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Festival submissions for Turkish productions opened | 07.12.2015 A new competition in festival: National Short Film Competition | 30.11.2015 Don't miss JUNUN! | 31.10.2015 Memduh Ün passed away | 16.10.2015 Chantal Akerman passed away | 06.10.2015 Kerem Ayan appointed new director | 24.08.2015 News from festival films | 22.07.2015 Veteran director Başar Sabuncu dies | 17.06.2015 Screen and stage legend Zeki Alasya died | 08.05.2015 Festival ended | 21.04.2015 Meetings on the Bridge award winners announced | 20.04.2015 Festival cancels National and International Golden Tulip Competitions, National Documentary Competition and The Closing Ceremony | 13.04.2015 Programme change | 13.04.2015 Announcement from the Istanbul Film Festival | 12.04.2015 Festival celebrates Sinematek's 50th anniversary | 08.04.2015 34th Istanbul Film Festival kicks off | 03.04.2015 Additional screenings | 28.03.2015 The festival’s opening film is 'Behaviour' | 27.03.2015 Attention to these screening times! | 25.03.2015 Programme change | 17.03.2015 The city eyes the festival | 10.03.2015 The Golden Tulip Excitement at the Festival | 10.03.2015 Festival guests and parties | 10.03.2015 Festival theatres and tickets | 10.03.2015 Visconti or the history of a distance | 01.03.2015 PasoFilm! | 23.02.2015 First highlights from the programme | 02.02.2015 National Competition Awards will be selected by jury chaired by Zeki Demirkubuz | 27.01.2015 Cannes-awarded Oscar nominee 'The Salt of the Earth' at the Istanbul Film Festival! | 16.01.2015 Francesco Rosi passed away | 10.01.2015 Meetings On The Bridge celebrates its 10th anniversary | 06.01.2015

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Ida is the best while Mr. Turner leads the European Film Academy Awards | 15.12.2014 Submissions are over | 12.11.2014 'Little Happiness' to vie for the Oscars! | 16.10.2014 Focus on Turkish Film Industry at Wroclaw T-mobile New Horizons Film Festival | 13.08.2014 After the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival | 22.04.2014 The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival concludes | 19.04.2014 Awards of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival | 19.04.2014 Towards the sad happy ending | 18.04.2014 Asghar Farhadi met the festival audience | 16.04.2014 Message from Wajda to festival | 16.04.2014 After many years, Muhsin Bey crew is together again | 14.04.2014 Cancellation and screening change | 07.04.2014 Festival kicks off! | 04.04.2014 Additional screenings of the festival | 22.03.2014 33rd Istanbul Film Festival's programme has been announced | 05.03.2014 The festival's Lifetime Achievement and Honorary Awards | 05.03.2014 Competitions and awards of the festival | 05.03.2014 The anticipated films of the season at “Akbank Galas” | 05.03.2014 Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited | 05.03.2014 'Big Bad Wolves' is among Midnight Madness films! | 21.02.2014 Muhsin Bey revisited! | 18.02.2014 Alan Berliner films are at festival! | 17.02.2014 Istanbul Film Festival cocktail at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival | 09.02.2014 Wes Anderson's latest The Grand Budapest Hotel will premiere in İstanbul just after opening Berlin | 05.02.2014 Jury president for the Golden Tulip National Competition is announced | 04.02.2014 The poster of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival has been announced | 28.01.2014 On the anniversary of his death,
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Festival cancels National and International Golden Tulip Competitions, National Documentary Competition and The Closing Ceremony

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Information regarding the official letter sent to İKSV:
On Saturday, 11 April at 14.25, İKSV received an e-mail from the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey. Attached to this e-mail was an official letter dated 9 January 2014, reminding the 15th and 17th articles of “Regulation Pertaining to the Basis and Procedures of Evaluation and Categorisation of Film Products”. In this letter, it is reminded that films produced in Turkey could only participate in the festivals if they are registered, and relevant legal sanctions are listed for the films that fail to demonstrate necessary certificates during possible inspections.
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The 34th Istanbul Film Festival has organised a press conference on Monday, 13 April and informed the public regarding the current developments. The press meeting at Martı Istanbul Hotel was attended by Azize Tan, the director of the festival, as well as the jury members of the festival competitions, and filmmakers whose films are included in the festival programme.

Following the cancellation of the screening on 12 April, a majority of films in the National Competition, National Documentary Competition, International Competition, Cinema in Human Rights Competition, Out of Competition, and New Turkish Cinema sections decided to not be screened at the festival. In the press conference, the festival announced that the film screenings would continue, but the National and International Golden Tulip Competitions, National Documentary Competition and the Closing Ceremony were cancelled.

A call for solidarity has been made to the whole sector, festivals and professional organisations to change the Regulation Pertaining to the Basis and Procedures of Evaluation and Categorisation of Film Products, which requires the films produced in Turkey to have registration certificates in order to be screened at festivals, in order to extend the exemption implemented for foreign films to locally produced films as well. The Istanbul Film Festival also invited the film crews, who decided not to screen their films at the festival, to come to the movie theatres at the screening times, in order to turn these places into discussion spaces.

Azize Tan, director of Istanbul Film Festival, stated that this regulation, even if it was not implemented in practice, created a massive problem for festivals and filmmakers for a long time, and the festival has previously conducted negotiations to change it. Tan continued: “I hope that this situation converts into an opportunity that brings film industry together to change this regulation. In order to overcome the problems in the industry, I think that a new film regulation should be enacted and it should secure the freedom to screen films at the festival without any problems."

Films produced in Turkey cannot be shown in festivals without registration certificates

On Saturday, 11 April, the Cinema General Directorate of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has sent an official letter to the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts reminding that as per the Regulation Pertaining to the Basis and Procedures of Evaluation and Categorisation of Film Products, valid since 2004, films produced in Turkey need to have obtained a formal registration certificate in order to be screened at festivals.

The Istanbul Film Festival regulations do not request this certificate from the films that apply to the festival. Nevertheless, the Cinema General Directorate’s letter reminded that screening of films produced in Turkey without this certificate results in legal sanctions.  

As such, on 12 April, İKSV declared that films that don’t have this certificate will not be screened in the festival and the screening of Bakur / North directed by Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, announced to be realised on the same date, was not made.

Following these, the directors and producers of 22 festival films decided not to screen their films at the festival, with a declaration saying: “We do not accept the requirement of these certificates for local productions, especially as they are not required for foreign films. We consider this to be a form of oppression and censorship.”

Announcement: A press conference by the professional organisations from the sector will be held on Tuesday, 14 April at 15.30' in Atlas Movie Theatre.