Meetings on the Bridge Work In Progress awards are announced

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.

Work in Progress Awards

This year 8 films from Turkey and neighbouring countries attended Work In progress. The Work in Progress jury members Agatha Valentin (Partner / Totem Films), Giorgo Gosetti (Director / Venice Days), Ineke Kanters (Producer, Managing Director / The Film Kitchen) has decided on the award winning films after watching 5 films at the private screenings held at Soho House Istanbul and the meetings held with the filmmakers.

The award winning films at Work in Progress workshop are:

30.000 TL Anadolu Efes Award was presented to the director Pelin Esmer and producer Dilde Mahalli of the film QUEEN LEAR by Anadolu Efes Turkey General Manager Tuğrul Ağırbaş.

Color Up Award was presented to the director Eytan İpeker and producer Yoel Meranda of the film MISS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR by Burak Turan, the colorist of Color Up.

Daire Creative Key Art Design Award was presented to the director Pelin Esmer and producer Dilde Mahalli of the film QUEEN LEAR by Arda Aktaş, the co-founder of Daire Creative.

The Başka Sinema Award was presented to director Nesimi Yetik and producer Betül Esener of the film IT’S ALL ABOUT PEACE AND HARMONY by Cenan Tüzel, the coordinator of Başka Sinema.

Paz Digital Communication Awards was presented to the director Pelin Esmer and producer Dilde Mahalli of the film QUEEN LEAR by the Head of Strategy and Digital Communication of Paz Film Agency Simge Tezel.

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