The 14th Meetings on the Bridge hands out its awards – Vassilis Economou // Cineuropa

The 14th edition of Meetings on the Bridge has drawn to a close with its awards ceremony, held on 12 April at a reception hosted by French Palais, and introduced by Istanbul Film Festival director Kerem Ayan, head of Meetings on the Bridge Gülin Üstün and French regional audiovisual attaché Christophe Pécot. The winners of the international co-production and networking platform of the 38th Istanbul Film Festival were chosen from among 20 film projects in development and eight in post-production, hailing from Turkey and its neighbouring countries (see the news). Over 350 meetings were organised with 130 professionals. Starting with the Film Development Workshop and Neighbours Platform, the jury, comprising producer Oana Giurgiu (Libra Film), CEO of ARTE France Cinéma Remi Burah, Films Boutique head of acquisitions Gabor Greiner, co-head and curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market Martina Bleis, and Mediterranean Film Institute screenwriter Nicos Panayotopoulos, selected the award winners after the pitching sessions. The main prize, the Meetings on the Bridge Award, valued at 30,000 Turkish lira (€4,600), was bestowed upon the project Electric Sleep, directed by Zeynep Dadak and produced by Zeynep Ekmekçi and Pınar Bağcı, who also picked the MFI Award. The other main prize, the CNC Award, which comes with €8,000, was presented to the Lebanese project Commedia, directed by Myriam El Hajj and produced by Myriam Sassine, of Abbout Productions. As for the remaining, mainly technical, awards, the documentary Selda, directed by Amber İşbilen and produced by Leyla Hamedi, received the Melodika Sound Award; The Funeral by Orçun Behram, produced by Müge Özen, won the GeniusPark Special Effects Award; while the Dell Precision Award, which was handed out for the first time, went to The Soloist by Banu Sıvacı, produced by Zeynep Koray. The other newly introduced trophy, the Seyap Award, was given to the documentary project Güneş by Nejla Demirci, produced by Mesut Ulutaş. The Postbıyık Sound Production Award, which is reserved exclusively for a Neighbours project, was handed to Egyptian director Mohamed Siam for Blood and Honey, co-produced by the director and Guillaume de Seille, of Arizona Productions. Finally, I Will Survive by Ali Ercivan, produced by Engin Palabıyık, will be invited to the upcoming Transilvania Pitch Stop, which will take place during the 18th Transilvania International Film Festival (31 May-9 June). In the Work in Progress workshop, the jury members, Giorgo Gosetti (Giornate degli Autori), Agatha Valentin (Totem Films) and Ineke Kanters (The Film Kitchen), were tasked with selecting the victors from among five participants. Pelin Esmer’s documentary Queen Lear, which is being produced by Dilde Mahalli, swept all the major awards, winning three of them: the 30,000 Turkish lira (€4,600) Anadolu Efes Award, the Daire Creative Key Art Design Award and the Paz Digital Communication Award. The Color Up Award, which covers the expenses of online editing and colour grading, went to another documentary, Miss Holocaust Survivor by Eytan İpeker, produced by Yoel Meranda together with Israel’s Eitan Mansuri and Denmark’s Katrin Pors. Finally, the Başka Sinema Award was presented to Nesimi Yetik for his drama It’s All About Peace and Harmony, produced by Betül Esener. Here is the full list of winners at the 14th Meetings on the Bridge: Film Development Workshop and Neighbours Platform awards Meetings on the Bridge Award Electric Sleep – Zeynep Dadak Producers: Zeynep Ekmekçi, Pınar Bağcı (Fenafilm) CNC Award Commedia – Myriam El Hajj (Lebanon) Producer: Myriam Sassine (Abbout Productions) Melodika Sound Award Selda – Amber İşbilen Producer: Leyla Hamedi (Infidel Films) GeniusPark Special Effects Award Funeral – Orçun Behram Producer: Müge Özen (Solis Film) Dell Precision Award The Soloist – Banu Sıvacı Producers: Zeynep Koray, Mesut Ulutaş (Anagraf Film) Seyap Award Güneş – Nejla Demirci Producer: Mesut Ulutaş (Ney Film) Postbıyık Sound Production Award Blood and Honey – Mohamed Siam (Egypt/France) Producers: Mohamed Siam (Artkhana Films), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions) Transilvania Pitch Stop Award I Will Survive – Ali Ercivan Producer: Engin Palabıyık (Harikulade Film) MFI Script and Development Workshop Award Electric Sleep – Zeynep Dadak Work in Progress awards Anadolu Efes Award Queen Lear – Pelin Esmer Producer: Dilde Mahalli (Sinefilm) Color Up Award Miss Holocaust Survivor – Eytan İpeker (Turkey/Israel/Denmark) Producers: Yoel Meranda (Kamara), Eitan Mansuri (Spiro Films), Katrin Pors (Snowglobe) Daire Creative Key Art Design Award Queen Lear – Pelin Esmer Başka Sinema Award It’s All About Peace and Harmony – Nesimi Yetik Producer: Betül Esener (Özminimalist Film) Paz Digital Communication Award Queen Lear – Pelin Esmer
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