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The Istanbul Film Festival

Since 1982, the Istanbul Film Festival has played to audiences as a venue of filmmakers, film producers, directors, actors and other celebrities as a market place for both Turkish and international films.  The Istanbul Film Festival opened yesterday with high expectations.

Although there are too many movies to mention here, for a complete list of films to be screened, please visit the official website of the Istanbul Film Festival at There are over 230 films which will be featured at the festival which began on April 2nd. The prize winners of each category will be awarded the Grand Prix Golden Tulip by the jury. April 17th will be the final date of the Festival.

The programme of the Istanbul Film Festival this year includes Human Rights films, new Turkish cinema, documentary film, and international films.  Some of the featured films at the Festival include:

The Killer
Last Night
Never Let Me Go
The Conspirator
Rabbit Hole
Another Year
The Whistle Blower
Little White Lies

The Meetings on the Bridge Platform (MoB), now in its sixth year will take place at the Festival bringing together people involved in the film industry both in Turkey and abroad.  The Meetings on the Bridge Platform gives Turkish filmmakers the change to premiere their film projects and create unique opportunities for co-productions.

This is the 30th year of the  Istanbul Film Festival and to celebrate this anniversary,  the French auteur Claire Denis and the British rock group Tindersticks will collaborate together in a concert featuring the music of Tindersticks, set against images from five films by Claire Denis that have inspired their music.

Below you’ll find a wonderful short film clip from YouTube presenting the Istanbul Film Festival with music by Edith Piaf.  Surely to get you in the mood for the smorgasbord of films that all movie buffs won’t want to miss.

April 3, 2011 | Comments Off | Read More »