Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 19, 2011
Winners of the 16th Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, one of its kind in North America, are announced by the Festival Committee.
This year’s Best Short Film Award of the jury is split between Güçlü Yaman’s “Journey of No Return – Last Stop Frankfurt Airport” (Dönüşü Olmayan Yolculuk - Son Durak Frankfurt Havaalanı), and “Death” (Ölüm), co-directed by Uygar Şirin and Burcu Aykar Şirin.
Best Documentary Award is also split between two films; “Recycling Life: I Found Dostoevski in the Garbage” (Çöpte Dostoyevski Buldum) by Enis Rıza, and “In Out” by Zeynep Merve Uygun.
Audience Award in the short film category went to Güçlü Yaman’s “Journey of No Return – Last Stop Frankfurt Airport” (Dönüşü Olmayan Yolculuk – Son Durak Frankfurt Havaalanı) while Ahmet Turgut Yazman’s “Göbeklitepe: The World’s First Temple” (Göbeklitepe: Dünyanın İlk Tapınağı) received the Audience Award in the documentary category.
This year’s competition has also recognized a number of films through Special Mentions. Short films receiving Special Mentions are; “Adam’s Well” (Adem’in Kuyusu) by Veysel Cihan Hızar’s, “Ali Ata Bak” by Orhan İnce, “Hamam” by Tunç Sahin, “Milk” (Süt) by Ayşegül Şahinbozkır, “Love is Blind” (Direk Aşk) by Ertuğ Tüfekçioğlu, and “Wedlock” (İzdivaç) by Azime Kanal. In the documentaries category, “Bodies without Soul” (Bedensiz Ruhlar) by Sabite Kaya, “Figures in the Water” (Sudaki Suretler) by Erkal Tülek, “Great Lovers” (Büyükaşık’lar) by Nagihan Çakar, “On the Road” (Yollarda/Unterwegs) by Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch, and “The Other Town” (Öteki Kasaba) by Nefin Dinç received the Special Mentions.
Erkut Gömülü, Festival’s founder and director, emphasized the significance of the competition, as a window of young Turkish filmmakers’ opening to the United States. According to Gömülü, the competition jury and the audience have found the films very successful both in terms of quality and content. Gömülü says, the competition films are a reflection of Turkish cinema which continues to rise on a strong foundation.
The Festival Jury once again consisted of distinguished names in cinema; Haden Guest, Director of Harvard Film Archive, Peter Keough, film critique of Boston Phoenix, and Carter Long, Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts Film Program. In addition to the jury awards, the audience also voted at the film screenings to select “Best Documentary” and “Best Short Film”. Film screenings took place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston University, and also this year for the first time at the Boston Public Library.
Erkut Gömülü has mentioned the increase in the number and quality of submissions experienced every year in the competition, which gives hope for the future of Turkish cinema. All young directors and producers are invited to participate in the 17th Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition in 2012. Applications will be accepted beginning on April 15, 2012. Gömülü also expressed their appreciation to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s General Directorate of Cinema for their support.
Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival is organized annually since 1996 with the theme “Colors of Anatolia”, comprising of a wide range of events including exhibitions, concerts, film competition, as well as a food and wine event. Boston Turkish Festival is the first Turkish arts and culture festival in North America to continue for more than a month. Main sponsors of the festival are the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Turkish Airlines.
More information about the Competition can be found at http://www.bostonturkishfestival.org