ceremony, stating that she composed music for films and that this was a time-consuming procedure for musicians. “I freely compose all my compositions and music,” Karsu Dönmez stated, adding that expressing the feeling of a scene in a movie to the audience through music is a very satisfying process. The successful musician expressed her admiration for movies and stated that special music had been arranged for the attendees, wishing them a happy occasion.

Diaspora International Short Film Festival Full List of Winners

Turkish Speaking Films Competition

  • Best Short Film Award (5.000€): Climate Change – Yasemin Demirci
  • TRT Special Award (2.500€): The Game – Roman Hodel
  • Second Best Short Film Award (1.500€): Susam – Sami Morhayim

Foreign Language Films Competition

  • Best Short Film Award (5.000€): I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore – Viv Li
  • Jury Special Award (2.500€): Ward’s Henna Party – Morad Mustafa
  • Second Best Short Film Award (1.500€): Flowing Home – Sandra Desmazieres
  • Audience Award (500€): Wedding Photo – Cemalettin Baş
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7th Mercy to the Universe International Short Film Festival Submissions Open

The total award is 300.000 TL.

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7th Mercy to the Universe International Short Film Festival

Submissions for the “7th Mercy to the Worlds International Short Film Festival,” which is organized from the perspective of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and morality, or the responsibility of being a Muslim in this era, have begun.

In its seventh edition, the “Mercy to the Universe International Short Film Festival,” the world’s first festival dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad, continues to support filmmakers with the Final Draft Industrial Department Award. The Final Draft programme, aims to bring together short film directors and producers with industry professionals and festivals of Turkish and international cinema, as well as to support projects during the production phase.

Nacer Khemir, Shems Friedlander, Ahmed Mahfouz Nouh, Ovidio Abdullatif Salazar, Salim Ahamed, Emad Burnat, Rabia Christine Brodbeck, and others who have made major contributions to cinema in recent years were among the festival’s guests. This year’s event will feature special guests as well as short filmmakers and audiences.

The winning films will receive a total of 100,000 TL in the festival’s competition programme of the festival, where a total of 300,000 TL will be awarded. In the Final Draft Industry Department, a total of 200,000 TL will be given the productions in the categories of Script Development Support and Short Film Production Support. It is necessary for films or projects in the categories to which all projects may apply, regardless of genre, to include a reference to the life and morality of the Prophet Muhammad or a subject relevant to the responsibility of being a Muslim today.

The competition deadline is October 31, 2021, while the Final Draft deadline is September 30, 2021. You can submit submission for the 7th Mercy to the Universe International Short Film Festival here.

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Diaspora International Short Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Between 27-29 August!

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Diaspora

With the theme #HerşeydenBirazKalır (A Little Bit of Everything Remains), the Diaspora International Short Film Festival, which will be held to show the cultural richness of diaspora populations at Atlas Cinema, begins tomorrow with film screenings and events.

The Diaspora International Short Film Festival, which will be held for the first time this year by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) in collaboration with the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cinema, and Global Communications Partner Anadolu Agency and Boğaziçi Culture and Arts Foundation, kicks off tomorrow. The festival will be held at Atlas Cinema between 27-29 August. The festival will reflect the richness of diaspora cinema by presenting an enjoyable program in its debut year with a selection of 24 films from Turkish and international cinema and events to discuss the topic of diaspora.

Strong Emphasis on the Word “Diaspora” in the Festival Teaser

The teaser, created especially for the festival’s debut year, portrays the festival poster’s visual universe in a moving and captivating way. The teaser, which attempts to pique the audience’s interest with questions posed by people approaching the misty glass, which is illuminated by the purple light reflected from the background, reveals the people living in the diaspora and the feelings they experience. Those in the diaspora who use statements like “I am not invisible,” “I am in the minority,” “I am free,” and “I want to live” are looking for solutions to the problems they pose.

Diaspora Cinema Tour with 24 Films

The festival features 24 films in two competition categories: Turkish-speaking Films Competition, which includes films shot in Turkish and/or Turkish dialects, and Foreign Language Films Competition, which includes diaspora-themed films produced in a language other than Turkish. Following the screenings, questions regarding the films will be discussed in interviews with the film crews.

The Concept of Diaspora and Cinema Will Be Discussed With Interviews

In addition to film screenings, it will provide its participants with varied viewpoints on diaspora filmmaking, joined by professionals, at Academy Beyoğlu on the 27th and 28th of August, with free lectures. Many filmmakers, including Banu Sıvacı, Cemil Yavuz, Ensar Altay, Haluk Piyes, Maryna Er Gorbach, Nazif Tunç, Reis Çelik, Rıza Oylum, Tarık Tufan and Ümit Köreken, will give talks at the festival about diaspora cinema and its reflections.

Festival’s First Day Program

On the first day of the Diaspora International Short Film Festival, 12 films will be screened. The films Wedding Photo, Flowing Home, Turning To Dust and The Color of the Time will be screened at the Atlas Cinema at 14.00. At 17:00 Heaven, The Game, Climate Change and Bj’s Mobile Gift Shop will be screened. In the last session of the day at 20:00, moviegoers will be able to watch the movies 3 Logical Exits, 28, Malabar and High Altitude Or Awkwardness Of The Things.

All Screenings at the Festival are Free!

24 movies from different countries of the world can be seen for free. The screening hours of the festival, where three sessions will be held per day, are set at 14.00, 17.00, and 20.00 in order to allow time for audience health and sanitation in the halls.

The Festival Will Also Be Held Online

All films in the program will be available online at festivalscope.com Those who watch the films online or in the theater will be able to vote on the festival’s website, diasporafilmfestival.com, to choose the winner of the Audience Award, which is worth 500 €.

Important Information About COVID-19 Precautions

The Diaspora International Short Film Festival screenings at Atlas Cinema on August 27-29, 2021, will be held in accordance with the measures to be taken under the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Investment and Enterprises’ Controlled Normalization Process in Culture and Art Facilities Circular dated 23 June 2020.

More information about the Diaspora International Short Film Festival, which will take place for the first time at Atlas Cinema in Istanbul on August 27-29, 2021, may be found at diasporafilmfestival.com.

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