Pts. Kas 18th, 2019

Turkey: Golden Orange film festival draws wide audience

– Known as Turkish Oscars, Antalya festival hosted 66 films from 29 countries in Turkey’s Mediterranean city last week

By Kagan Burak Ozkaya

ANTALYA, Turkey (AA) – Marking its 56th year, Turkey’s Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival attracted thousands of audience this year.

According to the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, 23,600 people attended the annual festival which was held between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 in the Mediterranean city.

Known as the Turkish Oscars, the Antalya festival also organized a workshop — the Golden Orange Film Academy which hosted 150 university students and 917 guests from around the world.

The 2019 festival distributed 1.4 million Turkish liras ($243,565) as an award.

A total of 66 films from 29 countries and of 69 directors were screened at the festival.

It also screened seven films for 2,600 children.

The festival, which started in 1963 as the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, is one of the deepest-rooted festivals in Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest and longest-running film festivals in Turkey.

* Writing by Davut Demircan