Today, Sunday 10 April, a panel and open discussion session will take place after the screening of Only Blockbusters Left Alive: Monopolising Film Distribution in Turkey at 13.30 in Beyoglu Movie Theatre. The panel will be moderated by journalist Cem Erciyes with the participation of director Onur Ünlü, producers Serkan Çakarer and Yamaç Okur from Turkey, distributor Torsten Frehse from Germany. Director Kaan Müjdeci and film critics Şenay Aydemir and Evrim Kaya who realized the film together will also be present to discuss the crisis faced by the industry.
The subject became especially relevant with the current news indicating the sale of the leading film-distibution/ screaning/production company of the country to South Korean capital:
More info can be found at Bloomberg.com
The international guests of the festival are welcome to join the discussion. Simultaneous translation to English will be available.
The Turkish film industry has been experiencing a breakthrough in the last ten years. According to 2015 figures, there is a bold uptrend in terms of viewers and film production. Yet without any regulations at work, this growth only made injustices in distribution bigger. While a single cinema chain controls more then 50% of the market, it also started to control distribution and production. In this monopolized environment, there seems to be no country for independent production. With the guidance of producers, distributors, and economists, the film traces the distortion created by the bad economy that has become an obstacle for freedom of choice.
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