This year, some 97 projects submitted applications to the Feature Film Pitching Platform, an event open to producers and directors from Turkey which supports fiction, animation or experimental projects in development.
Ten projects have now been shortlisted by a pre-selection committee made up of: producer, Katriel Schory, who spent 20 years at the helm of the Israel Film Fund before stepping down in May; screenwriter, script consultant and long-time CEO of the Germany’s MDM film fund, Manfred Schmidt; Turkish director, screenwriter and producer, Şebnem Vitrinel; and, also from Turkey, the script editor, Derya Yanmış. The 10 contenders are:
Between Dog and Wolf (Köpekle Kurt Arasında), Murat Düzgünoğlu
Cemal, Mehmet Emin Timur
Final Hearing (Son Celse), Ümran Safter
I’m Here, I’m Fine (Buradayım, İyiyim), Emine Emel Balcı
Pastor’s Spell (Papaz Büyüsü), Kenan Kavut
Penny Bank (Kumbara), Ferit Karol
Sisters’ Tale (Kız Kardeşlerin Masalı), Nazlı Eda Noyan
Summer of 95 (95 Yazı), İnan Temelkuran
The Disappeared (Buhar), Ramin Matin
Who Whistle After Dark (Karanlıkta Islık Çalanlar), Pınar Yorgancıoğlu
Cannes Networking Opportunity for Producers
Three of the projects presented to the Forum jury between October 28-30 stand to win total prize money of TL 90 thousand, while a further one project will take home the Color Up Award. Additionally, the producer attached to one of the films in the Fiction Pitching line-up will receive a free pass to the Producers’ Network at next year’s Cannes Film Festival.