April 18, 2011

30 Years of Istanbul Film Festival Boosts Turkish Cinema

Cinema culture has become widespread in a universal sense in Turkey thanks to the Istanbul Film Festival, according to a top executive at Akbank, the main sponsor of the festival.

Akbank’s executive board chair Suzan Sabancı Dinçer said the bank is proud to be a sponsor of the event in its 30th year. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, or IKSV, the anniversary was celebrated Wednesday at a special event organized at Istanbul’s Esma Sultan Mansion.


IKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı said they attracted festival buffs this year with the slogan “30 Years Like A Film” and since 1982, the first year of the festival, the IKSV had passed 30 years like a film.

“We are proud to have organized this festival for 30 years. It creates opportunities for new productions in Turkish cinema through its opening nights, closing nights, colorful guests, discussions and exciting 16-day film marathon,” he said.

Eczacıbaşı said he hoped viewers enjoyed the festival’s program, including the brand new films and retrospectives, and thanked all institutes and sponsors for their contribution to the festival.

The festival’s main sponsor Akbank’s executive board chair Suzan Sabancı Dinçer was presented a plaque at the ceremony. “Cinema culture has become widespread in a universal sense in Turkey thanks to the Istanbul Film Festival,” she said.

Dinçer said a modest event titled “Film Week” had turned into an international organization over time. “Akbank is proud to support this festival in its 30th anniversary. We have supported theater for 40 years and jazz for 20 years. We have been supporting the Istanbul Film Festival for seven years, too,” she said.

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