The Film Festival Turkey Germany is the most important festival in Germany for the intercultural dialogue between German and Turkish cinema. Every year feature films, short films and documentaries from both countries are shown, offering to the audience a unique current overview of filmmaking in Germany and Turkey.
A film festival is more than just film. The special atmosphere of a festival enables a unique film experience with many interpersonal encounters. This turns a film festival into an important social medium that helps to reduce the social distance between people of different origins and to break down mutual prejudices. While always on the pulse of the time, the films bring unknown realities of life closer and invite the audience to put themselves in the perspective of foreign worlds and characters. Film discussions, which offer an exchange platform between the audience and the filmmakers, are unique to the format of a film festival.
The film festival Turkey Germany aims to create a common platform of discourse for groups with different cultural backgrounds through the aesthetic and informative means of cinema. It seeks to provide new inspirations to mediators of both cultures and to drive exchange and cooperation among filmmakers from both countries.
For its successful work, the festival was awarded with one of the cultural prizes of the City of Nuremberg in 1995 and the Media Prize of the Ankara International Film Festival in 2006.
The Film Festival Turkey Germany is supported by renowned artists who enrich the festival with their personal participation. Mario Adorf, Zülfü Livaneli, Fatih Akın, Sibel Kekili, Tim Seyfi, Kadir İnanır, Şener Şen, Uğur Yücel, Kenan İmirzalioğlu and, of course, the Minister of Culture Claudia Roth regularly visit the festival.
The festival program is focused on the feature film and the short film competition, whose films are awarded by two independent international juries. The section of cinemascapes offers a diverse selection of films with feature films and documentaries. Big highlights are the numerous film discussions and, of course, the presentation of the honorary awards, which are given annually to outstanding artists.
In addition to the competition awards and the audience award, the Öngören Award for Democracy and Human Rights will be given as a special award to one film of the festival.