Turkey Expands Meetings on the Bridge

By FNE Staff

    ISTANBUL: European producers and filmmakers attending the 30th Istanbul film festival (2-17 April 2011, www.iksv.org/film) will find an expanded Meetings on the Bridge platform for coproductions. Building upon the success of the Turkish-German coproduction meetings, the festival is introducing similar meetings with French and Italian filmmakers. In addition, Meetings on the Bridge is introducing the Turkish-German Co-Production Film Development Fund in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig Holstein Funds and the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with a budget of 150,000 Euro .

    The fund is open to applications of Turkish-German co-productions, which have not yet started shooting. The projects receiving funds will be announced on 14 April, following the evaluation by representatives of the three institutions.

    Turkey-France Co-production Meetings are organized in cooperation with CNC, Unifrance and the French Embassy, with the purpose of building a platform for co-productions. Selected filmmakers from Turkey will present their projects to producers, distributors and representatives of funds and institutions from France. Turkey-France co-productions will be discussed over case studies at an open panel held at the French Cultural Center on 12 April.

    The festival in cooperation with the Italian Trade Commission / Centre and Rome MedFilm Festival / MedFilm Festival from Rome are organizing bilateral / B2B meetings between Italian film producers and Turkish TV channels, film buyers and distributors on 14 April at Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center, to initiate cooperation between the two countries.

    The festival is also organizing the fourth Film Development Workshop on 13-14 April.

    The producers and directors of the 12 film projects selected from among the 99 projects submitted this year will have one-to-one meetings with producers, distributors and the representatives of international institutions including Rotterdam Film Festival, Eurimages, ARTE, Cinemart, Binger Lab, Torino Film Lab, and Fortissimo Films. At the end of the meetings, two projects will receive the $10,000 Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Development support, 25,000 TL worth Melodika Post-Production Support, and 10,000 Euro CNC Support. For the first time this year, Dutch film institution Binger Lab will award a project with a 2,500 Euro Script Development Scholarship.

    Among the guests of this year's platform are: Eric Garandeau, President of CNC; Marit van den Elshout, Head of Cinemart / Rotterdam Film Festival; Marten Rabarts, Artistic Director of Binger Lab; Claire Launay from ARTE; Mira Staleva from Sofia Film Lab; Roberto Olla, Executive Director - Eurimages; Savina Neirotti, Head of Torino Film Lab; Sonja Heinen, Head of Berlinale Co-production Market; Thibaut Bracq, Head of Paris Project; Katriel Schory, Head of Israel Film Fund; and award winning producers Cedomir Kolar (No Man's Land), Ilann Girard (Lebanon, Goodbye Bafana, March of the Penguins); and Stéphane Parthenay (Pyramid and co-producer of Three Monkeys).