18th London Turkish Film Festival February 21 – March 3

February 18th, 2013
Author: Meredith Taylor


The 18th London Turkish Film Festival runs from February 21 to March 3, 2013 at The Odeon West End, The Rio Cinema Dalston, The Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Cine Lumiere.

The festival celebrates another year of outstanding achievement that has seen Turkish films honoured at festivals around the world from Sundance to Berlin. Inaugurated by Vedide Kaymak in 1993, the festival has become a vital event in the London cultural scene. Over its 18 year history, the festival has screened over 250 feature and 350 short and documentary films.


  •   The World Premiere of THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM, the new film from writer/director Yilmaz Erdoganstarring popular heartthrob Kivanc Tatlitug at a glittering Opening Night Gala at The Odeon West End.
  •   A Masterclass with internationally renowned Turkish director Reha Erdem.
  •   Films from veteran names of Turkish cinema as well as the debut features of an exciting new generation of Turkish moviemaniacs
  •   Five outstanding films will compete for the unique Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award, worth £30,000. The winning film will be distributed in cinemas throughout the UK and made available via home digital platforms.This year’s competing films are: NIGHT OF SILENCE – Reis Çelik’s 2012 Berlin Film Festival prize- winner; JIN – the latest film from Reha Erdem, direct from Berlin 2013; CAN – Raşit Çelikezer’s Sundance Jury Award winner; BEYOND THE HILL directed by Tepenin Ardi and SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu.
  •   The Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award This year the festival will honour legendary actor and director Kadir Inanir, who will be the special guest at the Opening Night Gala and will be attending a Q&A screening of his new film FAREWELL KATYA. In previous years the festival has recognised the life and work of such cinematic greats as Türkan Şoray, Şener Şen and Hülya Koçyiğit.
  •   Golden Wings People’s Choice Award Voted for by visitors to the Festival at venues across London. This year more than twenty features will be competing.
  •   Wendy Mitchell, Editor of Screen International and ScreenDaily.com.
  •   Edward Fletcher, Joint Managing Director of Soda Pictures.
  •   Tony Grisoni, Writer Tony Grisoni has worked with many of the finest contemporary film makersincluding Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman, Rankin, Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker. He is best known for his collaboration with Terry Gilliam on a number of projects including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the ill-fated Don Quixote. He has written and directed a number of award winning short films. His latest screenplay is the four-part series Southcliffe, produced by Warp Films, which will be screened on Channel 4 this year.
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