Meetings on the Bridge
8-14 April 2016
The eleventh edition of the Meetings on the Bridge will be organized on 8 - 14 April under the scope of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival.
Meetings on the Bridge is a platform bringing together the filmmakers and film institutions from Turkey and the neighbours with the international film industry.
Every year selected filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries are making the first international presentation of their high quality fiction and documentary projects and films in post-production to potential co-producers, financiers, broadcasters, festival and fund representatives at Film Development and Work in Progress workshop.
Film Development Workshop
The selected filmmakers with projects work with trainers and experts at an intense 4 days training program on script, production, distribution, marketing and pitching in March. Meetings on the Bridge team plans the one to one meetings between the filmmakers with projects and the international industry delegates. At the end of Film Development Workshop the international jury decides on the projects which are to receive the
Film Development Workshop Awards:
• The Republic of Turkey Ministry of CultureandTourismSupportAward of USD 10,000
• Melodika Sound Post-Production Award
• Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script Workshop Award
With the purpose of initiating and enhancing the communication between the filmmakers and taking the first step for writing stories together Meetings on the Bridge has launched NEIGHBOURS platform last year. In order to build a ground for institutions and individuals to cooperate while developing common stories, the platform, organized within Film Development Workshop, invites film professionals and filmmakers from the neighbouring countries.
Selected through methods of scouting and interviewing, the filmmakers and the projects that are selected among the applications from the neighbouring countries will have a pitching training, followed by one-to-one meetings with international film professionals.
Work in Progress
The selected filmmakers from Turkey with fiction and documentary films that have international festival and distribution potential work with an expert on marketing and distribution . After a pitching rehearsal with a moderator they meet the festival programmers, fund representatives, buyers, broadcasters and financiers at moderated special screenings. The international jury has meetings with each filmmaker team after private screenings
Work in Progress Workshop Awards:
• 30.000 TL AnadoluEfes Award
• Digiflame Award
• Başka Sinema Award
Turkish German Co-production Fund
With the purpose of encouraging the cooperation of filmmakers from Turkey and Germany, in 2011 Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Meetings on the Bridge supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism established the German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund to support the development of film projects that have the potential to develop into high quality films that will attract audiences in both countries and Europe . 37 project have been supported until today.
Panels and master classes
Focusing on the needs of the film industry in Turkey highly acclaimed experts in their fields and filmmakers are invited every year to discuss up and explore the solutions to existing problems with co-operations and introduce the new trends at panels and masterclasses open to industry and the film students.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on the 11th year of Meetings on the Bridge.
Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop and Work in Progress will be organized on 12-13 April, 2016 under the scope of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival.
The application for Film Development Workshop will be open to Turkish projects between 27 August 2015 - 6 January 2016.
In order to see last year's projects please visit here.
Please click here for rules and regulations.
Meetings on the Bridge has launched NEIGHBOURS platform last year in order to initiate new international collaborations and enhance communication between filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries. With the aim of building a ground for institutions and individuals to cooperate while developing common stories, the platform, organised within Film Development Workshop, invites film professionals and filmmakers from neighbouring countries.
Selected through methods of scouting and interviewing, the filmmakers and the projects that are selected among the applications from the neighbouring countries will have a pitching training, followed by one-to-one meetings with international film professionals.
The following projects have participated in the last year’s edition:
• Forgiveness (dir. Sadaf Foroughi, prod. Majid Barzegar) - Iran
• Manji (dir. Tinatin Kajrishvili, prod. Lasha Khalvashi) - Georgia
• Radiogram (dir. Rouzie Hassanova, prod. Gergana Stankova) - Bulgaria
After Film Development Workshop, Forgiveness and Manji teams are attending co-production markets and developing the scripts, and Radiogram is in the post-production stage.
NEIGHBOURS platform consists of neighbours of Turkey.
Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on the 11th year of Meetings on the Bridge.
The fifth edition of Work in Progress keeps on supporting feature films and documentaries in the post-production stage from Turkey. Meetings on the Bridge Work in Progress will be organised on 12-13 April, 2016 under the scope of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival.
The application for Work in Progress is open now for films from Turkey until 3 March, 2016.
Please click here to see last year's films.
The projects to be supported by the Turkish-German Co-Production Development Fund were also announced at the ceremony. Granted for the fifth 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 of the Republic of Turkey, aims to provide an incentive fund for the co-productions by the two countries.
Out of the 10 projects that applied, 7 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:
Mehmet Can Mertoğlu – Albüm / Album – 30.000 AVRO
Co-producers: Yoel Meranda- Kamara Film (TR), Alexander Ris- Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion (DE)
Hüseyin Karabey- Hamarat Apartmanı / Hamarat Apartment- 20.000 AVRO
Co-producers: Hüseyin Karabey- Asi Film (TR), Alexander Ris- Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion (DE)
Nefin Dinç – Antoine Köpe’nin Hatıraları/ The Memoirs of Antoine Köpe – 20.000 AVRO
Co-producers: Gamze Paker – Atlantik Film (TR), Titus Kreyenberg- Una Film (DE)
Melisa Önel – 16 – 10.000 AVRO
Co-producers: İpek Kent- Yedi Film (TR), Ufuk Genç- Cine Chromatix (DE)
Çayan Demirel – Kardeş Türküler / Songs of Fraternity – 10.000 AVRO
Co-producers: Ayşe Çetinbaş- Surela Film (TR), Zülfiye Akkulak- Newa Film (DE)
Erol Mintaş – Kargalar / Crows – 15.000 EURO
Co-producers: Erol Mintaş- Mintaş Film (TR), Verena Graefe-Hoeft-Junafilm (DE)
M. Cem Öztüfekçi – Boş Zamanlar / Idle Moments – 10.000 AVRO
Co-producers: Annamaria Aslanoğlu- İstos Film (TR), Titus Kreyenberg- Una Film (DE)
MEETING FILMS ON THE BRIDGE
What happens to the films after the release?
With the purpose of re-introducing the films from Meetings on the Bridge workshops a series of screening were organized at the universities in Istanbul with the collboration of film clubs and departments.
APRIL 5 2015 SUNDAY
11.00-13.00 Master Class
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO SHOW REALITY IN DOCUMENTARIES
Speaker:Arash T. Riahi
Arash T. Riahi will focus on how much real events can be planned and written before they happen and how flexible the cinematic, moral and acceptable meanings of truth can be. By working directly with the projects, together with the filmmakers, he will discuss different styles of dramaturgical approach to find the right way of storytelling for each project. He will also examine different classical documentary genre traditions as well as new approaches like trans-media documentaries. Further topics are the writing process for documentary, the role of research as well as the effect of fiction dramaturgy on documentary filmmaking.
APRIL 8 2015 WEDNESDAY
KOSMOS KOSMOS (DıRECTOR REHA ERDEM)
* English Subtitles
16.30-18.30 Master Class
Speaker:Reha Erdem (Yönetmen Director)
Reha Erdem’s 2010 film Kosmos, which received the production support provided by Anadolu Efes and with the FIPRESCI Award he won with My Only Sunshine (2009) at the Istanbul Film Festival will be screened. Following the screening, Reha Erdem will talk about his cinema, inspirations, the location-time-human relation he builds in his films, and creating a meaning, a thrill.
APRIL 11 2015 SATURDAY
12.00-14.00 Master Class
EDITING SHAPED BY HUMAN PERCEPTION
Speaker: Çiçek Kahraman
This master class is designed for everyone, from professionals to anybody who is interested in cinema. It will be held in an interactive seminar format where both the guest and the audience will share their editing experiences. Scenes from the films that Çiçek Kahraman has edited, will be screened and discussed.
APRIL 12 2015 SUNDAY
YARATICI AVRUPA PLATFORMU EUROPE DESK
Speakers:Hale Ural(Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Yaratıcı Avrupa Türkiye Masası Koordinatörü Coordinator of Ministry of Culture and Tourism Creative Europe Desk Turkey), Kamen Balkanski(Bulgaristan Yaratıcı Avrupa Masası Yöneticisi Head of Creative Europe Desk Bulgaria), T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Sinema Genel Müdürlüğü Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema
Moderator:Emine Yıldırım (Producer Giyotin Film)
This panel will focus on how audiovisual as well as culture and arts initiatives in Turkey can apply for funding as coordinators in the framework of the Creative Europe agreement that will be valid between 2014 and 2020. Also information on the application procedures and an insight in the selection processes will be shared with the audience.
APRIL 13 2015 MONDAY
11.00-12.40 Screening 96'
REMAKE REMIX RIP-OFF (DıRECTOR CEM KAYA)
13.00-15.00 Master Class
BUILDING A DOLLY OUT OF SOAP BARS
Speakers:Ali Yorgancıoğlu (Yönetmen Director Dirty Cheap Creative), Cem Kaya (Yönetmen, yapımcı Director, producer), Kunt Tulgar (Yönetmen Director)
Moderator:Burak Çevik (Yönetmen Director)
What to do to pursue your dreams, when the dreams are big but the budget is small? How to produce a film with a small budget by using alternative methods? These issues will be discussed on the basis of Yeşilcam Turkish movies of the 70s that inspired this film, and many of today's independent low budget movies.
15.30-17.00 Master Class
DID I FORGET SOMETHING?: MARKETING!
Speakers: Christina Pelekani (Pazarlama Danışmanı Marketing Consultant),Tuğçe Taçkın (Tanıtım ve Pazarlama Müdürü PR and Marketing Manager Medyavizyon)
The duo will present examples as to where old models and new trends in marketing and distribution scenes intersect and digress. It will also demonstrate film samples that utilize rare and conspicuous marketing strategies. The participants will also get insight into decision-making processes and strategic marketing preferences relevant to development, production and distribution.
APRIL 14 2015 TUESDAY
NEW TRENDS ON DISTRIBUTION, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND FUNDING
Speakers:Güney Yasavur (Operasyonlardan Sorumlu Yönetici Chief Operating Officer SPI International), Merrill Sterritt (Eş Kurucu Co-founder Film Presence), Shani Geva (Yapım ve Geliştirme Uzmanı Production and Development Executive Archer Gray)
Moderator:Tuğçe Taçkın (Tanıtım ve Pazarlama Müdürü PR and Marketing Manager)
This session highlights the growing importance and opportunities of online distribution, audience engagement and funding platforms. Experts discuss and examine the challenges along the industry's adaptation process.
MEET THE MARKETS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
Speakers:Alessandro Gropplero (When East Meets West), Fabienne Moris (Fidmarseille), Lindsay Peters (Frontieres), Marge Liiske (Baltic Event), Marie Pierre Macia (Crossroads), Marit van den Elshout (CineMart), Martina Bleis (Connecting Cottbus & Berlinale)
Speakers:Anita Voorham (Torino Film Lab), Georges Goldenstern (Cinéfondation), Giovanni Robbiano (MFI), Jovan Marjanovic (CineLink), Ruxandra Cernat (Film TEEP), Satu Elo (EAVE), Signe Zeilich Jensen (Holland Film Meeting)
Moderator:Emine Yıldırım (Yapımcı Producer Giyotin Film)
Your project is ready, and now comes the time to plan the rest of the process. Co-production market representatives will be here to meet you and to discuss their profiles.
MEET THE FUNDS
Speakers: Arben Zhakru (Kosovo Cinematography Center), Irina Kanousheva (Bulgarian National Film Center), Jovan Marjanovic (Creative Europe and City of Sarajevo), Khalil Benkirane (Doha Film Institute), Salome Murvanidze (Ministry of Culture of Ajara Region), Giorgi Khabashvili (Georgian National Film Center)
Speakers:Eva Hubert (Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein), Sergio Garcia de Leaniz (Eurimages), Snezana Maric (Serbian Film Center), Teresa Hoefert de Turégano (Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg)
Moderator:Yamaç Okur (Yapımcı Producer Bulut Film)
Your roadmap through the regional and international film funding landscape: decision makers from international funds share information about selection processes and funding criteria.
16.30-17.30 Master Class
A CONVERSATION ON SCREENWRITING CONSULTANCY
Speakers:Anita Voorham (Senaryo Danışmanı Script Advisor), Tobias Pausinger (Sektör Danışmanı Industry Advisor and Consultant)
This master class seeks to provide some useful ideas and tricks for developing your script and will help you raise critical and crucial questions towards your story along the re-writing process. It also gives in sight in the work of a script consultant.
APRIL 16 2015 THURSDAY
10.30-12.00 Master Class
CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES IN FILM PRODUCING
Speaker: Katriel Schory (İsrail Film Fonu Yöneticisi Head of Israel Film Fund)
The role of the producer "from the idea to the poster": What does it take to be a producer? How to face the challenges of ideas, stories and the scope of productions? How to generate interest and finance? And, in a world of co-productions, how to maintain creative freedom?
• Participation for all the panels is free of charge.
• All panels and master classes will have simultaneous translation. Classes marked (*) will be conducted in Turkish only.
For further information
Akbank Sanat İstiklal Street No: 8 Beyoğlu
T: +90 212 252 35 00
Please click for the list of participants of Meetings On The Bridge 2015.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The selection committee selected 10 projects out of the 120 applications for the Film Project Development Workshop held for the 8th time within the scope of the Meetings on the Bridge.
• Anons / The Announcement (Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun)
• Av / The Hunt (Emre Akay)
• Bir Baba ve Oğulun Ölümü / The Death of Father and Son (Zekeriya Aydoğan)
• Çarpık Ev / The Crooked House (Sinem Sakaoğlu)
• Hafiye / The Detective (Mehmet Sait Korkut)
• Hayatı Beklerken / Waiting for Life (Ayşe Toprak)
• Herşey O.K / Everything’s O.K (Theron Patterson)
• Iguana Tokyo (Kaan Müjdeci)
• Nebula / Dead Horse Nebula (Tarık Aktaş)
• Yanlama / Ghetto Drifters (Dağhan Celayir)
The international jury comprising of Gabrielle Dumon (Le Bureau Films), Giovanni Robbiano (Mediterranean Film Institute - MFI), Khalil Benkirane (Doha Film Institute), Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF), and Sergio Garcia De Leaniz (Eurimages) decided on the award winning projects.
Tarık Aktaş, director of Dead Horse Nebula received the Meetings on the Bridge Award of USD 10,000 from Gabrielle Dumon.
The project of Zekeriya Aydoğan, The Death of a Father and Son was presented 10,000 Euro CNC Award by Fanny Aubert Malaurie, The Cultural Attache of France.
Melodika Sound Post Production Award was presented to Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun for his project The Announcement, by Didem Oğuz, the co-founder of Melodika.
The Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script and Development Workshop Award, which comprises four stages, was presented to Sinem Sakaoğlu for her project The Crooked House by Giovanni Robbiano from MFI. The director and scriptwriter of the project will participate in the scenario workshops, two of which will be on the Nisiros and Samos Islands of Greece in 2015 and two of which will be online.
MEETING FILMS ON THE BRIDGE
A selection of films which previously premiered at local and international film festivals were screened at cinemas in the campuses . After each screening a moderated talk and Q&A with the filmmakers took place. The screenings were free of charge.
Meetings on the Bridge films screenings are on the road now going to other cities. Starting with Afyon Kocatepe University, İzmir Dokuz Eylül University and Eskişehir University.
The program of 2015 is below:
ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY (with the cooperation of Bilgi Cinema Club)
- Present Tense (dir. Belmin Söylemez)
- The Mold (dir. Ali Aydın)
- Blue Wave (dir. Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan)
- Voice of My Father (dir. Orhan Eskiköy, Zeynel Doğan)
- Song of My Mother (dir. Erol Mintaş)
KADİR HAS UNIVERSITY (with the cooperation of Kadir Has University Cinema Club)
- Zephyr (dir. Belma Baş)
- Shadows and Faces (dir. Derviş Zaim)
- Yozgat Blues (dir. Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun)
- The Impeccables (dir. Ramin Matin)
KOÇ UNIVERSITY (with the cooperation of Koç University Media and Visual Arts)
- Come to My Voice (dir. Hüseyin Karabey)
- Strangers in the House (dir. Ulaş Güneş Kaçargil, Dilek Keser)
- Ships (dir. Elif Refiğ)
- Toll Booth (dir. Tolga Karaçelik)
GALATASARAY UNIVERSITY (with the cooperation of Galatasaray University Center for Media Studies, Research and Applications)
- Sivas (dir. Kaan Müjdeci)
- Across the Sea (dir. Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam)
- Come to My Voice (dir. Hüseyin Karabey)
- Civilian (dir. Levent Çetin)
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