February 14, 2011

A little bit of Sundance comes to Istanbul for !f

The mecca of independent filmmaking and alternative cinema, the one and only Sundance Institute is leaving the chilling cold of Utah for 10 days and flying you to Istanbul for a dream collaboration for many. The !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Films Festival kicks off this Thursday with a selection of films bigger and richer than ever.

!f Istanbul (and the subsequent !f Ankara) has always been much more than a 10-day fest of film screenings. The changing world order, human rights and new media have always been reflected in !f’s collection of cutting-edge cinema, screened under such sections like Fix the World, Rainbow Films, and the Opening, inspired by the government’s efforts to offer a solution to the long-standing Kurdish conflict in Southeast Turkey.

The lineup of activities and the guests who have things to say, as opposed to just being there, have in the past contributed to the offbeat flair of !f Istanbul. This year, the festival celebrates its 10th year.

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