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Antalya Prepares for its 52nd Festival Despite Growing Political Tensions

Antalya Prepares for its 52nd Festival Despite Growing Political Tensions

Turkey’s longest-running film festival will host its 52nd edition of the Antalya International Film Festival this year from November 29 –
December 6 in the culture capital on the Turkish Riviera. This year’s festival dates were adapted to accommodate the G20 Summit that took place in Antalya
on November 15 &16.

Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren is returning for a second time to run the event, under the auspice of the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality’s
Menderes Türel. IAFF whose sponsors include Turkish Airlines attracted over 40,000 guests last year and brings together renowned international and national
film industry leaders and artistic talent to this historic city on the Mediterranean.

This year’s
festivities offer a strong line-up focusing on socially conscious fare
and strong female stories from women filmmakers from across the globe. 
The program will also present insightful panel discussions, film forums
as well as national and international competition sections vying for the
Euro €50,000 Grand Prize Jury Award for Best International Film; and
TRY 100,000 (Turkish Lira) to the Best National Feature Film.  Icelandic
Film Corporation’s Fridrik Thor Fridriksson,
who earned a
Foreign Language Film
Oscar nomination for his film “Children of Nature,” will preside over the International Jury. 
Fridriksson is also well-known internationally for his co-production
partnerships with Lars von Triers’ Zentropa and Francis Ford Coppola’s
American Zoetrope.  Turkish filmmaker Ömer Vargı,
who revitalized Turkish cinema in the 1990’s with his blockbuster films
Şerif Gören’s “Amerikalı” and Yavuz Turgul’s “Eşkiya” (“The Bandit”) is
President of the National Feature Film Jury.

“This has been a particularly challenging year to secure these new dates but it is more important that the festival go ahead and provide a platform for the
artist to be heard,” Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren commented. “In these difficult times, it is essential filmmakers have an opportunity to present
universal stories, discerning human narratives, behind-the-scene accounts to share their unique experiences to bring about a greater understanding to so
many complex issues prevalent in the world today.”

Mayor Türel returns to his post after an absence of 4 years to pick up the reins of the festival and retain his bold step to offer a diversity of content
to address global perspectives at IAFF and to claim its rightful place as a part of the world film festival circuit. In announcing the new dates for the 52 nd festival Türel stated, “In a time where we are going through a difficult period globally, we wish the breath of the arts will allow us to
rise again and sound of music and the light of cinema will illuminate the darkness. We extend our gratitude to all lovers of the arts who contributed
towards this cause.”

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