[Filmfestivalresearch] FW: Film Festival Symposium in Istanbul

Dina Iordanova dina.iordanova at st-andrews.ac.uk
Sun Dec 8 10:14:43 CET 2013

Dear all,

I am forwarding, FYI, the programme of the one day symposium at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, planned for three weeks from now.
The event will bring together scholars and practitioners, and will consider several themes -- film festival scene in Turkey, festival programming, as well as gender/sexuality and festivals.

It is one of a recent series of events that provide forum for research that scrutinises film culture and festivals in a truly decentralised and global fashion.
With any queries, please address organised Melis Behlil.


Film Festival Symposium – Film Festivals, Culture and Gender
Filmmaking in Turkey has experienced a renaissance in the last decade. This was aided by, and in turn inspired, a surge in film festivals around the country.
This growth in film festivals is not unique to Turkey however, and has been a global trend.
Over the last few decades, film festivals have become a viable distribution channel in their own right, connecting films and audiences within a vast network.
Concurrently, film festival research has become a rapidly growing field within film studies in the last few years.

A one-day symposium at Kadir Has University aims to examine these phenomena from different angles.
The symposium will start with a panel reviewing film culture in Turkey, concentrating on the role of festivals in it.
This will be followed by a panel focusing on programming, and another on issues of gender and sexuality within this context.
Panel participants will not only be academics studying festivals, but will also include programmers from a number of national and
international festivals, filmmakers, as well as film critics, aiming to create a multidimensional conversation.
The audience is invited to participate actively in this discussion.
Attendance is free, the language of the symposium will be English.

10:30-12:30 Panel 1: Film Festivals and Film Culture in Turkey
(Mod.: Melis Behlil, Kadir Has University)
Dina Iordanova, University of St. Andrews
Lalehan Ocal, Yeditepe University
Azize Tan, Istanbul Film Festival
Ahmet Boyacioglu, Festival on Wheels

13:30-15:00 Panel 2: Programming Contexts and Concepts
(Mod.: Savas Arslan, Bahcesehir University)
Emine Yildirim, Producer
Serra Ciliv, !F Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Alisa Lebow, University of Sussex

Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Panel 3: Film Festivals and Matters of Gender and Sexuality
(Mod.: Defne Tuzun, Kadir Has University)
Zeynep Dadak, Director
Ozlem Kinal, Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival
Skadi Loist, University of Hamburg / Hamburg International Queer Film Festival

Organization Committee:
Melis Behlil (Kadir Has University)
Lalehan Ocal (Yeditepe University)
Halil Turkden (Kadir Has University)

Prof. Dina Iordanova FRSA
Chair in Film Studies
Director, Centre for Film Studies
Publisher, St. Andrews Film Studies
University of St. Andrews, Scotland


From: Melis Behlil <melisb at khas.edu.tr<mailto:melisb at khas.edu.tr>>
Date: Friday, 6 December 2013 10:25
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Cc: Halil Turkden <halil.turkden at khas.edu.tr<mailto:halil.turkden at khas.edu.tr>>, Su Baloglu <su.baloglu at khas.edu.tr<mailto:su.baloglu at khas.edu.tr>>
Subject: RE: Film Festival Symposium

Dear all,

Here is the final schedule, which I will also be sending to other scholars, festival programmers, filmmakers and critics whose attendance will enrich the symposium. Please feel free to share, and see you on the 27th!


Melis Behlil
Doç.Dr. / Assoc.Prof.
İletişim Fakültesi / Communications Faculty
Radyo, Televizyon ve Sinema Bölümü Başkanı / Head, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema
Tel: 212 533 6532 / 1510

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