The award ceremony of the “Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival” organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was held in Istanbul Atatürk Cultural Center.
Many famous names from the Turkish world and the culture and arts community attended the award ceremony of the festival, which was held for the first time in Istanbul and set out with the motto of “Wings Loaded with Mercy” this year.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy expressed his happiness to host a distinguished group at the award evening of the "Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival".
“From 1896 to 2021, The Turkish World's Acquaintance with the White Screen Is Really That Old”
Stating that it has been 125 years since the people in Beyoğlu met with the device called cinematograph, Minister Ersoy said, “Language is easy, from 1896 to 2021, the acquaintance of the Turkish world with the big screen is really that old. Consider that even the Lumiere brothers, who are considered to be the inventors of cinema, could only perform their first cinematography show in Paris on December 28, 1895. Of course, it doesn't end with that first meeting in Istanbul. It continues with new screenings in different venues, the interest grows and this new invention and new art spreads rapidly when Izmir and Thessaloniki are mentioned.” he said.
Minister Ersoy stated that the first domestic cinema entrepreneurs, Cevat and Murat gentlemen, opened a hall called “National” and that the day of 14 November 1914, when Fuat Uzkınay filmed the destruction of the Ayastefanos Monument in Yeşilköy, was recorded as the day when the history of Turkish cinema began to be written. .
Pointing out that the first directors started to shoot their own films in 1918-1919, Minister Ersoy said that cinema started with Sedat Simavi, Ahmet Fehim Efendi, continued with names such as Muhsin Ertuğrul, Faruk Kenç, Turgut Demirağ, Hadi Hun, Cahide Sonku and gradually found its own personality and structure. He noted that this line, which has emerged as a sector, reached masters such as Lütfi Ömer Akad, Atıf Yılmaz, Ertem Eğilmez, Metin Erksan, Birsen Kaya, Bilge Olgaç, and today continues on its way with values such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Derviş Zaim, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Yavuz Turgul. .
Minister Ersoy pointed out that the situation in Ata's homeland is not much different from Anatolia, and said:
“We know that the first film screening was held in Tashkent in 1897. In 1914, which was a milestone for us, it was recorded that there were 25 movie theaters in Uzbekistan, 20 in Kazakhstan, 6 in Turkmenistan and 1 in Kyrgyzstan. Of course, in those years, cinema was a propaganda tool, first of the Tsarist and then of the Stalin era. But that too would come to an end, and then, original and pioneering names, who had mastered the scientific and intellectual principles of the art of cinema both aesthetically and technically, would begin to process the Turkish world cinema frame by frame, scene by scene. That's what happened. With the 1960s, the reflections of the people of those lands, who held tight to their identity, character and culture, began to fall on the silver screen one by one. National figures from Biruni to Nizami, from Ali Şir Nevai to Mahdum Kulu from the framework of names such as Tolomuş Okeyev, Hocakulu Narlıyev, Şöhret Abbasov, Tevfik İsmailov, Bulat Mansurov, Bulat Şemşiyev, Hürriyet İsmailova, Ardak Amirkulov, Darejan Umurbayev. moved during the period. With productions such as Şükür Bahşi, The Sky of My Childhood, The Descendants of the Snow Leopard, The Bride, The Relics of My Ancestor, The Fall of Otrar, and Kayrat, they showed that they did not forget the sharpness of their national memories and what they lived and lived through.”
“We Have a Vast World of Ideas that Produce Without Stopping”
Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who stated that the accumulation of the Turkish world with a history of thousands of years, has a very unique ability to understand, make sense of and explain, "What we have learned by living, a unique life experience that we have noted down with our testimonies, we have a vast world of ideas that produce without stopping to shape the future from today. there is. The most striking human dramas and tragedies are hidden in our past and live with us today. We have the novels, stories, epics and mythology of exciting and fantastic plots, rich and deep characters.” made its assessment.
Reminding that the "Turkish World Cinema Summit" was held within the scope of the festival, Minister Ersoy conveyed the information that at the summit, what can be done with its general framework, how to achieve better and more was discussed, and experiences and knowledge were shared by exchanging ideas.
Minister Ersoy stated that today, based on the same ideas and goals, the next step has been taken, “We signed a very comprehensive declaration together with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. From the establishment of the 'Turkish World Film Fund' to the 'Co-Production Agreement', we decided on the path to be followed and the steps to be taken. A serious will has been put forward for the Turkish world in the context of culture and art. I think we have come to an important turning point. Hopefully, we will implement the decisions taken quickly and in time, we will reach the production and box office figures we deserve in the cinema industry, quality productions that we set the bar for ourselves, and international recognition together.” he said.
Minister Ersoy congratulated the award winners by stating that 42 productions met with the audience at the Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival, and 17 works competing in the categories of feature-length fiction and documentary took place.
Pointing out that Bursa was declared the “38 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World” at the 2022th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY, Minister Ersoy said, “We, hopefully, will organize the second 'Korkut Ata Turkic World Film Festival' in Bursa next year. ” said.
Expressing his satisfaction that the countries of the Turkic world have embraced this festival, Minister Ersoy added that the festival is planned to be hosted by Azerbaijan Shusha in 2023, Kazakhstan in 2024, Uzbekistan in 2025 and Kyrgyzstan in 2026.
The "Turkish World Contribution Awards" of the festival, which was held under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the cooperation of the International Cinema Association, Turkic Council, TÜRKSOY, TRT, Istanbul University, as well as many institutions and organizations, was presented to Arzu Aliyeva on behalf of Baku Media Center by Minister Ersoy. .
Aliyeva thanked everyone for this award and said, “Long live the union of Azerbaijan and Turkey. Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan.” used the phrases.
Also, Uzbekistan Cinema Agency, Kazakh Film Studio, Kyrgyz Cinema Film Studios and TRT were deemed worthy of the "Turkish World Contribution Awards". Actors Engin Altan Düzyatan, Fahriye Evcen, Barış Arduç and Almira Krikova were among the awardees.
TRT General Manager Mehmet Zahid Sobacı, who received the award on behalf of “TRT” from the Minister of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Camankulov and the Uzbek player Sitora Farmonova, expressed his happiness to be at this important night and said:
“TRT is one of the important partners of this festival. First of all, I would like to express that I am happy to receive this award on behalf of all TRT personnel. The motto of our festival is 'Wings Loaded with Mercy'. In fact, the motto of wings full of mercy has become a motto that summarizes and fully defines the Turkish world. In the next period, TRT will do its best to make these wings beat more strongly around the world. As in previous periods, we will continue to support the Turkish world with all our strength in this process. We attended this evening with the producers, directors, screenwriters and actors of both our festival films and our season series.”
At the festival this year, the loyalty award was given to his son Eldar and daughter Şirin Aytmatov on behalf of the world-famous writer Cengiz Aytmatov, one of the common values of the Turkish world.
“Among the Scattered Deaths” from Azerbaijan was awarded the “Best Film Award”
In the "Documentary Film Competition" awards, in which Olga Radova, Aybek Veysaloglu Kopadze, Abdulhamit Avşar, Rıza Siyami and Neşe Sarısoy Karatay took part as the jury, "Twins" from Iran came first, "People's Courage" came second from Uzbekistan, and third place was Russia. He obtained the title of "Linguist" from .
“Fiction Film Competition” Awards Are Given In Four Categories This Year
The jury consisting of Gulbara Tolomushova, Firdavs Abduhalikov, Şükrü Sim, Rafiq Guliyev, Gulnara Abikeyeva and Mesut Uçan won the "Best Film Award" from Azerbaijan, "Among the Scattered Deaths" won the "Best Director Award" from Kyrgyzstan. The director and screenwriter of the movie "Shambala", Arkpay Suyundukov, received the "Best Screenplay Award", "Mavzer" from Turkey, and the production "Passionate" from Uzbekistan received the "Special Jury Award".
At the ceremony, in addition to the Turkish world folk dances, artist Arslanbek Sultanbekov and General Manager of the State Opera and Ballet Murat Karahan gave a mini concert to the participants.
Joint Declaration Signed Before the Award Ceremony
Before the award ceremony, a joint declaration signing ceremony was held with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministries of Culture of the Turkish world and institutions in the field of cinema.
Speaking at the ceremony at Atatürk Cultural Center, Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said, “Under the leadership of our President, we are on the way to a vision of growth, development and being a pioneer, whose initial target is 2023, but will always continue. Within the scope of this vision, great importance is attached to culture and art, and both fields are the subject of serious studies and projects. Our new AKM building, in which we are located, is a symbol of this reality, from the idea behind it to the possibilities it offers. Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival is again the presentation of the benefits of this understanding to the national and international public.” said.
Underlining that sharing every success achieved with the Turkish world, acting together, carrying out joint studies and projects is a state policy, as well as a national stance, Minister Ersoy said, “Of course, this is not a one-sided will and the whole Turkish world wants this cooperation. and to preserve the bond of heart and to carry it to the future by strengthening it in many branches. Here, Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival was born as a valuable result of this common stance in the field of culture and arts.” used the phrases.
Stating that the Turkish TV series industry ranks second in the world in terms of exporting productions, Minister Ersoy said:
“This situation has aroused great curiosity about Turkey and it has also led to a significant change of opinion in people who have started to learn about our faith, history, culture and civilization. On the occasion of this declaration, we will hopefully open the door of a new era in the field of cinema together with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. In this context, we are establishing the 'Turkish World Film Fund' with the protocol. We pave the way for co-production agreements. We will also establish cooperation between relevant companies, institutions and organizations on the realization of joint productions and the use of film archives. Again, we make the 'Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival' traditional every year with this protocol. As you know, Bursa is the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in the next 2022. The second festival will be held in Bursa. We want to hold the third one in Shusha, Azerbaijan, and we will continue this festival every year in a different country in the world from now on.”
Minister Ersoy pointed out that they can hold the Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival in Kazakhstan in 2024 and in Uzbekistan in 2025, adding, “Again, one of the most important points with this protocol is the transfer of knowledge and experience to the relevant countries at the level of experts and academics. In this context, the necessary assignments will be made with the relevant countries within the scope of this protocol and we will also organize mutual film weeks. It will not be limited to festivals only. As you can see, the protocol paves the way for both financial solutions and information transfer of productions, as well as communication and co-productions with festival and cultural weeks to be organized jointly. In this regard, we have taken a very successful step. Hopefully, we will use cinema in the most effective way to introduce our common culture to future generations, our children, and our youth. I thank everyone for their participation.” he said.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Information of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Jamankulov, the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Anar Kerimov, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Aktoty Raimkulova and the General Director of the Republic of Uzbekistan Cinematography Agency Firdavs Ubdulhakilov.