2020 Meetings on the Bridge announced award winners of its online 15th edition

Following the declaration of World Health Organisation about COVID-19 as pandemic, the international co-production, training and networking platform organised within the scope of the İstanbul Film Festival, Meetings on the Bridge (MoB) took the necessary precautions and performed its programme online on 14-17 April with the support of Anadolu Efes, taking into consideration the urgent timeline of the filmmakers attending the MoB workshops with their films and projects.

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. On the 15th edition of MoB, supported by Anadolu Efes, 17 fiction and 2 documentary projects and 7 fiction and 1 documentary films from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Romania are presented at the Film Development Workshop, Neighbours Platform and Work in Progress.

Meetings on the Bridge Awards were announced on 17 April at the online session with the participation the filmmakers and jury members. After the speech of Head of Meetings on the Bridge Gülin Üstün in which she thanked the Meetings on the Bridge team, supporters, award sponsors, jury member and all the participants, and video messages from director of the Istanbul Film Festival Kerem Ayan and MoB sponsors, the Film Development Workshop and Work in Progress jury members announced the awards.

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Work in Progress awards

This year 8 films from Turkey and neighbouring countries attended Work In Progress. The Work in Progress jury members Cedomir Kolar (ASAP Films), Daniela Persico (Locarno Film Festival), Yohann Comte (Charades) has decided on the award winning films after watching 7 films and the meetings held with the filmmakers.

Cedomir Kolar and Yohann Comte have announced the award winning films at Work in Progress are:

30.000 TL Anadolu Efes Award was presented to the director Selman Nacar and producers Burak Çevik and Diloy Gülün of the film Between Two Dawns. Jury’s deliberation: For a film that tells the moral questions of a new generation of sons, struggling with a society that keeps them on the sidelines. For the wisdom of a simple direction and at the same time able to choose the right images and the enveloping breath of a battle that concerns us, the 30. 000 TL Anadolu Efes Award goes to Between Two Dawns.

Color Up Award was presented to the director Nazlı Elif Durlu and producer Anna Maria Aslanoğlu of the film Zuhal.  Jury’s deliberation: For its way of whispering a screaming loneliness and meowing to our ears the importance of trusting yourself, the award for Color Up Post Production Award goes to Zuhal.

Daire Creative Key Art Design Award was presented to the director Ahmet Necdet Çopur and producer Nadir Öperli of the film Whitewash.  Jury’s deliberation: For the courage to face a personal story that tells of a strong and shocking social reality, having the ability to articulate reality in an intimate and always respectful language, the Daire Creative Key Art Design Award goes to Whitewash.

The Başka Sinema Distribution and Promotion Award was presented to director Cem Özay and producer Ömür Güner of the film ForgivenessJury’s deliberation: To a heartbreaking work of cinema whose images are as strong as the message it conveys, served by three incredible performances. The Başka Sinema Distribution and Promotion Award goes to Forgiveness.

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