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Mountain films for adrenaline addicts

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 3/28/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The Mountain Film Festival will feature a total of 44 entries, including 28 Turkish and 16 international movies. Cinematic depictions of extreme sports such as diving, climbing, base jumping, skiing, biking and parachuting will all be screened at the event

The fifth edition of the Mountain Film Festival starts March 30 in Istanbul, drawing viewers who are passionate about adventure, discovery and adrenaline.

Organized around the theme “What’s in your nature?” the event is being put together by the Mountain Culture Association and Atlas magazine, one of Turkey’s oldest and best-known periodicals.

The festival will feature a total of 44 films, including 28 Turkish and 16 international entries. Movies depicting extreme sports such as diving, climbing, base jumping, skiing, biking and parachuting will be among those shown at the event.

Since its first year, the Mountain Film Festival has invited urban dwellers to get closer to nature and has drawn attention to documentaries dealing with the outdoors. This year’s selected films will be shown through April 4 in six different categories, “From the World,” “Discovering Soul,” “From our Country,” “Nature-Environment-People,” “Bicycle” and “Skiing.”

[HH] An urban adventure

As part of the festival, two-person teams will race through the Beyoğlu district on the night of April 3 in a “City Adventure” (www.sehirmacerasi.com), competing to earn points by reading maps, finding clues and walking, running and climbing through the urban environment. Competitors must apply to the registration point on the day of the event between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Those who prefer to share their own stories about nature, the mountains, adventure, sports, discovery, travel or culture can join the festival’s amateur film competition, “Çek Getir” (Shoot and Bring). Films can be uploaded to the festival’s (Turkish-language) Web site, www.dagfilmfest.org; those that receive the most votes from viewers will get an award.

[HH] A gala event

The festival will also feature a gala showing of director Caner Canerik’s documentary “Güneşle Gelenler” (Bertij) on April 4 at the Muammer Karaca Cultural Center. Before the screening, there will be an opening event for a photography exhibition by Meltem Doğan Canerik.

In addition, photos taken for the “Resistance of Nature” competition, organized by the Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty Communications Club and the Young Environmental Enterprise, will be on display at the same venue as part of the festival.

The Mountain Film Festival will also include four panel discussions and slideshow presentations.

[HH] Fifth year celebration

The fifth year of the festival will offer additional entertainment with a party March 31 at the nightclub Ghetto, featuring DJ performances, video screenings and Marsis and Cahit Berkay taking the stage at for a “nature rock” concert. Tickets cost 23 Turkish Liras and are available at Biletix.

Festival screenings are free of charge and will be held at three venues in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, the French Cultural Center, the Muammer Karaca Theater and Aynalı Geçit.

For more information about the event, visit www.dagfilmfest.org

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