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Murat Palta’s miniatures on the poster of the festival | 21.02.2018 İpekçe, will be restored and to be screened at the festival | 30.01.2018 National Competition Jury announced | 17.01.2018 Bergman through the eyes of our filmmakers | 10.01.2018 Cinema Honorary Awards of the 37th Istanbul Film Festival revealed | 12.12.2017 Festival awards presented | 14.04.2017 Meetings On The Bridge award winners announced | 12.04.2017 LIFT YOUR HEAD UP, THE FESTIVAL IS AROUND THE CORNER | 04.04.2017 Extra screenings | 25.03.2017 15th Istanbul Biennial to collaborate with the festival | 07.03.2017 Diversely dissimilar cinematic spirits roam festival’s "Mined Zone" | 28.02.2017 “Django”, “I am Not year Negro” among Berlinale films in the Istanbul festival programme | 07.02.2017 36th Istanbul Film Festival announces first films from its programme | 31.01.2017 The Taylan Brothers will serve as the jury presidents | 25.01.2017 We commemorate Onat Kutlar | 11.01.2017 Motherland Hotel will be restored with the support of Groupama | 10.01.2017 Mithat Alam passed away | 27.11.2016 Cinema Honorary Awards are determined | 23.11.2016 Legendary actor Tarık Akan passed away | 16.09.2016 In memoriam our friend Seyfi Teoman | 08.05.2016 After the 35th Istanbul Film Festival | 19.04.2016 Festival awards announced | 15.04.2016 Additional screenings | 04.04.2016 12-hour film-a-thon “Out1” on the silver screen | 22.03.2016 Eurimages Audentia Award will be presented for the first time | 17.03.2016 The ACTRICES KATE BARRY exhibition open at the Institut Français. | 09.03.2016 Jury presidents announced | 24.02.2016 Jacques Rivette passed away | 29.01.2016 The İstanbul Film Festival commemorates Şakir Eczacıbaşı | 23.01.2016 Ettora Scola passed away | 20.01.2016 Cinema Honorary Awards are announced | 20.01.2016





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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National Competition Jury announced

The jury of the 37th Istanbul Film Festival’s National Competition is determined. The jury will be presided over by writer-director Pelin Esmer and comprises director of photography Gökhan Tiryaki, actress Selen Uçer, poet-writer Küçük İskender and film critic Barbara Lorey de la Charrière.  

National Competition Awards

The jury will give out Golden Tulip Best Film, Best Director, Special Jury Prize, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing and Best Music awards.

The winner of the Golden Tulip Best Film Award will receive 150.000 TL, the Special Jury Prize in honor of Onat Kutlar will receive 50.000, best actor and best actress 10.000 each. Türk Tuborg AŞ will present 50.000 TL to the Best Director.

The Turkish Cinema section of the Istanbul Film Festival this year is sponsored by Türk Tuborg AŞ, which has been supporting diverse Istanbul Festivals and Biennials, and its cooperation with İKSV will strengthen with the upcoming Istanbul Film Festival.

The jury of the Istanbul Film Festival National Competition

PELİN ESMER (President)

Born in Istanbul. After graduating from the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University, she attended the Z1 Film Workshop of director Yavuz Özkan. She worked as assistant director in several feature, documentary and commercial films. Her first documentary The Collector was screened at several national and international festivals. She made her first feature-length documentary film The Play in 2005 which was awarded in Istanbul, Tribeca and Adana. She was invited to take part at the Cannes Cinefondation in 2007 where she started to work on her first fiction feature 10 to 11., which premiered at San Sebastian in 2009. Her second fiction Watchtower which premiered in Toronto and Rotterdam received five prizes at Adana Film Festival including Best Director. She wrote her last film Something Useful together with writer Barış Bıçakçı which won several prizes in Istanbul, Tallinn, Adana and Boğaziçi film festivals in 2017. In 2018, she was invited to Berlin with a DAAD artist residency scholarship.


Born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1972. He worked for Turkish national TV (TRT) and joined the production of several TV films and documentaries as a cameraman between 1991 and 1996. Since 1996, he has been working as a cinematographer, winning numerous awards at national and international festivals. Among the directors he collaborated with are Nuri Bilge Ceylan (The Wild Pear Tree, Winter Sleep, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, Three Monkeys, Climates), Yılmaz Erdoğan (Tatlım Tatlım, Ekşi Elmalar, Kelebeğin Rüyası), Asif Kapadia (Ali and Nino), Çağan Irmak (Çocuklar Sana Emanet, Benim Adım Feridun, Unutursam Fısılda, Tamam mıyız?, Dedemin İnsanları, Prensesin Uykusu, Karanlıktakiler, Issız Adam), Pelin Esmer (Something Useful), Tolga Karaçelik (Ivy), Taylan Brothers (Vavien), and Atıl İnaç (Zincirbozan). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Asia Pacific Screen Awards.


She graduated from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, where she started acting at Bosphorus University Players. In 2000, she was accepted as a scholarship MFA student in acting at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre NY as an intern actress. She received acting awards for her roles in Ara (2008, Ümit Ünal), A Step Into Darkness (2010, Atıl İnaç), Can (2012, Raşit Çelikezer); as well as acting in supporting parts or did guest appearances in films such as İstanbul Tales, Bornova Bornova, O...Çocukları, Circle, A Holy Day, Çekmeköy Underground, Seaburners. She has also received awards for her performances in stage plays. She acted in several prime time TV projects. She also taught acting at Yeditepe University Theatre Department and Bosphorus University Mithat Alam Film Center.


Born in 1964 in Istanbul. After graduating from Kabataş High School for Boys, he studied medicine for five years, and later sociology at Istanbul University, but quit them both. He has written many literary works including poems, essays, memoirs. He has been included in several anthologies aborad with his poems. He was awarded the Orhon Murat Arıburnu prize in 2000, Melih Cevdet Anday Poem Prize in 2006, the Erdal Öz Literary Prize in 2014, and the Necatigil Poem Prize in 2017. He participated in poetry reading events, panels and symposia in Europe and in the US. His poems were published in German and Kurdish. He realised poetry performances. He acted in feature films including Ağır Roman / Cholera Street and O Şimdi Asker.


She is a Paris-based freelance journalist and film-critic for German and French daily newspapers and periodicals. Under the banner of Alizarine Productions, she has been curating for many years film programs and photography exhibitions in Europe and in the USA. Born in former East-Germany, she studied in Munich, Hamburg, and Paris, and holds master’s degrees in psychology and sociology. She worked for many years as a researcher in intercultural communication. She has served as jury member in several prestigious international festivals including Cannes, Jerusalem, San Sebastian, Chicago, and Venice.