INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Films that open up New Perspectives in Cinema compete for the grand prize of the festival, the Golden Tulip. The International Golden Tulip Award is given in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, former chairman of İKSV and co-founder of the Istanbul Film Festival.

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN CINEMA COMPETITON

The Human Rights in Cinema Award, presented only at the Istanbul Film Festival since 2007 in collaboration with Eurimages, will be given to a film in this section, which raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance.

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CINEMA OF TURKEY 2017-2018

This section showcases recent film productions from Turkey in the National Competition, Out of Competition, National Documentary Competition, Special Screenings, National Short Film Competition subsections. The jury will evaluate films vying for the Golden Tulip Best Film, Best Director, Special Prize of the Jury in memory of Onat Kutlar, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Music awards. The Best Debut Film award will be given in memory of Seyfi Teoman. The festival awards Documentaries and Short Films as well.

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* Films to be considered for the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize are marked with a star.

SPECIAL SCREENING: TURKISH CLASSICS REVISITED

Istanbul Film Festival continues to unearth the most significant works of Turkish cinema by restoring these outstanding classics and thus reviving them with the collaboration of Zurich Sigorta. Film lovers will have the opportunity to watch the 1988 drama “İpekçe” by Bilge Olgaç from its copy restored by Atlas Prodüksiyon.

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VODAFONE RED GALAS

The Turkish premieres of blockbusters with A-list casts, crowd-pleasing films, and most anticipated works of the year will be made at the festival.

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CHALLENGING THE YEARS

The latest masterpieces from master directors who are still in top shape and still shaping world cinema, who challenge the years, who still keep getting awards and are looked up to, will be presented in this section.

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BEST OF THE FESTS

The premiere showcase of highlights from recent international festivals, bringing together the latest works and reflecting the current trends in world cinema.

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YOUNG MASTERS

This section consists of the works of young directors who received critical acclaim, audience appreciation, and awards at international festivals to demonstrate a unique approach to cinema with their debut or second features–classics of the future.

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DOCUMENTARY TIME WITH NTV

These films handle themes as diverse as memory, labour, family, fashion, economy, music, cinema, and food, and engage with social transformations to present reality with a unique and striking stylistic approach.

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MINED ZONE

These unusual, extraordinary, ground-breaking, edgy and “challenging” films outside the mainstream with their style, form, approach, technique or narrative will be attractive especially for cinephiles looking for discoveries. Diversely dissimilar cinematic spirits roam in the Mined Zone.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT

Film has often meant to entertain its viewers, putting emphasis on humour, which grew to become an indispensable element of cinema. The Festival is joyful to host a brilliant selection of light-hearted films which intend to amuse while provoking your thoughts and look at life from unprecedented, unexpected vantage points. Life is too short to take seriously.

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MUSICIANS

Music is the food of love, music is the food of the soul, and for some, more than just a melody... Musicians brings together the stories of those for whom music is indispensable.

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WHERE ARE YOU MY LOVE?

This section of the festival brings together films that say love has no age or gender and there are a thousand ways to find and look for love.

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NO MORE FLOWERS

The newest section of the festival brings together 10 films that feature strong women as heroes, do not give in to pressure, who determine their own paths, and manage to stand on their own feet. From Iran to Belgium, Argentina to Georgia, women in these films in their personal or business lives–as executive, judge, photographer, or homeless¬–reject to be bossed around and stand up for their rights.

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BERGMAN: 100 YEARS

The Istanbul Film Festival will celebrate the talent and legacy of the great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman with a special selection on the centenary of his birth. 10 filmmakers from Turkey selected 9 films that are significant to their lives, and filmmaking approaches. They will be introducing these films at their screenings during the Festival in April:

Kazım Öz – Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries (1957)
Emin Alper – Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal (1958)
Semih Kaplanoğlu – Nattvardsgästerna / Winter Light (1962)
Reha Erdem – Tystnaden / The Silence (1963)
Can Evrenol – Persona (1966)
Ümit Ünal – Skammen / Shame (1968)
Aslı Özge – Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers (1972)
Melik Saraçoğlu & Hakkı Kurtuluş – Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage / (1973)
Yeşim Ustaoğlu – Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata (1978)

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HIDDEN GEMS

History of film includes a myriad of lesser known, lost, denied from the general public, ignored in film literature, or overshadowed films–hidden gems, which will surprise film buffs with their competitive qualities, or how timeless they have been conceived. Istanbul Film Festival will unearth these hidden gems, with the curation of Alkan Avcıoğlu.

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CINEMANIA

Originated from the love for the art of filmmaking, this section is constructed on “the passion for cinema,” “cinephilia,” and “Cinemania.” A portmanteau section, “Cinemania” comprises the highlights, the landmarks and milestones, the unforgettables of the world of cinema: masterpieces of a career, in memoriam or in celebration; restored classics, lost films, cult movies, films on films, and surprises...

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ARCHITECTURAL UTOPIAS–CINEMATIC DISTOPIAS

Istanbul Film Festival will also cooperate with the art space Arter for a programme that takes a holistic approach to the production process of the Berlin-based artist Ali Mahmut Demirel. Known for his experimental video works, live visual designs, performances and the music videos he produced for Plastikman, Richie Hawtin and Captain Comatose; Demirel’s solo exhibition curated by Başak Doğa Temür, Isle will take place at Arter between 16 March and 15 July 2018. The films “The Last of England” (Derek Jarman), “Stalker” (Andrei Tarkovsky) and “Kuyu” (Metin Erksan), which inspired Demirel’s three exhibition videos will be screened at the Festival as part of the project.

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