This year’s National Feature Film Competition jury will be chaired by one of Turkish cinema’s leading auteurs, Zeki Demirkubuz. After beginning his film career in 1993 with Block C (C Blok), Demirkubuz went on to win the Golden Orange Behlül Dal Special Jury Prize for his films, Innocence (Masumiyet), The Third Page (Üçüncü Sayfa), Fate (Yazgı) and The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası), as well as picking up a Golden Orange for Best Film with his narrative drama, Destiny (Kader). His most recent film is Ember (Kor). Demirkubuz will preside over a National Feature Film Competition jury comprising: Latife Tekin, one of Turkey’s most influential female authors whose novels include “Dear Shameless Death” (“Sevgili Arsız Ölüm”), “Night Lessons” (Gece Dersleri) and “Berçi Kristin, Tales from the Garbage Hills” (“Berçi Kristin Çöp Masalları”), the inspiration for Atıf Yılmaz’s film, A Sip of Love (Bir Yudum Sevgi), which she also co-wrote; Şebnem Bozoklu, the screen actress known for her performance in the films, Cold (Soğuk), Family Album (Albüm), and No Way! (Yok Artık), alongside several popular television series; the actor-screenwriter, Mert Fırat, who wrote and starred in the Best Screenplay Golden Orange winner, Merry-Go-Round (Atlıkarınca), together with Testosterone (Erkek Tarafı: Testosteron) and Once Upon a Time (Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş); and Emre Erkmen, the award- winning cinematographer of 2 Girls (2 Genç Kız), Envy (Kıskanmak), Lifelong (Hayat Boyu) and A Tale of Three Sisters (Kız Kardeşler).
TL 720 thousand of Support to Turkish Cinema
The National Feature Film Competition jury will determine the winners of awards across 14 categories with a total value of TL 720 thousand. They include the Best Film Award, worth TL 250 thousand, the Dr. Avni Tolunay Special Jury Prize, worth TL 100 thousand, and the Behlül Dal Best First Film Award. This year, the jury will also present the Cahide Sonku Award for the first time. The TL 50 thousand prize will go to a female filmmaker attached to one of the competition films, either in front of or behind the camera, whose contribution and vision are a defining part of the film.
Antalya Public to Have Their Say
Additionally, the Antalya public will take a vote on their favorite competition film. The winner of the vote will be presented with the Audience Award.
TL 90 thousand of Support to Short Films and Documentaries
The National Documentary Film Competition, which brings together the top Turkish documentaries of the year, will be overseen by a jury made up of: Melis Behlil, a film critic and Head of the Radio, Television & Film Department at Kadir Has University; the documentary director-producer, Nurdan Arca; and Veton Nurkollari, the artistic director of DokuFest, one of the world’s leading documentary and short film festivals. The jury will award a total of TL 60 thousand in prize money to two films in the 10-film competition line-up.
As for the National Short Film Competition, members of the jury include: Tuğçe Altuğ, an actor whose film credits include Losers’ Club (Kaybedenler Kulübü) and Butterflies (Kelebekler); Berlinale coordinator, Wilhelm Faber; and director, Rezan Yeşilbaş, whose short film, Silent (Bé Deng), won awards at both the Cannes and Golden Orange Film Festivals. Awards to the total tune of TL 30 thousand will be presented by the jury in the Best Film and Special Jury Prize categories.
National Competitions are Back!
The National Competitions are returning to Antalya this year following a two-year hiatus. Close to 400 applications have been received overall, of which 50 were feature films, 215 shorts and 72 documentaries. This year’s Festival winners will be announced on November 1 at the Closing and Awards Ceremony.