The 17th New York Turkish Film Festival presented a unique selection of films that represented the festival theme: “Contemporary Struggles.” The festival kicked off with Noah Land which won Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened nine other incredible films throughout the four days. The lineup included feature films Butterflies, Saf, La Belle Indifference and Belonging; short films Stone, Green, Pandora’s Box and Interference; and a documentary, Ovacık which was the festival’s closing night film.
A selection of special post-screening Q&As were held after each screening with some of the films' actors, directors and producers as well as industry professionals and special guests including Noah Land’s Producer Alp Ertürk and Actress Hande Doğandemir; Saf’s Director Ali Vatansever with Assistant Professor of International Affairs at The New School, Everita Silina; La Belle Indifference’s Lead Actor and Stone’s Director and Producer Alican Yücesoy; Butterflies’ Producer Diloy Gülün; Belonging’s Producer Selman Nacar; Green’s Director Suzanne Andrews Correa and Producer Mustafa Kaymak; Pandora’s Box’s Director and Writer Irmak Taşındı, Producer Chloe Na and Lead Actress Noelle Lake; Interference’s Co-Director and Lead Actress Rüya Koman, Co-Director and Writer Robin Rose Singer, Lead Actor Michael Chenevert, and Supporting Actress Rissa Davis; and Ovacık’s Director Ayşegül Selenga Taşkent; and Producer, Delizia Flaccavento with Professor of Film and award-winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Elder.
For the first time this year, NYTFF presented an audience choice award to one of the films. By using POLTIO’s audience engagement platform, votes were collected to determine how much the audience enjoyed the film. Following the screening, members of the audience scanned a barcode, which was projected on the screen. They were then led to a poll question asking them to rate how much they liked the film. The votes were ranked on a point scale of 1 to 5 and a weighted average of votes was taken to determine an "audience like score" for each film.
We are excited to announce that "Butterflies" was the film with the highest average score and won The New York Turkish Film Festival Audience Award! We congratulate Producer, Diloy Gülün and Director, Tolga Karaçelik as well as everyone on the film who contributed to the making of this film.