Inaugurated in 1964 at the initiation of Dr. Avni Tolunay, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has evolved over the years into the beating heart of Turkish cinema, marking a crucial launch pad in the careers of many outstanding filmmakers, such as Yılmaz Güney, Atıf Yılmaz, Ömer Kavur, Halid Refiğ, Yavuz Özkan, Zeki Ökten, Yavuz Turgul, Erden Kıral, Ömer Lütfi Akad, Şerif Gören, Yılmaz Duru, Memduh Ün, Ertem Eğilmez, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Zeki Demirkubuz, Derviş Zaim and Reha Erdem,
Films that have become classics of Turkish cinema such as Gurbet Kuşları (Birds of Exile), Düğün (The Wedding), Endişe (Anxiety), Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım (The Girl With the Red Scarf), Maden (The Mine), Sürü (The Herd), Dul Bir Kadın (A Widow), Bir Yudum Sevgi (A Sip of Love), Aaahh Belinda (Oh, Belinda), Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde (On Fertile Lands), Muhsin Bey (Mr. Muhsin), Kapıcılar Kralı (King of the Doormen), Anayurt Oteli (Motherland Hotel), Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar (Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite), Gizli Yüz (The Secret Face), Tabutta Rövaşata (Sommersault in a Coffin), Uzak (Distant), Yazı Tura (Toss Up) and Kader (Destiny) have won the Golden Orange award.
Introduced by the Festival with a view to making a tangible contribution to Turkish cinema, the Antalya Film Forum has transformed Antalya into a hub of the national film industry, providing support to large numbers of young and independent filmmakers. The event is comprised of four different platforms: Fiction Pitching, Fiction Work in Progress, Documentary Work in Progress and the Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund. The Antalya Film Forum has played a key role in the production journey and creation of many Turkish films, including national and international festival award-winners.
Every year hosting international stars such as István Szabó, Francis Ford Coppola, Emir Kusturica, Catherine Deneuve, Bob Rafelson, Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Ghobadi, Asghar Farhadi, Theresa Russell, Krzysztof Zanussi, Helen Mirren, Paul Verhoeven, Faye Dunaway, Harvey Keitel, Mickey Rourke, Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is a member of the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations, FIAPF.
The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is organized by ANSET, under the sponsorship of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality.