Antalya readies for Golden Orange Film Festival

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 10/08/2009
Antalya readies for Golden Orange Film Festival

Preparations continue for the 46th edition of Antalya‘s Golden Orange Film Festival, which will be organized from Oct. 10 to 17 this year with the participation of renowned national and international artists. Organizers aim to change the perception that the Golden Orange is a just a festival of sea, sun and holidaymaking, says Vecdi Sayar of the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts

The “Oscar of Turkish cinema” will be presented once again at Antalya’s Golden Orange Film Festival, which will be organized this year around two themes, “World Film Music” and “The ’60s in Turkish Cinema.”

The 46th edition of the festival, held from Oct. 10 to 17 in the Mediterranean city, is expected to revive Antalya’s cultural life with film screenings and many other activities. The festival is being organized by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts, with collaboration by the Cinema Platform, a group of some 20 unions in the film sector.

In keeping with the main themes of the festival, there will be special sections for world film music and the 10 most important Turkish films from the 1960s, Vecdi Sayar, the general art director of the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts told the Anatolia news agency. Nostalgic films from Yesilçam, Turkey’s equivalent of Hollywood, and popular recent Turkish movies will be shown at special screenings, Sayar added. Film artists from the era will also attend the “’60s Night” that is being organized this year for the first time.

A special show will also be held at the opening ceremony of the festival’s “World Film Music” section, Sayar said, adding that audiences would have a chance to see some of the best examples of musical films during the weeklong event.

Organizers aim to change the perception that the Golden Orange is just a festival of sea, sun and holidaymaking, Sayar said, noting that cinema discussions and workshops will also be held with the participation of film students. “We will have a real film festival in Antalya. The presence of Turkish and world cinema will be felt all around the city,” he said.

Festival firsts

“The festival will start with the traditional opening procession and the official opening ceremony, along with cocktail parties to be organized for the artists, just like in previous years,” Sayar said. “But for the first time this year, the procession will not be held on opening day. It will start in the afternoon on the second day of the festival and end at night.” The efforts of cinema-sector unions are expected to boost participation in the traditional procession this year.

Festival events will include gala screenings, talks with artists, workshops held by famous screenwriters, panel discussions and conferences. Students from Akdeniz University’s Cinema and Television Department will be active participants in these events and will also make short films during the festival.

National and international competitions

National applications continue for the films that will compete for the Golden Orange Award, a prestigious award known as the “Oscar of Turkish cinema.” According to Sayar, 10 Turkish films have thus far applied to be part of the competition, but organizers expect applications from 30 films by September.

Most of the Turkish films that have applied are new ones, Sayar said, noting that a selective committee of seven people will pick 10 to 15 contenders for the national competition. A main jury comprising 11 people is expected to be formed shortly.

The International Eurasia Film Festival, a section organized as part of the Golden Orange festival in previous years, will drop the name “Eurasia,” but continue to screen European and Asian films. “Twelve of those films will compete in this section. There will also be special screenings under the title ‘Eurasia and Mediterranean Films,’” Sayar said.

Organizers expect some of the European and Asian directors with films in competition will come to Antalya, along with some other significant names in world cinema.

For the first time this year, a “Best First Film Award” will be presented in order to boost the production of new movies. Honorary awards will also be presented at a special ceremony.

9 August 2009 – Anatolia New Agency – Hurriyet Daily News

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