film2010-logoThe 29th International Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has started with the opening gala held at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The festival will continue till April 18 and host more than 200 films by 243 directors from 57 different countries.

As Turkey’s largest film activity, the International Istanbul Film Festival drew an audience of 162,000 last year. This year the programme is, once again, packed to the brim. The International Istanbul Film Festival sustains its leadership in Turkey with the quality and diversity of the films screened, and its wide coverage of the production of international film industry.

A series of meetings, panel discussions, workshops and seminars will also take place on the sidelines of the festival.

With “Bridges Europe-Turkey”, European Film Promotion (EFP) launches a new programme at the 29th edition of the Istanbul International Film Festival (April 3-18, 2010). The festival, in close cooperation with EFP, will highlight and present 10 current European and 12 Turkish productions of up-and-coming directors.

Apart from the aim of raising public awareness for the selected films in this year’s European Capital of Culture, the idea is to facilitate and improve the films´ distribution beyond their borders. Key European distributors are invited to Istanbul to see the newest in Turkish fare; at the same time, the Turkish industry will have the chance to watch new and exciting European cinema with festival audiences.
Eleven films competing for the International Golden Tulip Awards are as follows:
“Gainsbourg” by Joann Sfar, “Nowhere Boy” by Sam Taylor Wood, “All that I Love” by Jacek Borcuch, “Mademoiselle Chambon” by Stephane Brize, “I Killed My Mother” by Xavier Dolan, “Undertow” by Javier Fuentes-Leo, “V.O.S.” by Cesc Gay, “The Last Station” by Michael Hoffman, “Face” by Tsai Ming-Liang, “Phobidilia” by Yoav Paz and Doron Paz, and “The Misfortunates” by Felix Van Groeningen.
The awards will be given at a ceremony on April 17.
In the National Competition, eleven films will compete: “The Children of Diyarbakir” by Miraz Bezar, “Brought by the Sea” by Nesli Colgecen, “Envy” by Zeki Demirkubuz, “Love, Bitter” by Taner Elhan, “Jolly Life” by Yilmaz Erdogan, “In Darkness” by Cagan Irmak, “A Step into the Darkness” by Atil Inac, “Honey” by Semih Kaplanoglu, “Vavien” by Yagmur Taylan-Durul Taylan, “The Voice” by Umit Unal and “Five Cities” by Onur Unlu.

The Council of Europe Film Award (FACE) will be given to a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance. This year’s jury president is Marco Bechis, who won the award last year with his film “Birdwatchers”.