10th !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival

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10th !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival
Festival Poster
Opening film Womb
Location Istanbul & Ankara, Turkey
No. of films 85
Festival date Istanbul: February 17–27, 2011
Ankara: March 2–6, 2011
Website http://www.ifistanbul.com
!f Istanbul

The 10th !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival was a film festival held in Istanbul, Turkey, from February 17 to 27, 2011, and in Ankara, Turkey from March 2 to 6, 2011. 85 films were screened in 17 different categories at Beyoğlu AFM Fitaş, Caddebostan AFM Budak, AFM İstinye Park, and Cinebonus Maçka G-Mall in Istanbul. Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky was in attendance as guest of honour at the festival, which included the first ever Turkish theatrical screening of his Santa Sangre (1989).[1][2][3] British director Chris Morris was also in attendance to present his debut feature Four Lions (2009).[4]

This edition of the AFM International Independent Film Festival, which opened on February 16 with a gala screening of Womb directed by Benedek Fliegauf, held its opening party, featuring a live set by Jim Stanton, at The Hall club in Beyoğlu on February 18.[5][6][7]

The Sundance Institute hosted nine film screenings, a screenwriting panel, a panel on Sundance Lab and an interactive case study on how the full circle of the Institute works, featuring American screenwriters Bill Wheeler and Wesley Strick, Israeli director Etgar Keret and several of the institute's directors at this edition of the festival as part of the Film Forward program initiated under the incentive of U.S. President Barack Obama.[8]

Other features of the festival included two performances of director Sam Green's live cinema Utopia in 4 Movements supported by the U.S. State Department, a one-off showing of Hamo Beknazarian's Zare (1926) with live accompaniment by Kurdish harpist Tara Jaff, and the !f 2: Istanbul Live project, initiated last year in cooperation with MUBI, simultaneously screened five festival films in 25 cities across the region.[3][6][7]


!f Inspired International Film Competition[edit]

Eight features by emerging international directors from, chosen to highlight films which show technical innovation, bold narrative and courageous storytelling, were selected to compete for the Most Inspired Director Award.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "World-renowned Chilean director to attend !f Istanbul". Hürriyet Daily News. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Alejandro Jodorowsky to attend !f İstanbul". Today's Zaman. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  3. ^ a b "!f Istanbul celebrates decade of independent film". Hürriyet Daily News. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  4. ^ "British writer-director Chris Morris to attend !f". Today's Zaman. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ "10th AFM International Independent Films Festival begins". Cumhuriyet. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  6. ^ a b "!f İstanbul unrolls 10th year with 'live cinema'". Today's Zaman. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Festival started with gala". Hürriyet Daily News. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  8. ^ Güler, Emrah (2011-02-12). "A little bit of Sundance comes to Istanbul for !f". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  9. ^ "!f Istanbul announces nominees for film competition". Hürriyet Daily News. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  10. ^ "!f İstanbul announces competition films". Today's Zaman. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Le Quattro Volte / The Four Times". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  12. ^ "22 Mei / 22nd of May". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  13. ^ "Atlıkarınca / Merry-Go-Round". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  14. ^ "Notre Jour Viendra /Our Day Will Come". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Nuummioq / Nuummioq". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  16. ^ "Pál Adrienn / Adrienn Pál". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  17. ^ "R / R". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  18. ^ "Somos Lo Que Hay / We Are What We Are". !F İstanbul. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 

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