Press Conference Held For The 11th International Antakya Film Festival (1)

Press Conference Held for the 11th International Antakya Film Festival

The 11th International Antakya Film Festival Introduced to the Press

The promotional meeting for the International Antakya Film Festival was held on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Feshane Artİstanbul. After the opening speech by festival coordinator Atakan Metin, festival president Mehmet Oflazoğlu presented details about the festival and films through visual presentations.

Metin said, “For the first time, a festival promises the most uncomfortable yet healing experience.”

Explaining the conditions under which the festival, which will be held under the motto “Antakya Varsa Ben de Varım” (If Antakya is there, so am I), festival coordinator Atakan Metin said, “Those who want to come to the festival should first forget their daily comforts. It’s a great opportunity to practice empathy. Remote support and goodwill are all reasonable, but those who want to see the situation on the spot will undoubtedly return to their routines very differently. We are striving to conduct the film festival to the best of our ability, but this year, we will try to heal Antakya with art and cinema. For the first time, a festival promises the most uncomfortable yet healing experience.” Metin expressed his gratitude to the CefWorks team responsible for on-site organization, Datassist for facilitating press transportation to Antakya, Prof. Dr. Emin Önder, the pioneer of industry meetings, Sultan Su for providing water, İBB officials for organizing the press conference, Balaban Dondurma, the festival’s food supplier, and all contributors.

Oflazoğlu: “Film screenings in container cities and tent settlements”

Festival President Mehmet Oflazoğlu provided the following information about film screenings and events in his speech: “Our films will be screened at Koç Container City Amphitheater Stage, Koç Container City Congress Hall, Dostlar Campus / Serinyol, Zübeyde Hanım Container City / Samandağ, and TMMOB Social Activities Tent in Iskenderun.

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Events: “Zeynep Öykü Arp Concert and Uçaneller Puppet Theater”

Our events include the Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony at Koç Container City, Uçaneller Puppet Theater at Koç Container City, Zeynep Öykü Arp Concert at Dostlar Campus / Serinyol, “Character and Character in the Screenplay” Workshop with Dr. Ersin Aycan (İnönü University, Radio, Television, and Cinema Department) at Koç Container City, and a concert by Teoman Kumbaracıbaşı at Koç Container City.

A First at the Festival: “Industry Meetings”

Oflazoğlu mentioned that for the first time in the 11th year of the festival, industry meetings will be held and shared the details: “Thanks to Prof. Dr. Emin Önder, we are starting our industry days, which will take place on Sunday, October 15, with the sub-theme ‘Spiritual Resilience and Social Support.’ We invite our audience to Koç Container City.”

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Industry Meetings

“Spiritual Resilience and Social Support” Event

Koç Container City

1:00 PM Panel: “Conscience Sometimes Hurts”

Session Moderator: Prof. Dr. M. Emin Önder

Conscience torment between self and superego/Dr. İshak Sayğılı

Aggression and conscience/Dr. Arzu Erkan

Morality and conscience/Dr. Hira Selma Kalkan

Literature and conscience/Yaşar Akdemir

Cinema and conscience/Dr. Begüm Sayğılı

3:00 PM Conversation: “Approaching a Role with Conscience”

Nurhan Özenen

Tilbe Saran

5:00 PM Film Screening “12”

Director Nikita Mikhalkov 2007

6:00 PM Film Evaluation “Can Conscience Be Affected?”

Session Moderator: Dr. Caner Fidaner

Dr. Serpil Yandı Vargel

Burcu Kurtiş

Günol Tonbul

Nilay Erdönmez

9:00 PM Concert

Ece O. Şirin

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Oflazoğlu: “Turkish cinema is on the same level as world cinema”

Mehmet Oflazoğlu stated that the Antakya Film Festival believes Turkish cinema is on the same level as world cinema, so they decided to merge the lists. He then revealed the film categories and their numbers:


Feature Film – 15 films

Documentary Film – 20 films

Short Documentary Film – 15 films

Short Fiction Film – 22 films

Student Short Fiction Film – 9 films

Animation Short Film – 5 films

Experimental Short Film – 5 films

Honorary Awards ‘Orhonsay’ and ‘Taş’

This year, the festival decided to award the ‘Honorary Award’ to Meral Orhonsay for her contributions to Turkish cinema, her uncompromising and courageous stance in female acting. The ‘Cinema Labor Award’ will be presented to Vadullah Taş for his works in cinema, including documentary source books. The ‘Honorary and Labor Awards’ will be presented to the recipients on the festival’s opening day on October 13.

Juries Announced “Feature Films jury president is director Murat Şeker”

This year, director Murat Şeker will lead the jury for the feature film section of the festival. Other members of the jury for evaluation are as follows:

Feature Films

Murat Şeker – Jury President

Didem Balçın

Ceylan Özgün Özçelik

Maryna Er Gorbach

Kida Khodr Ramadan

Terry Chor

Laura Lehmus

Valerie Bert

Kamran Rasoolzadeh

Short Films

Ali Tanrıverdi

Tim Seyfi

Lila Gürmen

Eldiar Madakim

Fesih Alpagu


Hayriye Savaşçıoğlu

Atsuko Suetomi

Kadir Kaymakçı

Adzhibaev Ibadylla

Farhan Umedaly

Yeşilçam Jury

Mehmet Güleryüz

Burhan Gün

Çiğdem Vitrinel

The Finalists of the 11th International Antakya Film Festival Have Been Announced!

With the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Ansam Cultural Association and Fotofilm, the “11th International Antakya Film Festival” will take place in Hatay – Antakya from October 13 to 19, 2023. The festival’s finalists were selected by the preliminary jury members: Producer Adnan Çokadar, Director Bengisu Erkaya, Berkay Göçer, Director – Academician Burak Türten, Director Ceren Şahan, Cinema Writer Çağatay Akarca, Director Deniz Sarıbal, Director Ferda Gürcan, Director – Academician Gökçe Kaan Demirkıran, Director of Photography Gürel Kutlular, Director İrem Siyahgöz, Director İsmail Eser, Director İzzet Aslan, Producer Levent Cengizhan, Director Mehtap Özgül, Director – Academician Murat Aytaş, Director Nazmi Gülnar, Director – Academician Said Tuğcu, Cinema Writer Seda Üsübütün, and Academician Sibel Tekin. The winners of the Altındefne Award in the categories of feature film, short film, and documentary will be announced at the closing ceremony on October 19, and the prestigious awards will find their recipients this year.

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