The London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) runs for two weeks from 21 February, with the Rio Cinema on Kingsland High Street set to showcase films from some top Turkish filmmaking talent.
The festival has been running for the past 18 years, during which time its founder, Vevide Kaymak, has observed the evolution of Turkish filmmaking. He said: “Over the last decade, Turkish filmmakers, not only in Turkey, but also those living in the rest of the world, have found new creative directions, making critically acclaimed films and winning awards all over the world. The LTFF has always had an inclusive approach towards programming, and I am especially excited by our expanding programme this year.”
The festival is a prominent event in London’s cultural scene and has screened over 250 feature films and 350 shorts documentaries, giving a fascinating insight in Turkish culture.
Five films have been entered to compete for the Golden Wings Digital Distribution Award, worth £30,000. The winning film will then be screened in cinemas all around the UK. This year, the films that will be competing are: Night of Silence, Jin, Can, Beyond the Hill, and Somewhere in Between. Hackney filmmaker and resident, Tony Grissoni, will be on the panel that decides the winner.
Film goers will be able to vote for which film they would like to see win the award, with more than twenty features to choose from.