Izmir will host the International Film and Music Festival


Organized by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, and in cooperation with the Intercultural Art Association, the Second Izmir International Film and Music Festival will take place from June 10 to 19.


The festival, which was held for the first time last year under pandemic conditions, will present a rich program that includes more than 100 feature films due to the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Izmir.

“Like many people in Izmir, I felt the absence of a national and international film festival in Izmir, said Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, who is also chairman of the committee. organization of the festival.

“For this reason, we have organized an event adapted to the texture of our city and which will bring cinema and Izmir together side by side. I am extremely proud and happy. With its natural plateaus, historical places and easy transportation possibilities, Izmir will become the epicenter of the film industry in a very short time. We want every street, avenue and neighborhood in Izmir to be united with the magical world of cinema and the purifying sound of music. And let the art fully integrate with the ancient texture and ordinary beauty of Izmir.

Vecdi Sayar, the director of the festival, said: “I have organized festivals in many cities. I have followed festivals in many parts of the world. I can say very clearly that Izmir is a very suitable place to hold a festival. It’s almost perfect for the festival.

The festival will open on June 10 at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center with a concert of film music by Zülfü Livaneli, which will be performed by the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rengim Gökmen. As part of the festival, there will be interviews, concerts and a music-themed short film development workshop, as well as films to screen in seven open and closed venues.


The 10 films that will participate in the workshop have been determined through a project competition. Workshop participants will each receive 5,000 Turkish Liras. The project holders will shoot their films after the workshop, which will take place for five days under the supervision of the members of the selection committee of the Short Film Projects Competition, Işıl Özgentürk, Tahsin İşbilen, Cumhur Bakkan, Nihat Durak, Hilmi Etikan, Vecdi Sayar and Lale Kabadayı.

A second 5,000 lira will be given to the makers of the films when the films are finished and screened at next year’s festival.

On June 15, a performance entitled “Silent Film Accompanied by Jazz” will be held at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center, with the contribution of the Goethe Institute, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of “Nosferatu”. Küspert & Kollegen from Germany will accompany the silent film.


During the closing and prize-giving ceremony on June 19, the Ensemble Nino Rota will present a concert of film music.

This year’s festival honorary prizes will be awarded to renowned film music composers Zbigniew Preisner and composer-director Livaneli.

The section Respect to teachers presents the films of Alexandre Desplat and Carlos Saura. In the Memoirs section, films with music by Metin Bükey, Mikis Theodorakis and Nino Rota will be screened. The winners of the Labor Awards will be film and music writer Atilla Dorsay and Necip Sarıcı, known for his work in music and sound design and his archive.


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