The Turkey-Germany Film Festival, which was first staged in 1992, is a highly regarded event celebrating the intercultural exchange between the two countries’ film industries. Each year, outstanding documentaries, short and feature films from both countries are screened, and the best of them are honoured with prizes. The highlight of the film festival is the award ceremony held in the Tafelhalle with all nominated artists from Germany and Turkey in attendance.
The festival attaches great importance to bilingualism (German and Turkish) in all film screenings, talks, and discussion rounds, promoting artistic and cultural encounters and exchanging ideas to ensure artists from both countries meet on an equal footing. In some cases, English is also used. To find out which events are offered in which languages, please consult the website and/or the festival newspaper.
The 26th Turkey/Germany Film Festival 2022 program runs from 11th–20th March 2022, presenting dramatic and thrilling films and critical documentaries from both countries. Readings, concerts and intercultural encounters round off the program. The programme’s core is the competition with a total of 21 feature and short films covering a broad spectrum of socio-critical, political and social topics. Three top-class juries award the winners.
Compared to previous years, the programme has been reduced while maintaining a diversity of content throughout the duration of the festival. In all, 48 events, including 20 feature films and documentaries, 12 short films and numerous film discussions, bring the cinematic cultures of Turkey and Germany into a lively dialogue over the 10 festival days. Among them are three international premieres, 12 German premieres and 15 Nuremberg premieres.
Because of the pandemic, fringe events such as concerts, readings, and panel discussions have been cancelled, but the festival organisers will initiate spontaneous fringe events as far as Covid-19 conditions allow.
The festival takes place at four venues in Nuremberg: The traditional and central festival venue is the Künstlerhaus and the Filmhaus (Königstrasse 93, Nuremberg), where the international juries will meet. Cinecitta (Gewerbemuseumsplatz 3) is also a venue, and the festival’s opening takes place in the Tafelhalle (Äußere Sulzbacher Straße 62).
The programme’s core is the competition with a total of 21 feature and short films covering a broad spectrum of socio-critical, political and social topics. Three top-class juries award the winners.
The internationally renowned director and producer Alexander Bohr is the jury president of the feature film competition. As co-producer, he has helped several directors win major prizes at Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian and the Oscars, including Lars von Trier, Semih Kaplanoglu, Sebastián Lelio, Ruben Östlund. Alexander Bohr will award a total of four prizes together with director Hüseyin Tabak from Hamburg, director of the Hof International Film Festival, Thorsten Schaumann, actresses Nilüfer Açıkalın and Şenay Gürler and actor Tolga Tekin.
The jury for this year’s short film competition will be chaired by Istanbul-based feature film director and novelist Tayfun Pirselimoğlu. The other jury members are actress and director Ulrike Arnold, director Tini Tüllmann and actress Süheyla Ünlü.
The award ceremony will take place on Saturday 19th March 2022 at 9pm in the Heilig-Geist-Saal in Nuremberg, where Turkish actress Perihan Savaş will receive an Honorary Award. All jury members and artists will be present. Following the award ceremony, there will be a small celebration at the Künstlerhaus/KunstKulturQuartier.
More detailed information of the complete programme, the films and the artists can be found on the festival homepage, which has been newly designed and optimised for smartphones.
Event Organizers: InterForum e.V. in cooperation with the KunstKulturQuartier of the City Nuremberg (KuKuQ).
Phone +49 911 929 6560
This article is written in British English. Based on the Film Festival’s press release from 4th March 2022.