The 14th edition of Meetings on the Bridge was held between 5 and 16 April within the scope of the 38th Istanbul Film Festival with the support of Anadolu Efes. The projects and films that received the Meetings on the Bridge awards were announced at a reception hosted by French Palais on Friday, 12 April.

Meetings on the Bridge is providing an opportunity for filmmakers to hold the first international presentations for their new film projects at Film Development Workshop and Neighbours Platform and films in post-production at Work in Progress. Meetings on the Bridge aims to pave the way for co-productions for cultural exchange and financial support. This year 11 fiction and 2 documentary feature film projects from Turkey are selected from among 121 applications.

20 projects and 8 films in post-production from Turkey and its neighbouring countries Georgia, Iran, Egypt, Romania, Ukrania, Lebanon and Greece presented their projects and films. Directors and producers had a total of 350 meetings with 130 international professionals and took the first steps of co-production partnerships.

Film Development Workshop jury members Oana Giurgiu (Producer / Libra Film ), Remi Burah (CEO / ARTE France Cinema), Gabor Greiner (Head of Acquisitions / Films Boutique), Martina Bleis (Co-Head & Curator / Berlinale Co-Production Market) and Nicos Panayotopoulos (Screenwriter & Novelist, / Mediterranean Film Institute) selected the award winning projects after pitchings.

Meetings on the Bridge Award Ceremony started with speeches of Head of Meetings on the Bridge Gülin Üstün and French Consul Général Bertrand Buchwalter.

Award winning projects

The director Zeynep Dadak and the producers Zeynep Ekmekçi and Pınar Bağcı of the project ELECTRIC SLEEP received the Meetings on the Bridge Award of 30.000 TL from Gülin Üstün.

The Film Development Workshop and the Neighbours Platform projects were all eligible for the 8000 Euro CNC Award. The award was presented to Myriam El Hajj, the director and Myriam Sassine, the producer of the project COMMEDIA by Mr Consul Général Bertrand Buchwalter.

Melodika Sound Award was presented to Amber İşbilen, the director of the project SELDA by Taylan Oğuz, the co-founder of Melodika.

Dell Precision Award, given for the first time this year was presented to Banu Sıvacı, the director and Zeynep Koray, the producer of the project THE SOLOIST by DELL Country Marketing Manager Belit Funda.

The producer Müge Özen and the director Orçun Behram of the project THE FUNERAL received the GeniusPark Special Effects Award from Sema Duran, the coordinator in GeniusPark.

The Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script and Development Workshop Award was presented to the director Zeynep Dadak and the producers Zeynep Ekmekçi and Pınar Bağcı of the project ELECTRIC SLEEP.

Seyap Award, also given for the first time this year was presented by producer Yamaç Okur to the director Nejla Demirci and producer Mesut Ulutaş for their project GÜNEŞ.

Transilvania Pitch Stop Award for Meetings on the Bridge awards was given by producer Oana Giurgiu to the director Ali Ercivan and producer Engin Palabıyık of the project I WILL SURVIVE.

Postbıyık Sound Production Award, specific for the Neighbours selection was presented by Yalın Özgencil and Sertaç Toksöz to the director Mohamed Siam and the producer Guillaume de Seille, of the project BLOOD AND HONEY.

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