Turkish film bazaar mixes star power & sales.


Last October 10, movie stars of the caliber of Kevin Spacey, Mickey Rourke, Danny Glover, Michael York, Marisa Tomei and Matthew Modine left Hollywood and headed for Turkey, to the sea resort town of Antalya for the 45th annual Golden Orange Film Festival--Turkey's longest-running cinema summit--which showcased 16 current Turkish films. The festival featured the fourth edition of the Golden Orange's global gateway, the International Eurasia Film Festival, which is just a "flashy-named" sideshow of the main event, and which constitutes the international competition, with 12 titles.


During the 10-day Festival, the international stars mingled with Turkish stars on the shores of the Mediterranean, where continents and cultures collided for red carpet galas nearly every night. The event ended with a ceremony that revealed the 11 winners of the Golden Orange trophies.

There were also two sidebar events held during and after the festival. The third edition of the Eurasia Film Market, which started October 10, was considered satisfactory by participating companies. Hosted at the Hillside Su Hotel, the market welcomed buyers and sellers from around the globe for three days of business meetings and networking events. Buyers were present from such firms as Bavaria Film International, HBO Central Europe, Joint Entertainment, Kinowelt International, Maximum Films, Studio Canal, Kimmel International, Metrodome Distribution and Lighthouse Pictures, among others.

The Eurasia Film Market offered up market screenings, meetings with high-profile professionals, as well as a video library. The event attracted 300 industry executives from 55 countries.

And at the very successful second annual Eurasia Production Platform (EPP), which began on October 22, producers from New Zealand, Taiwan, Mainland China as well as France, Germany and Turkey, were on hand to encourage co-productions, as well as to provide participants with an opportunity to meet with representatives of high-quality projects looking for international audiences. As noted by EPP director Deniz Ziya Temeltas, "it seems that Antalya was the perfect venue to bring projects so dear to Turks." Reportedly, four major co-production deals were signed on the spot.


To continue reading