Boston Turkish Film Festival

Reis Celik

Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award
in previous years were presented to directors Zeki Demirkubuz,
Reha Erdem, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Yeşim Ustaoğlu,
Derviş Zaim
, Tayfun Pirselimoğlu
, and Erden Kıral.


2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007



We are proud to present this year our eighth Boston Turkish Film Festival Award for Excellence in Turkish Cinema to director REİS ÇELİK, in recognition of his contributions to Turkish cinema.

An Award Ceremony will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Remis Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts, following the screening of Reis Çelik’s film, Film Against All Odds” (İnadına Film Çekmek), a documentary on the making of “Tales of Intransigence” (İnat Hikayeleri) with legendary actor Tuncel Kurtiz who sadly passed away in 2013.

A discussion session with the director will also follow the film screening.



Friday, March 24, 2014    7:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in
Turkish Cinema Award Ceremony will take place
following the screening of
Film Against All Odds
nadına Film Çekmek

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Reis Çelik was born in Ardahan in 1961. He studied music and drama at the State Conservatory. As a student he had several essays, short stories, poems and reviews published in literary and political periodicals.

In 1982 he began a career in journalism, working as economics/political correspondent for various national newspapers. His first venture in the world of film came in 1982, with TV series "Anadolu’dan Selam Postasi", targeting specifically Turkish immigrants in Europe. Around the same time, he began making documentary films, commercial and political campaign films, as well as maintaining an active interest in photography.

To date he has held exhibitions of his photographic work in 12 countries.

He played a key role in establishing ATV, one of the first private TV channels. He left the media in the mid-1990s to devote his time to cinema.

His most recent film Night of Silence (Lâl Gece) received Crystal Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012.

Filmography (as director):

  • Night of Silence (Lâl Gece, 2012)
  • Refugee (Mülteci, 2007)
  • Tales of Intransigence (İnat Hikayeleri, 2003)
  • Goodbye Tomorrow (Hoşçakal Yarın, 1998)
  • Let There Be Light (Işıklar Sönmesin, 1996)



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