Diaspora International Short Film Festival ends with awards ceremony


ISTANBUL-Anadolu Agency

The International Diaspora Short Film Festival ended on August 29 with an awards ceremony held at the Istanbul Film Museum.

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The festival, an initiative of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB), was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with the Turkish public broadcaster TRT and the Bosphorus Culture and Art Foundation .

The Anadolu agency was the festival’s global communication partner.

Speaking to Anadolu agency, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Serdar Çam pointed out that more than 3,000 applications from 120 countries had been submitted to participate in the festival.

Abdullah Eren, the head of YTB, who also chaired the festival committee, noted that the festival aims to serve as a platform to make the Turkish diaspora heard in Europe and strengthen inter-diaspora relations.

The jury for the Turkish-speaking films competition category was made up of director Andac Haznedaroglu; the director of the Baku International Short Film Festival, Fehruz Shamiyev; and directors Haluk Piyes, Maryna Gorbach Er and Murat Åžeker.

The jury for films in the foreign language category included producer Anthony Nti; the director of the Asian Film Festival of the World, Asel Sherniyazova; the director of the Sarajevo Film Center, Ines Tanovic; director Nariman Aliev and screenwriter and producer Samed Karagöz.

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In the Turkish-speaking films category, Climate Change by Yasemin Demirci won the award for best film. It portrays the feeling of alienation felt by a young girl named Iklim who moved to London from Istanbul.

Viv Li’s I Don’t Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore, a tragicomic story of an art student who lived abroad for 10 years, received the award for best film in the foreign language category.



Darcy J. Skinner

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