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The 13th edition of Meetings on the Bridge unveils its selection


- Istanbul Film Festival’s co-production and networking platform showcases upcoming Turkish productions and aims to strengthen international collaborations

The 13th edition of Meetings on the Bridge unveils its selection
Director Gürcan Keltek

The 13th edition of Meetings on the Bridge (MoB), the international co-production and networking platform of the 37th Istanbul Film Festival (6 – 17 April), will take place from 11 to 14 April. Divided into three main sections – Film Development Workshop, Work in Progress and Neighbours Platform – MoB is dedicated to showcasing projects from Turkey and its neighbouring countries and enabling opportunities for collaboration and co-production.

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In the Film Development Workshop section, 12 projects – 11 fictional films and 1 documentary – chosen from nigh on 100 submissions, will compete for both the €6,100 (30,000 Turkish Lira) Meetings on the Bridge Award, as well as the €8,000 CNC Award. Among the selected projects are the sophomore works of Senem Tüzen (Motherland [+see also:
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), Emre Erdoğdu (Snow) and Gürcan Keltek, who won an award at the Locarno Festival for his documentary Meteors [+see also:
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interview: Gürcan Keltek
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, as well as Burak Çevik, who produced Meteors and whose directorial debut, The Pillar of Salt [+see also:
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, premiered at the Berlinale Forum. Fikret Reyhan, who won the Istanbul Golden Tulip Best Film award last year, for his debut work, Yellow Heat, will also be presenting his second feature, while established actor-writer Ercan Kesal joins the fray with his debut feature project.

The full list of selected Film Development Workshop projects is as follows:

A Day or Part of a DayBurak Çevik
Producer: Selman Nacar (Fol Film)

A JourneyFikret Reyhan
Producer: Nizamettin Reyhan

Direct SaleAbdurrahman Öner
Producer: Arzu Şenses Öner (Buhar Film Production)

Far From HimselfYunus Ozan Korkut
Producers: Okan Üzey, Suzan Güverte (Kalavara Film)

GlasgowSinan Kesova
Producer: Yoel Meranda (Kamara Film)

Hopefully CandidateErcan Kesal
Producer: Kerem Çatay (Ay Yapım), Ercan Kesal (Poyraz Film)

My Brother's ArmySenem Tüzen
Producer: Adam Isenberg (Zela Film)

Everything In Its Right PlaceBerrak Çolak
Producer: Engin Palabıyık (Harikulade Film)

New Dawn FadesGürcan Keltek
Producers: Arda Çiltepe, Marc Van Goethem (29P Films)

NormalAli Kemal Çınar
Producer: Sinan Yusufoğlu

Penny BankFerit Karol
Producer: Nefes Polat

The List of Those Who Love MeEmre Erdoğdu
Producers: Emine İzmir, Zeynep Koray
Co-producer: Hazar Ergüçlü (Rementad)

During the 7th edition of the MoB Work in Progress section, six Turkish projects in the post-production stage will be presented to a select audience of film professionals, including distributors, sales agents, and festival and funding representatives.

The Work in Progress selection is as follows:

Come Rain Or ShineZeynep Güzel
Producers: Selin Murat, Zeynep Güzel

Evimizin Arka Bahçesi – Teymûr Evdikê
Producer: Mehmet Kamîk

Güvercin Hırsızları – Osman Doğan
Producers: Sinan Sertel, Turgay Şahin (Fanus-u Hayal)

İçerdekilerHüseyin Karabey
Producers: Hüseyin Karabey (Asi Film), Caner Cindoruk, Gizem Erman Soysaldı

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Ali Vatansever
Producer: Selin Vatansever Tezcan (Terminal Film)
Co-producers: Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann (2Pilots Film - Germany), Anamaria Antoci (4 Proof Film - Romania)

Son ÇıkışRamin Matin
Producers: Emine Yıldırım, Oğuz Kaynak (Giyotin Film)

Last but not least, the youngest section, the Neighbours Platform, launched in 2015, presents five feature film projects emanating from Turkey’s neighbouring countries - Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Syria. Along with encouraging international collaborations, one of these projects will also carry off the newly introduced Postbıyık Sound Post-Production Award. Among the projects competing are those directed by MIDPOINT Feature Launch participant, Gunel Eva (news), Cannes Cinéfondation participants, both past - Rati Tsiteladze (news) - and future - Meyar Al Roumi (news) – and the sophomore film of Hamed Rajabi (A Minor Leap Down [+see also:
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The Neighbours Platform projects are as follows:

Clouds On LeashesGunel Eva (Azerbaijan)
Producer: Maria Ibrahimova (Cinex Productions)

The Empty HouseRati Tsiteladze (Georgia)
Producers: Rati Tsiteladze, Nino Varsimashvili (Artway Film)

Siyah SefidSohail Afiat (Iran/Germany/Turkey)
Producers: Arto Sebastian, Karoline Henkel (Wood Water Films)
Co-producer: Zeynep Köprülü (Periferi Film)

Pas FardaHamed Rajabi (Iran/France)
Producer: Etienne de Ricaud (Caractères Productions)

Le RetourMeyar Al Roumi (Syria/France)
Producer: Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna Productions)

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