The fourth annual Yeşilçam Film Festival, celebrating Turkish cinema, will take place from March 21 to 28.
The weeklong festival will include cinema screenings, concerts and other events throughout Beyoğlu and conclude with an awards ceremony. “Our dreams have come true in Yeşilçam films,” Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan is quoted in the Hürriyet Daily News about the Turkish equivalent of Hollywood. “Beyoğlu, which is home to Yeşilçam, has a different meaning since it is a mosaic of Turkey.”
Demircan said the Turkish cinema sector is quickly progressing into a full-fledged industry. Last year Turkish cinema made $70 million in exports, according to the Beyoğlu mayor. “More important than the amount of income is that our country has reached a position where it exports culture,” he said. “Films made by Turkish directors are discussed around the world.”
Yeşilçam Week will feature screenings of old and new Turkish films, exhibitions, concerts of Yeşilçam songs, cinema workshops and a photography exhibition.
Classic black and white Turkish films will be screened everyday between 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the Turabibaba library, which has capacity for 150 people. Finalists for the Yeşilçam Awards will be screened in the Semt Konakları of Beyoğlu Municipality.
Open-air cinema events will be held in the garden of the Beyoğlu Municipal Youth Center. There will also be concerts at the TÜRVAK Cinema and Theater Museum and Art Library, where documents, photographs, artifacts and films from Turkish cinema history will be displayed.
Also, a photography exhibition by Reza Hemmatirad, titled Osman Sınav Portraits, will be on display at the Beyoğlu Municipality Art Gallery.
Yeşilçam Week will end March 28 with the fourth annual Yeşilçam Awards ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Hall.