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The fourth edition of 12 Punto kicks off


- Turkey’s largest script development and co-production platform welcomes filmmakers from 16 countries to Istanbul from 19-26 June

The fourth edition of 12 Punto kicks off
Director Ali Özel, who is taking part in 12 Punto with Expectation

After two years of the pandemic, 12 Punto, Turkey’s largest script development and co-production platform, which is organised by TRT Cinema, is returning in a physical format and welcoming filmmakers from 16 different countries to Istanbul. For its fourth edition, unspooling from 19-26 June, 12 Punto features physical meetings and events, online live broadcasts and 12 Punto Special Programs, which will be broadcast on TRT2. The programme will be hosted on three different platforms with the participation of directors, producers and film-industry professionals, while 12 projects have been selected for the feature-film section.

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Regarding the jury of this edition, it features acclaimed Palestinian director Elia Suleiman; executive director of Eurimages Susan Newman-Baudais; producer Philippe Bober, who was the co-producer of Triangle of Sadness [+see also:
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by Ruben Östlund, among other films; Jovan Marjanović, of the Sarajevo Film Festival; and Venice Film Festival programmer Paolo Bertolin. The five-member jury will be tasked with handing out the TRT Co-Production Awards, while three projects will receive pre-buy awards. The TRT Project Development Award will be given to six projects, and encompasses development, pre-shooting, financial planning, international co-production processes and associated studies. Furthermore, for the first time, the TRT Short Film Production Award will be given out. Also, the TRT International Co-Production Award supports international projects with Turkish partners on board, and all of the winners will be announced at the 12 Punto closing ceremony.

This year, a boutique co-production market is also being launched, called 12 Punto Meetings. The directors and producers of the 12 feature-length projects that have made it to the finals will meet representatives of the most important institutions in the film industry, managers of industry sections at festivals, and producers. Among the guests are the general manager of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, Georges Goldenstern; chairman of the European Film Academy and producer Mike Downey; Yassine Ouahrani, from the Doha Film Institute; Sarajevo Film Festival executive Armin Hadžić; head of Sofia Meetings Mira Staleva; producer Catherine Dussart; producer and project consultant Katriel Schory; and marketing consultant Alvaro Vega.

In total, over 130 projects applied for this edition of 12 Punto, and those selected will be tutored by script consultants Marietta von Hausswolff, Eva Svenstedt Ward and Laura Piani as well as marketing and pitching expert Stefano Tealdi.

Here is the full selection of projects for 12 Punto 2022:

After Esma - Mehmet Atan (Turkey/North Macedonia)
Writer: Mehmet Atan
Producer: Ahmet Edebali (35mm Studio Services)
Co-Producer: Alka Films

Avalanche - Erdem Tepegöz (Turkey)
Writer: Erdem Tepegöz
Producer: Altona Film

Complex - Ali Aydın (Turkey)
Writer: Ali Aydın
Producer: Ali Aydın (Kaf Film)

Director’s Cut - Aydın Sayman (Turkey/Syria)
Writer: Aydın Sayman
Producer: Haydar Işık (11 K Film Yapım Medya Hizmetleri)
Co-producer: Kareem Abeed

Expectation - Ali Özel (Turkey)
Writer: Ali Özel
Producers: Ali Özel, Funda Ödemiş (ReCinema Film Prodüksiyon)

The Farm - Elif Eda Karagöz (Turkey)
Writer: Elif Eda Karagöz
Producer: Enes Erbay (Teferruat Film)

Flowers for Moth - Büşra Bülbül (Turkey)
Writers: Bekir Bülbül, Büşra Bülbül
Producer: Bekir Bülbül (Mayıs Film)

Night of Blindness- Reis Çelik (Turkey)
Writer: Reis Çelik
Producer: İsmail Anıl Çelik (Kaz Film Yapım Ltd Şti)

The Remains - Mert Berdilek (Turkey/Australia)
Writers: Mert Berdilek, Tarık Tufan
Producer: Tarık Tufan (IRMM)
Co-producers: Maxine Williamson, Defrim Isai

This Beautiful Night - Ozan Yoleri (Turkey/Slovenia)
Writers: Ozan Yoleri, Aysın Kadirbeyoğlu
Producers: Alara Hamamcıoğlu, Ilgım Coşar (Vigo Film)
Co-producer: Bostjan Ikovic (Arsmedia)

Those Who Whistle After Dark - Pınar Yorgancıoğlu (Turkey/Norway)
Writers: Pınar Yorgancıoğlu, Emre Gülcan
Producers: Zeynep Ekmekçi, Bekir Açıksöz, Furkan Besli (İndiBindi Film Yapım)
Co-producer: Kristin Emblem (Einar Films)

Wait Till You Hear Mine - Pelin Esmer (Turkey/Greece/Germany)
Writer: Pelin Esmer
Producers: Dilde Mahalli (Sinefilm), Pelin Esmer (Rosa Film)

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