Antalya Film Forum Announces Juries!

The juries have been unveiled for the Antalya Film Forum, the co-production market and project development platform of the upcoming 57th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. The Festival will be held by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Due to begin on October 5, the Antalya Film Forum will see TL470 thousand worth of cash prizes awarded to nine projects across five categories. Following the voting of the respective juries, the winning projects will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of October 7.

The Antalya Film Forum will this year include the Features Work-in-Progress, Documentaries Work-in-Progress and Pitching for Feature Films in Development, as well as the Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Support Fund Pitching Platform—an initiative to encourage filmmaking in Antalya—and the newly introduced Series/Short Series Pitching Platform.

Eight projects have been shortlisted this year for the Pitching for Feature Films in Development, a category open to feature films in development with a producer and director from Turkey attached. These will be considered by a jury composed of: Bobby Allen, a long-time independent film producer and distributor, and currently Vice President of Content at Mubi; Delly Shirazi, a consultant and script analyst for the Doha Film Institute and Hubert Bals Fund, and programmer for the Rotterdam Film Festival; and Dilara Omur, a script consultant who has worked on the script and project development of numerous films and series. Two projects in the Feature Film Pitching Platform category will each be awarded a cash prize of TL30 thousand, while a third project will receive the Film Standartları Post Production Award.

The Antalya Film Forum Features Work-in-Progress Platform, which provides funding and networking support to newly emerging projects, will be presided over by a jury made up of the following members: Antoine Thirion, a French film critic, festival programmer and selection committee member for the Locarno Film Festival and Cinéma du Réel; Aslı Özge, a writer-director known for Men on the Bridge (Köprüdekiler), Lifelong (Hayatboyu) and All of a Sudden (Ansızın); and Renan Artukmaç, a filmmaker who has worked for many years with Pablo Larrain and produced the Chilean director’s Neruda. Of the five projects selected for the Features Work-in-Progress Platform, two will be awarded cash prizes of TL80 thousand and TL40 thousand respectively. The category includes two further prizes, specifically the TRT Award, worth TL50 thousand, and the Başka Sinema Promotion and Distribution Award.

The Documentaries Work-in-Progress Platform supports documentary projects that are either nearing the end of shooting or in post-production. The seven projects shortlisted for the category this year will be judged by: Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, Head of IDFA Industry and a member of the selection committee for the IDFA Bertha Fund; Necati Sönmez, a co-founder of Documentarist (the Istanbul documentary festival), film critic, documentary filmmaker and festival programmer; and Philippa Kowarsky, the founder of Cinephil, and a board member of the Jerusalem Film Festival and Cinematheque. Two of the selected projects will each be awarded cash prizes of TL30 thousand. Additionally, projects will compete for the Postbıyık Sound Post Production and Başka Sinema Distribution Awards.

Three projects will be presented this year at the Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund Pitching Platform with one of them set to win TL150 thousand in funding. The category is open to any Turkish feature film planning to shoot at least two-thirds of its content in the city of Antalya, on the proviso that the same proportion of Antalya scenes is retained in its final cut. The jury line-up for the category is as follows: Burak Göral, a film critic, journalist, author and screenwriter; Müge Özen, the line producer on Mrs Nergis (Nergis Hanım) and The Way We Are (Biz Böyleyiz), and co-producer of Radiogram and The Antenna (Bina), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year; and actor-director, Onur Saylak, an actor known for his performances in Autumn (Sonbahar), Brought by the Sea (Denizden Gelen) and Memories of the Wind (Rüzgarın Hatıraları) who made his directorial debut with the multi-award winning More (Daha). The winner of the Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund Pitching PlatformAward will also receive a Post Production Award from Fono Film.

This year brings an addition to the Antalya Film Forum program in the form of the Series/Short Series Pitching Platform. Introduced to reflect the growing role and importance of series/Short series in the audiovisual industry, this new category has a brief to identify new talent, to encourage the development of original and creative content through national and international backing, and to support producers. The six projects shortlisted for the Series/Short Series Pitching Platform will be presented to a jury composed of: LaurenceHerszberg, former Director General of the Forum des Images and the co-founder and Director General of Séries Mania; Sarp Kalfaoğlu, Head of Drama at BluTV for the last two years; and Veronika Kovacova, Vice President of International Sales and Acquisitions for Eastern Europe and Turkey at Beta Film. The six selected projects will compete for two separate trophies: the TL30 thousand BluTV Award, to be used in the production of a pilot episode, and the Color Up Award.

The Antalya Film Forum Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of October 7, 2020.

The 57th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired by Muhittin Böcek, the Mayor of Antalya, and executive directed by Cansel Çevikol Tuncer, with Ahmet Boyacıoğlu taking the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director.

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