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Festival News: The 18th London Turkish Film Festival

The London Turkish Film Festival returns for its 18th year in 2013 and will run from February 21st to March 3rd at the Odeon West End, the Rio Cinema Dalston, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Cine Lumiere.

The festival celebrates another year of outstanding achievement that has seen Turkish films honoured at festivals around the world from Sundance to Berlin. Inaugurated by Vedide Kaymak in 1993, the festival has become a vital event in the London cultural scene. Over its 18 year history, the festival has screened over 250 feature and 350 short and documentary films.

Among the highlights are…

The world premiere of THE BUTTERFLY'S DREAM, the new film from writer/director Yilmaz Erdogan (best known to UK audiences for his role as Commissioner Naci in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) and starring popular heartthrob Kivanc Tatlitug. The Opening Night Gala will take place at the Odeon West End on February 21st.

A masterclass with internationally renowned Turkish director Reha Erdem, whose Time and Winds was released by Artificial Eye in 2008.

A diverse selection of veteran names, the debut features of an exciting new generation of Turkish filmmakers and a wide selection of short films, with many of their directors on hand to meet their audiences.

Five outstanding films will also compete for the unique Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award, worth £30,000. The winning film will be distributed in cinemas throughout the UK and made available via home digital platforms. This year’s competing films are: NIGHT OF SILENCE - Reis Çelik's 2012 Berlin Film Festival prize-winner; JIN - the latest film from Reha Erdem, direct from Berlin 2013; CAN - Raşit Çelikezer's Sundance Jury Award winner; BEYOND THE HILL directed by Tepenin Ardi and SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu.

This year’s Festival will be awarding its annual Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary actor and director Kadir Inanir, who will be the special guest at the Opening Night Gala and will be attending a Q&A screening of his new film FAREWELL KATYA. (In previous years the festival has recognised the life and work of such cinematic greats as Türkan Şoray, Şener Şen and Hülya Koçyiğit.) Visitors to the Festival will also be invited to vote in the Golden Wings People's Choice Award with more than twenty features will be competing.

For a look at the complete line-up, including times and venues, plus any further information, please visit the official website at You can also keep in touch via the official Twitter account @LondonTurkishFF.

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