The Turkish Cinema Summer School, which was organized this year for the first time within the scope of the Turkish Summer School programs organized by the Yunus Emre Institute for 9 years, hosted 23 young filmmakers from 20 different countries in İstanbul. Young filmmakers from different countries such as USA, South Africa, Morocco, Russia, England and Iran had the chance to get comprehensive information on the history of Turkish cinema.

In the Summer School, taking place at Dragos Campus of İstanbul Şehir University for 2 weeks, the participants attended a range of sessions on Turkish film screenings and analysis, turning points in Turkish cinema history etc. with the participation of significant names of Turkish cinema history. In addition to the lectures given by academicians, the summer school participants also had a chance to meet with various directors, screenwriters, actors, producers and cinema critics. Moreover, major films of the Turkish cinema were also screened. During the summer school, various museums preserving the history of the Turkish cinema and significant film studios including Cinema and Television Museum of Mimar Sinan University, Cinema and Theater Museum of Türker İnanoğlu Foundation, Turkish Cinema Researches Center and SEKA Film Studios were visited.

They will be successful if they work hard

Yeşilçam’s famous actress Türkan Şoray and actor Ediz Hun met young filmmakers in an interview program held within the scope of the Turkish Cinema Summer School. During the interview program, Yeşilçam’s famous names Türkan Şoray and Ediz Hun advised the young filmmakers.

Stating that she was very happy to be invited to such an event, Yeşilçam’s star, Türkan Şoray, with her nickname ‘Sultan’, explained: “I am very happy that such a conversation and such an atmosphere is organized with the students of cinema department by Yunus Emre Institute at this university having a high opinion of art. Cinema is the most beautiful phenomenon in the world. I congratulate the young people choosing the cinema sector. If they love their work and work hard, they will be successful. They can be world-famous filmmakers.”

Journey to the Heart of the Turkish Cinema within the Scope of the Summer School  

23 young filmmakers from 20 countries attended the sessions and workshops held during the Turkish Cinema Summer School from July 30 to August 12.

9 producer-director-actor meetings with the participation of award-winning directors including Derviş Zaim, Reis Çelik, Atalay Taşdiken and significant names of Turkish cinema such as Türkan Şoray and Ediz Hun were organized within the scope of Turkish Cinema Summer School. Moreover, studies were carried out on various subjects including the history of the Turkish cinema, Yeşilçam, female filmmakers, documentary, Turkish TV series and the situation of cinema sector in 12 different sessions with the participation of 10 academicians. 

Participants performed workshops by analyzing some award-winning and important films of Turkish cinema, such as Kalandar Soğuğu, Güllü, Uzak, Cenneti Beklerken and Karpuz Kabuğundan Gemiler Yapmak.

Visiting various museums preserving history of the Turkish cinema and significant film studios, such as Prof. Sami Şekeroğlu Cinema-TV Museum of Mimar Sinan University, Atlas Cinema, TÜRVAK, Cinema-Theatre Museum, Turkish Cinema Researches Center, SEKA Film Studios, the participants attended a contest held within the scope of the summer school for 11 movies and 4 screenplays as well as 2 photo stories they made at the end of the program. 

The short movie by Mohamad Eskandarani from Lebanon was deemed worthy of award in the category of “The Best Short Movie of the Turkish Cinema Summer School”; the short movie by Fatima Mouhammou from Morocco was deemed worthy of award in the category of “Best Short Movie abroad Introducing Yunus Emre Institute”; the screenplay written by Alessandro Marzullo from Italy was deemed worthy of award in the category of “The Best Screenplay abroad Introducing Yunus Emre Institute”; and the photo story by Amalia Papa from Romania was deemed worthy of award “The Best Photo Story of Turkish Cinema Summer School.

Through “Turkish Summer School”, Yunus Emre Institute aims at ensuring that foreign business circles related to film industry and academia get to know Turkish cinema in place, improving the relations of foreign students and cinema circles with Turkish cinema sector, diversifying the Summer Schools Project and increasing the number of international cooperations with the universities.

This year, young filmmakers from the United States of America, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, France, South Africa, Croatia, Netherlands, England, Iran, Italy, Montenegro, Kosovo, Lebanon, Hungary, Egypt, Poland, Romania, Russia and Serbia has participated in the ‘Turkish Cinema Summer School’.

1000 young people receiving Turkish language education in 27 different cities of Turkey met in İstanbul between the dates of 6-10 August and discovered historic, tourist and natural beauties of İstanbul. 9th Turkish Summer School and the Turkish Cinema Summer School, organized thematically within the scope of this program for the first time this year, ended on 12 August 2018.