The festival that arrives with the spring is between April 2-17.

Sponsored by AKBANK for 7 years, the 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150 thousand participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and offers a rich content this year as well.

230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival, and a wide ranged programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and National Competitions as well as The Film Award of The Council of Europe (FACE), and documentaries.


30th Year Book and Exhibition “30: 30 Years from 20 Directors”

For the occasion of the 30th year celebrations of the Istanbul Film Festival, a special book, book titled 30: 30 Years from 20 Directors”, will be published. In this, the role of the festival in our personal histories is told by 20 directors, including Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Yeşim Ustaoğlu and Semih Kaplanoğlu, who grew up and discovered cinema with the festival.

30th Year Special Section: “30 Years in Film”

The festival programme includes a selection of films screened in the 30 year history of the festival. Nineteen films selected by 19 directors raised by the festival for the 30th year book will be screened as part of a special section.

30th Year Blog: Filmgibi30yil.com

The most special surprise for the 30th year of festival is the “30 Years in Film” blog that unites all the festival audiences from the past to the present. In the 30th year blog, launched in February at www.filmgibi30yil.com, festival audiences have a chance to share memories from the festival.

A Special World Premiere for the 30th Year: Claire Denis and Tindersticks “Cine-concert”

In its 30th year, the Istanbul Film Festival will host a unique project by bringing together two leading names of cinema and music. During the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, one of the most original auteurs of French cinema, Claire Denis and the British rock band she frequently works with for her films, Tindersticks, will come together on stage with a concert titled “Claire Denis Film Music 1996-2009”.The world premiere of the cine-concert project of Claire Denis and Tindersticks will take place during the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, April 11th.


International Competition

In the “International Competition” section of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, 12 films that received attention from film circles, dealing with themes of art and artist or literature adaptations, will compete for the Golden Tulip. The jury of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival International Competition Golden Tulip is chaired by Claire Denis.

National Competition

In the “National Competition” section of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, 14 films that received attention from film circles during 2010-2011 will compete for the Golden Tulip.The jury of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival National Competition Golden Tulip is headed by Reha Erdem, one of the most important directors of the Turkish cinema.

The “Turkish Cinema” section of the Istanbul Film Festival is sponsored by Efes just like the previous 23 years. In this section, where films produced in Turkey during 2010-2011 come together, there are 46 fiction and documentary films under titles National Competition, New Turkish Cinema and Documentaries.

The Film Award Of The Council Of Europe – FACE

FACE – The Film Award of the Council of Europe, which began five years ago and only in the Istanbul Film Festival in Europe, continues to be awarded with the support of the Council of Europe. The FACE Award will be presented to one of the films screened at Human Rights in Cinema section, which raises public consciousness and sensitivity of human rights related issues. This year, the FACE jury is headed by Scandar Copti, one of the directors’ of last year’s winner, Ajami.



The 12th Istanbul Biennial organized a special selection with the collaboration of the Istanbul Film Festival. The section titled Untitled (Film), curated by the curators of the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa, will be a preview for the cinematic content of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.


The fourth of “Meetings on the Bridge” seminars, which receive great attention from cinema professionals, organised as part of Istanbul Film Festival will take place on April 13 and 14 this year.

The films selected for Feature Film Project Development Workshop organised for the fourth time within “Meetings on the Bridge” seminars will enable project owners to personally meet on the issues on financial planning and project presentation at professional platforms with representatives of international institutions such as Rotterdam Film Festival, Eurimages, Arte, Cinelink, Torino Film Lab, Fortissimo, and Binger Lab. After the meetings, two chosen projects will receive $10.000 support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, 25.000 TL Post-Production Support award from Melodika, and 10.000 Euro Support award from CNC. For the first time this year, Dutch film institution Binger Lab will award a project with 2.500 Euros worth of Script Development prize.

Meetings on the Bridge is offering a Turkish-German Co-Production Film Development Fund with a budget of 150.000€ for the first time. With contribution of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, this fond will support Turkish-German co-productions. In addition, for the first time, Turkish-French Co-production Meetings and meetings with Italian Filmmakers Meetings will take place.

For detailed press release, festival programme and hi-resolution visuals: http://www.iksvpress.com/film2011

For more information:

Ms. Elif Obdan

Media Relations

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

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