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The 36th Istanbul Film Festival Kicked Off

iksv filmThe much anticipated Istanbul Film Festival’s 36th edition kicked off with an opening gala on Tuesday night, 4 April. The opening gala brought the stars and distinguished figures of the Turkish cinema together at TİM Show Center where Cinema Honorary Awards and plaques were presented.

Special thanks were extended to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Cinema, supporting institutions of the festival, leading and official sponsors of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), and patrons that made 20,000 seats on weekday screenings available to students from 1 TL, for their generous support.

A total of 59 films will be competing this year for the International and National Golden Tulip Awards, FACE Human Rights in Cinema Award, Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award, National Documentary Competition and National Short Film Competition Awards. The International Competition Jury will be led by Reha Erdem, while the head of the National Competition Jury will be the director duo, Taylan Brothers.

The festival programme can be found at All films in the festival programme were labelled with tags in 65 categories to ensure a smoother and easier selection for the audiences while making their itineraries for the Istanbul Film Festival.

You can follow the announcements, information on the screenings, events, and guests, and festival tips on our social media accounts. Use the hashtags #liftyourheadup and #istfilmfest17, and attend the online contests, get a chance to win surprise presents.


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