59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Announces Jury and Finalists for Adapted Screenplay Competition!

The finalists have been unveiled for this year’s inaugural edition of the Adapted Screenplay Competition, part of the 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival which runs from October 1-8, 2022. The eight shortlisted projects in the Adapted Screenplay Competition will be judged by a jury made up of screenwriter-producer Aslı Özge, actor-director-writer Ercan Kesal and author Müge İplikçi. The prizewinners will then be announced at the Festival’s Opening Ceremony on October 1.

Seventy-seven Submissions Received for Adapted Screenplay Competition!

A glance at the history of Turkish cinema shows that a good number of the classics were, in fact, literary adaptations. Launched this year with the aim of bringing powerful scripts to Turkey’s film industry, the Adapted Screenplay Competition attracted 77 entries. From these, a shortlist of eight projects was drawn up by the preselection committee, which comprised Publishing Director of Doğan Kitap Cem Erciyes, author Doğu Yücel and screenwriter-film critic Burak Göral.

The eight selected projects are: Erman Bostan’s “The Witch: An Ottoman Fear”, adapted from Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar’s novel, “The Witch”; Hacer Usta and Ferhan Gökçek Kutluer’s “The World Is Left to Those Who Forget”, an adaptation of Deniz Poyraz’s short story, “Nasip’s Sin”, which appeared in the collection “The World Is Left to Those Who Forget”; Atay Sözer’s “The World’s Worst Lawyer”, based on his own novel of the same name; Nisa Yıldırım’s adaptation of her eponymous novel, “Epidemic Eros”; Burcu Aykar’s “When the Shadows Retreat”, an adaptation of Cahide Birgül’s novel of the same name; Gaye Boralıoğlu’s adaptation of her eponymous novel, “The Mysterious Case of Ibrahim”; Murat Saraçoğlu’s “And a Panther Sadly Disappears”, adapted from Faruk Duman’s novel of the same name; and Elif Refiğ and Murat Mahmutyazıcıoğlu’s “The Lonely”, an adaptation of Zaven Biberyan’s novel of the same name.

The 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival’s Adapted Screenplay Competition is the first of its kind in Turkey and promises to encourage the writing of strong new scripts. The competition’s first winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony on the evening of October 1, when the Best Screenplay Award, worth TL 80 thousand, and Special Jury Prize, worth TL 40 thousand, will be presented.

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.