Altın Koza festival to award cash prize in all competition categories

July 19, 2011, Tuesday/ 17:08:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

This fall’s Altın Koza (Golden Boll) International Film Festival will present cash prizes for all categories in its national feature film competition, raising the bar for awards among film festivals in Turkey, its organizers announced this week.

The festival, held annually by the Greater Adana Municipality in the southern city, will thus rank as the film festival that grants the biggest cash prize among its Turkish equivalents, its organizers told news agencies on Monday.

The festival, which has three competitive sections with one for feature films and two others for shorts, will mark its 18th edition from Sept. 17-25. The cash prize that comes with the best film award of the national feature competition has been raised to TL 350,000 from last year’s TL 250,000, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Other awards include the Yılmaz Güney Award -- named after the legendary actor-filmmaker who was a native of Adana -- which will come with a cash award of TL 75,000 starting this year, and the Adana Audience Award, which will carry a money prize of TL 50,000. The prize for best director will be decided by the competition jury and will earn its winner TL 75,000, Anatolia said.

The acting, art direction and editing categories, which previously had no cash awards, will now bring their respective winners cash prizes of varying amounts, marking a first among film festivals held in Turkey. The festival will be accepting film submissions to its competitions until July 25. For more information, visit

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