All the juries at the 58th Antalya Filmfestival: Documentary and short film competition, Golden Orange National Festival, Emin Alper to Chair National Feature Film Competition

Documentary and short film competition juries

In a written statement, the Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, indicated that films in the National Documentary Film Competition would this year be judged by a jury comprising director Didem Pekün, screenwriter-director, Pelin Esmer, and writer-journalist, Pınar Öğünç
The National Documentary Film Competition, a showcase of the past year’s standout documentaries, comes with a TL40,000 cash prize for Best Film in addition to a Special Jury Prize worth TL20,000.
The three-person jury to decide the awards will feature the artist, Didem Pekün, the screenwriter, producer and director, Pelin Esmer, and the screenwriter, director, writer and journalist,Pınar Öğünç. Pekün, whose documentaries and video installations have been shown and won awards in multiple countries, is currently working on her new project as a research fellow at Berlin University of the Arts. After her debut film, the documentary, Koleksiyoncu (The Collector), Esmer wrote and directed Oyun (The Play), which garnered Best Documentary Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. She then switched genres to fiction, picking up national and international awards for 11’e 10 Kala (10 to 11) and Gözetleme Kulesi (Watchtower), before making the Talinn Black Nights Best Screenplay winner, İşe Yarar Bir Şey (Something Useful), and most recently the documentary, Kraliçe Lear (Queen Lear), which premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival. A long-time reporter, editor and columnist for several national newspapers and magazines in Turkey, Öğünç has published two short-story collections and a children’s book. Her short film, Evbark (Lost in Transition), which she wrote and directed, won Best Film in the fiction category at the 6th Atıf Yılmaz Short Film Festival.
Mayor Böcek also named the jury for the Short Film Competition, which is to be made up of the actor-screenwriter-director, Onur Saylak, the actress, Öykü Karayel, and the screenwriter-producer-director, Tunç Şahin.
The actor and director, Onur Saylak, the actress, Öykü Karayel, and the producer, director, screenwriter and academic, Tunç Şahin, will be picking the winners of the TL20,000 Best Film Award and TL10,000 Special Jury Prize in the National Short Film Competition. As an actor, Saylak has appeared in the feature films, Sonbahar (Autumn), Denizden Gelen (Brought by the Sea), Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave) and Rüzgarın Hatırları (Memories of the Wind), in addition to numerous television series, among them Vatanım Sensin (Wounded Love), Çarpışma (Crash), Kuzgun (Raven) and Babil (The Choice). His stage performances include roles in Turkish productions of Ghetto, The Threepenny Opera, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Son. Besides acting, Saylak has also proved his credentials as a director, notably with the television series, Şahsiyet (Persona) and feature film, Daha (More). Karayel, a many times award-winning actress, has appeared in stage productions of Güzel Şeyler Bizim Tarafta (Good Things Apart), Killer Joe and Terk (Leaving), together with numerous television series, including Kuzey Güney, Kara Para Aşk (Black Money Love), Muhteşem Yüzyıl-Kösem (Magnificent Century: Kösem), Kalp Atışı (Heartbeat) and Bir Başkadır (Ethos). She has also earned big-screen credits for her performances in Bulantı (Nausea), Toz (Dust), İşe Yarar Bir Şey (Something Useful) and Put Şeylere (Put to the Things). Since beginning his filmmaking career as a producer in 2008, Şahin has worked on short and feature film projects alike. He has also written and directed two of his own films, first Karışık Kaset (Mixed Tape) and latterly İnsanlar İkiye Ayrılır (Two Types of People), which won Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress Awards at Antalya last year.

Golden Orange National Festival Jury has been announced!

In a written statement, the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Muhittin Böcek announced the National Feature Competition Jury. This year, the National Feature Film Competition will be presided over by: director, producer, scriptwriter, and academic Emin Alper, director of photography Ahmet Sesigürgil; writer and scriptwriter Ayfer Tunç; singer, lyricist, composer and producer Gaye Su Akyol; actress Hazal Kaya; theatre director, instructor, and actor Muhammet Uzuner; producer, director, and scriptwriter Senem Tüzen.

Emin Alper to Chair National Feature Film Competition Jury

Emin Alper’s debut feature “Beyond the Hill” (Tepenin Ardı) won the Caligari Award in Berlin Film Festival. His second film “Frenzy” (Abluka) was awarded Special Jury Prize in Venice Film Festival. His latest feature “Three Sisters” (Kız Kardeşler) was screened globally in national and international film festivals, and was selected for the competition in Berlin Film Festival, and won many awards. Alper recently made a television debut with “Alef”, which received critical acclaim for its direction and scenario. Having achieved worldwide success as a filmmaker in a short time, Emin Alper is also an accomplished scriptwriter, producer, and academic. Alper will act as the head of the jury for the National Feature Film Competition.
Other jury members that will evaluate the 10 premiering films in the competition are as follows: Ahmet Sesigürgil, who studied cinematography and filmmaking at Central St. Martins University of the Arts London, New York Film Academy, and Maine Photographic Workshops, and who worked as the director of photography for many films, including “Consequences” (Silsile), “Lemonade” (Limonata), “Four Cornered Triangle” (Dört Köşeli Üçgen), “Comidark Films” (Karakomik Filmler), and television series, including “Atiye”, “Alef” and “Method” (Metot); novelist Ayfer Tunç, whose books “The Night of the Green Fairy” (Yeşil Peri Gecesi), “Dünya Ağrısı”, and “Osman” have reached many readers, and who adapted Sait Faik short stories to “Cloud in the Sky” (Havada Bulut) and Orhan Kemal novel “72. Koğuş” (The Prisoners), and whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages; the singer, songwriter, composer and producer Gaye Su Akyol, whose debut album “Develerle Yaşıyorum”, first international album “Hologram İmparatorluğu”, and latest album “İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir” have obtained huge success, and who has become the first Turkish musician to be featured on the cover of the British magazine Songlines; the successful actress Hazal Kaya, who debuted in television series “Genco” and received critical acclaim with her part in groundbreaking series “Forbidden Love” (Aşk-ı Memnu), and who built a successful career on television with titles such as “Adını Feriha Koydum”, “Maral” and on film with “Our Story” (Bizim Hikaye), “Çalgı Çengi”, “Let This Be Last One” (Bu Son Olsun), “Let’s Sin” (İtirazım Var) and “The Bank of Broken Hearts” (Kırık Kalpler Bankası); award-winning actor, theatre director, and instructor Muhammet Uzuner, who founded the Theatre Workshop at Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, and continued a successful career in Istanbul with plays such as “Şerefe Hatıralar”, “The Merchant of Venice” (Venedik Taciri), “Oh My Smyrna, My Beautiful İzmir” (Ah Smyrnam Güzel İzmirim), and films such as “Halef”, “Stone” (Taş), “Mold” (Küf), “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) and director, scriptwriter, and producer Senem Tüzen, whose debut feature film “Motherland” (Ana Yurdu) premiered in the 72nd Venice Film Festival’s Critics Week, journeyed widely in national and international festivals, and received many awards by Adana, Ankara, and SIYAD juries.
The 58th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired by Muhittin Böcek, the Mayor of Antalya, and executive directed, by Cansel Tuncer. Ahmet Boyacıoğlu resumes the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director, while Müge Özen and Pınar Evrenosoğlu takes the helm of the Antalya Film Forum.
In line with a Turkish government circular due to come into force on September 6, 2021, all Festival audiences will be required to present on admission to events either a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, or proof of having contracted the disease within the past six months, or a negative PCR test taken within the past 48 hours.
The 58th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired by Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, and executive directed by Cansel Tuncer. Ahmet Boyacıoğlu takes on the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director.
58th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
October 2-9, 2021