‘International Dystopia Film Festival’ will break the rules in Istanbul


The “International Dystopia Film Festival” which takes place for the second time this year on November 19 and 20 brings together dystopian feature films and directors with the public of Istanbul.

With the contribution of the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the festival will welcome moviegoers to the Yeşilçam Cinema Hall of the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM), with the aim of creating a space for dystopian films in Turkey only featuring dystopia-specific productions to better understand the concept and draw attention to the genre.

Derived from ancient Greek, a dystopia is an undesirable imaginary state or society, characterized by fear and distress through tyrannical regimes or disasters, often leading to cataclysmic decline. Dystopian societies have been the subject of many great novels such as Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, George Orwell’s “1984” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, stories in which individuals are suppressed by the strict compliance enforcement.

Within the framework of the festival, the “International Short Film Competition” and the “National Short Film Script Competition” are held this year to support new productions in the dystopian genre and ensure a balance in genre diversity while offering opportunities for films and directors. who strive to reflect the spirit of the times.

Prizes will be awarded to the three best films selected by the jury in the international short film competition. Open to participants from all over the world, films entered in the competition’s fiction, animation, experimental and documentary categories must be produced in 2021 and 2022 and have a maximum running time of 30 minutes.

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