34th Istanbul Film Festival

Turkey, April 4 - April 19 2015

The JuryThe 34th annual Istanbul Film Festival cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, “Bakur” (North, Çayan Demirel and Ertugrul Mavioglu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the filmmakers. The international and the national competitions were cancelled, all juries laid down their work, including the FIPRESCI jury. Consequently, the closing ceremony did not take place.
For details, see www.fipresci.org/news/istanbul-cancels-competitions

Photo: The FIPRESCI Jury which was no jury. From left: Senay Aydemir, Turkey; Giovanni Ottone, Italy; Sasja Koetsier, The Netherlands; Alexander Grozev, Bulgaria; Senem Erdine, Turkey; and Antti Selkokari, Finland.