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Yeşilçam festival in Beyoğlu set for March

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency | 1/25/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Fourth Yeşilçam Week will be organized this year between March 21 and 28 in collaboration with the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture and Beyoğlu Municipality. During the one-week event, art lovers will have the chance to see old and new Turkish films, visit exhibitions and participate in cinema workshops. The Yeşilçam Awards will be presented to winners at the end of the week

The fourth annual Yeşilçam Week celebrating Turkish cinema will take place from March 21 to 28, the organizers announced Monday in a press conference at the Pera Palas Hotel.

Yeşilçam Week is organized in collaboration with the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture, or TÜRSAK. The weeklong festival will include cinema screenings, concerts and other events throughout Beyoğlu and conclude with an awards ceremony.

“Our dreams have come true in Yeşilçam films,” Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan said of the Turkish Hollywood equivalent. “Beyoğlu, which is home to Yeşilçam, has a different meaning since it is a mosaic of Turkey.”

Demircan said the Turkish cinema sector is quickly progressing into a full-fledged industry. Last year Turkish cinema made $70 million in exports, according to the Beyoğlu mayor. “More important than the amount of income is that our country has reached a position where it exports culture,” he said. “Films made by Turkish directors are discussed around the world.”

TÜRSAK President Engin Yiğitgil said Turkish cinema should be turned into an official industry in order to solve some of its problems. “In our country, cinema started in Beyoğlu and perhaps it will become an industry in Beyoğlu, too,” he said. “Important projects like the Yeşilçam Awards should continue.”

Demircan highlighted the importance of Yeşilçam Awards for its contribution to Turkish cinema. He said the awards, which will be presented at the end of Yeşilçam Week, help make Yeşilçam a rising brand.

Koray Öztürkler, vice general manager for corporate communications and relations at Turkcell, the main sponsor of the event, said that since the Turkcell headquarters is in Beyoğlu, the company should be part of the artistic events.

“Turkcell is a big communications company and art is one of the best forms of communications. In order to spread this idea, we are very pleased to support art,” Öztürkler said.

[HH] Yeşilçam Week program

Yeşilçam Week will feature screenings of old and new Turkish films, exhibitions, concerts of Yeşilçam songs, cinema workshops and a photography exhibition.

Classic black and white Turkish films will be screened everyday between 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the Turabibaba library, which has capacity for 150 people. Finalists for the Yeşilçam Awards will be screened in the Semt Konakları of Beyoğlu Municipality.

Open-air cinema events will be held in the garden of the Beyoğlu Municipal Youth Center. There will also be concerts at the TÜRVAK Cinema and Theater Museum and Art Library, where documents, photographs, artifacts and films from Turkish cinema history will be displayed.

Also, a photography exhibition by Reza Hemmatirad, titled Osman Sınav Portraits, will be on display at the Beyoğlu Municipality Art Gallery.

[HH] Yeşilçam Awards

Yeşilçam Week will end March 28 with the fourth annual Yeşilçam Awards ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Hall. A committee of 800 people, including industry representatives, will choose five nominees in each of the 13 categories. A second committee of nearly 3,000 people will select winners from among the nominees.

The categories will include Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best First Film and Best Young Talent. The best film will win 250,000 Turkish Liras, while the winners of the Best First Film and the Best Director awards will receive 50,000 liras.

This year’s Yeşilçam Awards will feature two new categories: Best Director of Art and Best Fiction.

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