Organized by the Ankara Short Filmmakers Association, the Fantasturka Turkish Films Festival opened on Sept. 19 at the Majestic Movie Theater in Beyoğlu with one of the latest examples of fantasy Turkish cinema, Can Evrenol’s short film “Baskın” (Raid).
Evrenol said that while shooting the film, he was particularly impressed by French cinema between 2000 and 2010, and he hoped to make the continuation of the film without any box-office expectations in Turkey. He said “Baskın” had participated in a number of festivals abroad, having already been screened in London and Texas and also set to be screened in Barcelona next week.
The Honorary Awards of the festival will be presented to veterans of Turkish cinema, including Lale Belkıs, Aytekin Akkaya, İhsan Gedik and Nejdet Arkın. The awards will be presented at the closing ceremony of the festival on Sept. 22.