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 2018-2019

This section showcases recent film productions from Turkey in the National Competition, Out of Competition, National Documentary Competition, 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 Prize will be given in memory of Seyfi Teoman. The festival awards Documentaries and Short Films as well.

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SPECIAL SCREENING: TURKISH CLASSICS REVISITED

Istanbul Film Festival continues to revive the most significant works of Turkish cinema by restoring these outstanding classics and thus reviving them with the collaboration of Zurich Sigorta. Filmlovers will have the opportunity to watch the 1987 drama “Ten Women” by Şerif Gören from its copy restored by Atlas Prodüksiyon.

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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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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

These films handle themes as diverse as politics, diplomacy, justice, economics, sociology, and art, 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 some thrills. Restless 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 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

This section of the festival brings together 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 Hungary to Syria, Vietnam to Romania, women in these films in their personal or business lives reject to be bossed around and stand up for their rights.

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FACTORY OF MASTERPIECES: KUBRICK

The Istanbul Film Festival will celebrate the talent and legacy of one of the most influential filmmakers of the world, Stanley Kubrick with in the 20th anniversary of his death, presenting his complete feature-length filmography.

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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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