The Altın Koza (Golden Boll) International Film Festival in the southern city of Adana is widening its scope this year with the inclusion of digitally made films in its national feature competition, news agencies reported Friday. The annual festival will be marking its 18th edition in September.
“With the inclusion of digitally shot films in the competition slate, the festival is aiming at keeping up with the digital revolution that has already taken place across the world,” its organizers, the Greater Adana Municipality, said in a written statement last week.
The organizers also said that with this new regulation the festival was intending to encourage filmmakers who do not have the means to get their films printed on 35 mm film, which is particularly expensive for first-timers and low-budget productions alike.
“We are aware of the recent upsurge in up-and-coming talent in [Turkish] cinema,” the statement said, adding, “we have set for ourselves the goal of supporting the amateur spirit that underlies the level of success Turkish cinema has attained.”
The entire series of regulations on submissions to the fest’s competitive sections will be announced in early February on the festival’s website, www.altinkoza.org.