The Antalya Film Forum chooses its winners
- Turkey’s leading film-development event has awarded 16 projects across its four sections with prizes totalling over €83,000
The Antalya Film Forum has wrapped its sixth edition by handing out awards to some of the projects that participated in its four different categories, with the financial support it provided totalling 530,000 Turkish lira (€83,200). Running for three days, from 28-30 October, the industry event of the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, directed for the first time by Olena Yershova Yıldız, included a series of discussions, master classes and tailored one-on-one meetings with specialist consultants, plus a slew of other activities focused on both the Turkish and the international market.
A total of 29 projects participated in this year’s edition of the Antalya Film Forum, and more than 200 Turkish and international film professionals attended the event. Starting with the Feature Film Pitching session, the winners were picked by Kirstin Niehuus, managing director of the Film Funding department of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; French producer Michèle Halberstadt; Turkish film director Mustafa Kara; Turkish film producer Mehmet Altıoklar; and TrustNordisk executive sales manager Nicolai Korsgaard. The jury split the prize totalling 90,000 TL (€14,100) among three projects, which received 30,000 TL in cash apiece.
Penny Bank is the debut project by Ferit Karol, and in it, he tries to explore how Orhan, a down-to-earth family man, came to kill his comatose mother. The project, which was last year presented at the Istanbul Film Festival’s Meetings on the Bridge (see the news) and Batumi’s Alternative Wave (see the news), is being produced by Nefes Polat (Nefes Film).
Summer of 95 by İnan Temelkuran (Bornova Bornova) follows 20-year-old Çağdaş, who is spending his holidays at his parents’ summerhouse in a small coastal town. He meets Ebru, who is camping with her relatives, and their friendship soon blossoms into love. However, at the same time, the local community, which is made up of both campers and permanent residents, will be embroiled in a cultural conflict. Produced by Kerem Özerdoğan (Mental Film) and Yeşim Çıtak, the project also picked up the Cannes Film Festival Producers Network Accreditation Award.
Those Who Whistle After Dark by Pınar Yorgancıoğlu is a debut feature. As Melih enjoys his long-awaited retirement, his midlife crisis spirals into an epic existential one after he meets a grumpy angel and sees his family drifting away. His wife tries to promote the family to a higher social stratum, and their daughter continues to map out her challenging future. The project is being produced by Bekir Yusuf Açıksöz and Sarah Seulki (Ikinciyeni Film). Also, Cemal by Mehmet Emin Timur, produced by Faruk Korkmaz (Anima Production), received the Color Up Award.
In the Fiction Works in Progress category, seven projects went head to head for the main 80,000 TL (€12,500) award, and the jury comprising Frédéric Boyer, Remi Burah, İlksen Başarır, Michal Myslinksi and Thorsten Ritter eventually plumped for The List of Those Who Love Me by Emre Erdoğdu. The story follows Yilmaz, a known drug dealer whose clientele includes celebrities in the hip Istanbul neighbourhood of Cihangir. When the police start to ramp up their raids, he will lose his sources of income, and at the same time, his state of mind will verge on paranoia as his desire to be loved intensifies. The film is being produced by the director together with Tanay Abbasoğlu, Hazar Ergüçlü and Beste Yamalıoğlu (TN Production).
The 40,000 TL (€6,250) award in the same category was bestowed upon Nisan Dağ’s debut feature, When I’m Done Dying, which wrapped shooting earlier this year (see the news), and is being produced by Müge Özen, Jessica Caldwell and Yağmur Ünal (Solis Film). Also, Ali Kemal Çınar’s Before the Night picked up the Highly Commended Film Award, while Barış Şarhan’s The Cemil Show received both the Creative Production Color Editing and the Mojo FX Visual Effects Awards. The 50,000 TL TRT Award went to Between Two Dawns, directed by Selman Nacar.
In the Documentary Works in Progress category, the three winners picked from among the seven participants, which will receive 30,000 TL (€14,100) each, were decided on by Paolo Bertolin, Emmanuel Chicon and Eytan İpeker. They are Ertil, Master of Complications by Yasemin Akıncı, Mom, You Trespassed by İlham Bakır, and Wind Horse by Sidar Inan Erçelik. Also, Berna Gençalp’s Who Is Mihri? received the Postbıyık Sound and Color Editing Award, and the 30,000 TL TRT Award went to Selin Şenköken’s Ali Arif Ersen: Mr Wink.
Finally, the Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund, which is dedicated to the memory of veteran actor Sümer Tilmaç, and aims to support projects produced and shot in the region of Antalya, rewarded Affection of the Heart by Soner Caner, produced by Bilal Bağcı (G11 Production), with 150,000 TL (€23,500). It also received additional support in the guise of the Fono Film and TAFF Pictures Post Production Award.
Here is the complete list of winners at the sixth Antalya Film Forum:
Feature Film Pitching
Penny Bank – Ferit Karol; producer: Nefes Polat
Summer of 95 – İnan Temelkuran; producers: Kerem Özerdoğan, Yeşim Çıtak
Those Who Whistle After Dark – Pınar Yorgancıoğlu; producers: Bekir Yusuf Açıksöz, Sarah Seulki
Cannes Film Festival Producers Network Accreditation Award
Summer of 95 – İnan Temelkuran
Color Up Award
Cemal – Mehmet Emin Timur; producer: Faruk Korkmaz
Fiction Works in Progress
The List of Those Who Love Me – Emre Erdoğdu; producers: Tanay Abbasoğlu, Hazar Ergüçlü, Emre Erdoğdu, Beste Yamalıoğlu
When I’m Done Dying – Nisan Dağ; producers: Müge Özen, Jessica Caldwell, Yağmur Ünal
Highly Commended Film Award
Before the Night – Ali Kemal Çınar; producers: Ali Kemal Çınar, Nesra Gürbüz
Creative Production Color Editing Award
The Cemil Show – Barış Sarhan; producer: Umut Eğitimci
Mojo FX Visual Effects Award
The Cemil Show – Barış Sarhan
Between Two Dawns – Selman Nacarl; producers: Burak Çevik, Diloy Gülün
Documentary Works in Progress
Ertil, Master of Complications - Yasemin Akıncı; producers: Aslıhan Altuğ, Kıvılcım Akay
Mom, You Trespassed - İlham Bakır; producer: İlham Bakır
Wind Horse - Sidar Inan Erçelik; producer: Sidar Inan Erçelik
Postbıyık Sound and Color Editing Award
Who Is Mihri? - Berna Gençalp; producers: Berat Ilk, Yonca Ertürk
Ali Arif Ersen: Mr Wink - Selin Şenköken; producer: İpek Tugay
Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund
Affection of the Heart - Soner Caner; producer: Bilal Bağcı
Fono Film and TAFF Pictures Post Production Award
Affection of the Heart - Soner Caner
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