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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


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 ended

34th Istanbul Film Festival ended on Sunday, 19 April. The 171 short and feature length films in the festival reached to 130 thousand cinephiles in two weeks in a total of 455 sessions, across 8 movie halls. In more than 100 sessions, either the directors, actors, and/or producers of the film were present in the screening.

In the aftermath of the ordained cancellation of Bakur’s screening due to the lack of a registration certificate, 33 of the films in the National Golden Tulip, National Documentary, International Golden Tulip, and FACE Human Rights Competitions and Out of Competition and New Turkish Cinema Sections cancelled their screenings at the festival. At the press meeting held on Monday, 13 April, the jury members supported this decision, and thus the Competitions and Closing Ceremony of the festival were also cancelled. At the meeting, a call for solidarity was 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, to extend the exemption implemented for foreign films to locally produced films, as well. We believe that raking up the problems that have been uttered by film professionals for all these years has been a most favourable outcome of this year’s festival and a gain for the Turkish cinema.

Throughout the festival, 6 cinema lectures and panels, 1 concert, and 3 parties were held with the participation of the festival guests, besides the nearly 450 meetings that brought a hundred international cinema professionals together with the directors and producers of the films chosen for the Meetings on the Bridge in its 10th edition.

The Istanbul Film Festival lent colour also to the Asian side of the city with film screenings and events this year. Festival films met with cinephiles in the two halls of the Rexx Movie Theatre, while a free street party, organised in collaboration with the Fil’m Hafızası, enlivened the life in Kadıköy on the first weekend of the festival.

Festival’s Guests

Out of the 455 screenings in the festival, 115 were held with the participation of the film’s director, actors, screenwriter and/or producers, who presented their film before the screening and answered the questions from the audience afterwards.

This year, many directors, producers and actors including Rolf De Heer, Lone Scherfig, Christian Petzold, Raoul Peck, Elmer Bäck were in Istanbul to present their films at the 34th Istanbul Film Festival. Also, directors of the films that the festival screenings were cancelled met the audience at the screening times of their films. Cafer Panahi sent a solidarity message to be read at the screening of his film Taxi. Shawkat Amin Korki, Hisham Zaman and Mehmet Aktaş from Memories on Stones and Letter to the King met the audience at the festival even though they cancelled the screening of their films to support the films produced in Turkey. Also Veit Helmer, Amal Ramsis, Guy Myhill, Ayat Najafi, Chiara d’Anna, Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Najwa Najjar, Anne Benjamin ve Guillaume Clere,  Suha Arraf, Kris Thykier, Konstantina Stavrianou, Reza Mirkarimi, Nima Javidi, Jamshid Mahmoudi, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Angeliki Papoulia, Wasim Zakir, Tom Hardiman, Brice Cauvin, Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Samuel Theis, Angélique Litzenburger, Paul Poet,  Kevin Eastwood, Jens Östberg, Fatmir Koçi, Margarita Manda, Michael Sturminger, Matthew Myers, Bahman Ghobadi, Fabrizio Ferracane, Klaus Maeck, Gerard Johnson, Vikram Mohinta, Duccio Chiarini, Laurent Bécue-Rénard, Rüdiger Suchsland, Luigi Lo Cascio, Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Gust Van den Berghe, Ernesto Daranas Serrano and Amir Fekri and jury members Bence Fliegauf, Cedomir Kolar, George Ovashvili, Paul Poet, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Wieland Speck were among the guests of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival.

Representatives of international film festivals such as Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Moscow, Hamburg, Batumi, Gothenburg, Sarajevo, Busan, Sofia, Amiens, Tbilisi, Locarno, Fantasia, Yerevan, Vilnius, Odessa, Karlovy Vary, Forum des Images were among over 350 guests of the festival.

The Istanbul Film Festival will return in the April of 2016.