Malatya fest opens calls for short films
Malatya International Film Fest has begun accepting applications for short films and will continue to do so until the Sept. 16 application deadline.The Malatya International Film Festival has begun accepting applications for short films and will continue to do so until the Sept. 16 application deadline. The festival has slowly been gaining recognition among international film fests thanks to its quaint location and rosters of noteworthy films.
The festival is being organized for the third time this year and will continue to host a national short film competition.
The “National Short Film Competition” was organized the aim of supporting and encouraging short film production among young directors. The winner will receive a prize of 5,000 Turkish Liras during the festival’s award ceremony.
Malatya will welcome film stars, directors and movie aficionados for the festival from Nov. 9 and 15.
Last year The Short Film Jury Special Prize went to “Toros Canavarı” (The Monster of Toros).
Last year’s festival
Last year’s festival award ceremony was held at the Malatya Cultural and Congress Center. “The Women on the Sixth Floor” won the international film award and 15,000 euros. The film’s director Philippe Le Guay won the international category’s best director, and lead actress Natalie Verbeke won the best actress award. The award for best musical score and best script in an international film went to “The Finger.” The film’s lead Fabian Vena won best actor in an international film. In the national category, Turkish director Özcan Alper’s “Gelecek Uzun Sürer” (Future Lasts Forever) won best movie along with 30,000 Turkish Liras, and Alper received the best director award. “Some scenes of the film take place in Van, which was shaken by an earthquake last month. I hope they will heal as soon as possible,” Alper said. The film also won best musical score. Haluk Ünal won best script for his film “Saklı Hayatlar.”