About the Festival

As Turkey’s first and most well established festival, International Antalya Film Festival, continues developing further as a leader of the Turkey’s festival culture.

This year in its 54th edition, the Festival is bringing in the Turkish and global film industry together with the mission of establishing a cultural and communications platform and increasing its influence on an international level.

The Festival, aiming at promoting Antalya internationally as a film-friendly city, has a new artistic director, Mike Downey. Downey is present within the management team in many festivals within Europe, as well as a producer with countless successes in the international area. Joining the team as the strategic consultant Mirsad Purivatra, is both an art and culture entrepreneur, and the Festival Director of Sarajevo Film Festival.

Antalya Film Forum is directed by Zeynep Atakan, producer of Palme D’or winning film.  Atakan, recognized for her many achievements, including as being one of the most important components of the Festival has become an international brand.

International Antalya Film Festival is aiming to create a joyful and productive atmosphere for all local and international film professionals as well as creating a unique experience for all the residents.

This year, the Festival will continue to support Antalya Film Forum that has become one of the most important events throughout Europe within the first 3 years of its establishment, including hosting countless projects that held their world premiers recognized by prestigious festivals. Antalya Film Forum continues its aim of connecting 200 international industry professionals with the film professionals of Turkey, as well as supporting them.

International Antalya Film Festival and Antalya as a film friendly city form a bridge where cultures meet. The Festival continues its traditional parade and gala screenings to bring all film professionals and film lovers together with a unique experience.

The dates of the event that will host important names from the film industry and bring the magic of big screen to the residents of Antalya will be between 21st and 27th of October, 2017.




International Competition:

A section from the work of masters of world cinema will be curated by Artistic Director

Mike Downey. All the films selected to this section will have their premiers in Turkey.


Gala Screenings:

There will be galas of the highlight productions of the world with their actors & actresses.


Children and Family Section:

This section is created in the purpose of building an audience. It will develop children’s vision about world’s cinema and create opportunities for them to build ties with art and cinema by expanding their visions. Aside from screenings there will be workshops and talks with surprise guests.



Films of two masters from world and Turkish cinema will be screened and panels will take place.


Culinary Section:

Four films on gastronomy will be screened. After each film a meal will be prepared to the audience by 4 different chefs inspired by the film that is screened.