!f Istanbul announces new Turkey cinema spotlight: !f Fresh!

The 17th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, inpartnership with İş Bank Maximum Card, has announced a new section designed topromote and support Turkey’s growing film industry. The new section, !f Fresh,comes with an Audience Award that grants the winning title valuable screenspace in CGV Arthouse theaters in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya andEskisehir following the festival. Turkey’s largest cinema chain, CGV MarsCinema Group is !f Istanbul’s host partner.!f Fresh brings together films from the past year produced in orabout Turkey. It aims to be a meeting place for innovative, emerging directorswho demonstrate new story-telling around topical Turkey-related themes. ”!fFresh is a response to the increase and diversity of films we are seeing aboutTurkey, as well as growing diaspora filmmaking. !f prides itself on beingresponsive to the ever-changing context and needs of contemporary cinema inTurkey,” says festival director Serra Ciliv. !f Istanbul runs February 15-25,2018. The section includes seven films; five are Turkey premieres. Onefilm will be given the !f Audience Award. Films to be shown in !f Fresh are as follows: Salih Demir’s indy gem ”Cano”is the latest from Diyarbakir’s fascinating DIY filmmaking scene and tells thestory of a man who disappears; Snow,written and directed by Emre Erdoğdu,is a raw and honest coming of age story set in southern Turkey; Anatolian Trip charts an amateur rockgroup's journey through Turkey in 2014, co-directed by Can Eskinazi and Deniz Tortum; Italian director Giulia Frati’s musical documentary “Istanbul Echoes” started from Sulukulein 2010 and follows urban transformation in Istanbul via street vendors likebagel, mussel, curtain sellers and a rap band Tahribad-ı İsyan; Nejla Demirci’s 2017 TRT DocumentaryAward-winning film "Confrontation"is based on people dealing with cancer; VolkanÜce's documentary "Displaced"is about four young people of Turkish descent who grew up in the Netherlandsand Belgium and decide to move to Istanbul in search of their roots; Turkey's“first punk film" Mu Tunç’s “Arada”, tells the story of two young peoplecaught between reality and their dreams in a suffocating city.

The 17th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, inpartnership with İş Bank Maximum Card, has announced a new section designed topromote and support Turkey’s growing film industry. The new section, !f Fresh,comes with an Audience Award that grants the winning title valuable screenspace in CGV Arthouse theaters in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya andEskisehir following the festival. Turkey’s largest cinema chain, CGV MarsCinema Group is !f Istanbul’s host partner.

The section includes seven films; five are Turkey premieres. Onefilm will be given the !f Audience Award. Films to be shown in !f Fresh are as follows: Salih Demir’s indy gem ”Cano”is the latest from Diyarbakir’s fascinating DIY filmmaking scene and tells thestory of a man who disappears; Snow,written and directed by Emre Erdoğdu,is a raw and honest coming of age story set in southern Turkey; Anatolian Trip charts an amateur rockgroup's journey through Turkey in 2014, co-directed by Can Eskinazi and Deniz Tortum; Italian director Giulia Frati’s musical documentary “Istanbul Echoes” started from Sulukulein 2010 and follows urban transformation in Istanbul via street vendors likebagel, mussel, curtain sellers and a rap band Tahribad-ı İsyan; Nejla Demirci’s 2017 TRT DocumentaryAward-winning film "Confrontation"is based on people dealing with cancer; VolkanÜce's documentary "Displaced"is about four young people of Turkish descent who grew up in the Netherlandsand Belgium and decide to move to Istanbul in search of their roots; Turkey's“first punk film" Mu Tunç’s “Arada”, tells the story of two young peoplecaught between reality and their dreams in a suffocating city.