The 11th edition of German - Turkish Co-production Development Fund supports 6 new film projects

The German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund, established by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Istanbul Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge with the support of the Republic of Turkey's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, has selected the following projects in the 2021 selection session.

The fund has supported German-Turkish co-productions with 913,500 Euros until now.

The selection committee consists of representatives from the three institutions. 6 out of the 15 submitted projects were awarded with a total amount of 53.000 Euro.

The full list of funded projects:

  • Burak Çevik, Suddenly – 10.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Burak Çevik (Fol Film), Zsuzsanna Kiraly (Flaneur Films)
  • Burcu Aykar, As Shadows Fade – 10.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Nadir Öperli (Liman Film), Anke Petersen (Jyoti Film)
  • İlker Çatak, Yellow Letters – 10.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Enis Köstepen, Mustafa Sönmez (Tyger Film), Ingo Fliess (If... Productions Film)
  • Zeynep Güzel, When The Sun Comes Out – 10.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Armağan Lale, Beste Yamalıoğlu (Filmada Prodüksiyon), Julia Wagner (Heartwake Films)
  • Emre Yeksan, Crystal of Happiness – 8.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Anna Maria Aslanoğlu (İstos Film), Jamila Wenske (Achtung Panda!)
  • Doğu Akal, Tussifed – 5.000 Euro
    Co-producers: Kaan Ege (Harakiri Film), Ayhan Salar (Salarfilm Produktion)

The Medienboard, the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund and the Istanbul Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge established the German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund in 2011 with the aim of strengthening and supporting the cooperation between German and Turkish filmmakers.

From among the 56 supported films, Sisters premiered in Berlinale Main Competition, Albüm (Mehmetcan Mertoğlu) premiered in Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique, All of a Sudden (Aslı Özge) premiered in Berlinale Panorama, Until I Lose My Breath (Emine Emel Balcı) premiered in Berlinale Forum, Blue Bicycle (Ümit Köreken), Come to My Voice (Hüseyin Karabey) premiered in Berlinale Generation and My Father’s Wings (Kıvanç Sezer) premiered in Karlovy Vary Film Festival Main Competition, Brothers (Ömür Atay) premiered in Karlovy Vary Film Festival Main Competition, When I’m Done Dying (Nisan Dağ) premiered in Talinn Black Nights Film Festival, Zuhal (Nazlı Elif Durlu) premiered in Antalya Film Festival, Geranium premiered in İstanbul Film Festival and Whitewash (Ahmet Necder Cupur) premiered in Visions du Reel. Ela and Hilmi and Ali (Ziya Demirel) and Snow and the Bear (Selcen Ergun) are in post-production.

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