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Award winners for Meetings On The Bridge announced

The Meetings On The Bridge Platform within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival organised for the seventh time this year, has continued to offer opportunities for initial international presentations of new feature film projects, bringing together producers, directors, script writers and organisation representatives from Europe and Turkey, this year as well. The awards of the selected projects in the Film Development Workshop and the Work in Progress under the scope of the Meetings On the Bridge presented at a ceremony, which was held on Thursday, 12 April at the General Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Film Development Workshop
12 projects elected from among the113 applications for the Film Development Workshop held for the fifth time within the scope of the Meetings On The Bridge Platform of İstanbul Film Festival met with the jury consisting of Nilgün Öneş, Reis Çelik, Seyfi Teoman, Ahmet Boyacıoğlu and Gülin Üstün.

The projects selected for the Film Deveopment Workshop in the Meetings On The Bridge are as follows:

Ana Yurdu / Motherland (Senem Tüzen), Aksak Ritm / Syncopated (Denis Durul Metin), Büst / Bust (Mizgin Müjde Arslan), Güneye Bakan Duvar / South Facing Wall (Kutluğ Ataman), İyilik / Goodness (Özgür Sevimli), Madımak (Kazım Öz), Mavi Bisiklet / Blue Bicycle (Ümit Köreken), Sakız ve Benişt / Benişt and Gum (Savaş Baykal), Siyah Kar / A Ionesome Girl in a Foggy Town (Zehra Derya Koç), Toz Bezi / The Dustcloth (Ahu Öztürk), Yalnız Çocuk / Lonely Child (Tolga Karaçelik), Yitik Kuşlar / Lost Birds (Aren Perdeci).

The owners of the 12 projects elected from among the applications met with the jury consisting of 11 members, including the representatives of organisations such as Alessia Sonaglioni (Eurimages), Bianca Taal (Cinemart), Holger Stern (ZDF / ARTE), Katriel Schory (Israel Film Fund), Maria Pierre Macia (MPM Film), Michel Reilhac (ARTE France Cinema), Gamila Ylstra (Binger Filmlab), Nadia Dresti (Festival Del Film Locarno), Teresa Höefert De Turegano (Medianboard), Titus Kreyenberg (Una Film), Signe Zeilich-Jensen (Netherlands Film Festival), on 11-12 April.

With her project “Motherland", Senem Tüzen was presented with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of USD 10,000, as well as Melodika’s Audio Post-Production Support Award.

Ahu Öztürk was awarded with the Support Award of EURO 10,000 presented by French National Cinema Center (CNC), the backbone of the French film industry, with her project The Dustcloth.

Tolga Karaçelik’s project Lonely Child was awarded with the Binger Lab Script Consultancy scholarship of EURO 2,500, given for the second time this year. This scholarship started to be provided as of last year by the Dutch film institution Binger Lab, an organisation reputable in the international film industry and specialized in script doctorate and project consultancy, involves a one-to-one study with the Binger Lab script consultant over skype.

Mizgin Müjde Arslan’s project Bust was awarded with the Special Mansion.

The awards were presented to the selected projects by Republic of Turkey Ministry General Director of Cinema, Cem Erkul, French Consulate Culture Attaché Fanny Aubert-Malaurie, Binger Lab General Director Eda Arıkan and Melodika’s co-founder Taylan Oğuz.

Work in Progress
The Work in Progress, which is open for feature films and documentaries that have completed 50% of the shooting or in post production in the aiming to support the completion of the films, was held at the first time this year under the scope of the Meetings On The Bridge. 5 films are selected from among the 13 applications received by the Advisory Board of the Meetings On The Bridge 

The projects selected in the Work in Progress of the Meetings On The Bridge are as follows:
Cennetten Kovulmak / Fall From Eden (Director: Ferit Karahan, Producers: Ferit Karahan, Serdar Temel), Devir / The Circle (Director: Derviş Zaim, Producer: Derviş Zaim), Evdeki Yabancılar / Strangers in the House (Director: Dilek Keser, Producer: Özkan Yılmaz), Kumun Tadı / Sea Burners (Director: Melisa Önel, Producers: Yamaç Okur, Melisa Önel),
Sev Beni / Sense of Sex (Director: Mehmet Bahadır Er, Producers: Olena Yeshova, Mehmet Bahadır Er)

After the evaluation of the project presentations, the international jury, consisting of IFP-(Independent Film Maker Project) the Assistant Director and Programme Manager Amy Dotson, independent producer, director Behrooz Hashemian and Director of The Match Factory Michael Weber , selected Dilek Keser’s project Strangers in the House which received 1000 VOLT Post Production Award by 1000 VOLT. The award, which consist of the online editing and all the sound processing of the film, was presented by Eda Arıkan, director of 1000 VOLT, to Dilek Keser.

Turkish-German Co-Production Fund
During the ceremony, the projects to be supported by the Turkey-Germany Co-Production Development Fund aiming at providing a further incentive for co-productions between the two countries, established last year through the cooperation of the İstanbul Film Festival Meetings On The Bridge Platform, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund were also announced. 

The 6 projects elected unanimously by the jury consisting of representative of institutions from among the 13 submitted projects will be supported with a fund. The representatives of all the three institutions noted the high quality of the projects and expressed that they were excited for new Turkish-German co-productions to arise in the futur and that they were much pleased to have worked together. 

The 6 projects to be supported by the Turkish-German Co-Production Fund are as follows:

- Derviş Zaim - Balık / Fish
Co-Producers: Marathon Film (TR) Numan Acar Filmproduktion (DE)

- Ilker Catak / Johannes Drucker - Spatkauf
Producer: Rix Film (DE) Bulut Film (TR)

- Orhan Eskiköy - Hayaller / Dreams
Producer: Perişan Film / Una Film (DE)

- Emre Yeksan - Orada / There Outside
Producer: Yeksan Film / Kund chafter Produktion (DE)

- Erkan Tahhusoğlu - Eşik / Verge
Producer: Salar Film Prodüksiyon / Siyara Film Produktion

- Axel Koenzen - Patara
Producer: Axel Koenzen (DE) / Arti Films (TR)

- Özgür Sevimli - İyilik / Goodness
Producer: Yeni Sinemacılar (TR) / Bredok Film Produktion

Turkish-Holland Co-Production
The Co-production Meetings and Panel was held through the cooperation of the Istanbul Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge and the Netherlands Film Festival - Netherlands Film Meetings organised within the scope of the celebrations for 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey. Mesut Cem Erkul, the General Director of Cinema of the Republic of Turkey, and Zeynel Koç, TRT Assistant General Director, attended the Co-production Meetings and Panel, aiming at bringing together film industry professionals from the two countries so as to lay the ground co-productions with the participation of Ger Bouma, head of co-productions, Netherlands Film Fund; Marjan van der Haar, director Netherlands Film Producers Association; Signe Zeilich-Jensen, Head of Holland Film Meeting; and, Nick Muys from Contact Film, distributor of Once Upon A time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011). The activities will continue in Utrecht in September 2012.

The Meetings On The Bridge platform aims at standing by our filmmakers during their international excursions and supporting new prospects in our film industry. Offering film makers an international platform for presenting their projects and providing them the means for locating the support required for initiating their production stages, the Meetings On The Bridge Platform will continue to bring together European institution representatives and Turkish filmmakers within the scope of Istanbul Film Festival in the years to come.