Istanbul Film Fest 2008: Awards in All Categories

It was the second year for director Azize Tan, who took over the festival's organization last year. This years Golden Tulip winner for the international competition was the Turkish film “Egg,” by Semih Kaplanoglu, which had its world premier in Cannes last year.

Omer Vargis drama “For Love” and Honor screened out of competition, it had already taken top honors at the Turkish box-office with over two million admissions.

List of Awards:

The International Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Michael Ballhaus and composed of Joan Dupont, Selim Eybolu; Bent Hamer, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Kirsi Tykkilainen has given:

The GOLDEN TULIP Award to EGG directed by Semih Kaplanolu (Turkey), for its poetic and subtle portrayal of a man adrift in a modern world, who, forced by circumstances, returns to his native village to find meaning and the possibility of love.

The SPECIAL PRIZE of the Jury to THE WAVE directed by Dennis Gansel (Germany) for the powerful and gripping way in which it shows how our need for purpose and community can be manipulated to disastrous effect.

The National Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Semih Kaplanolu, and composed of Sylvain Auzou, Pnar Kr, Michle Maheux and Nurgl Yeilay has decided to give:

the BEST TURKISH FILM OF THE YEAR Award to TATL KTABI / SUMMER BOOK directed by Seyfi Teoman for being a first film that conveys hope, tackling the theme of innocence with a cinematographic narrative and a humane approach; the BEST DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Award to DERV ZAM for his film NOKTA / DOT for plainly translating a largely forgotten traditional art to the cinematic language with a masterful aesthetic, and for creating a powerful impact.

The BEST ACTRESS Award to AYA DAMGACI for her performance in Gitmek/My Marlon and Brando; and the BEST ACTOR Award to SERHAT TUTUMLUER for his performance in Ara.

the SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY to Ara by mit nal for strikingly tackling subjects that are still considered taboo in todays society within the context of interpersonal relationships by delving deep into its characters personalities through masterful dialogues.
The FACE Award (Council of Europe Film Award) is presented to the director of a film that arises public awareness and interest in human rights issues, creates better understanding of their importance, and best reflects the Councils values of respect for human rights, individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. The award includes a sculpture in bronze and a cash prize of Euro 10,000. It is awarded as part of the Human Rights in Cinema section of the festival. The Human Rights Jury of the 27th International stanbul Film Festival is composed of Nurdan Arca, Philippe Boillat, Tony Gatlif, Abderrahmane Sissako and Jan Vandierendonck decided to give the award to:
BLIND MOUNTAIN by Li Yang (China) for for its powerful message against all violence, no matter its form to women all over the world, because this message is both universal and timeless.

The FIPRESCI Jury of the 27th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Kirill Razlogov and composed of Necla Algan, Madhu Eravankara, Burak Gral, Gyz Matyas and Andr Waardenburg gave:

The FIPRESCI Award in the International Competition to BEN X by NIC BALTHAZAR (Belgium), for the powerful cinematic expression of agony and ecstasy of a teenager suffering from autism.
The FIPRESCI Award in the National Competition, in memory of Onat Kutlar, to TATL KTABI / SUMMER BOOK directed by Seyfi Teoman, for a sensitive and cinematically pure image of painful life experiences through a child's eyes and feelings.
As in the previous years, Efes Pilsen has given a prize of US$ 30.000 to the winner of the Onat Kutlar Prize, Seyfi Teoman, to be used for his next film project.

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS sponsored by the Radikal Newspaper and determined by the votes of the Festival audience, are given to:

YUMURTA / EGG by Semih Kaplanolu (Turkey) in the International Competition, and ULAK / THE MESSENGER by aan Irmak in the National Competition.
Organised for the first time within the Meetings on the Bridge series of seminars, the Feature Film Project Development Workshop Award was given to Belma Ba for her project ZEFR / ZEPHYR. Thirteen projects remained from the 113 applications after the pre-selection by Zeynep zbatur, Fatih zgven and Dervi Zaim. From among these 13 projects, Karl Baumgartner, Gergana Dakovska, Ellis Driessen, Marit van den Elshout, Isabelle Fauvel, Noemi Ferrer, Chinlin Hsieh, Michel Reilhac, Jan Vandierendonck selected ZEPHYR. The winning project will also be presented a monetary award of US$10.000 with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.