FESTIVALS: Istanbul FF Matches Films with Meetings


    ISTANBUL: The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival, running 5 - 20 April 2014, expects 150,000 people to attend screenings of over 200 films in 20 categories.

    Alongside the festival, Istanbul will also host the 9th edition of Meetings on the Bridge, the festival's industry section, which brings together Turkish filmmakers and international professionals.

    Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported by AKBANK for the 10th time, the Istanbul Film Festival's programme is plentiful once again. Reaching an audience of approximately 150 thousand every year, the Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey's biggest cinematic event, commences its 33rd run on 5 April, 2014.

    Turkey’s biggest film event will hold panels, workshops, and master classes with expert film makers for two full weeks.

    Along with the festival’s classic categories, the festival will also present new categories specific to 2014. They include “What A Pair,” prepared by film critics Fatih Özgüven and Engin Ertan, academicians Selim Eyüboğlu and Umut Tümay Arslan, as well as the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tanin celebration of  the 100th year of Turkish cinema, “Polish Experimental Animation” organised as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland, and “MK2-40 Years,” in honour of the 40th year of the production company MK2 established by Marin Karmitz. One of Russian cinema's most important representatives, Aleksey Guerman's entire filmography will be screening as part of the festival. All of the restored films from Yanaki and Milton Manaki, the Balkans' first filmmakers, will be screening at the festival as part of the 100th year of Turkish cinema.