Peter Kerekes’ ‘Censor’ Wins Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress Contest

“Censor,” directed and produced by Peter Kerekes, and written by Ivan Ostrochovsky, has won the 14th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works in Progress competition, which is open to projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and former Soviet territories. The jury, which consisted of Iole Maria Giannattasio, directorate general… Read more »

Karga Seven to Shoot ‘The Janissary Tree’ Mystery TV Series in Turkey (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME – After opening a Turkish production outpost in January, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s Karga Seven Pictures is preparing to shoot an English-language TV series in Turkey based on British author Jason Goodwin’s “The Janissary Tree” mysteries, which are set during the days of the Ottoman Empire. Karga Seven has secured rights to the prize-winning four-book series,… Read more »

Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s ‘Clair-Obscur’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival

Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s powerful, complex portrait of two women struggling to escape unhappy lives, “Clair-Obscur,” was the big winner at the 53rd Antalya Int’l Film Festival, taking home the awards for best picture and best director at the closing ceremony Sunday night. Ustaoğlu’s sixth feature was the unanimous choice of an international jury headed… Read more »

Antalya: Mayor Menderes Türel on Efforts to Turn Turkish Resort Into Cinema Hub

ANTALYA, Turkey — If Antalya mayor Menderes Türel had his way, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and other Hollywood celebs would be soaking up the sun on the Mediterranean’s shores before popping into a local restaurant for Turkish coffee and kebabs. Afterward, they’d retire to swank seaside homes, peruse the next day’s call sheet, and hit the… Read more »

Turkey Exits E.U.’s Creative Europe Program, Reportedly Over Armenian Genocide Dispute

ROME — Turkey is exiting the European Union’s Creative Europe program which supports the arts, including film and TV — a surprise move that comes as relations between the Turkish government and the E.U. become increasingly strained. In 2015, Turkey joined the ranks of non-E.U. member countries allowed to tap into Creative Europe’s 1.46-billion-euro fund ($1.56… Read more »

Netflix Strikes Major Deal with Eccho Rights to Turkish TV Content

ROME — As it rolls out in Turkey, Netflix has struck a substantial deal with Eccho Rights for global distribution of more than 450 hours of mostly Turkish TV drama content, including many of the country’s top-rated shows, such as “The End,” “Kurt Seyit & Sura,” and “Winter Sun.” The volume deal was announced Friday, a… Read more »

5 Things Young Producers Abroad Have in Common

LOCARNO — Over Aug. 6-8, 16 production companies from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Israel and Turkey will meet at the Locarno Fest, in the Swiss Alps, to enjoy its glorious weather – if Saturday was anything to go by – multiple industry workshops and presentations and each other companies in an informal networking event, Match Me!… Read more »

Nice, Turkey: Social, Smart Media Battle for News Narrative

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter on Friday, calling on people to take to the streets to show their support for his embattled government, the incisive role of social media in covering – and even influencing – dramatic unfolding events have never been stronger, or more polemical. As France picks up the… Read more »

Imagina Rolls Out Maria Ripoll’s ‘Sandalwood’

Madrid-based film and TV rights distributor Imagina International Sales has sealed a raft of territories on Maria Ripoll’s East-meets-West melodrama “Traces of Sandalwood,” including deals for India (Star Ent.) and Japan (Animoproduce). Imagina has also sold the film to Australia (Leap Frog Films), Turkey (Filmarti Film), South Africa (ForeFront Media), South Korea (Apex Ent.) and… Read more »

Gokhan Tiryaki on Working with Palme d’Or Winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Working with one of Turkey’s most eminent helmer/scribes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, does not necessarily mean working with much of a budget. But, as cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki put it at a conference on his filmmaking with Ceylan at Poland’s Camerimage fest, the director “works in the subliminal space.” Known for his explorations of… Read more »