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The Antalya Film Forum provides vivid images of Turkish films in the pipeline

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The expanded Antalya Film Forum to encourage a new generation of Turkish directors this year seems to be really interested in getting products for buyers and festival programmers who want to know what’s coming to Pike.

The industry section of the Antalya Film Festival যা which will run online on 6-Oct-October রয়েছে often features a new batch of innovative broad-based projects, mostly sprouted from the Rookie producer-director team that “provides a sharp snapshot of what’s to come”. Chief Meg Ozen has been sworn in.

Ezen, a young but experienced producer like Turkey’s recent Istanbul hip-hop scene drama “When I’m Dying,” which was a forum project in 2017, has now taken over the department with Penar Evrenosogulu.

He noted that “the selection is very different from previous years” since seven of the eight feature projects on the forum’s in-development platform came from the director and production team for the first time.

An exception to this is the ridiculous “worthy of a smile” about a young female lawyer who, while laughing at the police, was caught on video defending some protesters and went viral, dividing the country into two hashtags. Mocumentary is directed by Sefa Iztark, whose “Trust” premiered in 2018 in Antalya and toured the Fest Circuit.

Turkish Rookie’s seven projects include “Peer Through the Skin”, a sci-fi thriller involving an explosion in a poor mining town that a group of UFO believers claim is related to outsiders, such as frustrated townspeople selling their body parts to a criminal organization. To finish; “Thursday Night is to Dark,” is an awkward film by Nair, where two ordinary cops are involved in their night shift, which will be filmed in black and white; “Tusifed” contains the consciousness of the Turkish capital, Ankara, and the political changes that began with the growing role of Islamists in government in the 200 changes. And “Three Meters”, a multi-level drama about land, property and war.

The environmental drama “Seeds” centered on the Forum’s in-development platform selection, which takes its cue from a law that criminalizes the sale of patented inherited seeds, forcing a catastrophic transformation in agricultural practice in Turkey and elsewhere; “Lodos Boys,” a drama depicting the dark side of Istanbul through the story of young boys who collect and sell valuables that are washed away by the strong winds of the South Bank; And “After the Rain,” a gender identity drama where a man named Mostafa, a barber, is shocked to learn that his estranged eldest son has changed his gender after seeing his corpse.

The projects being developed in Antalya were chosen by Freddie Olson, a programmer at the Gothenburg Film Festival, who is also a producer; Former sales agent Ilaria Gomaraska, who is a manager of the First Cut Lab dedicated to the project in the post; And Turkish director Ramin Matin (“Siren’s Call”).

In addition to project presentations, the Forum is launching a new initiative called Forum Plus this year that includes workshops, panels and discussions.

These additional events, scheduled for October and October, will include a masterclass on the on-screen adaptation of the literary work of BAFTA-nominated British author Olivia Hitrid, who adapted “Girl with the Pearl Earring” and “Watering Heights” for the film, and also Will. Oscar-nominated British producer Ed Ginny (“The Favorite”), who adapted Sally Rooney’s novel “Normal People” into a recent BBC and Hulu show, also discusses how to create a successful TV series.

The Antalya Film Forum spanned a TV series last year with a small series of pitching platforms.

Apostlab will conduct post-production workshops for film professionals; The European Audiovisual Entrepreneurship Association will conduct a workshop on EAVE marketing and audience development; And there are also sessions on film poster design as a marketing tool and the latest color correction tools.

The Forum Plus Antalya industry side is looking to become more streamlined and “welcome” for the industry, said Ozen, who plans to expand the strand next year when it personally returns to the event.

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