• July 16, 2024

Kocaeli Film Festival: Three Years at the Heart of Art and Culture

 Kocaeli Film Festival: Three Years at the Heart of Art and Culture

Kocaeli, often regarded as one of Turkey’s industrial capitals, boasts a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant art history. Since the establishment of the Republic, Kocaeli has emerged as a significant center for arts and culture, captivating both locals and visitors alike.

The cultural wealth of Kocaeli is not solely confined to the social contributions of industrial facilities. Numerous events organized under the auspices of Kocaeli University and the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality have also played a crucial role in this regard. The Kocaeli Fair, a major attraction in the region, hosts entertainment and cultural events, enriching the city’s cultural fabric with its traditional fairs, social facilities, and artistic activities.

The third edition of the Kocaeli Film Festival, held this year, has infused new life into the city’s cultural scene. The event, themed “Turkish Cinema in the 100th Year of the Republic,” featured distinguished artists such as Halil Ergün, Nilgün Öneş, and Zihni Göktay at the Kocaeli Higher Education Association, offering unforgettable moments to cinema enthusiasts. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the festival has been met with great interest, with screenings and discussion programs continuing to attract significant attention.

Film and cinema festivals significantly contribute to the cultural landscape of cities. These festivals enhance the national and international recognition of cities, providing an opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage and artistic values to wider audiences. They also support creative industries, offering a platform for local artists and filmmakers to express themselves. Such events elevate the cultural and artistic sensitivity of the community, revitalizing and enriching the cultural life of cities.

3rd Kocaeli Film Festival Finalists

With contributions from the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the finalists for the 3rd Kocaeli Film Festival, held from May 19 to 26, in the categories of Feature Debut Film, ‘Odi’ Short Film, Student Films, and Animation, as well as nominees for Best Cinematography, have been announced. The finalists are as follows:

Feature Debut Film Finalists:

  • Karganın Uykusu, Dir. Tunahan Kurt
  • Turna Misali, Dir. İffet Eren Danışman Boz
  • Ceylin, Dir. Tufan Şimşekcan

Best Cinematography Finalists:

  • Ceylin, Cinematographer: Ozan Sihay
  • Son Akşam Yemeği, Cinematographer: Veli Kuzlu
  • Turna Misali, Cinematographer: Eyüp Boz
  • Karganın Uykusu, Cinematographer: Ziya Kasapoğlu

‘Odi’ Short Film Category Finalists:

  • Hangi Gece Büyüdüysem, Dir. Onur Güler
  • Kapı, Dir. Tuğçe Sarıyılmaz
  • Can Suyu, Dir. Sündüs Gören
  • Protokol, Dir. Berna Sitera Değirmen
  • Meryem, Dir. Celal Yücel Tombul
  • Hayırlı Olsun Ziyareti, Dir. Muaz Güneş
  • Umut, Dir. Volkan Girgin
  • Nefes, Dir. Cem Terbiyeli

Student Films Category Finalists:

  • Berzah, Dir. Duhan Kavakoğlu
  • Boşluk, Dir. Berat Gezer
  • Chıckhen Frienzy, Dir. Alpaslan Ali Yıldırım
  • Çarşamba, Dir. Sadık Tevfik Kayrakçı
  • İz, Dir. Hilal Vergili
  • Mola, Dir. Berat Pehlivan

Animation Category Finalists:

  • Egaliter, Dir. Orhan Burak Acar
  • Sessiz Yol, Dir. Merve Cirisoğlu
  • Rezzan, Dir. Özlem Baykuş
  • Hard Game, Dir. Zuhal Akmeşe, Gülşah Erdur
  • Breath, Dir. Şule Barman, Erdem Boz
  • The Companionship, Dir. Gürkan Yücel