Ankara Film Festival ready to hit screens


Themed ‘Memorylessness,’ the 25th Ankara Film Festival kicks off tomorrow. Ten Turkish films will compete for the festival’s grand award. The event also screens selected films from the world The 25th Ankara International Film Festival, organized by the World Mass Media Research Foundation. This year’s theme has been determined as “Memorylessness.” This event will be held between June 5 and 15.

During that period, the streets and square of Ankara will be decorated with visuals from Turkish cinema celebrating its century anniversary. The festival will present a selection of five war movies linked to the 100th year of World War I as well as a special section for Romanian cinema and a film section from Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian and Mexican cinemas.

In Turkey’s only film festival to pioneer Video Art screenings, there will also be a selection named “40 videos from 40 years of Turkish video art” in the 40th year of Turkish video.

As a tribute for William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Orson Welles’ film “Othello” will be shown. The Ankara Film Festival will be one of the first international festivals screening the restored copy of the movie.

Due to the 25th year of the festival, people who have previously won awards, worked as jury members or contributed to the festival, will be congratulated with gratitude plaques. Stars and directors of the festival films will attend, as well as guests from Poland, France, Romania, the United States, Ukraine and Australia. 

The World Mass Media Research Foundation will give its special awards to three names this year, retribution for their contributions to the Turkish culture and arts...

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