11-18 April 2014
The ninth edition of the Meetings on the Bridge organised under the scope of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival took place between 7–18 April 2014.
Meetings on the Bridge aims to provide a launch area for co-productions while bringing producers, directors, scriptwriters, and representatives of institutions from Turkey and Europe together and offering them opportunities to make the first international presentation of their feature film projects and films at post-production stage.
Directors and producers of the 13 film projects from Turkey selected for the Film Project Development Workshop presented their projects at one-to-one meetings with international professionals after having completed their trainings on preliminary stage preparations and presentation techniques. After assessing the projects during the presentations, the international jury has decided on the projects which were to receive the Film Development Workshop Support Awards. At the end of the workshop, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of USD 10,000 and CNC (French National Cinema Centre) Support Award of EUR 10,000 were given in order to use for the development of the winning films. Also, one selected project won the Melodika Sound-Post Production Award covering all sound production expenses.
Film Development Workshop Awards:
• Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of USD 10,000
• Melodika Sound Post-Production Award
• CNC (French National Cinema Centre) Support Award of EUR 10,000
• Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Scenario Workshop Award
The third edition of the Work in Progress Workshop was organized to support feature films and documentaries from Turkey in the post-production stage. Directors and producers of the films selected for the workshop made special screenings and presentations to film professionals–distributors, festival directors, or fund managers, TV representatives. At the end of the workshop, the international jury decided which of the projects were to receive the awards. The 1000 VOLT Post-Production Award were given for the 3rd time this year, and the selected film received an award covering all the online post-production expenses, up to 150,000 TL-worth. In addition, this year, a new award was given by Başka Sinema in the Work in Progress Workshop. The film selected for this award screened in available Başka Sinema theaters and exempted from the virtual print fee.
Work in Progress Workshop awards:
• 1000 Volt Post-Production Award (up to 150.000 TL-worth)
• Başka Sinema Award
In order to ensure an early as well as lasting support in matters production development, the Istanbul Film Festival–Meetings on the Bridge, in collaboration with the regional funding institutions Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, established the German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund of EUR 150,000 in 2011. This repayable fund has supported 20 co-production projects up to now. Out of the 15 projects that applied, 9 of them were chosen unanimously by the jury that comprises the representatives of the collaborating institutions.
Meetings on the Bridge aims to create opportunities for films and film projects that have an international quality and are eligible to co-productions, and to keep supporting these projects during the consequent stages. Alongside its workshops, Meetings on the Bridge also organises panels and master classes. In panels with the participation of professionals, co-productions, financial sources, new media and distribution channels are highlighted while possible co-operations and solutions are discussed. Master classes, on the other hand, function as a guide for filmmakers and film students who are newly entering to the field.
Additionally, through cooperation to international festivals and industries, promotional activities for Turkish cinema are organised.
Each year in May, following the festival, the Istanbul Film Festival and Meetings on the Bridge celebrate the ongoing international success of Turkish cinema as well as the supported film projects, at a reception held at the Cannes Film Festival-Producer’s Network.
Within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival, the ninth edition of the Meetings on the Bridge was held on 16-17 April this year.
The workshops at the Meetings on the Bridge provided twelve feature films and a documentary, along with four feature films and one documentary at the post-production stage, from Turkey, made their first international presentations. A total of 100 international filmmakers who came to Meetings on the Bridge to meet and network with the filmmakers from Turkey had a total of 450 meetings with the directors and producers of the projects and films in the workshops.
Upon the presentations in the Film Development Workshop and Work in Progress Workshop, the international jury determined the award winners. The projects to receive support from the Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund were determined by the fund representatives in a separate meeting. The projects and films that won awards and fund support were announced at a ceremony held at the Palais de France on the night of 17 April, Thursday. The award ceremony opened with speeches by His Excellency Laurent Bili, French Ambassador to Turkey, Azize Tan, Director of the Istanbul Film Festival, and Gülin Üstün, Manager of the Meetings on the Bridge.
Winners of the Film Development Workshop
Out of the 88 applications to the Film Development Workshop in its seventh edition as part of the Meetings on the Bridge, 13 projects were chosen for participation by a jury of 10.
The 13 projects in the Meetings on the Bridge - Film Development Workshop were as follows.
16 / 16 - Melisa Önel
Aşk ve Matematik / Love and Math (Can Evrenol)
Balık / Fish (Eset Akçilad)
(Gayrı-) Ahlaki / (Im-)moral (Hakkı Kurtuluş, Melik Saraçoğlu)
Görülmüştür / Passed by Censor (Serhat Karaaslan)
Hamarat Apartmanı / Hamarat Apartment (Hüseyin Karabey)
Jarabulus / Jarabulus (Erdem Tepegöz)
Körfez / The Gulf (Emre Yeksan)
Kronoloji / Chronology (Ali Aydın)
Parçalar / The Fragments (Rojda Akbayır)
Reprodüksiyon / Reproduction (Atasay Koç)
Senaryosuz / The Man Without a Scenario (Alpgiray M. Uğurlu)
Sorgu / Interrogation (Hacı Orman, Sedat Yılmaz)
The international jury comprising Jacqueline Ada (CNC), Sol Bondy (One Two Films), Konstantina Stavrianou (Graal), Robert Balinski (Polish Film Institute), Mehmet Demirhan (TRT), and Giovanni Robbiano (Mediterranean Film Institute - MFI) decided on the award winning projects.
Eset Akçilad's project Balık / Fish won the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Support Award of USD 10,000. Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Productions Coordinator of TRT Mehmet Demirhan presented his award at the ceremony.
Erdem Tepegöz’s project Jarabulus won the CNC (French National Cinema Centre) Support Award of EUR 10,000, presented to him by His Excellency Laurent Bili, French Ambassador to Turkey.
Melodika Sound Post-Production Award, which covers all sound production costs, was presented to Rojda Akbayır for her project Parçalar/The Fragments by Melodika General Manager Taylan Oğuz.
Serhad Karaaslan received the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Scenario Workshop Award, granted for the first time this year, for his project Görülmüştür / Passed by Censor, presented to him by Giovanni Robbiano from MFI. This award covers four scenario writing workshops to be held in 2014 - two on the Greek Islands Nisiros and Samos and two online - that will be attended by the director and the scriptwriter.
Hüseyin Karabey’s project Hamarat Apartment achieved the Special Mention Award, announced by the producer of GRAAL, Konstantina Stavrianou.
Annemin Şarkısı / Song of My Mother (Yönetmen ve Senarist /Director and Scriptwriter: Erol Mintaş, Yapımcı/ Producer: Aslı Erdem-Erol Mintaş, Yapım Şirketi/ Production Company: Mintaş Film, Ortak Yapımcı/ Co-producer: Guillaume de Seille-Arizona Productions (FR) - Mehmet Aktaş- Mitosfilm (ALM)
Winners of the Work in Progress Workshop
The third edition of the Work in Progress Workshop, open to feature films and documentaries that are at least half-shot or in the post-production stage, was organized again as part of the Meetings on the Bridge. This year, five films participated in the Work in Progress Workshop.
The five films in the Meetings on the Bridge - Work in Progress Workshop were as follows.
Anayurdu / Motherland (Director & Scriptwriter: Senem Tüzen, Producer: Olena Yershova Yıldız-Adam Isenberg-Senem Tüzen, Production Company: Zela Film)
Annemin Şarkısı / Song of My Mother (Director & Scriptwriter: Erol Mintaş, Producer: Aslı Erdem-Erol Mintaş, Production Company: Mintaş Film, Co-Producer: Guillaume de Seille-Arizona Productions (FR) - Mehmet Aktaş- Mitosfilm (ALM))
Azılı Yeşil / Violent Green (Director & Producer: Lale Müldür-Kağan Karacehennem-Franz von Bodelschwingh, Scriptwriter: Lale Müldür, Production Company: Photomono)
Bağlar / Bağlar (Director & Producer: Berke Baş-Melis Birder, Production Company: inHouse projects, Co-Producer: Özgür Doğan-Perişan Film)
Toz Ruhu / Spirit of Dust (Director: Nesimi Yetik, Producer: Betül Esener, Scriptwriter: Betül Esener-Nesimi Yetik, Production Company: Özminimalist Film)
The international jury, comprising Paz Lazaro (Berlinale Panaroma), Amra Baksic Camo (Pro.ba), and Tassilo Hallbauer (Beta Cinema), watched sections of off-line edits of the films in the workshop to determine the award winners.
1000 VOLT Post-Production Award, which covers up to and including 150,000 TL of the post-production costs, was given to the film Annemin Şarkısı / Song of My Mother. The film's producer Aslı Erdem received the award from 1000 VOLT's General Director Gökhan Özçevik.
Başka Sinema Award, given for the first time this year, grants a VPF-exempt screening to the winning film at the Başka Sinema Theatres. Producer Aslı Erdem also received the award from Başka Sinema Director İmre Tezel for the film Annemin Şarkısı / Song of My Mother.
Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund
The projects to be supported by the Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund were also announced at the ceremony. Granted for the fourth time, this fund, formed by collaboration of Istanbul Film Festival Meetings on the Bridge, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, aims to provide an incentive fund for the co-productions by the two countries.
Out of the 15 projects that applied, 9 of them were chosen unanimously by the jury that comprises the representatives of the collaborating institutions.
The projects to be supported by the Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund are as follows.
Barış Özbiçer – Çarpık Ev / The Crooked House – 15,000 EURO
Co-producers: Çiğdem Mater - Ret Film (TR), Klaus Julian Hermannsen - Visual Distractions (DE)
Derviş Zaim – Kıtmir – 20,000 EURO
Co-producers: Derviş Zaim - Marathon Film (TR), Numan Acar - Acar Entertainment Filmproduction (DE)
Jessica Krummacher – Mordoğan / Birth of Purple – 20,000 EURO
Co-producers: Titus Kreyenberg - Unafilm (DE), Nadir Öperli - Bulut Film (TR)
Kazım Öz – Zer – 10,000 EURO
Co-producers: Meral Balık - Yapım 13 Film Production (TR), Zülfiye Akkulak - Newa Film (DE)
Kıvanç Sezer – Babamın Kanatları / My Father's Wings – 15,000 EURO
Co-producers: Soner Alper - Nar Film (TR), Petra Oplatkova - The Talent Incubator UG(DE)
Kutluğ Ataman – Hilal, Feza ve Diğer Gezegenler / Hilal, Feza and Other Planets – 20,000 EURO
Co-producers: Fabian Gasmia - Detail Film Gasmia & Kamm GbR (DE), Kutluğ Ataman - The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks (TR)
Nazli Elif Durlu – İki Yabancı / Two Strangers – 15,000 EURO
Co-producers: Dirk Engelhardt - Kundschafter Filmproduktion(DE), Annamaria Aslanoğlu - Istos Yapim (TR)
Ümit Köreken – Mavi Bisiklet / Blue Bicycle – 15,000 EURO
Co-producers: Ümit Köreken - Drama Film Production (TR), Leontine Petit - Hamster Film (DE)
Zeki Demirkubuz – Kor / Ember – 20,000 EURO
Co-producers: Başak Emre - Mavi Film (TR), Mustafa Dok - Bredok Film Production (DE)
Supported in 2011 by the Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund, Sesime Gel/Were Dengê Min/ Come to My Voice (Director: Hüseyin Karabey, Producer: Hüseyin Karabey - Asi Film, Emre Yeksan, Co-Producers: Alexander Ris – Neue Mediopolis/Germany, Elie Meirovitz – EZ Films/France) had its world premiere at the 64th Berlinale – GENERATION.
The nine panels and cinema lectures that were held for free on 7-16 April within the scope of the Meetings on the Bridge attracted great attention from filmmakers.
WHO’S AFRAID OF AN ONLINE EURIMAGES APPLICATION?
APRIL 07 MONDAY
10.00-12.00 Master Class
Speakers: Susan Newman-Baudais (Eurimages), Nadir Öperli (Bulut Film), Emine Yıldırım (Giyotin Film)
Producers Emine Yıldırım and Nadir Öperli together with Susan Newman-Baudais, project manager at Eurimages informed the audience about the new Eurimages on-line application system. This master class also included tips on preparing applications, and insights into the preparation of key documents.
DIGITALIZING OF MOVIE THEATRES AND EURIMAGES DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT PROGRAM
APRIL 08 TUESDAY
10.00-11.30 Master Class
Speakers: Iris Cadoux (Eurimages), Susan Newman-Baudais (Eurimages), Cengiz Çilek (Dcinex)
Eurimages, supports not only the co-production, but also distribution and exhibition of films. Iris Cadoux and Susan Newman-Baudais gave information about preparing a successful distribution application and membership conditions for the Eurimages/Europa Cinemas network in order to receive support for European programming. Together with Cengiz Çilek, Cadoux and Newman-Baudais explained the conditions of support for the purchase of digital projection equipment.
HOW, WHERE AND WHY WE PITCH? 10 TIPS ON PITCHING YOUR SCRIPT
APRIL 10 THURSDAY
10.00-11.30 Master Class
Speakers: Marten Rabarts (Head of Development of the National Film Development Corporation of India), Tobias Pausinger (Industry consultant), Gülin Üstün (Meetings on the Bridge)
After a whole speed tour on how the co-production markets, distribution, marketing world works, 10 tips on pitching were discussed with the filmmakers.
THE SECRETS TO GET THE RIGHT MUSIC SCORE FOR THE RIGHT FILM STORY
APRIL 13 SUNDAY
13.30-15.30 Master Class
Speaker: George Christopoulos (Agency Director of Oticons Ltd)
George Christopoulos explored and presented the issues, the challenges and certain possible solutions that can make the future filmmakers and film music composers great collaborators, within always fair conditions and terms, who will have the same goal: create music that fits ideally the every filmmaker’s vision, every producer’s budget and every story they want to tell.
SHOUT, RESIST, SHOOT
APRIL 13 SUNDAY
Speakers: Arash T. Riahi (Director, producer “Everyday Rebellion”), Olli Waldhauer & Farid Eslam (Director, producer “Istanbul United”), Reyan Tuvi (Director “Yeryüzü Aşkın Yüzü Oluncaya Dek / Love Will Change The Earth...”)
Moderators: Tobias Pausinger & Hilmi Hacaloğlu
The forum aimed to identify different approaches of filmmakers who create films between documentary and journalism and through this, actively document and engage in resistance and peaceful rebellion. It further tried to map successful practices and activities to process moving images which can be also adapted and continued throughout ongoing events and developments.
EVERYDAY REBELLION: CREATING AN ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TO TELL STORIES IN TIMES OF RESISTANCE AND CRISIS
APRIL 14 MONDAY
APRIL 14 MONDAY
Speaker: Arash T. Riahi (Director, producer “Everyday Rebellion”)
At this workshop targeting especially filmmakers developing documentary projects on resistance, Arash T. Riahi talked about the production process of Everyday Rebellion, a multi-platform project about creative, nonviolent protest methods. He also shared his approach on how to deal with storytelling and tackle traditional documentary and playful cross-media formats without losing sight of the core ideas.
CINEMATOGRAPHERS AT A FIRESIDE CHAT: EMRE ERKMEN HOSTS WOJCIECH STARON
APRIL 15 TUESDAY
Speakers: Wojciech Staron, Emre Erkmen
Within the framework of the 600th Anniversary of Turkish–Polish Diplomatic Relations Celebrations, cinematographers from both countries met at a fireside chat. Wojciech Staron, winner of the International Manaki Brothers Film Festival Cinematography Award with his last black & white film Papusza*, and Emre Erkmen, the award-winning acclaimed cinematographer from Turkey shared their experiences with the filmmakers.
FILM AND LITERATURE–HAKAN GÜNDAY “MORE” AND ORHAN PAMUK “MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE”
APRIL 16 WEDNESDAY
Speakers: Hakan Günday, Nermin Mollaoğlu (Kalem Agency) “Daha / More”; Janine Marmot (Hot Property Films), Grant Gee “Masumiyet Müzesi / Museum of Innocence”
Moderator: Isabelle Fauvel (Torino Film Lab)
In the panel focused on the relationship between film and literature. Hakan Günday, the writer of More which was the first novel selected from Turkey at Books at Berlinale at the Berlin Film Festival, and Nermin Mollaoğlu, the founder of Kalem Agency, who made the presentation of the book in Berlin, shared their experiences and views on the adaptation process. Director Grant Gee and producer Janine Marmot, makers of the documentary project inspired from Orhan Pamuk’s novel Museum of Innocence talked about their journey that also includes the city.
SURVIVAL KIT FOR MAKING THE BEST OF FESTIVALS
APRIL 16 WEDNESDAY
Kadir Has Üniversitesi / D Blok Sinema A
15.00-16.30 Master Class
Speaker: Ido Abram (Director of Presentation and Communications at Eye Film Institute Netherlands)
Ido Abram introduced the survival kit for making the best of a festival experience with a project in development. He also talked about ways of effective pitching.
* Participation for all the panels was free of charge.
Please click for the list of participants of Meetings On The Bridge 2013.
Please click here to download "Turkish Film Industry 2014 Report".
MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi, No: 5
Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası
Şişhane 34433 İstanbul
Tel: (+90) (212) 334 0969
Film Development Workshop
The directors and producers of the 12 projects elected from among the applications submitted for the Film Development Workshop held on 13-14 April within the scope of the Meetings On The Bridge have completed their one-to-one meetings with the representatives of organizations such as Cinemart, Sofia Film Lab, Israel Film Fund, Eurimages and ARTE. As a result of these meetings, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun’s project Yozgat Blues was awarded with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of USD 10,000 and Melodika Sound-Production Support Award value TL 25,000; Nesimi Yetik's project Toz Ruhu (Spirit of Dust) was awarded with the CNC Support Award of EURO 10,000; and, Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan’s project Mavi Dalga (Blue Wave) was awarded with the Binger Lab Script Advisory Consultancy Scholarship of EURO 2,500. Serhat Karaaslan’s project “Sidar” was also appreciated Special Mention of the jury.
Meanwhile; Asian Film Market executive Nam Dong Chui, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg Film Fund representative Teresa Hoefert de Turegano, Marion Klotz from Memento and Thibaut Bracq from Paris Cinema Project from among the participants of Meetings On The Bridge held meetings with directors and producers.
Turkish - German Co-Production Fund
The newly created German-Turkish coproduction development fund, established by the Meetings on the Bridge - Istanbul Film Festival, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund in 2010, is pleased to announce its first selection of projects. After two intensive coproduction meetings between German and Turkish producers in the last two years, the partners decided to create a more concrete alliance by starting this new fund. 13 projects were submitted and 7 projects were unanimously selected to receive funding for a total of 100,000 €. The partners noted that that 'the quality of the projects we received was excellent and we are very excited about what the future may brıng in terms of new Turkish-German coproductions.' They all agreed that 'it has been a real pleasure working together!'
• Semih Kaplanoğlu - Yaz Sonu (Late Summer) - Prod: Kaplan Film (TR) / Heimat Filmn (DE) - 20,000 €
• Seyfi Teoman - Evliya (Saints) - Prod: Bulut Film (TR) /Unafilm (DE) - 15,000 €
• Hüseyin Karabey - Come to my Voice - Prod: ASI Film (TR) / Neue Mediopolis (DE) / EY Films (FR) - 20,000 € (for production)
• Martina Priessener - A Road Named Desire - Prod: Inselfilm (DE)/ Kaplan Film (TR) - 10,000 €
• Asli Özge - Auf einmal (Ansızın) - Prod: EEE Film(DE)/ Liman Film (TR) - 15,000 €
• Tunç Şahin - Ballad of Yemen (Yemen Türküsü) - Prod: Yeni Bir film (TR)/Looks Filmprouktion (DE)-10,000 €
• Heiko Aufdermauer - Fünfte Farbe (The fifth colour) - Prod: City West (DE)/Anka Film (TR) - 10,000 €
For further information, please contact:
Tel: 0 212 334 07 26
Turkish - French Co-Production Meetings and Panels
This year for the first time Turkish -French Co-production Meetings and Panels was organized in alliance with CNC and Unifrance to bring together filmmakers from both countries and create a platform for Turkish filmmakers to present their projects to French producers, distributors and representatives of fund and institutions.
The 10 projects elected from within the applications for the Turkey-France Co-Production Meetings held on Monday, 11 April at Palais de France conducted meetings with producers among whom we may cite French National Cinema Center - CNC's International Co-productions Director Julien Ezanno, Ilann Girard of Arsam International, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Film Festival award winner film "Üç Maymun”s (Three Monkeys) French co-producer Stephane Parthenay (Pyramide Production) and Cedomir Kolar (A.S.A.P), imprinted in minds as the producer of "Before the Rain” and “No Man’s Land”. Foundations were laid for future co-productions as a result of these meetings.
The Meetings On The Bridge panels conducted on Tuesday, 12 April at the French Cultural Center received a great deal of interest in its sixth year. During the Turkish -French co-productions panel, the co-production terms for the two countries, problems and solutions proposals therefore were discussed over a total of three projects, the production of one of which has been completed and the other two still in production stage. Eric Garandeau (CEO - CNC), Ersan Çongar (CEO – Bir Film) and Ceyda Görür (Digiturk - Acquisitons Manager), were among the speakers of the panel on transition to the digital age in the film industry, the novelties in cinema in France and Turkey brought about by the digital technology, as well as issues concerning New Media were discussed.
Meetings on the Bridge Seminars
Éric Garandeau (CNC –CEO), Zeynel Koç (Deputy General Director of Turkish State Radio and Television – TRT) , Hüseyin Ülger (Ministry of Culture and Tourism - Deputy Director of Copyrights and Cinema), Zeynep Özbatur Atakan (Zeyno Film , Producer - Three Monkeys - Nuri Bilge Ceylan 2008), Stéphane Parthenay (Pyramid Films), Ersan Çongar (Bir Film – CEO) and Ceyda Görür (Digiturk - Acquisitons Manager) were among the speakers of the panels to share their knowledge and experiences on Turkish – France Co-productions, the developments in new media and transition to digital.
In the last panel of the day producers with international experience, Nadir Öperli (Bulut Film) and Serkan Çakarer (+90 Film) talked about one of the most important tools of the industry ; Networking.
There was a great deal of interest from the Turkish filmmakers and the speakers continued their talks with the audience in small groups after the panels.
Click here for the program of the Meetings on the Bridge panels.
“Focus On Turkish Cinema” event held at Netherlands Film Festival
Within the framework of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, an event titled “Focus on Turkish Cinema” has been held in Utrecht, the Netherlands from 26 - 30 September 2012, with the cooperation of Istanbul Film Festival – Meetings on the Bridge and Netherlands Film Festival – Holland Film Meeting.
Photo by Nichon Glerum
The second session of the Turkey – Holland Co-production Panel, the first of which was held on 12 April 2012 during Istanbul Film Festival – Meetings on the Bridge, took place on Thursday, September 27th within the scope of the Holland Film Meeting. The speakers of the panel, which was hosted by Holland Film Meeting Director Signe Zeilich Jensen and Head of Meetings-on-the-Bridge Gülin Üstün, included İstanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Specialist Selçuk Yavuzkanat, TRT Television Department Vice Head Tuncay Yürekli, Director and Producer Semih Kaplanoğlu (Kaplan Film), Distributor and Producer Ersan Çongar (Bir Film), Netherlands Film Fund Director Ger Bouma, Director Netherlands Film Producers Association Marjan Van Der Haan, Netherlands Ministry of Culture Senior Advisor Maarten Mulder, Berlin Brandenburg Meidenboard Fund Representative Teresa Hoefert de Turegano, as well as Producer Nadir Öperli (Bulut Film) and Co-producers Titus Kreyenberg (Una Film) and Stienette Bosklopper (Circe Films) of ‘Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz’ (Seyfi Teoman, 2010), one of the co-productions realized between the two countries. In the first section of the panel, co-production conditions and solutions to the existing problems were discussed and information on the Turkish film industry and production support issues was delivered. The event, which was open only to film professionals and representatives of institutions from Turkey and the Netherlands, was followed by one-to-one meetings with the producers of Dutch projects that are in search of co-producers from Turkey.
The opening reception hosted by Istanbul Film Festival – Meetings on the Bridge and Netherlands Film Festival – Holland Film Meeting, held after the panel, entertained all international producers selected for the co-productions market, as well as festival guests.
The directors and the producers of the projects Ana yurdu (Senem Tüzen), Güneye Bakan Duvar (Kutluğ Ataman) and Toz Bezi (Ahu Öztürk), which were selected at the Meetings-on-the-Bridge to participate in Holland Film Meeting co-production meetings conducted their sessions at the co-productions market.
Photo by Ramon Mangold
The guest speaker of the Cinema Militans Lecture event, held within the scope of the Netherlands Film Festival since 1929, was director and producer Semih Kaplanoğlu this year. The panel attracted much interest of the international filmmakers and Kaplanoğlu replied the questions of the audience following the interview which will also be featured in the Sight & Sound magazine. The Egg (Yumurta), Milk (Süt) and Honey (Bal) trilogy by Semih Kaplanoğlu will be shown during the festival, and also to film academy students at a closed screening.
“Focus on Turkish Cinema” event realized through the support of the Government of the Republic of Turkey emerged as a major step forward in the development of the cultural relations between the two countries and heralded new co-productions to follow in the years to come.
Turkey and the Netherlands Co-production Meetings and Panel
The Co-production Meetings and Panel has been realized through the cooperation of the İstanbul International Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge and the Netherlands Film Festival - Netherlands Film Meetings organized within the scope of the celebrations for 400years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.
Aiming at bringing together film industry professionals from the two countries so as to lay the ground for co-productions and support cooperation, these meetings strive for perpetuating industry-wide exchange of knowledge and culture among filmmakers. The activities took place in İstanbul in April 2012 during İstanbul International Film Festival -Meetings on the Bridge and will continue in Utrecht in September 2012 during the Netherlands Film Festival - Holland Film Meetings.
During the Turkey - the Netherlands Co-productions Panel 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 Muijs distributor of Once Upon A time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011), Cem Mesut Erkul (Ministry of Culture and Tourism Deputy Director of Cinema) and Zeynel Koç (Deputy General Director of Turkish Radio and TV) discussed the conditions of co-productions between the two countries and the new support possibilities for future productions. Ger Bouma, head of co-productions, Netherlands Film Fund made a presentation about the general information on the Dutch film industry at the beginning of the panel and replied the questions from the audience.
In the second half of the panel Yamaç Okur(Bulut Film), Mete Gümürhan (Kaliber Films) and Bero Beyer (Augustus Film), the producers of the three films Our Grand Despair (Seyfi Teoman 2011), Men on the Bridge (AslıÖzge, 2009), Woman and Man (AslıÖzge, 2012) produced or currently at production stage; shared their experience and provided suggestions for improving the existing financing and co-producing conditions.
The Holland Film Meetings conducted within the scope of the Netherlands Film Festival to be organized between 27 September and 1 October 2012 select a different national cinema as its main theme every year. This year, the opening of Holland Film Meetings will be with a reception to be organized with the cooperation of the İstanbul International Film Festival – Meetings on the Bridge, on the occasion of its theme of “A Perspective on the Turkish Cinema”. The directors and the producers of the three projects to be selected from among the applications submitted to Meetings on the Bridge will participate in the co-production meetings and workshops to be conducted for a period of five days within the framework of Holland Film Meetings, one of several aims of which is supporting of independent cinema. International film professionals will discuss the “Recent Developments in the Turkish film industry” at the panel titled the same to be realized within the scope of the festival and questions of participants regarding production conditions will be replied. Also, this year’s guest of the Cinema Militan Lecture panel conducted every year will be the award winning director Semih Kaplanoğlu from Turkey and a selection consisting of his films will be presented, following an interview by Variety to be conducted with him.
Work in Progress 2012
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 were selected from among the 13 applications received by the selection committee of the Meetings On The Bridge.
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, Ulaş Güneş Kacargil Producer: Özkan Yılmaz
Kumun Tadı / Sea Burners - Director: Melisa Önel, Producers: Yamaç Okur, Melisa Önel
Sev Beni / Sense of Sex - Director: Maryna Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir 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 1000VOLT Post Production Award by 1000VOLT. The award, which consist of the online post-production of the film, was presented by Eda Arıkan, director of 1000VOLT, to Dilek Keser.
MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE PANELS AND WORKSHOPS
April 10 Tuesday 10:30 – 13:00
FRANZ RODENKIRCHEN MASTER CLASS ON SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION
“Story editing, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the script consultant.”
Franz Rodenkirchen, one of the most popular script advisors of international markets and workshops, and consultant of many films in festivals, is sharing the tips about script development and evaluation. The directors and scriptwriters of the Yozgat Blues (Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun) and Mavi Dalga (Blue Wave, Zeynep Dadak – Merve Kayan), the award-winning film projects of the Meeting on the Bridge, are talking about the advantages of working with a script advisor.
April 10 Tuesday 14:30 – 17:00
TRANSMEDIA – MY 10 TRANSMENDMENTS / A CASE STUDY SHANKABOOT
Michel Reilhac, Executive Director of Arte France Cinéma and Director of Film Acquisitions for ARTE France and transmedia analyst will do a ‘not to be missed’ presentation on the principles of Transmedia and the point of view of television and Arte on Transmedia.
Toni Oyry, the project manager of Shankaboot, the world’s first Arabic language web series and the winner of the International Digital Emmy Award 2011, will be sharing the experience of this new adventure of online platforms and applications, interactivity, audience outreach, distribution/marketing. If you want to develop your projects and business across several media platforms, find new ways to tell your stories, and listen to the leading cross-media experts, this is the place for you! Register before it’s too late for this panel targeting professionals working across different media platforms story architects, games writers, audience engagement designers, writers (feature film, TV, journalists etc) and producers.
April 11 Tuesday 14:30 – 17:00
CHILDREN’S FILMS? WHY NOT!
Do you have a children’s film project or a script? Then we advise you not to miss the panel organised in collaboration with Holland Eye Film Institute with the participation of the directors, the producers and the scriptwriters of the award-winning Dutch Kids Films and Fleur Winters, Head of Cinekid for Professionals & TV Programming. Open to filmmakers with children’s film projects and professionals the panel is aiming to bring together directors, producers who have children’s film projects to discuss the production and international marketing of children’s films and to get the ball rolling in to production.
April 12 Wednesday 09:30 - 13:00
WORKSHOP ON PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, AND PREPARING FOR THE BEST PITCH
Isabelle Fauvel, founder of Initiative Films –one of the first consultancy agencies in Europe dealing with film development issues and all phases of production– will be holding a workshop on project development and pitching. She has held similar workshops with the directors and producers of the selected film projects of Meeting on the Bridge for the last two years and now will be talking about the techniques on how to prepare for pitching, improvising and tailor made tips for individual projects. Don’t be late to register for the workshop open to directors, producers, and scriptwriters who made at least a short film or have experienced a feature film production, and have a project in development.
• In order to participate in this panel after registering please send short (single page) synopsis of your project and short bio in English to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 12 Wednesday 09:30 - 13:00
TURKEY - HOLLAND CO-PRODUCTIONS
Turkish–Dutch co-production meetings and panels take place, in the scope of Istanbul Film Festival– Meetings on the Bridge and Nederland Film Festival – Holland Film Meeting, in Istanbul and Utrecht with participation of Dutch film companies, managers, and producers by reason of the 400th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Holland.
The producers of Men on the Bridge (Aslı Özge, 2009), Our Grand Despair (Seyfi Teoman, 2011) and A Woman and a Man (in production, Aslı Özge) and both countries movie companies and fund managers discuss co-production conditions, existing support funds, the problems during the production and solution offers to lead the way for new co-productions.
The Meetings on the Bridge panels and workshops to take place on April 10-11-12 at Akbank Sanat are open to all professional filmmakers and cinephiles.
İstiklal Cad. No:8 Beyoğlu
T: (212) 252 35 00
To participate at the panels please book in advance.
For further information
T: (212) 334 08 37
2013 Film Development Workshop
12 projects elected from among 159 applications for the Film Development Workshop, held for sixth time by the Meetings on the Bridge Advisory Committee consisting of Ahmet Boyacıoğlu, Sevil Demirci, Yamaç Okur and the Selection Committee consisting of Feride Çiçekoğlu, Hüseyin Karabey and Serkan Çakarer.
The projects selected for the Film Development Workshop of the Meetings on the Bridge are:
The Cliff Shore (Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, Producer: Yoel Meranda- Kamara film)
Memoirs of Antoine Köpe (Director: Nefin Dinç, Producer: Claudine Avetyan- Atlantik Film)
Flag (Director: Ezgi Kaplan, Producer: Dilek Aydın-Plot Film)
Everyman for Himself (Director, Producer: İnan Temelkuran)
Cemil Show (Director: Barış Sarhan)
A Sea Apart (Director: Nisan Dağ/Esra Saydam, Producer: Esra Saydam- Karlakum Film)
İkarus / Icarus (Director: İlksen Başarır, Producer: Hazal Dut- Kutu Film)
Escape (Director: Kenan Kavut, Producer: Mehmet Eryılmaz)
Blood Money (Director: Kıvanç Sezer, Producer: Soner Alper- Nar Film)
Brothers (Director: Ömür Atay, Producer: Funda Ödemiş- Anka Film)
Blue Tent (Director: Marşa Franco, Producer: Engin Yenidünya- Mantar Film)
Secret (Director:Selim Evci, Producer: Didem Türemen- Evci Film)
The writers, directors and producers of the 12 projects elected from the applications pitched their projects to the International Jury consisting of Can Anamur (D Yapım), Didem Oğuz (Melodika), Ewa Puszczynska (Opus Film), Gamila Ylstra (Bingerlab Filmlab), Jacqueline Ada (CNC), Nadia Turincev (Rouge International), Olivier Pere (Arte France), Roberto Olla (Eurimages).
The announcement of the award winning projects is made during Meetings on the Bridge Award Reception on 11th April, Thursday at the French Palais.
With his project Album / The Cliff Shore, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu was presented with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of USD 10,000 as well as Melodika’s Sound Post-Production Support Award.
İnan Temelkuran 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 his project Ben Tek Siz Hepiniz / Everyman For Himself.
Nefin Dinç’s project Antoine Köpe’nin Günlükleri / Memoirs of Antoine Köpe was awarded with the Binger Lab Script Consultancy scholarship of Euro2,500 given for the third time this year. This scholarship started to be provided as of 2011 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.
The awards were presented to the selected projects by Laurent Bili, French Ambassador to Turkey, Binger Lab General Director Gamila Ylstra and Melodika’s co-founder Didem Oğuz.
Turkish- German Co-production Development Fund
Turkey-Germany Co-Production Development Fund was established in 2011 through the cooperation of the İstanbul Film Festival Meetings on the Bridge Platform, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Funds aiming at providing a further incentive for co-productions between the two countries. On the third year 10 projects applied to the Turkish- German Co-Production Development Fund.
The jury consisting of representatives of the three institutions selected and 6 projects to be supported with the Turkish-German Co-Production Fund. The announcement of 6 projects was made on 11 April, Thursday during the Meetings on the Bridge Award Reception at the French Palais with the participation of filmmakers from Turkey and international film professionals.
The 6 projects supported by the Turkish-German Co-Production Fund :
• Emine Emel Balcı – Nefesim Kesilene Kadar / Until I Lose My Breath (€ 20,000)
Co-Producers: Prolog Film (TR) / Una Film GmbH (DE)
• Ezel Akay – Kervan Ateşi / Elsa:The Tales of Caravanserai (€ 20,000)
Co-Producers: 90 Film Prodüksiyon (TR) Bredok Film Produktion (DE)
• Ömür Atay - Kardeşler / Brothers (€ 15,000)
Co-Producers: Anka Film (TR) / Beleza Film Gbr (DE)
• Özcan Alper – Rüzgarın Hatıraları / Memories of the Wind (€ 22,000)
Co-Producers: Nar Film Yapım (TR) / Bredok Film Produktion (DE)
• Rezan Yeşilbaş - Mesafe / Distances (€ 10,000)
Co-Producers: Mitos Film (DE) / Yeni Sinemacılık (TR)
• Seren Yüce – Sessizlik / Silence (€ 20,000)
Co-Producers: Motiva Film (TR) Wüste Film Ost (DE)
Meetings On The Bridge 2013 Panels
Meetings on the Bridge organizes panels and master classes besides the workshops. In panels, new collaborations for feature length films and virgin subjects in film production were conspicuous whereas in master classes some issues that targets the cinema students had been discussed this year for the first time.
• The panel ‘What Do We Know About Project Development?’ with the participation of project development consultant Gabriele Brunnenmeyer, media consultant Tobias Pausinger and producer Enis Köstepen targeting the cinema students. The participants shared their experiences about pre-production and project development stages.
• Pierre Alexandre Labelle, the co-founder of Under the Milky Way, introduced the new social media management software Waveback and talked about digital marketing at the ‘VoD and New Methods of Film Distribution and Marketing’ panel. Also a comparative evaluation of online distribution methods were discussed.
• In order to initiate the future co-productions between Turkey and Georgia, the first introduction had been realized with the participation of filmmakers from the two countries. Film funding systems and film production opportunities of the two countries and co- production possibilities had been discussed in the ‘Co-production with Georgia’ panel with the participation of director and producer Özcan Alper, producer Vladimer Katcharava, Georgian Film Center director Salome Sepashvili, Georgian Eurimages representative Tamara Tatishvili and Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Deputy General Director of Cinema Ali Atlıhan
• ‘French Film Industry and Support System’ panel hosted by Bilgi University Cinema Department for the first time at Santral Istanbul campus targeting film students with the participation of President of CNC (Centre National du Cinema et de I’image anime) Eric Garandeau. In the panel a brief information about French film industry, the funding system and World Cinema Fund (Aide aux Cinemas du Monde has been presented followed by a Q&A.
• 2014 is the 600th year of the diplomatic relations between Turkey-Poland. In order to develop future cultural collaboration possibilities between two countries, ‘Turkey Meets Poland’ panel had been organized with the participation of filmmakers and representatives from film institutions of both countries. The participants of the panel were the representative of Polish Film Institute Maria Letowska, the representatives of Adam Mickiewicz Institute Kamila Kowalska and Tomasz Janowski, the representative of Lodz Film School Marcin Malatynski along with the representatives of Wajda School Joanna Solecka and Agnieszka Marczewska and Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Deputy General Director of Cinema Ali Atlıhan. Bir Film’s CEO Ersan Çongar had moderated the panel.The follow up panel will be the events organized in collaboration with Polish Film Institute and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2014.
• In the panel ‘Today’s Micro Budget is No Budget’ moderated by Tobias Pausinger the director and co-producer of the Jury Grand Prix and Best Actor winner in Berlin Film Festival film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker Danis Tanovic, co-producers Cedomir Kolar and Amra Baksic Camo shared the production process of the film and their festival experiences with the cinema lovers. Film also screened at the Human Rights Competition section of Istanbul Film Festival.
• Isabel Fauvel, co-founder of Torino Adapt Film Lab that was initiated last year, gave a brief information about Torino Film Lab and then shared the 12 important tips to focus in ‘Master Class On Film Adaptations of Literature’. Nadir Öperli, producer of Our Grand Despair by Seyfi Teoman, premiered in 2011 Berlin Film Festival competition section and an adaptation from Barış Bıçakçı’s story shared his experiences in the adaptation and production process.
• Who said post production is only about headaches, technical problems and overspending?
Targeting producers who plan to make co-productions or have already had international experience, the ‘Solutions to Post-production Problems In Co-productions’ panel was organized with the collaboration of EP2C workshop, and initiated with the aim of finding solutions to post-production problems in co-productions. Producer and co-founder of EP2C Sebastien Delloye, director of Israel Film Fund, Katriel Schory and producer Titus Kreyenberg (Una Film) who has engaged in many co-productions with Turkey shared their experiences and answered the questions of the audience.
In the panel ‘Experience in Co-productions with the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform’ supported by the Institut Français, Gor Baghdasaryan, director of Neighbors, Lusin Dink, director of Saroyanland –screened at the 2013 Istanbul Film Festival–National Competition– Harutyun Khachatryan, president of Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Melek Ulagay, platform consultant, and platform directors Çiğdem Mater with Susanna Harutyunyan shared their experience of six years and the foundation stage of the platform.