World of films vying at Bosphorus Film Festival!

Awarded films that have been in demand at the major film festivals from Cannes to Toronto now will be judged by Bosphorus Film Festival jury.

World of films vying at Bosphorus Film Festival!

Awarded films that have been in demand at the major film festivals from Cannes to Toronto now will be judged by Bosphorus Film Festival jury. Presided over by the Iranian director Parviz Shahbazi, who will be accompanied by actress Belçim Bilgin, French producer Marc Baschet, South African festival programmer Chipo Zhou and Canadian cinematographer Iris Ng, International Feature Film Competition Jury will present one among 10 films the Grand Prix worth 50,000 TL. In addition, 10 short fiction films and 8 documentaries will be before the short film jury for the awards worth 45.000 TL in total.  


Organized with the contributions of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate of Culture and with the support provided by TRT as the Institutional Partner, Türkmedya as the Institutional Communication Partner, Anadolu Agency as the Global Communication Partner, TV+ as the Communication Sponsor, 6th Bosphorus Film Festival kicks off on October 26. The international competition section of the festival, to run until November 3, makes a strong impression this year as well.


Jury Presided Over by Parviz Shahbazi

10 films in total from Argentina, China, Iran, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Palestine, Slovenia and South Africa will be vying at The International Feature Film Competition, each having their Turkey premieres at the Bosphorus Film Festival.


This year, The International Feature Film Competition’s Jury president will be Parviz Shahbazi, a leading director of the Iranian cinema with his works including “Mosafere Jonub" (1997), “Nafas-e Amigh" (2003), “Darband” (2013), who also won the last year’s Grand Prix with his film “Malaria”. And the jury members will be actress Belçim Bilgin, that we know from films “Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever”, “Gergedan Mevsimi”, and “Kelebeğin Rüyası”, whose last film was “Backstabbing for Beginners” where she co-acted with Ben Kingsley and Theo James; the French producer Marc Baschet, who produced many internationally acclaimed titles including “Heaven”; the first film of the trilogy directed by Tom Tykwer and written by Krzysztof Kieslowski; “Foxtrot” and “The Lunchbox”, who also got a nomination of Oscar with Milcho Manchevski’s film “Before the Rain” and won an Oscar with “No Man's Land”; Chipo Zhou, the Artistic Director of South Africa – Durban Film Festival and the Canadian Director of Photography Iris Ng, who has cinematographed more than 60 films by many influential independent directors including Sarah Polley, Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, and Angad Bhalla and who lastly cinematographed the Emmy-awarded “Making a Murderer”.


The Best Film of the competition will receive the Grand Prix worth 50,000 TL, and a director will receive Best Director Award worth 15,000 TL. Also, the winners of “Best Actor”, “Best Actress”, and “Jury Special Award” will receive awards, each worth 10,000 TL, at the Closing Ceremony of the festival.


Time to explore new directors

Acclaimed and awarded films that had been screened at the major film festivals from Cannes to Toronto, from Venice to Sundance will vie at the International Feature Film Competition.


The films to be judged by the jury include Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Gentle Indifference of The World” that, after vying at Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, was compared by the critics to Takeshi Kitano’s early films; “Land”, that premiered at the Forum section of Berlinale, a film by the Iranian director Babak Jalali, who attracted the cinephiles’ attention with his debut feature “Frontier Blues” (2009); “Adam”, a true story that competed at Generation 14plus section of Berlinale and that was selected as the Best Film at Kitzbuehel Film Festival, by the Icelandic director Maria Solrun, who had returned to film sets following 14 years of silence after her film “Jargo” (2004); “Winter Flies”, Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu’s coming of age & road movie that won the Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary; and “Bomb: A Love Story”, the second directing attempt of Payman Maadi, the Iranian actor that we know well from his acting performance in Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly” (2009) and “A Separation” (2011).


Also, debut features draw attention at the competition section. Chinese director Sheng Qiu’s “Suburban Birds”, an entertaining, absurd and Kafkaesque coming of age story about a group of ghetto children, that vied at the Contemporary Filmmakers section of Locarno; Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi’s “Screwdriver”, the impressive story of a Palestinian man who returns home after having 15 years of imprisonment time at an Israel prison, that was critically acclaimed at Venice, where it had its world premiere; “Cold November” by the Kosovan director Ismet Sijarina, who won many awards with his documentary “Beyond the Rainbow” (2008), a film that competed at San Sebastián, and won the Audience Award at Zurich, about what happened in Kosovo during the breakdown of Yugoslavia Federation at the early 90’s; South African Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Sew the Winter to My Skin” (2018), the true story told with a Western epic style, of an ill-famed outlaw who have reached to a status of public hero, that was screened at London and Toronto film festivals; “The Queen Of Fear”, co-directed by Fabiana Tiscornia and one of the most influential actresses of Argentinean cinema, Valeria Bertuccelli, who also starred as the lead role, that won Special Jury Award from the World Competition section of Sundance are all awaiting those cinephiles who are eager to explore emerging directors.


Awards worth 45,000 TL to the short films!

And at the international short film competition of Bosphorus Film Festival, a short fiction film will win The Best International Short Fiction Film Award worth 10,000 TL, and a short documentary will win The Best International Short Documentary Award again worth 10,000 TL. Also, one short film selected from national and international categories will be awarded with Ahmet Uluçay Grand Prix worth 25,000 TL.


The Best International Short Fiction Film Competition will have a total of 10 films from Australia, Austria, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, Tunisia and USA. “All These Creatures” by Charles Williams, “Royal Blue” by Dinko Draganovic, “Yover” by Edison Sanchez, “Icebergs” by Eirini Vianelli, “A Siege” by István Kovács, “Madness” by João Viana, “Neko No Hi” by Jon Frickey, “On the Border” by Wei Shujun, “Patision Avenue” by Thanasis Neofotistos and “Bonobo” by Zoel Aeschbacher will be vying for The Best International Short Fiction Film Award.


And The Best International Short Documentary Competition will host 8 films in total from Belgium, China, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iran and Lebanon. A must section for documentary lovers; the competition selection includes “All Inclusive” by Corina Schwingruber Ilić’, “The Open Door” by Jamyang Wangchuk, “Our Song To War” by Juanita Onzaga, “The Daytime Is Not For Me” by Khaled Abdulwahed, “Men With No Name” by Nuruzzaman Khan, “Volte” by Monika Kotecka and Karolina Poryzala, “The Haunted” by Saodat Ismailova and “Mountain Plain Mountain” by Yu Araki and Daniel Jacoby.


Tickets on sale at mobilet!

Organized by International Bosphorus Cinema Association and Istanbul Media Academy, 6th Bosphorus International Film Festival will run this year from October 26 to November 3, 2018 in Istanbul and the screenings will take place in Atlas, Beyoğlu and Kadıkoy movie theatres. The tickets for all short film screenings will be available for 5 TL, and for feature films, regular tickets for 12.00 and 16.00 screenings will be available for 10 TL and for 19.00 and 21.30 screenings, 15 TL. Student tickets will be available for 5 TL for all the feature screenings. Starting from October 16, the festival tickets will be on sale at


6th International Bosphorus Film Festival

October 26 and November 3, 2018


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