Film Festival Symposium – Film Festivals, Culture and Gender (Istanbul, 27/12/2013)

Friday, 27 December 2013, 10:30-17:00
Istanbul, Kadir Has University

Filmmaking in Turkey has experienced a renaissance in the last decade. This was aided by, and in turn inspired, a surge in film festivals around the country. This growth in film festivals is not unique to Turkey however, and has been a global trend. Over the last few decades, film festivals have become a viable distribution channel in their own right, connecting films and audiences within a vast network. Concurrently, film festival research has become a rapidly growing field within film studies in the last few years.

A one-day symposium at Kadir Has University aims to examine these phenomena from different angles. The symposium will start with a panel reviewing film culture in Turkey, concentrating on the role of festivals in it. This will be followed by a panel focusing on programming, and another on issues of gender and sexuality within this context. Panel participants will not only be academics studying festivals, but will also include programmers from a number of national and international festivals, filmmakers, as well as film critics, aiming to create a multidimensional conversation. The audience is invited to participate actively in this discussion.

Attendance is free, the language of the symposium will be English.

10:30-12:30 Panel 1: Film Festivals and Film Culture in Turkey
(Mod.: Melis Behlil, Kadir Has University)

  • Dina Iordanova, University of St. Andrews
  • Lalehan Ocal, Yeditepe University
  • Azize Tan, Istanbul Film Festival
  • Ahmet Boyacioglu, Festival on Wheels
  • Engin Ertan, Film Critic


13:30-15:00 Panel 2: Programming Contexts and Concepts
(Mod.: Savas Arslan, Bahcesehir University)

  • Emine Yildirim, Producer
  • Serra Ciliv, !F Istanbul Independent Film Festival
  • Alisa Lebow, University of Sussex
  • Emel Celebi, Documentarist

Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Panel 3: Film Festivals and Matters of Gender and Sexuality
(Mod.: Defne Tuzun, Kadir Has University)

  • Zeynep Dadak, Director
  • Ozlem Kinal, Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival
  • Skadi Loist, University of Hamburg / Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
  • Bilge Tas, Pembe Hayat KuirFest

Organization Committee:
Melis Behlil (Kadir Has University)
Lalehan Ocal (Yeditepe University)
Halil Turkden (Kadir Has University)

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One Response to Film Festival Symposium – Film Festivals, Culture and Gender (Istanbul, 27/12/2013)

  1. antonio says:

    is there any hotel linked to the symposium?
    antonio falduto

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