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