Turkish films soaring with support
Umut Erdem – ANKARA
The number of Turkish films screened at nationwide theaters has increased to 180 in 2018, from only nine in 2002, according to official statistics.
The Turkish box office data compiled by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry show that the number of filmgoers watching Turkish films at the theaters also jumped to 44 million from 2 million in the same period.
The rate of preferring Turkish films to foreign productions was 63 percent in 2018, putting Turkey on top rank in Europe.
In 2018, Rafadan Tayfa Dehliz Macerası won animation production support from the ministry and became the most watched film in this category during the course of the year.
Buğday (Grain), a 2017 film directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu, won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Film Festival.
Güvercin (The Pigeon), directed by Banu Sıvacı, in 2018 was awarded the Best Youth Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun’s Anons (The Announcement) was given the Horizons Special Jury Prize at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
The ministry announced this year’s supported projects in April, detailing grants of 32,350,000 liras to 38 projects.
A board of 14 seats, which includes representatives of associations, ministry officials and academics, evaluated 394 projects and decided to give 13 directors 9,250,000 liras for their debut feature films, whereas it granted 23,100,000 liras for feature-length film projects.