The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Celebrates its 60th Anniversary
The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, hosted by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality between October 7-14, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The festival will feature National and International Competitions showcasing films premiering in Türkiye for the first time, as well as special screenings of highly anticipated productions from the year. The festival will continue to support the industry with the Antalya Film Forum, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, plus inspire future filmmakers with the Golden Orange Film School.
The esteemed actress Demet Akbağ will chair the National Feature Film Competition jury this year. With a career spanning theater, cinema, and television, Demet Akbağ has brought unforgettable characters to the big screen and captivated audiences with her exceptional performances in popular television series.
Muhittin Böcek, the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Festival President has expressed his immense pride in the festival reaching its 60th year, especially during Türkiye's 100th Republic Day celebration: "This year, our Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the most established festivals of the Republic of Türkiye, which has just left a century behind, celebrates its 60th anniversary. We are incredibly proud to continue the legacy of our Republic by organizing this prestigious event. The National Competition sections, which were reintroduced in the first year of our tenure, will once again showcase the latest films of the year. The National Feature Film Competition will be chaired by the iconic artist and masterful actress Demet Akbağ, a prominent figure in theater, cinema, and television. As part of our festival, the cinema industry will receive significant support with a total of 1,945,000 TRY in prizes this year. In October, the heart of cinema will beat passionately in Antalya once again.”
The festival will present awards totaling 1,275,000 TRY in the following categories: National Feature Films, National Documentaries, National Short Films and International Films. The Antalya Film Forum, celebrating its 10th year, will award an additional 550,000 TRY in prizes across five different platforms. The Best Adapted Screenplay category, introduced last year, will continue to promote the critical link between literature and film; the winner will receive a prize of 120,000 TRY in its second year.
National Feature Film Competition Jury President, Demet Akbağ
With awards in 14 categories, the National Feature Film Competition jury will be chaired by the masterful actress Demet Akbağ, who has brought unforgettable projects and beloved characters to life throughout her illustrious acting career in theater, cinema, and television.
Demet Akbağ began her professional career at Gönül Ülkü & Gazanfer Özcan Theater in 1981 and continued her remarkable journey with various significant theater companies, including Şan Tiyatrosu, Kent Oyuncuları, Hadi Çaman Yedi Tepe Oyuncuları, Devekuşu Kabare, Dormen Tiyatrosu, and Orta Oyuncular. In 1987, she made her television debut in the series Baldız ve Bacanak, and in 1994, she ventured into the world of cinema with Davacı. That same year, she earned her first Golden Orange Award at the Antalya Film Festival for her outstanding performance in A World Upside Down (Tersine Dünya)
Demet Akbağ won the hearts of her audience in 1995 when the foundations of BKM were being laid, thanks to her captivating performance in the play Otogargara. She further solidified her place in the entertainment industry with Bir Demet Tiyatro, a production that has etched its name in golden letters in the history of television. Over the course of nearly 30 years, Akbağ has continued to delight audiences with her successful portrayals in notable theater plays, films, and television series. In 2001, she added another Golden Orange to her accolades, receiving the Best Actress Award at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival for her memorable role as Mother Siti in the movie Vizontele. In 2014, the veteran actress gained international recognition with the Palme d'Or-winning film Winter Sleep (Kış Uykusu) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. After a 15-year hiatus, she had returned to the theater stage the previous year with her sold-out play Aydınlıkevler.
The 60th 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.
60th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
October 7-14 2023
National Feature Film Competition
Best Film 350.000 TL
Dr. Avni Tolunay Special Jury Prize 100.000 TL
Behlül Dal Best First Film Award 100.000 TL
Best Director 75.000 TL
Cahide Sonku Award 50.000 TL
Best Screenplay 50.000 TL
Best Cinematography 30.000 TL
Best Music 30.000 TL
Best Editing 30.000 TL
Best Art Director 30.000 TL
Best Actress 30.000 TL
Best Actor 30.000 TL
Best Supporting Actress 20.000 TL
Best Supporting Actor 20.000 TL
Turkish Film Critics’ Association (SİYAD) Award
Turkish Film Directors’ Association (Film-Yön) Best Director Award
National Documentary Film Competition
Best Documentary Film 60.000 TL
Special Jury Prize 30.000 TL
National Short Film Competition
Best Short Film 30.000 TL
Special Jury Prize 20.000 TL
Best Film 120.000 TL
Best Director 70.000 TL
ANTALYA FILM FORUM
Pitching for Feature Films in Development Platform Award (2x50.000 TL)
Features Work-in-Progress Award 100.000 TL
Features Work-in-Progress Special Jury Award 50.000 TL
Documentaries Work-in-Progress Award 100.000 TL
Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund Award 200.000 TL
LITERARY ADAPTATION SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Best Script 80.000 TL
Special Jury Award 40.000 TL