Third Short Film Competition

Third Short Film Competition

The Sabancı Foundation has organized its third Short Film Competition this year with the theme “Discrimination” and the winners have received their awards. The awards ceremony for the competition, which is called “Short Film, Long Impact” and organized to raise awareness of social issues using the power of arts, was hosted by Güler Sabancı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, and Nevgül Bilsel Safkan, General Manager of the Sabancı Foundation, on 16 January 2019.

The competition with the theme “Discrimination” also drew great interest in its third year and approximately 200 films were submitted for the competition. The winners were selected from a 10-film shortlist by a jury consisting of Aida Begic, Rebecca O’Brien, Sergei Dvortsevoy, Derviş Zaim, and Ceyda Düvenci

The 1st Prize goes to Yahya Ozan Çalışkan for his film "Gülizar"

Yahya Ozan Çalışkan won the competition with “Gülizar” and received his award from Güler Sabancı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation. Furkan Han Mert, who won the second prize with “Biilaç (Incurable), received his award from Nevgül Bilsel Safkan, General Manager of the Sabancı Foundation. Ercan Akan, who came third with “Afaf-Günahsız (Afaf-Sinless), received his award from Zeynep Atakan, who was the Art Director of the competition. 

The honorable mention went to “Çentik (Notch) by Ahmet Kızıl, who received the award from Ben Gibson, director of the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, who met the young movie-makers during the Short Film Meetings.

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For the catalog of the Short Film Competition please click here.

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