Short film by Turkish director wins jury prize at US festival

December 06, 2012, Thursday/ 17:44:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

“Erik zamanı” (Time of The Plums), a short film by young Turkish short filmmaker Sezen Kayhan, has won a Special Jury award at the nevada International Film festival in Las Vegas, Turkish media reported on Thursday.

Kayhan’s debut effort, “Time of the plums” is about what a deaf girl who lives in a coastal town experiences between fantasy and reality.

The film was awarded the prize in a ceremony held on Dec. 2. It shared the award with director, screenwriter and cinematographer Roozbeh Dadvand’s “Mossaddegh,” which tells of Iran’s former Prime Minister Mohammed Mossaddegh, and filmmaker and designer Jonathan Gales’ “Gamma,” a story of urban generation, according to the Nevada International Film Festival’s website.

The award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 in funding the winner’s next film, provided by Greenhouse Studios.

Earlier this year, “Time of The Plums” had won the E-Inclusion Film Award in the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) and was also selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. “Erik Zamanı” will be shown in film festivals in several countries, including Italy, Bulgaria and Australia.

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