Countdown has started for Adana Metropolitan Municipality 18th Golden Boll Film Festival which is to take place between September 17 and 25.

The festival program which turns Adana into the heart of cinema every year is very rich this year as well.

Finalists of National Feature Film, Mediterranean Short Film and National Student Film competitions are waiting for the results in excitement.

The Screening Section of the festival hosting award-winning feature and short films and documentaries from various parts of the world is to introduce nearly 220 films.

The festival is also distinguished with workshops, exhibitions and talks to be held for those interested in cinema as well as the first Golden Boll International Cinema Congress.


“Life Long Honor Awards” granted within the scope of Golden Boll Film Festival held by Adana Metropolitan Municipality for the 18th time this year will be presented to the director Ali Özgentürk, the actor Kadir İnanır and the actress Nebahat Çehre.

Within the scope of this section, the audience will have the opportunity to see ‘Görünmeyen’ (The Unseen), ‘At’ (Horse), ‘Çıplak’ (Naked) and ‘Kalbin Zamanı’ (Time of Heart) directed by Ali Özgentürk; ‘Ah Gardaşım’ (My Brother), ‘Katırcılar’ (The Muleteers) , ‘Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım’ (The Girl with Red Scarf), ‘Tatar Ramazan’ and ‘Yılanların Öcü’ (Revenge of the Snakes) with Kadir İnanır starring as well as ‘Seyyit Han’ and ‘Kahreden Gençlik’ (The Frustrating Youth) with Nebahat Çehre starring.

The cinema author Burçak Evren has written books on the honor award-winning artists this year again.


National Feature Film Competition

This competition to which only the Turkish films shot in the last year are eligible to apply has 14 finalists determined by Pre-Evaluation Board.

The finalist films are as follows:

Aşk ve Devrim (Love and Revolution) – Directed by F. Serkan Acar

Beni Sev (Love Me)– Directed by Ali Özgentürk

Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi (Celal Tan and The Tragic Story of His Family)– Directed by Onur Ünlü

Eylül (September)– Directed by Cemil Ağacıkoğlu

Gelecek Uzun Sürer (The Future Lasts Long)– Directed by Özcan Alper

Kadife / Büyük Ana (Velvet / The Great Mother)– Directed by Erdoğan Kar

Kaybedenler Kulübü (Losers’ Club)– Directed by Tolga Örnek

Mar – Directed by Caner Erzincan

Memleket Meselesi (The National Issue)– Directed by İsa Yıldız, Murat Onbul

Saklı Hayatlar (Hidden Lives)– Directed by A. Haluk Ünal

Simurg – Directed by Ruhi Karadağ

Türk Pasaportu (Turkish Passport) – Directed by Burak Cem Arlıel

Vücut – (The Body) Directed by Mustafa Nuri

Yurt – (The Country) Directed by Muzaffer Özdemir

The competition jury headed by the director Derviş Zaim consists of the actress Beste Bereket, the cinema author and academician Bülent Vardar, the screenwriter/actress Ebru Ceylan, the director and screenwriter Selim Demirdelen, the actor Taner Birsel and the author Yekta Kopan.

Best Film in the competition is to be awarded with money prize of 350 thousand TL.

The other awards to be granted in the competition are as follows:
Best Film Award: Golden Boll Statue and 350.000 TL
Yılmaz Güney Award: Golden Boll Statue and 75.000 TL
Adana Audience Award: Golden Boll Statue and 50.000 TL
Best Director Award: Golden Boll Statue and 75.000 TL
Best Screenplay Award: Golden Boll Statue and 30.000 TL
Special Jury Award: Golden Boll Statue and 20.000 TL
Best Cinematography Award: Golden Boll Statue and 20.000 TL
Best Music Award: Golden Boll Statue and 20.000 TL
Best Actress Award: Golden Boll Statue and 20.000 TL
Best Actor Award: Golden Boll Statue and 20.000 TL
Best Supporting Actress Award: Golden Boll Statue and 10.000 TL
Best Supporting Actor Award: Golden Boll Statue and 10.000 TL
Best Art Director Award: Golden Boll Statue and 10.000 TL
Best Editing Award: Golden Boll Statue and 10.000 TL
Best Promising Young Actress Award: Golden Boll Statue and 5.000 TL
Best Promising Young Actor Award: Golden Boll Statue and 5.000 TL

The total money prize to be granted in National Feature Film, Student Film and Mediterranean Short Film competitions to be held at the festival amounts to 936 thousand TL.

With all these prizes, Golden Boll is the only festival which grants money prize in all categories and also has the highest total money prize among all other national film festivals in Turkey.

SİYAD Best Film Award

“SİYAD Best Film” to be granted by SİYAD (Cinema Critics Association) is another award category at the festival.

The cinema critics to determine 18th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival Best Film are Murat Emir Eren, Selin Sevinç and Talip Ertürk.

National Student Films Competition

The undergraduate students attending cinema and television departments of faculties of communication and fine arts in our country are eligible for applying to National Student Films Competition held within the scope of International Golden Boll Film Festival.

The competition has four sections: “Documentary”, “Animation”, “Experimental” and “Fiction”.

At the competition to which a total of 180 films applied in four categories, 7 films in documentary, 7 in animation, 10 in experimental, and 10 films in fiction categories have achieved to get to the finals.

The Pre-Evaluation Board of the competition consisted of the documentary director Elif Ergezen, the cinema critic Deniz Yavuz and the art director, writer, producer and director Selda Çiçek.

The films succeeding at pre-evaluation will be finally evaluated by the director Reis Çelik, the actress Selen Uçer, the director and academician Özgür Doğan, the animation director Murat Başol and the cinema critic Zeynep Dadak.

At “National Student Films Competition”, Best Film in each of the four categories will be granted money prize of 7.500 TL while Special Jury Award winners in each category will receive 1.500 TL. The total money prize to be granted in this section amounts to 36 thousand TL.

With its special attention to film makers of the future, Adana Metropolitan Municipality Golden Boll Film Festival, apart from the award winning films at National Student Films Competition, will grant to all finalist directors a screening prize of 600 TL per film, amounting to 15.600 TL in sum, which is a clear mark of the festival’s exemplary mission.

Mediterranean Short Film Competition

At Mediterranean Short Film Competition, short film makers from Mediterranean countries will compete. The films are again categorized as “Documentary”, “Animation”, “Experimental” and “Fiction”.

This year, among 526 films from 25 countries applying to the competition, 12 films in documentary, 18 in animation, 14 in experimental and 42 films in fiction categories have succeeded at pre-evaluation and become finalists.

The films will be evaluated by the competition jury including Daniel Baschieri (Director- Producer/ France), Lefteris Xanthopoulos (Documentary – Greece), M. Géza M.TÓTH (Animation - Hungary), Madeleine Bernstorff (Oberhausen Film Festival - Germany) and Defne Gürsoy (Cinema Critic - Turkey).

At Mediterranean Short Film Competition, the directors of Best Films in each category will be granted a money prize of 10 thousand TL. Besides, Special Jury Award winners will receive 2.500 TL. As in the past years, Adana will host many young directors from both Turkey and abroad. At Mediterranean Short Film Competition, a total money prize of 50 thousand TL will be granted.


Adana Metropolitan Municipality 18th Golden Boll Film Festival presents a very rich program for cinema lovers not only with its competition sections but also other special sections and screenings.

The premier of “Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da” (Once Upon A Time in Anatolia), the last film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which earned this one of the most resounding creators of Turkish cinema in recent years Cannes Film Festival “Grand Prix” and worldwide admiration, will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Adana.

On the premier night, in addition to film’s director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, the screenwriters Ebru Ceylan and Ercan Kesal, director of cinematography Gökhan Tiryaki, the actors Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan and the actress Cansu Demirci will be present.

Ceylan was member to the jury at 62nd Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and headed 16th Golden Boll Film Festival of the same year.

After the premiere at Golden Boll Film Festival, “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia” will be screened in other cities of Turkey as well.


Adana Metropolitan Municipality 18th Golden Boll Film Festival is ready to welcome the audience with a very rich program of events, which is worth following with not only its competition sections but also others where the recent examples of world cinema will be screened…



The premiere of Midnight in Paris, the last film by Woody Allen -renowned with preparing surprises for viewers in each of his films- which opened Cannes Film Festival of this year in May will take place in Adana. Having been popularly discussed with its cast including Carla Bruni long before its release, the film has received the approval of film critics in Cannes. Leaving New York to travel Europe city by city in recent years, Allen this time prefers Paris where he plots an enjoyable romantic comedy. In the film, a young American coming to Paris with his fiancée and her family makes mysterious journeys into Paris of 1920s at every midnight to meet celebrities like Dali, Picasso and Bunuel.

However, at 18th Golden Boll Film Festival, the premiers of examples from world cinema each of which has received many awards and great admiration is not limited with that.

One should also add Welcome to Germany / Germany screened first at Berlin Film Festival, which is the saddening but also enjoyable story of a migrant family starting with 1964 when Turkish workers were first accepted into Germany to continue till the present. The film based on the memories of the director Yasemin Şamdereli and her sister Nesrin Şamdereli with whom they wrote the screenplay together has received positive reactions in Germany.

Above Us Only Sky by Jan Schomburg seen as one of the best films of the year in Germany achieves to astonish the audience as early as the first moments of the film. It reminds us once again that it is only a matter of moment that the closest people around us wreck our lives with unbelievable lies. Awarded with Europa Cinemas Label, the film is the first feature of the director.

Amnesty, an amazing example from Albania, offers a distinctive perspective on the love stories plotted between “inside the prison” and “the outside”. This first feature of the director Bujar Alimani is based on the events following the entitlement of prisoners to sleep with their partners in prison with reference to European Union adjustment laws. Amnesty has returned with awards from Berlin and Lecce Film Festivals.

World cinema section could not be thinkable without Greece arousing excitement with its cinema in the last few years. Apnea by Ari Bafalouka is one of the last examples of Greek cinema which is on the rise again. In the film, which is the winner of many awards at Thessalonica Film Festival, what is happening under the surface of the water is very thought-provoking.

As for South America, an example from Colombia is waiting for meeting the audience. Karen Cries on the Bus is made for women who have determined their own destinies. The story of Karen escaping from her husband forever although she walks penniless and hungry on the streets has such a depth that well transcends the limits of a first feature.

The last film by the director Dorota Kędzierzawska. The film granted Peace Film Award in Berlin is based on three little children leaving Russia to escape into Poland.

Parked from Ireland is one of the most award-winning films of the world cinema section. The film directed by Darragh Byrne explores the themes of friendship, hope and ambition. Fred, living in his car since he has nowhere to sleep, tries to find out the way to “home” under the guidance of someone that he never expects. Parked has returned awards from Brussels, Galway, Dallas, Paris and Boston Film Festivals.

A co-production of Czech Republic and Slovenia based on a tragicomic story about generation conflict: The House. In the words of film’s director Zuzana Liova, the film is about an imperfect father’s longing for a perfect family.

The Man without a Cell Phone, the first feature of Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi, seems to be one of the most enjoyable films of the festival. Plotted in a Palestinian village located within the borders of Israel and marked with the socio-economic conditions of the region, the film is the entertaining story of a young son who is always very busy with his cell phone because of women around him and his father who hates cell phones so much so as to struggle against base stations.

Nazım Hikmet’s poem “To Asian and African Writers" written for Asian and African Writers Union Congress held in March 1962 in Cairo has become an inspiration for the international section of 18th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.

Dated January 22, 1962, Moscow, the poem starts as:

“Brothers and sisters

Never mind my blond hair

I am an Asian

Never mind my blue eyes

I am an African”

Adana Golden Boll Film Festival has taken the humanism, the universal sense of brotherhood and solidarity of the great poet of Turkish language as its bearing point, and made a selection of Asian and African productions reflective of the world conjecture of the last year under the title of “I am an Asian, I am an African”.

The section is a special selection of films which are representative of the rising cinema of Asia and Africa where we witness de facto continuity of colonialism under political guises although it was abolished de juris and where the creep of Cold War has not been overcome yet despite the end of communism.

Among these films which are to be screened in Turkey for the first time, 18 Days based on the revolution in Egypt and consisting of Tahrir Square Musan Diaries, granted New Currents Award at Pusan and Tiger Award at Rotterdam Film Festivals as well as FIPRESCI Awards at both festivals presents us the tragedy caused by the division of Korea as South and North through a migrant’s life.

The realistic wave rising from the Philippines especially through Cinemayala Film Festival has brought the film Sea Voyagers based on the story of a group trying to cross Malaysian border illegally to the costs of Adana.

The Old Donkey, coming first at Chinese Independent Film Festival, represents the ties between the individual and his birth place beyond political concepts like property or land reform, in a manner maximizing the minimalist means of expression. A Taiwanese production The Fourth Portrait is a dystopia from a child's perspective about migrants coming from the main land of China to Taiwan without finding anything they look for and dragged into poverty, crime, violence and prostitution in the margins of society. The film is characterized with a blend of Eastern-Western narratives.

Mahamet Saleh Haroun’s 2010 Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Award winner A Screaming Man is a story of two generations wrecked under the ruins of the colonial structure and victim of civil wars. In a Kenyan production In Chase of Spirit, the young man looking for the lost spirit of his father in the miserable ghetto of Nairobi is a metaphor for the survival of mystical beliefs of Africa which continue to hold their marks on African identity despite the efforts of missionaries.

State of Violence from South Africa is the first feature of South African director Khalo Matabane. This tragic story of a rich family revolves around the confrontation of a hero chasing the murderer of his wife with his past.

This selection of films, each presenting an alternative to the Hollywood-oriented structure of mainstream cinema in both commercial and esthetic terms, is intended to make the audience say "I am an Asian I am an African".


This second program, a joint production of The International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI and Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, focuses on Arabian cinema.

The selection consisting of films awarded by FIPRESCI at prominent international film festivals and explored by Golden Boll although they sometimes even escaped the attention of grand juries of film makers includes Moufida Tlatli’s Silence of the Palace from Tunisia (1994 Toronto FF), Behij Hojeij’s Skin Eruption from Lebanon (2004 Kerala FF), Yasmine Kassari’s The Sleeping Child (2005 Fribourg FF) from Morocco and Merzak Allouache’s The Asylum Seekers from Algeria (2009 Dubai FF).

People’s rebellions spreading from Tunisia to Bahrain have been the most remarkable event of world politics for the last one year. The Arabian world, marking a vast geography extending from Africa to Asia, have always hosted totalitarian regimes; however, there have been always rebels as well. The common subtexts of the films in this FIPRESCI selection reveal that the film makers have been the pioneers of the current rebellions.

The successful films by directors of various Arabian speaking countries from Morocco to Lebanon, as reflections of their rich narrative cultures in cinema, have almost culminated in a canon. They have also given rise to a political attitude that challenges against class and gender discriminations in these countries, that tries to heal the lives paralyzed due to wars and to question the despair of being illegal migrants on their native lands dominated by legal colonizers.

The four aces of FIPRESCI, the most significant productions of Arabian world in cinema history the directors of which are also regarded as great creators, demonstrate that the rebellions of intellectuals and women have arisen everywhere, in Beirut refuges, in fields and palaces before Jasmine Revolution and the resistance of Tahrir Square.

Awarded by the film critics famous for their selectiveness, these films' significance for the cinema history is reinforced by their originality in terms of content as much as their cinematographic competence.


The festival has reserved a special section in its main program for contemporary documentaries where a dozen of qualified documentaries will be presented to the audience.

The Desert of the Real section introduces the recent sensational documentaries of master directors like Werner Herzog, Mika Kaurismaki and Chilean documentary master Patricio Guzmann. The selection also includes two most successful documentaries of the recent time from Turkey.

With its title inspired from a famous dialogue from "Matrix" and also Slavoj Zizek's article referring to this dialogue, The Desert of the Real section presents the following films:

“12 Angry Lebanese – The Documentary
Directed by:
Zeina Daccache
Specialized in working with injured and traumatized people, Zeina Daccache sets out to put a play on stage with the prisoners at the infamous Rournieh Prison. 45 male prisoners most of whom are illiterate rehearses for 15 months the play “12 Angry Lebanese” adapted from the famous theatre play “12 Angry Men”. The film is based on the striking journey of the prisoners, with an emphasis on the benefits of game therapy and particularly its positive influence on the most excluded individuals of society.

Capitalism: Our Improved Formula
Directed by:
Alexandru Solomon
Imagine that Ceausescu returns back 20 years after his overthrow from power and prosecution and assume that he compares the present state of affairs in Romania with the conditions of his era. In the documentary, the director Alexandru Solomon invites the ex-dictator of Communist Romania into the country again 20 years after his prosecution. A striking film based on the changes in Eastern Block countries after transition to capitalism.

Nostalgia For the Light
Directed by
: Patricio Guzman
Astronomers from every part of the world gather for observing stars in Atacama Desert on a height of 3 thousand meters in Chile. However, near the space observation station in the region where the sky can be viewed more transparently, something quite different goes on. The desperate search of the people for their relatives murdered by the Pinochet regime and buried collectively in the same place... A charming documentary connecting the two different worlds in a very poetic style.

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams - 3D
Directed by
: Werner Herzog
This fascinating film exhibits the magnificent cave pictures dating 32 thousand years back found in Chauvet Cave in France. This 3D by Werner Herzog includes scenes from the cave as well as interviews with scientists and historians. The cave explored in 1994 and closed to public is opened to Herzog and his team with a special permission. During shooting of the film, a lightening which would not damage the pictures has been used. Herzog who is a real magician in building splendid scenes presents us the oldest scenes of humanity.

Mama Africa
Directed by
: Mika Kaurismaki
Struggling all along her life for justice and equality, and forced to exile in 1959 because of her political views, Mirriam Makeba was the first black singer from Africa attaining a worldwide reputation. Mika Kaurasmaki’s documentary focuses on the last fifty years of the storming life of this legendary singer died in November 2008. The fascinating life story of a black diva with archive videos, stage performances that have never been revealed before and accounts of her closest witnesses.

Little Voices
Directed by
: Jairo Eduardo Carrillo
An animation-documentary with the theme of war seen from a child’s view subjected to that horror. The clashes between the government forces and the rebel guerillas for tens of years ruin especially the lives of children who do not have any interest in war. The film is based on the stories told and drawings made in a workshop by those children faced with trauma of war. A deeply hurting journey into the hell of war guided by these little children…

My Sweet Canary
Directed by
: Roy Sher
Roza Eskanazi born in Istanbul sang songs like she lived. The story of three young musicians from Greece, Turkey and Israel, who set out a musical journey for filming the most popular rembetiko singer of Greece. The journey through which they follow the musical traces left by Eskenazi takes them from Istanbul to Thessalonica and from there to Athens. This is above all a trip into a world lost from view, but which still echoes all along the Mediterranean basin.

Kinshasa Symphony
Directed by
: Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer
Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, is the third biggest city of Africa with its population of almost 10 million. This city where the poorest people of the world live also hosts the only symphony orchestra of the whole Middle Africa. Kinshasa Symphony, the winner of many awards, is the amazing story of people trying to perform a job demanding highest level of discipline and harmony in one of the most chaotic cities of the world.

“Anadolu'nun Son Göçerleri: Sarıkeçililer” (The Last Nomads in Anatolia: Sarıkeçilis)
Directed by
: Yüksel Aksu
Sarıkeçilis, the last representatives of nomadism which is a tradition of centuries, walk in the traces of their ancestors and migrate to favorable regions in every season as if following the circle of the Mother Nature. The Sarıkeçili tents, preparation of camels for migration, the migration routes followed climbing to plateaus, the traditional plays under the tents, ancient knowledge about goats and amazing rituals...Returning from Golden Orange Film Festival with documentary award last year, the film presents, on the one hand, a thorny life struggle, and a rich folklore and ethnography on the other.

“Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Şehir” (Ecumenopolis: City without Limits)
Directed by
: İmre Azem
All ecological, economic and population thresholds exceeded, social harmony disrupted…Here is a picture of neoliberal urbanization: Ecumenopolis. İmre Azem, the winner of Documentarist New Talent Award and Human Rights Award at Sarajevo Film Festival in the recent months with this feature documentary, adopts a holistic approach to Istanbul which considers the changes taking place with a critical view of their dynamics. Through the documentary, we travel from the devastated slums to the heights of skyscrapers, from the depths of Marmaray to the route of the 3rd bridge on Bosporus, from real estate investors to urban movements, making a long distance in this city without limits.


The films by Derviş Zaim heading the Jury of National Feature Film Competition this year will meet the audience at the festival.

Zaim's films to be screened within the scope of this section are: Tabutta Rövaşata (Somersault in a Coffin) (1996), Filler ve Çimen (Elephants and Grass) (2001), Çamur (Mud) (2003), Cenneti Beklerken (Waiting for Heaven) (2006), Nokta (Point) (2008) and Gölgeler ve Suretler (Shadows and Faces) (2010).

During the festival, a book on Derviş Zaim’s cinema will be released as well. The book will be authored by Marmara University, Faculty of Communication, Chair of Cinema-TV Department Prof. Serpil Kırel and Aylin Ç. Duyal.


The festival hasn’t skipped the worldy renowned film maker of Turkish cinema, Yılmaz Güney. Güney's Umut (Hope) (1970), Ağıt (The Requiem) (1971),
Arkadaş (The Friend) (1974) and Sürü (The Herd) (1978) can be seen at the festival.


Hudutlarin Kanunu (The Law of Borders), a new copy of which was restored by World Cinema Foundation at the last Cannes Film Festival upon the proposal of Fatih Akın after long years, will be screened for the first time in Turkey in Adana following Cannes Film Festival. The film made in 1966 had troubles with the board of censorship and could not participate into international festivals since it was granted the document of censorship with a reservation banning it from being screened abroad. Representing a turning point in Turkish cinema with its realistic attitude towards the social problems, the film is also a clear proof of the influence of the director Lütfi Akad on Yılmaz Güney as an actor.

In this section, “Karartma Geceleri” (Nights of Darkening) adapted from the same titled novel by Rıfat Ilgaz and the documentary “Yüz Yıllık Çınar Rıfat Ilgaz” (Rıfat Ilgaz A Plane Tree of Hundred Years) by Önder Uygun will be screened. The screenings will be accompanied with a talk as well.


“The World Inferred from a Tale”
which has become an indispensable and attractive section of the festival this year presents 19 very entertaining films selected from various parts of the world. Most of the films have been already screened and awarded at world famous festivals.

“Betty’s Cake” from New Zealand revolves around the escape plans of Benjamin at his twenty three living dependent upon his mother. “The Fence” from Poland, produced as part of the project Dekalog89+, is based on a story by Aleksandra Duda titled “Olive”. “Minutes Hours” takes the audience to Cuba, into a modest neighborhood of Havana. “From Hand to Hand”, a French short film by Julien Ralanto, witnesses striving of a young woman suffering from violence for constituting an identity of herself. “Goodbye Baby” made by Hugo Sanz in Spain starts with a car driven on a desert route by a man and a woman. After they stop near a ruined wall, things start to follow very fastly. “The Postcard” by the French director Stefan Le Lay is a very interesting animation screened and greatly admired at many world festivals. “Girls for Free” projecting the enthusiasm of two young girls dreaming to open a hair dresser onto the screen is the winner of many awards like other films. As an example of German short films, in “The Big Mike”, Mike working at an insurance company sets out a weird journey in the depth of the things he is longing for.

Other interesting films included in the program are: “The French Annie” (France), “A Show of Feeling” (Canada), “History of Aviation” (Hungary), “Babel” (France), “Tuesday Morning” (Spain), “Vasco” (Belgium), “On His Own” ( Poland), “Stretching” (France), “The Rabbit Cage” ( Russia),”Qua” (Spain) and “Pure Thought” (Germany)

All the films can be seen with Turkish subtitles and for free along the festival.



1st International Golden Boll Cinema Congress, coordinated by Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts Film Design Department and headed by Honorary Presidents Ö.Lütfi Akad, one of the most influential directors of Turkish cinema renowned with his academic career as well and Prof. Oğuz Adanır from Dokuz Eylül University, will gather cinema researchers, theorists and producers from Turkey and abroad.

The Congress will be held between September 21 and 24 on the theme of “Turkish Cinema: Views from Turkey and the World".

The papers to be presented at the Congress will be collected in a book.

The Congress which will be a first in being held within the scope of a film festival intends to provide a base for academic works and a platform of discussion for Turkish cinema.

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Golden Boll Student Workshop” to be held within the scope of Adana Metropolitan Municipality 18th Golden Boll Film Festival will be held with the participation of 40 students attending to faculties of communication and fine arts of 20 universities in Turkey.

The workshop where basic cinema training will be offered for seven days is coordinated by the director and screenwriter Işıl Özgentürk. The workshop will be technically supported by Konya Selçuk University.

Workshop Program:
September 18, Sunday: Turkish and World Cinema History

Assoc. Prof. Nilay Ulusoy (Bahçeşehir Ünv. Faculty of Communication)

September 19, Monday: What is Screnplay? - Directorship
Işıl Özgentürk / Director – Screenwriter

September 20, Tuesday: Film Analysis
Alin Taşçıyan / Cinema Author

September 21, Wednesday: Cinematography, shooting techniques, camera
Uğur İçbak / Director of Cinematography

September 22, Thursday: Production preperations– film production
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan / Producer

September 23, Friday: Editing, montage
Çiçek Kahraman / Editor

September 24, Saturday: Film shooting- application
Işıl Özgentürk – Director, screenwriter

An exhibition of photographs taken by the director Nuri Bilge Ceylan will be held at the festival.

To be opened on September 20, at 75th Art Gallery the exhibition can be visited for one week.

Within the scope of the special section “I am an Asian, I am an African", the films to be screened will be accompanied by a talk.

The participators of the talk to be held on September 21, at 11 a.m., Metropolitan Municipality Theatre Hall will be people involved in cinema from Asia and Africa such as Alin Taşçıyan from Turkey, Hassouna Mansouri from Tunisia, Mohamed Al – Daradji from Iraq, Merzak Allouache from Algeria, Ossama Mohammad from Syria, Safaa Elaisy from Egypt.


The guests of the talk to be held for the 100th birthday of Rıfat Ilgaz will be the director Yusuf Kurçenli, the actor Tarık Akan and Ilgaz’s son Aydın Ilgaz.

The talk will be held on September, 22, at 2 p.m., Metropolitan Municipality Theatre Hall.

The talk on the cinema of Derviş Zaim who is one of the most authentic directors of recent Turkish cinema and the Jury President of 18th Golden Boll National Feature Film Competition will be held on September 23, between 2 and 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Municipality Theatre Hall.

The speakers of the talk are the producer Baran Seyhan, Prof. Zeynep Tül Akbal Süalp from Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Communication, Prof. Serpil Kırel from Marmara University, Faculty of Communication and the actor Serhat Tutumluer.


The event is held by the renowned documentarist Mehmet Güleryüz who made a documentary with the same title.

At the talk to take place on September 24, at 2 p.m. Adana Culture and Art Centre, the screening of the documentary by Güleryüz will be followed by a talk.


As one of the traditional sections of the festival, the Solidarity Night for Cinema will take place at Mimar Sinan Amphitheatre as usual.

In the event, the popular face of Turkish cinema will take the stage to greet people and a fireworks display will take place. It will follow with a concert by a popular singer.


With Love Cortege, the Adana streets will turn into a carnival place. The popular faces of Turkish cinema will tour the streets to greet people.

Within the scope of the festival, public concerts will be held in Çukurova, Sarıçam and Yüreğir towns, through which the enthusiasm of the festival will be felt at every corner of the city.


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