This year's festival, scheduled to mark its 44th year when it takes place Oct. 19-28, will honor actor Halil Ergün and filmmaker Yavuz Turgul with honors of recognition, reported the Anatolia news agency.
Held by the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK) in collaboration with the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Art (AKSAV), the festival is one of Turkey's oldest and most established cinema events. The Golden Orange festival has, in its last two years, become part of a greater scheme called the Antalya International Film Festival, also covering sister-events the International Eurasia Film Festival and the Eurasia Film Market. The latter two festivals were introduced into the Golden Orange lineup in 2005 in a bid to internationalize the film festival, making it one of Europe's top cinema events.
Engin Yiğitgil, the festival director who was in Cannes last month to promote the Antalya festival as well as to reinvigorate the Turkish cinema industry, told reporters on Tuesday that they received highly positive reviews about the previous edition of the festival from industry insiders at the Cannes Film Festival.
Erkal, who was also in attendance, said presiding over a film jury was a tough task but that it was also a great honor. "There is a growing trend in Turkish cinema in recent years. A lot of movies are being produced. I hope this is going to be a good… festival regarding Tur-kish cinema," he said.