!f İstanbul’s Grand Jury Prize goes to Brazilian Film
!f İstanbul’s Grand Jury Prize goes to Brazilian Film
24 February 2013

Designed to showcase new directions in cinema, !f Istanbul’s much- anticipated !f Inspired International Competition ‘Most Inspired Director’ award went to Kleber Mendonça Filho for his film Neighbouring Sounds, which offers a fresh perspective on contemporary Brazil. The 12th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, in partnership with Maximum Card, ran February 14-24, 2013.


!f Inspired Award goes to Brazilian director


The !f Inspired jury consisted of Turkish actress Meltem Cumbul, former Lincoln Center Film Society director and Columbia University film professor Richard Peña, director Miguel Gomes, producer Marianne Slot and director Denis Côté. Presenting the award to Neighbouring Sounds /A Som Ao Redor director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Meltem Cumbul said: “For the prize, we have selected a film that not only offers a perceptive journey into contemporary society but does it in such a way that allows each viewer to come to his or her own conclusions about that society.” The award carries a 15.000USD cash prize.


Turkish Film Critics Award “The Act of Killing”


Also as part of the !f Inspired Competition, SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) jury members Ceylan Özçelik, Çağdaş Günerbüyük and Yeşim Tabak awarded director Joshua Oppenheimer for his film The Act of Killing. Yeşim Tabak, representing the SIYAD Jury, said: “We decided to give this award to ‘The Act of Killing’ for its creative approach in incorporating the power of fiction storytelling into the boundaries of the documentary, allowing the film to go further than just displaying a crime against humanity by focusing on the philosophical value of its material and also making us question the nature of cinema.” The Act of Killing, follows Anwar, a member of the movie-theater gangsters who sold movie tickets on the black market with his friends in Indonnesia. The small-time gangster squad later grew into a right-wing paramilitary organization responsible for the mass killing of millions of alleged communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals during the 1965 military coup. The film was awarded with the Ecumenical Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Berlinale this past week.


Short Film Audience Award goes to ‘Later’


Audiences voted on 18 films in the ‘Shorts From Turkey’ selection. Sonra / Later by Nazlı Elif Durlu was chosen the ‘Best Short Film’ by the audience, where the second prize went to The People Who Tried To Save The World / Dünyayı Kurtamaya Çalışanlar by Akile Nazlı Kaya and the third prize went to 1982 by Yıldıray Yıldırım.


!f travels to Ankara and İzmir


!f Istanbul 2013 ran between February 14-24th and introduced a selection of widely awarded independent films to Istanbul audiences. More than 70 thousand people attended screenings of 80 films this year. !f is on its way to Ankara and İzmir, running from February 28 until March 3.