FNE at Istanbul IFF 2011: New projects score development funding


    ISTANBUL: Development funding for a number of new feature film projects was announced at the Istanbul IFF (http://film.iksv.org/trrnfor ) Meetings on the Bridge industry event last night. The new Turkish German Development Fund backed jointly by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Film Fund, the Hamburg Film Fund and the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism awarded development funding to seven projects out of 13 projects presented for a total of 100 000 Euros. This was the first round of funding to be awarded by the new fund which was a launched last year.

    The annual of the Meetings of the Bridge (14-15 April) also awarded prizes for development funding selecting three projects from among the 12 projects presented at the two day Feature Film Development Workshop. The projects were selected by the selection committee (Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Sevil Demirci, Isabelle Fauvel) and the advisory board (Ahmet Boyacıoğlu, Yamaç Okur, Zeynep Özbatur Atakan). Prize winners of a cash award of 10 000 USD by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and other development support were selected after one to one meetings with the jury consisting of producers and the representatives of Arte, Binger Lab, Cinelink-Sarajevo Film Festival, Cinemart, Crossroads, Eurimages, Fortissimo Films, Irish Film Board, Sofia Film Festival and Torino Film Lab.

    Projects awarded by Meetings on the Bridge
    Yozgat Blues directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun and produced by Halil Kardas
    Spirit of Dust directed by Nesimi Yetik and script by Betul Esener
    Blue Wave directed by Zeynep Dadak and produced by Merve Kayan won the Binger Lab Develoopment Award for new talent
    Special Mention to Sidar directed by Serhat Karaaslan and produced by Asli Akdag

    Projects selected for development funding by the Turkish German Film Fund
    Late Summer directed by Semih Kaplanoglu
    Saints directed by Seyfi Teoman
    Come to My Voice Huseyin Karabey (post production support)
    A Road Named Desire directed by Martina Priessener
    All of a Sudden directed by Alsi Ozge
    Ballad of Yemen directed by Tunc Sahin
    The Fifth Colour directed by Heiko Aufdermauer