Eight films from countries including Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, UK, USA and Turkey will compete for this year’s Love & Change Film Competition.
The 15th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, presented in partnership with İş Bankası Maximum Card and in association with Mars Cinema Group is set to run from February 18th through March 6th. The lineup has announced for its Love & Change Film Competition which has a 10.000 USD cash prize.
This year’s Love & Change Competition jury unites experts from the documentary and art world. The jury that will select “the year’s most creative intervention” includes Adam Curtis, known for documentaries he has made for the BBC such as “The Century of the Self” (2004), and whose latest film “Bitter Lake” will be screened this year in !f Istanbul; 2005 Prix Meuly laureate contemporary artist, art critic and writer Şener Özmen whose videos such as “Road to Tate Modern” and “What Actually Does an Artist Want” have gained critical acclaim, and Philippa Kowarsky known for producing or co-producing documentaries such as “The Gatekeepers”, which won her an Oscar, Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” considered one of the best films of 2014, and Sundance Jury Award-winning Dror Shaul film “Sweet Mud”.
Love & Change will be hosting a special selection of the year’s best activist films, from directors who have managed to change the world using a camera. The international selection will consist of Chad Garcia’s Sundance World Cinema Documentary prize winning “Russian Woodpecker”, awarded also by the International Documentary Association for its cinematography; Italian director Pietro Marcello’s blend of fiction, magical realism, poetry and documentary “Lost And Beautiful” which, also doubly awarded at Locarno, turns into one of the most beautiful and humane films of the year; activist music film “Yallah! Underground” made up of Farid Eslam’s footage of youths standing up to oppression by making music, taken in various Middle Eastern countries between 2009 and 2013; “Sonita” where Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami tells the story of a young woman from Afghanistan come as a refugee to Tehran and trying to find the power to face difficulties in her life through rap music; “Dreamcatcher” for which director Kim Longinotto, famed for award-winning documentaries as “Divorce Iranian Style”, “Gaea Girls” and “Sisters in Law”, was awarded at Sundance, and which follows ‘dreamcatcher’ Brenda committed to solidarity with the city’s at-risk young girls, sex workers fishing for customers at street corners, and incarcerated women; Sheffield Jury Prize winning documentary “A Syrian Love Story” where Sean McAllister, known for “The Liberace of Baghdad” and “Japan: A Story of Love and Hate” tells the story of a family that is forced to leave Syria; and “When The Earth Seems To Be Light” which revolves around the poetic tale of a group of young people in Georgia.
Turkey’s entry is “Bağlar”, co-directed by Melis Birder, the winner of multiple awards for documentaries such as “The Tenth Planet” and “The Visitors”, and Berke Baş, known for the films, “What a Beautiful Democracy!” and “Hush”. The film, which depicts the struggle of the young male basketball team coming from Diyarbakır’s poor and middle-class families, keeping ambition and hope alive despite all obstacles, will have its world premiere during !f Istanbul.
Festival tickets will go on pre-sale with a 10% discount on February 5–7 for Istanbul, and February 19–21 for Ankara and İzmir via biletix.com. Festival tickets will be sold on biletix and at participating movie theaters this year.
A 50% discount on all tickets will be available through the “Maximum Film” and “Maximum Music” packages prepared specially for İş Bankası Maximum Card cardholders.
If you would like to see the trailers of the movies, visit the Youtube channel.