The annual International Crime and Punishment Film Festival which takes place every year with the general motto “Justice for everyone” has been held by the Law Faculty of Istanbul University on September 30 – October 6 in Istanbul.
The Festival started on Thursday September 29 with the opening night gala at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul.
Throughout the Festival which run from 30 September – 06 October 2016, a selection of 40 films (30 feature films, 9 short films and one documentary film) were screened in Beyoğlu Atlas and Ortaköy Feriye Cinema Halls. Film screenings were followed by panels with the participation of the film crew.
As in every year, an academic programme was run simultaneously with the film screening. Throughout the panels, academics from Turkey and abroad discussed “Poverty”, the specific theme of the Festival this year, in relation to the issues of justice and access to rights. Furthermore, issues of poverty and its influence on cinema have also been discussed through the panels titled “Poverty Reflecting from White Curtain” and “Does Art Provide Justice?” at Beyoğlu Atlas and Ortaköy Feriye Cinema Halls with the participation of authors, film directors, actors and academics.
GOLDEN SCALE FILM COMPETITION AWARD CEREMONY
The winners of the 6th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival “International Golden Scale Feature Film Award” and the “International Golden Scale Short Film Award” have been announced and were presented their awards during the awards ceremony which has been held at Beyoğlu Atlas Cinema Hall.
PROF. DR. SÖZÜER: JUSTICE POVERTY IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONE AMONG ALL FORMS OF POVERTY
The award ceremony has started with the speech of the Dean of Law Faculty at Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer. He said “The world economy is in the hands of a few people who can fill at most 8 to 10 cinema halls. Justice poverty is the most significant one among all forms of poverty. We think that one single film can lead to many significant changes. We say ‘Justice for everyone’”.
The Coordinator of the Film Festival, Bengi Semerci said: “We are happy to be able to contribute to achieving the ideal of a “More just world” through this festival which we initially started with a highly amateur spirit. We believe that cinema is the mirror of the society and that a lot can be achieved through the films. With the help of this Festival, we have new friends whom we keep in our justice money-box. I hope that the number of friends of justice keeps rising in the world. We find it hard to get films on the themes of justice. We especially ask filmmakers in Turkey to make more justice-themed films and others to support the production of these films. I thank everyone, all the jury members and artists who participated and contributed to this event. In the name of justice, we hope to see you again next year”
THE BEST FEATURE FILM “MAGALLENES”
The director of the Golden Scale Feature Films jury, film director İsa Qosja, and the jury members, director İsmail Güneş, actress Füsun Demirel, actor Mert Fırat and the representative of the Law Faculty of Istanbul University Selman Dursun, have evaluated ten feature films from Spain, Turkey, South Korea, Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Georgia, Austria and Peru, and have given the “International Golden Scale Best Feature Film Award” to “Magallenes”, a Peru/Argentina/Spanish film (2015) directed by Salvador de Solar. The award was given because all the scenes were balanced and were not exaggerated; the story, acting and the relationships between the characters were successful, and because it very soundly and sometimes poetically reflected the confrontation with the past through “redemption”
The award has been presented to the director of the winner film by the director of the jury, İsa Qosja. Through the video message, Salvador del Solar has sent his thanks to everyone.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD “ANNA’S LIFE”
The “Special Jury Award” for the “International Golden Scale Best Feature Film Competition” has been given to “Anna’s Life”, a Georgian film (2016) directed by Nino Basilia. The award has been presented by the Turkish actor Mert Fırat.
HONOURABLE MENTION AWARD “THE PROSECUTOR, THE DEFENDER, THE FATHER & HIS SON”
The “Honourable Mention Award” for the “International Golden Scale Best Feature Film Competition” has been given to “The Prosecutor, The Defender, The Father & His Son”, a Bulgarian/Dutch/Swedish film (2015) directed by Iglika Triffonova. The award has been presented to the director of the film by the Irish actor Barry Ward.
BEST SHORT FILM “EGG”
The director of the Golden Scale Short Films jury, artist Işıl Yücesoy, and the jury members, directors Farhad Eivazi and Ahu Öztürk, film critics Uğur Vardan and Olkan Özyurt, have evaluated nine short films from Turkey, US, Spain and the Netherlands, and have given the “International Golden Scale Best Short Film Award” to “Egg (Yumurta)”, a Turkish film (2016) directed by Muaz Güneş and Emrah Doğru. The director of the Golden Scale Short Films jury, Işıl Yücesoy, stated that the film deserved the award especially because of representing poverty, the main theme of the festival, in dignity without objectifying the poor.
HONOR AWARDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO RAKSHAN BANIETEMAD and PROF. DR. FİKRET ŞENSES
Two honorary awards given every year at the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, one to a filmmaker and another to a scholar in social fields, have been presented. This year “Cinema Honorary Award” was given to renowned filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad who started her career with documentary features and have been praised at many international festivals. Her award has been presented by the filmmaker Kıvanç Sezer.
The “Academy Honorary Award” has been given to Prof. Dr. Fikret Şenses for his academic work on poverty and has been presented by the Rector of Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak.
The ceremony ended with the screening of the winner film of the “International Golden Scale Best Feature Film Award”, “Magallenes”.