EU Human Rights Short Film Festival 2016

The 6th EU Human Rights Short Film Competition

announces its winners

 

The grand prize was awarded to Emin Akpınar’s film "Güney Kutbu" (South Pole), while the second prize was awarded to Vedat Oyan’s film "Mavera".  Yeşim Tonbaz won third place with her film "Askıda" (On Hold). 

 

Speaking during the awards ceremony, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said that commemorating Human Rights Day in arts and cinema is a powerful tool that sends a strong message.

 

The 6th EU Human Rights Film Competition awards were announced during the gala ceremony held in Ankara.  The Gala was hosted by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, and was attended by members of the diplomatic community, human rights activists, NGO representatives, media and numerous film enthusiasts.  The 10 finalists of the competition, which featured a total of 68 films, also participated and were honoured during the event.

 

Speaking during the awards ceremony, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said: "Commemorating the 10December Human Rights Day in arts and cinema across the globe is a powerful tool that reminds us all of the universal character of human rights and is a strong signal to those in need that they are not alone".

 

The Human Rights Film Days also featured an exhibition entitled, "the Swedish Freedom of the Press Unfolded", commemorating the 250th anniversary of press freedom in Sweden. Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden in Turkey, Lars Wahlund, said that press freedom was among the most fundamental human rights and that safeguarding them was more important than ever.

 

Jury members announced the three winners of the competition. The grand prize was given to Emin Akpınar’s film "Güney Kutbu" (South Pole), the second prize to Vedat Oyan’s film "Mavera", and the third prize to Yeşim Tonbaz with her film "Askıda" (On Hold).  The jury of the competition also gave honourable mention to Nurbanu Asena’s film "Görünmez Duvarlarım" (My Invisible Walls). 

 

Jury members of the competition included Director Yüksel Aksu, Dean of Kadir Has University Faculty of Communication Prof. Dr. Sevda Alankuş, theatre and film actress Yelda Reynaud, journalist and author Kanat Atkaya, and radio producer and academic Yeşim Burul.  In a speech he gave after awarding the grand prize, Yüksel Aksu recalled that his first short film had been about human rights and that this film had led to his first prison sentence.  Prof. Sevda Alankuş said that the record level of participation in the competition this year with 68 short films provided hope for the future of human rights.

 

The grand prize winner of the competition was awarded a video camera and a camera lens, while the second prize winner was awarded with a video camera.  The three winners will also be able to attend the Oberhausen International Short Film Competition that is held annually in Germany.

 

Grand Prize: Emin Akpınar – Güney Kutbu (South Pole)

Second Prize: Vedat Oyan – Mavera

 

Third Prize: Yeşin Tonbaz – Askıda (On Hold)

 

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