April is the month of films in Istanbul

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Do you plan to visit Istanbul?, April means month of Istanbul Film Festival for Istanbulities. The 34th Istanbul Film Festival, which will take place from 4th to 19th of April 2015, features 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries. There will also be free-of-charge talks and workshops by renowned filmmakers, master classes, and other special events within the scope of the festival.

Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by AKBANK for the 11th edition, will satiate with cinema in the two weeks of the festival that will provide a rich palette of award-winning films of the world cinema, the latest of the Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces and the latest discoveries, along with talks with directors and actors and the most entertaining parties.

This year, Istanbul Film Festival will once again offer cinephiles a most generous programme that pushes the boundaries of creativity, encompassing the newest films from 2014 and 2015, as well as the masterpieces of all times, the latest films of great directors, and those of the up-and-coming prodigies yet to be discovered.

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The Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan announced the festival programme and the events with a press conference held today at IKSV’s official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel. Tan also announced the films that will compete for the International Golden Tulip Competition, National Golden Tulip Competition, as well as those in the FACE Human Rights in Cinema and the newly launched National Documentary Competitions. Azize Tan noted that this year was the 20th anniversary of the death of Onat Kutlar –co-founder of the festival–and the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque Association, which was also founded by Kutlar and his friends in 1965. In her speech, Tan also referred to the insufficiency of movie theatres in Istanbul, stating that the festival still had difficulty after all these years in finding adequate venues for screenings.

The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival is replete with films that recently premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, as well as with documentaries, children’s movies, and the latest masterpieces of master directors, along with many other features. The festival’s traditional sections such as the Akbank Galas, Masters, From the World of Festivals, New Visions, Documentary Time with NTV, Mined Zone, Antidepressant, Kid’s Menu and Midnight Madness will this year be complemented with extra sections and special screenings.

The 34th Istanbul Film Festival screenings will take place at the Atlas (2 halls), Beyoğlu movie theatres and Institut Français in Beyoğlu, Feriye in Ortaköy, and Rexx (2 halls) movie theatres in Kadıköy, as well as the Istanbul Modern Cinema hall. Screening times are 11.00, 13.30, 16.00, 19.00 and 21.30. In the “Midnight Madness” section of the festival, a film will be screened at 24.00 every Friday at the Beyoğlu and every Saturday at the Atlas throughout the festival.

The festival tickets will be on sale starting from 10.30 on Saturday, 28 March. The tickets can be purchased through Biletix sales channels, main box offices at festival movie theatres Atlas and Rexx.

Ticket Prices:

Weekday daytime screenings at 11.00, 13.30 and 16.00 are only 5 TL.

Weekday 19.00 screenings and weekend 11.00, 13.30, 16.00 and 19.00 screenings are 17 TL; student and senior (over 65) tickets are 12 TL.

All 21.30 screenings are 17 TL.

First screenings of Akbank Galas at Atlas and Rexx movie theatres are 20 TL.

Everybody who buys tickets as of 28 March before the Istanbul Film Festival starts on 4 April will get a special discount of 10% this year.

For further information on the Istanbul Film Festival and its programme visit,

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