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Countdown to Istanbul Film Festival begins

Countdown to the 31st Istanbul Film Festival organised by the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts with sponsorship of AKBANK begins. Turkey’s biggest cinema event with 150 thousand followers in its thirtieth year, the programme of the Istanbul Film Festival is rich as it is always.

The 31st Istanbul Film Festival, with the festival sponsorship of AKBANK for the eighth time, will be held between 31 March and 15 April. The Istanbul Film Festival, keeping its leading position with the variety and quality of the movies presented, promises two whole weeks full of a film programme with more than 200 movies under more than 20 sections, famous guests, seminars and workshops with expert film makers, film classes, master classes, and concerts to cinephiles.

The festival programme presents a rich content to cinephiles as always. The festival will meet the audience this year with a wide spectrum selections expanding new feature movies of 2011 and 2012, unforgetable classic movies, and masterpieces of master directors, movies having world premieres in Sundance in January and in Berlin in February, National Golden Tulip, International Golden Tulip and FACE Human Rights Competitions, documentaries, and children movies. “Cinema and Music” section planned for the 40th year of İKSV as well as new sections like “Filming Revolution”, “What’s Happening in Greece?” and “A Chinese Film Tradition: WuXia”, “Within the Family” and 15-hour-long special view of Mark Cousins’s The Story of Film: An Odyssey stand out in the festival.

The programme of the 31st Istanbul Film Festival was announced on Wednesday, 7 March at the press conference held in İKSV Salon. Speakers during the press conference were İKSV Chairman of Board of Directors Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşıgil and Assistant Director of the Istanbul Film Festival Kerem Ayan.

Chairman of Board of Directors Bülent Eczacıbaşı, highlighting that the 31st Istanbul Film Festival will be the first event that İKSV will organize on its 40th year, stated: “The festival will continue to fulfill its responsibilities with regard to development of Turkish film industry, art of cinema, and festival culture with its carefully planned programme, cinema classes, presentations, workshops within the Meetings on Bridge platform and competitions. This year began with joyful news as we learned that significant steps were taken in order to renew Atatürk Cultural Centre, one of the most important places for culture and art in Istanbul, through public and private cooperation. It is important that representatives of public sector, undertaken the responsibility to support culture, embrace cultural places together with public sector for development of our city and country. We would like express our wish for taking a similar step for Emek Cinema on this day that we announced the programme of another Istanbul Film Festival without Emek Cinema. We hope that Cercle d’Orient building containing three different halls together with Emek Cinema will turn into a cultural island with a similar project undertaken by public and private cooperation.”

Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşıgil highlighted the significant role of İKSV on expanding global culture in Turkey and stated: "The Istanbul Film Festival started as a modest activity 31 years ago, is now an important international organization. Festival does not only bring cinephiles together with the most significant examples of the art of cinema every year but it also supports and represents our country's perspective of art and cinema with its great success. Being a sponsor for this highly important organization which is anticipated every year in excitement by cinephiles is always a source of proud for us." Binbaşgil added that there are two basic reasons for the success of the festival one of which is the vision anticipating the current state of the festival and the other is passionate cinephiles who start examining the catalogues before the festival, who wait in queues without geting tired or bored from the moment when ticket sales begin, who fills the movie theatres, and run between sessions. Binbaşıgil also stated that the Istanbul Film Festival, bringing lovers of art together with masterpieces and the selected examples of cinema from the whole world, will again welcome thousands of lovers of art this year. Binbaşgil added: "Festival will satisfy cinephiles with its rich programme. Films selected for Akbank Galas will continue presenting an incredible visual fest to the audience as they do every year." on behalf of festival sponsor AKBANK.

Kerem Ayan, Assistant Director of the Istanbul Film Festival, taking the floor in the press conference gave detailed information about the films in the festival programme.

When and where to get the festival tickets?

Tickets for the Istanbul Film Festival will be on sale beginning on Saturday, 17 March at 10.00. Cinephiles can buy their tickets at the box offices of Atlas, Beyoğlu, and Nişantaşı Citylife (City's), Rexx in Kadıköy and through Biletix sales channels, Biletix call centers (0216 556 98 00) and

Ticket prices of the festival are determined as full 15 TL, student and senior (over 65) as 9 TL. Off-price tickets for morning sessions will continue this year; the morning sessions will be only 5 TL.

Tulip Card holders can continue to purchase priority tickets with special discounts. PasoFilm! Card for university and high-school students will continue to offer special advantages during the festival. Festival Sponsor AKBANK’s Axess card holders will enjoy 20% special discount for the tickets purchased during the festival (except for morning sessions in weekdays).

İKSV, expanding the scope of the project “BiTamBiÖğrenci” (OneFullOneStudent) started in 2007 and held with the support of several NGOs, invites everyone sensitive to the arts, to bring students who don’t have the chance to attend cultural events, together with the arts. Cinephiles enable 3-10 students attend to shows during the festival by supporting the project “BiTamBiÖğrenci” with 15 or 50 TL contributions.

Movie theatres of the festival

Festival screenings will take place at 7 movie theatres: Atlas, Fitaş 1 and 4, Beyoğlu, and Pera Museum in Beyoğlu, CityLife Cinema (City’s) in Nişantaşı, and Rexx in Kadıköy as last year.

Film show times are: 11.00, 13.30, 16.00, 19.00 and 21.30. Highly anticipated Midnight Cinema screening will continue this year. During the festival a film every Saturday will be screened at 24.00.

Press and hospitality centre of the festival

The 31st Istanbul Film Festival’s press and hospitality centre will again be Akbank Sanat this year. Teknosa continues its technological support for the Press Centre, which will be open for all the accredited press members, and the Hospitality Centre, which will be open for all the guests coming to the festival.

Cinema Honorary Awards at the festival

Cinema Honorary Awards of the Istanbul Film Festival will be presented to five important names of cinema this year during the opening ceremony of the festival on Friday, 30 March at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Cinema Honorary Awards will be presented to four leading names of Turkish cinema: Director Ali Özgentürk, Ayşen Gruda and Halit Akçatepe, unforgettable actors of Turkish cinema, and Sevin Okyay, first woman movie critic of Turkey. Terence Davies, whose latest movie is anticipated after his 2008 praise to Liverpool Of Time and the City, will be in Istanbul for receiving the Cinema Honorary Award during the opening ceremony. Latest movie of the British director The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz, will be shown as the Opening Film of the 31st Istanbul Film Festival. The Deep Blue Sea will also be shown within the “Challenging the Years” section. Terence Davies will also give a master class within the festival. The class titled “The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity” will be on Saturday, 31 March at 16:00 at Salon.

Highly awarded At directed by Ali Özgentürk in 1978, Süt Kardeşler directed by Ertem Eğilmez in which Ayşen Gruda and Halit Akçatepe worked together and Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü? by Ezel Akay in which Ayşen Guruda played “Kam Ana” will also be shown within the festival.

Festival opening and closing ceremonies

The opening ceremony of the 31st Istanbul Film Festival will be held on Friday, 30 March at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre. After the ceremony aired live on NTV, the festival will officially begin with The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Davies who will be in Istanbul for receiving the Cinema Honorary Award.

The Golden Tulips and other awards of the Istanbul Film Festival will be presented during the closing ceremony of the festival aired lived on CNN Türk on Saturday, 14 April at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Istanbul Film Festival Advisory Board

The Istanbul Film Festival Advisory Board was renewed this year: director Semih Kaplanoğlu, producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, and movie critic Esin Küçüktepepınar are the members of the board. Atilla Dorsay, who has been a member of the Advisory Board since establishment years of the festival, will continue supporting the Istanbul Film Festival as an Honorary Member of the Advisory Board.

Considering the increasing number of documentaries during the recent years, an Advisory Board for Documentaries has been formed within the festival. Director Berke Baş, director and academic Can Candan, director Elif Ergezen, academic Alisa Lebow and movie critic Alin Taşçıyan are the members of the board.