Awards of The Istanbul Film Festival announced

    April 5-20, 2008

    The International Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Michael Ballhaus and composed of Joan Dupont, Selim Eyüboğlu; Bent Hamer, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Kirsi Tykkilainen has decided to give:

    • The GOLDEN TULIP Award to “EGG” directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu (Turkey), “for its poetic and subtle portrayal of a man adrift in a modern world, who, forced by circumstances, returns to his native village to find meaning and the possibility of love.”
    • The SPECIAL PRIZE of the Jury to “THE WAVE” directed by Dennis Gansel (Germany) “for the powerful and gripping way in which it shows how our need for purpose and community can be manipulated to disastrous effect.”

    The National Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Semih Kaplanoğlu, and composed of Sylvain Auzou, Pınar Kür, Michèle Maheux and Nurgül Yeşilçay has decided to give:

    • the BEST TURKISH FILM OF THE YEAR Award to “TATİL KİTABI / SUMMER BOOK” directed by Seyfi Teoman “for being a first film that conveys hope, tackling the theme of innocence with a cinematographic narrative and a humane approach”;
    • the BEST DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Award to DERVİŞ ZAİM for his film “NOKTA / DOT” “for plainly translating a largely forgotten traditional art to the cinematic language with a masterful aesthetic, and for creating a powerful impact”.

    The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey gave a monetary prize of 50,000 YTL to each of the above-mentioned winners.

    • the BEST ACTRESS Award to AYÇA DAMGACI for her performance in “Gitmek / My Marlon and Brando”;
    • the BEST ACTOR Award to SERHAT TUTUMLUER for his performance in “Ara”.

    The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey gave a monetary prize of 10,000 YTL to each of the above-mentioned winners.

    • the SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY to “Ara” by Ümit Ünal for “strikingly tackling subjects that are still considered taboo in today’s society within the context of interpersonal relationships by delving deep into its characters’ personalities through masterful dialogues.”

    The FACE Award (Council of Europe Film Award) is presented to the director of a film that arises public awareness and interest in human rights issues, creates better understanding of their importance, and best reflects the Council’s values of respect for human rights, individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. The award includes a sculpture in bronze and a cash prize of Euro 10,000. It is awarded as part of the Human Rights in Cinema section of the festival. The Human Rights Jury of the 27th International İstanbul Film Festival is composed of Nurdan Arca, Philippe Boillat, Tony Gatlif, Abderrahmane Sissako and Jan Vandierendonck decided to give the award to:
    · “BLIND MOUNTAIN” by Li Yang (China) for “for its powerful message against all violence, no matter its form to women all over the world, because this message is both universal and timeless.”


    The FIPRESCI Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Kirill Razlogov and composed of Necla Algan, Madhu Eravankara, Burak Göral, Gyözö Matyas and André Waardenburg gave:

    • The FIPRESCI Award in the International Competition to “BEN X” by NIC BALTHAZAR (Belgium), for “the powerful cinematic expression of agony and ecstasy of a teenager suffering from autism.”
    • The FIPRESCI Award in the National Competition, in memory of Onat Kutlar, to “TATİL KİTABI / SUMMER BOOK” directed by Seyfi Teoman, for “a sensitive and cinematically pure image of painful life experiences through a child's eyes and feelings.”

    As in the previous years, Efes Pilsen has given a prize of US$ 30.000 to the winner of the Onat Kutlar Prize, Seyfi Teoman, to be used for his next film project.


    PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS sponsored by the Radikal Newspaper and determined by the votes of the Festival audience, are given to:

    • “YUMURTA / EGG” by Semih Kaplanoğlu (Turkey) in the International Competition, and “ULAK / THE MESSENGER” by Çağan Irmak in the National Competition.

    Organised for the first time within the Meetings on the Bridge series of seminars, the Feature Film Project Development Workshop Award was given to Belma Baş for her project “ZEFİR / ZEPHYR”. Thirteen projects remained from the 113 applications after the pre-selection by Zeynep Özbatur, Fatih Özgüven and Derviş Zaim. From among these 13 projects, Karl Baumgartner, Gergana Dakovska, Ellis Driessen, Marit van den Elshout, Isabelle Fauvel, Noemi Ferrer, Chinlin Hsieh, Michel Reilhac, Jan Vandierendonck selected “ZEPHYR”. The winning project will also be presented a monetary award of US$10.000 with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.

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