Yeşim Ustaoğlu to chair Golden Orange National Feature Film Competition Jury

The writer, director and producer Yeşim Ustaoğlu is to chair the jury of the 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival National Feature Film Competition. Running from October 1-8, 2022, the Festival is hosted by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

In a written statement, Mayor of Antalya Muhittin Böcek announced that the National Feature Film Competition jury would be chaired this year by Yeşim Ustaoğlu, an auteur Turkish director who has won multiple national and international awards for a body of work ranging from the 1984 debut short, To Catch a Moment (Bir Anı Yakalamak), to her most recent feature, Clair Obscure (Tereddüt). Mr. Böcek also noted that all films selected for the National Feature Film Competition would be premiering in Turkey at the Festival.

Jury President: Yeşim Ustaoğlu

The National Feature Film Competition jury, which will be presenting awards in 14 categories, is to be chaired this year by writer, director and producer Yeşim Ustaoğlu. During a career spanning close to four decades, Ustaoğlu has maintained a steady output of films, crafting her own signature cinematic language in the process.

On the back of award-winning shorts such as To Catch a Moment (Bir Anı Yakalamak, 1984), BigFantasy (Magnafantagna, 1987), Duet (Düet, 1990) and Hotel (Otel, 1992), Yeşim Ustaoğlu directed her debut feature The Trace (İz) in 1994. The film screened at several festivals around the world, including Nuremberg, Moscow and Gothenburg, and won Best Film Award at the Istanbul Film Festival.

With her follow-up feature, Journey to the Sun (Güneşe Yolculuk, 1999), the director picked up Best European Film and Peace Film Awards at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as Best Film, Best Director and People’s Choice Awards, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Istanbul Film Festival. After premiering in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival, Waiting for the Clouds (Bulutları Beklerken, 2004) went on to win the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award.

Ustaoğlu’s 2004 documentary, Life on Their Shoulders (Sırtlarındaki Hayat), was followed by her fourth feature, Pandora’s Box (Pandora’nın Kutusu, 2008), which garnered accolades at numerous national and international festivals. These included the Golden Shell for Best Film and Silver Shell for Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Her next picture, Somewhere in Between (Araf, 2012), world premiered at Venice and went on to be honored with Best Film at the Abu Dhabi and Split Film Festivals, as well as Best Actress at the Moscow, Tokyo and Pune Film Festivals.

Her latest film, the internationally award-winning Clair Obscure (Tereddüt, 2016), had its first showing at the Toronto Film Festival and was later recognized with Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Awards in the international competition of the Antalya Film Festival, along with Best Director, Best Actress and Best Music nods at the Istanbul Film Festival. Ustaoğlu is currently working on a new feature, Left Over (Artakalan), which was selected for the Co-production Market at last year’s Berlinale.

Submission Deadline for National Competitions: August 4!

The National Feature Film, National Documentary and National Short Film Competitions are open to Turkish productions completed after August 9, 2021, the submission deadline for the 58th Golden Orange Film Festival. Additionally, entries must neither have been previewed or screened publicly in Turkey, nor have been presented at any other national festival prior to the 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Submissions should be made through the Festival website before the final deadline at 6 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

The 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is hosted by the Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, and executive directed by Cansel Tuncer, while Ahmet Boyacıoğlu takes on the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director.