Fifth Edition of Diyarbakır Film Days to open 19 May
01 May 2011Preparation underway for days of cinema
As a field of art and sector as well as a medium that (re)presents diverse expressions of social life, cinema’s affect on crowds is indisputable. This phenomenon has to be well evaluated in a wide perspective in the case of Diyarbakır, the center of Kurdish population in southeastern Turkey.
The 5th Diyarbakır Film Days will be held this year between 19-22 May 2011, once again with the collaboration of Diyarbakır Cinema Club and Diyarbakır Art Center. Diyarbakır Film Days aims to bring together cinephiles from Diyarbakır and the region with successful short film selections, and amateur and professional Kurdish filmmakers from Turkey, the region and diaspora. With a particular focus on independent filmmaking, collaboration and collective experience, 5th Diyarbakır Film Days strives for creating a space where alternate and original ways of filmmaking, exhibition and distribution are discussed and encouraged in the midst of a restricted mainstream film sector.
Expanding its network of local supporters as well as national, regional and international collaborations, 5th Diyarbakır Film Days’ 2011 edition, once again welcomes spring with the embracing, uniting and collaborative language of art and culture by fostering dialogue among amateur and professional participants. The program will consist of not only outstanding short film selections from other festivals but also particular Kurdish films’ premier releases in Turkey. Diyarbakır Cinema Club’s selection of films sent to the open call will be one of the important sections of the program that will also be enriched by workshops and panels with the contribution of young, successful Kurdish filmmakers, professional producers and film critics. By this way, 5th Diyarbakır Film Days is aspiring to create a long lasting communication and collaboration between the local film lovers and national/international film initiatives for future projects that will also benefit from the intellectual cinema atmosphere of Diyarbakır.
Diyarbakır Cinema Club was founded in affiliation with Diyarbakır Art Center in 2003. DSK has been organizing Diyarbakır Film Days with a focus on short film for the last four years that culminated in the organization of the 1st International Kurdish Film Conference in 2009. Additionally, film screenings and cinema activities organized by Diyarbakır Municipality and the establishment of independent film theatre hall, Avrupa Theatre, contributed to the development of a rich film culture in the city. The releases of films from different countries with the help of many cooperations and initiatives such as Ankara International FF, English Short Film Days, French Spring and German Short Film Days, and activities like Student Films Festival, Filmmor Women Films Festival followed.
With wide attendance of cinephiles from Diyarbakır and neighbouring cities, these organizations also presented filmmaking workshops, and provided the opportunity for intellectual and artistic expression for young filmgoers and filmmakers. Thousands of people watched films, attended panels and Q&A sessions, and many experienced first steps of filmmaking in a collective environment.
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Telephone: Diyarbakır Art Center: +90 412 228 94 00
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