The idea of organising an “International Crime and Punishment Film Festival” in Istanbul originated with Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer and has been realised by the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University with the significant contribution of the staff at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law at Istanbul University in cooperation with film-makers, cinema artists, directors, writers, critics, academics, businessmen, and governmental and non-governmental organisations. Every year the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival explores important societal themes from the perspectives of the cinema art and science. Our Festival, combining the high-impact vision of international cinema and the deep-impact perspective of international science, and particularly law, was considered by our participants as being the first of its kind in the world. The Festival aims to improve social awareness by communicating the repercussion of the relationship between crime and justice in cinema, contribute to social change by increasing communication, solidarity and cooperation, popularize the sense of equality and encourage people about it.

The 3rd International Crime and Punishment Film Festival follows upon the success of the first two Film Festivals held by Istanbul University in 2011 and 2012. Whilst the 1st and the 2nd Film Festivals were both oriented on one central theme (respectively, “Reckoning with the past (in the sense of ‘Coups d’etat’) in light of the Rule of Law” and “Violence and Discrimination against Women”), other topics were also addressed, both in film and academic debate, ranging from organized crime, human rights violations to criminal biographies. Some four hundred films were screened, alongside academic panels and workshops dealing with the same issues. Participants—both ‘unis’ and ‘movies’—hailed from all over the world. The Film Festival has also introduced awards which are presented for both cinematic and academic achievements.

We are very pleased to announce that the 3rd International Crime and Punishment Festival will be held in Istanbul from September 13 to 19, 2013 and will once again offer to the audience a rich film program and a well-rounded academic program. This year the Festival will focus on a fundamental and crucial societal issue facing every country, “Juvenile Justice”. This theme will be explored from both cinematic and scientific perspectives and child-friendly resolutions will be discussed throughout the Festival.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to view over 150 films from all over the globe, amongst them the finest examples of cinema addressing the relationship between Law, Society and (Juvenile) Justice and Delinquency. Once again, the Film Festival will feature two international competitions for short films and feature films around the main theme of the Festival, as well as awards for outstanding academic work in this field. The Festival will also offer a rich international academic program of panel discussions, debating sessions and workshops focusing on Juvenile Justice and the relationship between Justice and Cinema in the World.

With excitement, we look forward to our third meeting of cinematic and academic minds and the pleasure of your company in our beautiful city.

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