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Festival kicks off!

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Akbank for the 10th time, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival began on the evening of Friday 4 April, with an opening ceremony held at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. The prominent names of Turkish cinema, celebrating its 100th year, were among the guests.

Hosted by Meltem Cumbul, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival Opening Ceremony started with the screening of a special promotional video for the festival. In addition, all the corporations and foundations that contributed to the realisation of the festival, most notable the festivals' 10-year sponsor Akbank, were also thanked.

The ceremony, during which the festival's categories were introduced, began with the “What A Pair” category prepared for the 100th year of Turkish cinema. The introduction of the Golden Tulip International and National Competition films and the films competing for the FACE Human Rights in Cinema Award followed.

After remembering the unforgettable names of cinema who have recently been lost, such as Alain Resnais and Tuncel Kurtiz, the “Cinema Honorary Award” was presented to six names who have given years to Turkish cinema.

Penning the scripts for films such as Düttürü Dünya, Çöpçüler Kralı / The King of Streetsweepers, Hababam Sınıfı, Postacı, and Kapıcılar Kralı, besides his works in theatre and literature, the festival's first Honorary Award was given to Turkish cinema's long-labouring screenwriter Umur Bugay. The award was presented by Meral Çetinkaya, who acted in the long-running television series Yazlıkçılar and Bizimkiler, written by Bugay.

Starting his film career as Yılmaz Güney's manager and turning into one of Turkish cinema's most successful directors in a short period of time, founding Umut Film after co-founding Güney Film with Yılmaz Güney, the legendary producer of many films such as  Yılanı Öldürseler, Muhsin Bey, and Umut / Hope, Abdurrahman Keskiner's award was presented by successful actor Menderes Samancılar.

The festival's third Honorary Award was given to director, screenwriter, and producer İrfan Tözüm, who made a name with his films such as Cazibe Hanımın Gündüz Düşleri / The Daydreams of Miss Cazibe, Fazilet, Rumuz: Goncagül, and Mum Kokulu Kadınlar. The award was presented by theatre and film actress Zeliha Berksoy who worked with Tözüm on the film İkili Oyunlar. The award was accepted by İrfan Tözüm's wife, Melike Tözüm, on his behalf.

Working with many musicians, most notably Sezen Aksu, Nil Burak, Onno Tunç, Ajda Pekkan, and Melike Demirağ, and bringing films like  Fahriye Abla, Muhsin Bey, Anayurt Oteli / Motherland Hotel, Arabesk, Ağır Roman and Teyzem / My Aunt to life with his compositions, Attila Özdemiroğlu's Cinema Honorary Award was presented by long-time collaborator Melike Demirağ.

Continuing her cinema adventure which she started at age of 16 in the 60s, the “golden age” of Turkish cinema, and starring in a record-breaking 24 films per year; having worked with almost all of Turkish cinema's master director's from Yılmaz Güney to Halit Refiğ, from Atıf Yılmaz to Metin Erksan, and from Ömer Kavur to Feyzi Tuna, celebrated actress Sevda Ferdağ's award was presented by writer Selim İleri.

The festival's final Honorary Award was presented to one of Turkish cinema's irreplaceable character actors Eşref Kolçak, who acted in almost 200 films, delivering mastery in each of his roles, from Namus Uğruna's handsome young man, to Hanım's emotional captain and Güle Güle / The Raindrop's Celal. Eşref Kolçak's award was presented by his cast-mate from Güle Güle / The Raindrop, master actress Yıldız Kenter.

The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival's Opening Ceremony was broadcast live on NTV. The clips on the big screen, accompanying the artists taking the stage throughout the night, were prepared by the IKSV Studio team Selçuk Metin and Erman Pehlivan. Yekta Kara was the evening's stage director.

Following the opening ceremony, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival opened with the screening of revered British director Stephen Frears' latest film, Oscar-nominee Philomena, featuring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in its leading roles. Philomena is part of the “Akbank Galas” section of the festival.

16 days of cinema in Istanbul!

Starting with its first screenings on Saturday, 5 April the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be taking place across 8 theatres – Beyoğlu Atlas, Beyoğlu Beyoğlu, Pera Museum, Istanbul Modern, Citylife City’s, Ortaköy Feriye and Kadıköy Rexx. Besides the more than 200 films in over 20 sections, the festival will give cinephiles an abundant two weeks full of panels with filmmakers, workshops, and master classes. In addition to the festival's official website,, film lovers will also be able to access the films programme through the İKSV Mobil application. With the contributions of Vodafone Red, the İKSV Mobil app can be downloaded for free from the AppStore and Google Play. In addition to the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, the festival news, interviews with the directors of competition films, photos, and a lot more information can also be found on the festival blog at

Don't forget the panels and screenings that will be attended by directors and actors during the festival's first weekend! Being held in parallel to the “What a Pair” section dedicated to the 100th year of Turkish cinema, the first of the “What's Happening in Cinema in Turkey?” panel series “Fantasy and Horror in Turkish Cinema” will be held at Istanbul Modern on Saturday April 5th at 16.00 and attended by director Can Evrenol and film critic Engin Ertan. The “What's the State of Our Political Cinema?” panel, with speaker directors Kazım Öz and Emin Alper will be held on Sunday, 6 April at Istanbul Modern. In addition to the panels, on Sunday, 6 April the screening of four films will be attended by their directors and cast. At Feriye at 13.30 the directors of Ningen, Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti; at Beyoğlu at 16.00 one of the directors of Bir Tuğra Kaftancıoğlu Filmi, Emre Akay; at Atlas at 19.00 the director Alexandros Avranas and actress Eleni Rossinou of Miss Violence; and at Feriye at 19.00 the director of Medeas, Andrea Pallaore will be meeting the audience for an introduction and afterwards Q&A sessions.