Antalya Film Forum Announces Line-Up for Features Work in Progress, Documentaries Work in Progress and Series / Short Series Platforms!

The Antalya Film Forum has unveiled the 15 projects selected to pitch at three of its platforms, namely the Features Work in Progress, Documentaries Work in Progress and Series / Short Series Platforms. The Film Forum — the co-production market and project development platform of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival — will take place in Antalya from October 2-4 and online from October 4-6, 2022. Now in its 59th edition, the Festival itself is hosted by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and will run from October 1-8, 2022.

Five Projects to Compete at Features Work in Progress Platform!

The 26 submissions received for the Features Work in Progress Platform were judged by a preselection committee made up of Çiçek Kahraman, an award-winning film editor and creative editorial consultant for Netflix, Hugo Rosak, who heads the Film Industry Office at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and Renan Artukmaç, International Sales Deputy at France TV who has produced and distributed the films of globally recognized directors.

The five projects selected to pitch at the platform are as follows: Kıvanç Sezer’s 8x8, produced by Emin Akpınar, Kaan Korkmaz and Hatip Karabudak; Confrontation (Yüzleşme), directed and produced by Filiz Kuka with Seçkin Akyıldız also producing; Dormitory (Yurt), directed by Nehir Tuna with Tanay Abbasoğlu and Dorothe Beinemeier producing; Hesitation Wound (Tereddüt Çizgisi), directed by Selman Nacar with Burak Çevik and Diloy Gülün producing; and Gürcan Keltek’s New Dawn Fades (Yeni Şafak Solarken), produced by Arda Çiltepe;.

One project presented at the Features Work in Progress Platform will receive the Features Work in Progress Award worth TL 80 thousand. Additionally, state broadcaster TRT (Turkish Radio and Television) will give one project the TRT Features Work in Progress Platform Award, again worth TL 80 thousand. Two further prizes are also up for grabs: The Special Jury Award, worth TL 40 thousand, and the Başka Sinema Distribution and Promotion Award.

Five Projects to Compete at Documentaries Work in Progress Platform!

Of the 35 projects that applied to the Documentaries Work in Progress Platform, a shortlist of five was drawn up by the preselection committee, which was composed of: Babette Dieu, a documentary programmer for international film festivals and project manager at the EFM Doc Toolbox Program; director Deniz Tortum, whose films and new media work have been shown at myriad festivals, including Venice, SXSW, IFFR, IDFA, Hot Docs and DokuFest; and Elif Ergezen, a documentary director and editor who has served on the documentary advisory committees of various festivals.

The five projects selected to compete in this section are: Canberk Emre İpek’s 61 Minutes in Trapped Zone (Trapped Zone’da 61 Dakika), produced by Merve Tohum and Alican Acar; Etna Özbek’s A Simple Place (Basit Bir Yer), produced by Burak Karamete; Elsewhere (Başka Bir Yer), directed and produced by Melis Birder with Nesra Gürbüz also producing; Hold Still (Daimi Arama), directed by Berke Baş and produced by Enis Köstepen; and Kavur, directed by Fırat Özeler with Emir Melek producing.

The Documentaries Work in Progress Platform jury will honor two of the shortlisted projects with the Documentaries Work in Progress Platform Award, each worth TL 40 thousand. Other prizes on offer include the Başka Sinema Distribution, Postbıyık Sound Post-Production and Film Standartları Color Correction Awards, as well as the Documentary Association of Europe (DAE) Encouragement Award.

Five Projects to Compete at Series / Short Series Platform!

Launched three years ago to reflect the growing role and importance of series in the audiovisual industry, the Series / Short Series Pitching Platform seeks to identify new talent and, by providing producers with national and international support, to contribute to the development of original, creative content. This year, 62 submissions were received, from which five projects were selected to pitch at the Platform.

The five shortlisted projects were chosen by a preselection committee comprising Arya Su Altıoklar, Director of the Grow Creative, Turkey team at Netflix, the writer and producer, Gerald Sanoff, and director Emre Şahin. Their selections are as follows: Ancient Blue (Kadim Mavi), created by Emir Ziyalar with Sarp Kalfaoğlu producing; Black Stockings (Siyah Çoraplılar), created by Tanzer Güven and produced by Hilal Ergenekon; The Elephant and Time (Fil ve Zaman), created and produced by Bilal Bay; Half-Life (İyi Aile Kızı), created by Tilbe Cana İnan and Kubilay Kara with Yelin Mckay producing; and Zek the Flatmate (Ev Arkadaşım Zek), created by Erinç Durlanık with Ceren Özkanlı Samlı and Elif Nur Kayalar producing.

This year, the Series / Short Series Platform’s top prize will be awarded by Netflix Turkey as part of Grow Creative, a program run by Netflix to expand and develop the film and series industry’s talent pool. The Netflix Grow Creative Project Development Support takes the form of TL 100 thousand in cash funding and free accreditation to the Netflix Turkey Project Development Workshop. One of the projects presented at the Series / Short Series Platform will also win the Color Up Color Correction Award.

The Antalya Film Forum juries will be announced in the coming days and their award decisions at a ceremony on October 4, 2022.

  The 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired 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. The Antalya Film Forum is co-directed by Armağan Lale and Pınar Evrenosoğlu. 




Director: Kıvanç Sezer

Producers: Emin Akpınar, Kaan Korkmaz, Hatip Karabudak, Kıvanç Sezer

Confrontation / Yüzleşme

Director, Producer: Filiz Kuka

Producer: Seçkin Akyıldız

Dormitory / Yurt

Director: Nehir Tuna

Producers: Tanay Abbasoğlu, Dorothe Beinemeier

Hesitation Wound / Tereddüt Çizgisi

Director: Selman Nacar

Producers: Burak Çevik, Diloy Gülün

New Dawn Fades / Yeni Şafak Solarken

Director: Gürcan Keltek

Producer: Arda Çiltepe



61 Minutes in Trapped Zone / Trapped Zone'da 61 Dakika

Director: Canberk Emre İpek

Producers: Merve Tohum, Alican Acar

A Simple Place / Basit Bir Yer

Director: Etna Özbek

Producer: Burak Karamete

Elsewhere / Başka Bir Yer

Director: Melis Birder

Producers: Melis Birder, Nesra Gürbüz

Hold Still / Daimi Arama

Director: Berke Baş

Producer: Enis Köstepen


Director: Fırat Özeler

Producer: Emir Melek



Ancient Blue / Kadim Mavi

Creator: Emir Ziyalar

Director: Emir Ziyalar

Producer: Sarp Kalfaoğlu

Black Stockings / Siyah Çoraplılar

Creator: Tanzer Güven

Producer: Hilal Ergenekon

The Elephant and Time / Fil Ve Zaman

Creator: Bilal Bay

Director: Bilal Bay

Producer: Bilal Bay

Half-Life / İyi Aile Kızı

Creators: Tilbe Cana İnan, Kubilay Kara

Producer: Yelin Mckay

Zek the Flatmate / Ev Arkadaşım Zek

Creator: Erinç Durlanık

Director: Erinç Durlanık

Producers: Ceren Özkanlı Samlı, Elif Nur Kayalar