The promotional meeting for the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival was held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Beyoğlu Metrohan. After the opening speech by festival president Adem Sözüer, festival director Bengi Semerci presented details about the festival and the films through visual presentations.
Festival President Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer stated that the festival would once again focus on the theme of justice, saying, “We are trying to unite two separate worlds into one. We wish for these worlds to march towards the idea of justice. We are making efforts in our own way, using the world of cinema, film screenings, and academic programs.”
Sözüer also noted that freedom of expression would be a prominent topic in this year’s academic programs, saying, “What is happening in Palestine today is also related to freedom of expression. In this year’s academic programs, we will discuss the problems arising from freedom of expression worldwide.”
Bengi Semerci: “Film screenings in 3 cinemas.”
Festival Director Bengi Semerci provided the following information to the guests: “The 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival will take place from November 17 to 23, 2023, at Atlas 1948 Cinema, Kadıköy Cinema, and İBB Beyoğlu Cinema. The academic program, as always, will be held at Istanbul University Faculty of Law.
The belief that cinema is a mirror for society and the importance of justice reflected through this mirror will bring together innovations, new films, new sections, and most importantly, justice and cinema enthusiasts every year. Full festival tickets have been set at 40 TL for daytime screenings (11:30 – 13:30) and 60 TL for evening screenings (16:30 – 19:00 – 21:30). Throughout the festival, students can purchase tickets for all screenings for only 25 TL.
9 films will compete in the Golden Scales Feature Film Competition
This year, film screenings will consist of films selected from Turkish and world cinema, as usual, with justice as the main theme. The Golden Scales Feature Film Competition will feature 9 films.
10 films will compete in the Golden Scales Short Fiction Film Competition
In the Golden Scales Short Fiction Film Competition, films selected from Turkish and world cinema, with justice as the main theme, will find their place. In this section, 10 films will compete.
The Golden Scales Short Documentary Film Competition is in its second year.
In this category, 10 short documentary films will be screened and compete.
“The Scales of Justice”
“The Scales of Justice” will once again reach the audience. The “Scales of Justice” section includes 14 films from the world of cinema.
Industry Days ‘VisionIST’ for the 5th time
From November 18 to 22, 2023, Industry Days, where developments in the industry are presented, discussed, and communication meetings are held, will take place at Beyoğlu Metrohan for the 5th year. There will be a total of 21 events, and participation in the program is as simple as filling out an accreditation form on the festival’s website, icapff.com.
Festival opening and honor awards on November 16 at CRR
The honorees for the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival have been announced. The “Cinema Honor Award” will be presented to actress Ayşenil Şamlıoğlu for her long-standing work in cinema and theater, and the “Academic Honor Award” will be presented to Prof. Dr. İonna Kuçuradi for her work on human rights and freedom of expression. The awards will be presented at the festival’s opening ceremony on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2023.
“Contribution to Cinema Awards” will be presented
In addition, awards for “Contribution to Cinema” will be presented to Alin Taşçıyan for her contributions to promoting and developing the art of cinema, and to cinematographer Hüseyin Özşahin for his role in the creation of many films. The 13th-anniversary poster for the festival was designed by artist Emre Senan.
The theme of the academic program is “Freedom of Expression”
Festival President Adem Sözüer had the following to say about the Academic Program: “The academic program of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival will be held from November 17 to November 23 with the theme ‘Freedom of Expression.’
The academic program will start on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 09:00 in the Doctoral Hall of Istanbul University with speeches by the President of the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer, the Dean of Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Fethi Gedikli, and the Rector of Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Bülent Zülfikar. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Yasemin Işıktaç, after the opening conference by Prof. Dr. İoanna Kuçuradi on “Is Freedom of Expression a Fundamental Right?” there will be sessions with Prof. Dr. Ali Kemal Yıldız as the session chair, with presentations on “Fair Trial and Media Freedom in the Criminal Procedure Process” by Dr. Assistant Professor Serdar Talas, “Violation of the Secrecy of Investigation in the Context of the Right to Inform” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammed Demirel, and “Evaluation of the Scope of Freedom of Expression within the Framework of Disciplinary Law” by Dr. Assistant Professor M. Buhari Çetinkaya.
Participation in the academic program is free
Participation in the academic program, which will be conducted using a comparative method, is open to everyone and free of charge, and sessions, panels, and conferences will take place at Istanbul University Central Building Doctoral Hall.”
Jury members for the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival have been announced
This year, the jury members for the competition categories of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, which will be screened in three cinemas, Beyoğlu Atlas 1948 Cinema, İBB Beyoğlu Cinema, and Kadıköy Cinema, have been announced.
Jury for the Golden Scales Feature Film Competition
Festival Director Bengi Semerci provided the following information about the jury members for the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival: “The jury for the Golden Scales Feature Film Competition consists of Yolande Zauberman, Anna Margarita Albelo, Carmen Gray, Melis Behlil, and Selen Öztürk. Yolande Zauberman will serve as the jury president this year.”
Jury for the Golden Scales Short Fiction Film Competition
Julie Rousson will serve as the president of the jury for the Golden Scales Short Fiction Film Competition at the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival. Lalehan Öcal and Serdar Örçin will serve as the other jury members to select the best short film.
The short films that will compete in the Golden Scales Short Fiction Film Competition of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival were selected by the pre-jury, consisting of İrem Akbal, Maxine Williamson, and Kasım Ördek.
Jury for the Golden Scales Short Documentary Film Competition
Enis Rıza Sakızlı will chair the jury for the Golden Scales Short Documentary Film Competition. The other jury members are Aslı Akdağ and Yorgos Zois. The films were selected by the pre-jury consisting of Ayşegül Selenga, Farhad Eyvazi, and Muhammed Beyazdağ.
SIYAD (Cinema Writers Association) jury members have also been announced
The jury for the Golden Scales Feature Film Competition of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, consisting of members of SIYAD (Cinema Writers Association), includes Aslı Ildır, Rıza Oylum, and Sezen Sayınalp. Additionally, the student jury includes Günsu Akçatepe, Merve Baba, Tulya Tuana Diplomat, İrem Varol, and Mert Baran Yeşilbahçe.
Franck Finance-Madureira appointed as the Long Feature Film Program Director of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival!
It was announced at the beginning of 2023 that Franck Finance-Madureira would serve as the Long Feature Film Program Director of the 13th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival. Franck Finance-Madureira, a film critic and writer, currently resides in Paris and Lisbon. He serves as the chief editor for FRENCHMANIA, a French-language publication, and writes about cinema and culture for TÊTU magazine and website. He is also the president of QUEER PALM, which he founded in 2010, at the Cannes Film Festival.