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33rd Istanbul Film Festival's programme has been announced

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and supported by AKBANK for the 10th time, the Istanbul Film Festival's programme is plentiful once again. Reaching an audience of approximately 150 thousand every year, the Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey's biggest cinematic event, commences its 33rd run on 5 April, 2014.

Supported by Akbank for the 10th time, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will take place between 5-20 April. Protecting its leading position not only with the quality and variety of the films within the programme, but also with its high number of participants, the Istanbul Film Festival will once again not only provide cinephiles with over 200 films in over 20 categories, but also with panels, workshops, and master classes with expert film makers for two full weeks.

Followers of the festival will be watching films ranging from 2013 and 2014's quality productions to unforgettable film classics, from expert directors' masterpieces to films premiering at the Sundance and Berlin festivals, and from documentaries to children's films. Besides the festivals now classic categories, the festival will also garner interest with its new categories specific to 2014. “What A Pair”, prepared by film critics Fatih Özgüven and Engin Ertan, academicians Selim Eyüboğlu and Umut Tümay Arslan, as well as the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan in celebration of  the 100th year of Turkish cinema, “Polish Experimental Animation” organised as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland, and “MK2-40 Years”, in honour of the 40th year of the production company MK2 established by Marin Karmitz, are among this year’s exciting projects... One of Russian cinema's most important representatives, whose name is frequently remembered alongside Tarkovsky even though he's only made six films, Aleksey Guerman's entire filmography will be screening as part of the festival. All of the restored films from Yanaki and Milton Manaki, the Balkans' first filmmakers, will be screening at the festival as part of the 100th year of Turkish cinema. The ninth edition of the Meetings on the Bridge, the festival's industry section, which brings together Turkish film-makers and international professionals, will also be taking place.

The programme for the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival was announced to the press by İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, Akbank Board Member and CEO Hakan Binbaşgil and Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan with a meeting held on Wednesday, 5 March at IKSV's official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel.

In his opening speech, İKSV’s General Director Görgün Taner acknowledged the festival supporters and underlined that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema. He added that they are proud of the contributions of the Istanbul Film Festival to the country’s cinema in this 100-year period and invited Hakan Binbaşgil, Board Member and CEO of Akbank, to make his speech. Akbank has been supporting the festival for the last 10 years.

Akbank Board Member and CEO Hakan Binbaşgil said that the Istanbul Film Festival, which has started as a film week 33 years ago with the screening of 6 feature films, has turned into a celebration of cinema and added that “This year marks the centennial birthday of Turkish cinema. We’re happy to see the current success of our country’s cinema in the 33rd year of the Istanbul Film Festival. I believe the Istanbul Film Festival has a major role in supporting the development and success of the country’s cinema which we wholeheartedly support. As Akbank, we are proud to support the film festival, which is among the most important and long-lasting art events in Turkey, for the tenth time.” Binbaşgil also said: “I would like to commemorate Şakir Eczacıbaşı, who put so much effort into creating such a festival, and whom we will remember as a leader and a guide. Moreover, I would like to thank the esteemed team of İKSV, which has contributed to culture and arts for the last 40 years and more, and to the Chairman, Mr. Bülent Eczacıbaşı.”

Taking the floor afterwards, Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan relayed detailed information regarding films within the festival programme, participating guests, and events that will be taking place during the festival.


The Istanbul Film Festival Advisory Board consists of producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, director Semih Kaplanoğlu, and film critic Esin Küçüktepepınar. Film critic Atilla Dorsay continues to support the Istanbul Film Festival as the Honorary Member of the Advisory Board.

Directors Berke Baş and Elif Ergezen, academic, film-maker Alisa Lebow and academic Ahmet Gürata are the members of Advisory Board for Documentaries.


The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival is held with the support of more than 20 institutions. The festival is organised by great support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality continue their publicity support for the festival.

Apart from the Festival Sponsor Akbank, 6 theme sponsors support the festival:

- Anadolu Efes   “National Competition and Turkish Cinema”
- NTV     “Documentary Time with NTV”
- Sabah Newspaper   “From the World of Festivals”
- Sinema-TV   “Antidepressant”
- tv2    “Midnight Madness”
- Nescafé Gold   “New Visions”

“Akbank Galas” supported by Akbank are shown as part of the festival.

Istanbul Film Festival brings the masterpieces of Turkish cinema by restoring them to the silver screen in its “Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited” section, initiated seven years ago under the sponsorship of Groupama.

In 2014, Renault will carry the guests of the Istanbul Film Festival.

The leading sponsor of all festivals of İKSV is Eczacıbaşı Holding, the Official Communications Sponsor is Vodafone, the Official Carrier is DHL, The Official Accommodation Sponsor is Martı Istanbul Hotel and the service sponsors are Zurich Sigorta, GFK, directComn Marketing Group and AGC.


The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts features a new collaboration for the posters of Istanbul Festivals since last year. Artworks and handwritings of leading artists from different fields are brought together on the posters of Istanbul Festivals by graphic designer Bülent Erkmen. The poster of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival features the drawings and handwriting of internationally renowned contemporary artist İnci Eviner, following the previous collaborations with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Sarkis, Orhan Pamuk, Güher and Süher Pekinel, and Şahika Tekand for the posters of Istanbul Festivals.


The opening ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be held on Friday, 4 April to be broadcast live on NTV. Right after the ceremony, Philomena by Stephen Frears, which will be screened in Akbank Galas section, will be shown as the opening film of the festival.

The closing and awards ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be held on Saturday, 19 April at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and will be broadcast live on CNN Türk and the Golden Tulips and other awards of the festival will be presented. After the ceremony, the winner of the International Competition Golden Tulip Award will be screened as the closing film of the festival.