We are delighted to continue the tradition of presenting high caliber films and concerts to you as we celebrate the 16th anniversary of the festival.

The film screenings of the 16th Annual Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival will take place from March 16th  thru April 2nd at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This year’s film program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established filmmakers of the Turkish cinema. Most of the films in the program are award-winners in international film festivals, and will have their North America and/or U.S. premieres at the festival.

The festival will open on Thursday, March 16th with 61 Days, a charming black comedy from the Aegean. Following the film screening we invite you to our festival opening reception, which has become a tradition over the years, with live music by group Esthema.

2017 Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award will be presented to actor and director Uğur Yücel on March 24th, following the screening of Mr. Muhsin. Q&A with Uğur Yücel and award ceremony will be followed by a reception with live music by The Çay Party.

Award-winning films of the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition will be screened and the directors will be presented their awards at a ceremony following film screenings on March 25th. Winners of the Documentary Film Competition are; Istanbul Notes by Özlem Sarıyıldız and Yunus Emre Aydın  for the Best Documentary Jury Award, and Baksı: From Utopia to Reality by Bahriye Kabadayı Dal for the Best Documentary Audience Award.  Winners of the Short Film Competition  are; The Translator by Emre Kayış for the Best Short Film Jury Award, and Then I Woke Up by Atilla Ünsal for  the Best Short Film Audience Award. An awards ceremony and a panel discussion with the award-winning directors follow the screenings moderated by film critic Peter Keough.

There will be 21 selected feature  films in the festival program: 61 Daysby Yüksel Aksu, There Where Atilla Passes... by Onur Karaman, Blue Bicycle by Ümit Köreken, The Half by Çağıl Nurhak Aydoğdu, My Mother’s Wound by Ozan Açıktan, Bad Cat  by Mehmet Kurtuluş and Ayşe Ünal, We Were Dining and I Decided  by Görkem Yeltan, Private Cemetery by Talip Karamahmutoğlu, Wedding Dance by Çiğdem Sezgin, Toss Up and Dragon Trap by Uğur Yücel, Mr. Muhsin by Yavuz Turgul, Don’t Tell Orhan Pamuk That His Novel Snow Is In The Film I Made About Kars by Rıza Sönmez, Second Chance by Özcan Deniz, The Search Engine by Atalay Taşdiken, In Search of a Film by Hacı Mehmet Duranoğlu, Young Wrestlers by Mete Gümürhan, Rauf by Barış Kaya and Soner Caner, Locksmith’s Debt by Bedran Güzel, My Father’s Wings by Kıvanç Sezer, and Ember by Zeki Demirkubuz.

Distinguished photographer Erkut Onart’s works will be on display in the exhibition, “Anatolia – A Crossroad of Civilizations and Cultures” at the Boston University Howard Thurman Center, which can be viewed from April 3rd
thru April 23rd.

In our music program, this year we are delighted to present you a very special concert series. We invite you on April 6th to a violin and piano recital by Jülide Yalçın and Elif Önal.

On April 13th acclaimed musicians, kanun virtuoso Tahir Aydoğdu and neyzen Burcu Karadağ will perform together in an exceptional concert, preceded by two workshops.

In the closing concert of the festival, Neotolia will perform from their latest album “Neotolian Song” in their album release concert, joined by internationally acknowledged musicians on April 22nd.

Organizing a festival undoubtedly is a collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. With this opportunity, we would like to thank our supporters, board members and co-presenters as well as individual, corporate and organizational sponsors whose commitment and collaboration made this festival possible.

Hope to see you in our festival in many decades to come.

Enjoy the Festival!

Erkut Gömülü
Director and Founder
Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival

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