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Winners of the Renowned "TRT 12 Punto" Awards Announced

By: Prodigy
07/27/2023, Ankara, Turkey // PRODIGY: Feature Story //

"TRT 12 Punto," organized by TRT for the fifth time this year to breathe new life into the cinema industry, came to an end with an award ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, Director General of TRT, said, "If we need to emphasize once again the importance we attach to cinema as Turkiye’s public broadcaster, we are delighted to support the industry strongly and to sign box office records by filling the cinema halls with our co-productions."

"TRT 12 Punto," a screenplay development and co-production platform held in three separate platforms with the participation of 22 different countries from July 16th to 23rd this year, concluded with an award ceremony broadcast live on TRT 2. Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, Director General of TRT and important figures from Turkish and world cinema attended the award ceremony.

"Young talents can connect with leading figures from Turkish and world cinema at 12 Punto"

Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, Director General of TRT emphasized that 12 Punto is a platform encompassing everything related to cinema, embracing all stakeholders in the process, drawing from the richness of co-production, and most importantly, standing out with its originality. He stated, "Through 12 Punto, we provide opportunities for innovations in the cultural field on national and international levels. We make it possible for young talents and fresh ideas to access guidance from leading figures in Turkish and world cinema. In addition to enriching the future of cinema by introducing new names and strong works to the industry, we contribute to an environment dominated by diversity rather than following similar patterns."

Sobaci announced that a new dimension was added to 12 Punto this year, saying, "Thanks to this new process, four TRT co-produced films, whose shooting has been completed and have entered the editing phase, met with the selection committees of Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Locarno, and Rotterdam festivals. Screenings of twenty-minute edits of our films were conducted. I hope that in the coming years, we will have the opportunity to see these films at major festivals. This year, more than 100 feature-length and nearly 400 short films applied to 12 Punto. I thank all participants for their efforts and wish them success in their cinematic journeys."

"TRT co-productions have won 236 awards at festivals in the last three years"

Stressing the significance of the support they provide to cinema as Turkiye’s public broadcaster, Sobaci said, "We are delighted to support the industry strongly and to sign box office records by filling the cinema halls with our joint productions in Turkiye. Our presence and achievements in national and international festivals are increasing day by day. After festival and cinema screenings, TRT co-produced films are also broadcast on Turkiye’s international digital platform, 'tabii,' reaching a very large audience. Indeed, tabii has become a family of 2 million people within its 2 months of existence. We will continue to increase our efforts and continue to support cinema in all its aspects and stages."

Sobaci mentioned that they hosted very important guests from the Balkan region this year and said, "The heads of film centers from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Slovenia were here both to meet our finalist projects and to present the funding opportunities in their own countries. I thank them very much, and I believe that we will see more Turkish-Balkan co-production projects in the coming years."

Awards found their recipients

At the final ceremony, the evaluations of the jury members, consisting of five important figures from world cinema, namely, the director of TRT production “Not So Friendly Neighborhood Affair” Danis Tanovic, Oscar-winning Polish producer Ewa Puszczynska, founder of the Sarajevo Film Festival Mirsad Purivatra, CEO of the Doha Film Institute Fatma Al-Remaihi, and director of the Berlin Film Festival European Film Market Dennis Ruh, resulted in the announcement of two projects receiving the "International Co-Production Award," three projects receiving the "TRT Co-Production Award," three projects receiving the "TRT Pre-Buy Award," and six projects receiving the "Project Development Awards."

TRT Co-Production Awards, TRT Pre-Buy Awards, Project Development Awards, and TRT International Co-Production Awards were presented to the winners by TRT General Manager Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, TRT Deputy General Manager Muhammed Ziyad Varol, and the jury members Ewa Puszczynska, Dennis Ruh, Danis Tanovic, Fatma Al-Remaihi, and Mirsad Purivatra.

In addition, this year, in collaboration with TRT and the Sarajevo Film Festival, two finalist projects received the "Sarajevo Film Festival Cinelink Award."

The projects determined by Sarajevo Film Festival Cinelink Director Amra Baksic Camo won the "Sarajevo Film Festival Cinelink Producer Lab" and "Sarajevo Film Festival Cinelink Co-Production Market Award."

"TRT 12 Punto" Award-Winning Projects

TRT International Co-Production Award

• The Green Border / Director: Agnieszka Holland / Producers: Marcin Wierzchoslawski, Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kulal Haznev

• In The Shadow of the Horns / Director: Ognjen Glavonic / Producers: Stefan Ivancic, Belkis Bayrak

Sarajevo Film Festival Cinelink Award

• Rabid / Director: Abdurrahman Oner / Producer: Arzu Senses Oner

• Dream Bird / Director: Murat Pay / Producer: Betul Demir

TRT Co-Production Award

• A Real Woman / Director: Eylem Kaftan / Producer: Saim Caglar Bocutoglu

• Lo-Fi / Director: Alican Durbas / Producer: Ipek Erden

• Life Like / Director: Ali Vatansever / Producer: Selin Tezcan

TRT Pre-Buy Award

• The Horse / Director: Ozgur Firat Kinay / Producer: Mahmut Islam Bilir

• Veha / Director-Producer: Elif Sozen

• Rahma / Director-Producer: Faysal Soysal

Project Development Award

• Golden Calf / Director: Nazif Tunc / Producer: Yusuf Faruk Tunc

• Cycle / Director-Producer: Abdulhamit Guler

• Dream Bird / Director: Murat Pay / Producer: Betul Demir

• Rabid / Director: Abdurrahman Oner / Producer: Arzu Senses Oner

• Memento Non Mori / Director: Seyhmus Altun / Producer: Fevziye Hazal Ertek

• Thursday Night is Too Dark / Director: Onur Sefer / Producers: Aycan Aluclu, Tilbe C. Inan, Ales Pavlin

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