American Turkish Society
The 15th New York Turkish Film Festival
New York, NY (April 6, 2016) –The American Turkish Society welcomed an audience of over 1000 viewers for the 15th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival this past weekend at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea.
The four-day festival screened eight incredible Turkish films including the 2016 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Mustang, Turkey’s Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Academy Awards, Sivas, the 2015 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor Award winner, Ivy, the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Award winner, Snow Pirates, the 2015 Edinburg International Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Film nominee, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, and the 2015 Istanbul International Film Festival Best Turkish Film of the Year nominee, Limonata. After select screenings, guests were treated to a variety of Q&A’s featuring some of the films’ directors and stars including Yetkin Dikinciler, Zeki Demirkubuz, Cem Kaya, Nadir Sarıbacak and Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu. On the last day of the festival, Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and Founder of Chobani, made a special guest appearance for the final screening of Kar Korsanları (Snow Pirates).
This year the festival was sponsored by Turkish Airlines, Alterra International, Chobani, Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office, and Ramerica, and hosted a bevy of high profile CEOs, filmmakers, film enthusiasts and board members from the American Turkish Society. Those in attendance included Murat Köprülü, The American Turkish Society Chairman & Head of Emerging Markets and Global Investment Strategy at Mariner Investment Group LLC, Lawrence M. Kaye, The American Turkish Society Vice Chairman & Co-Chair of Herrick, Feinstein’s Art Law Group and Turkish Practice, Selçuk R. Şirin, The American Turkish Society Board Member and Associate Professor at NYU, Consul General Ertan Yalçın, and Marie Stewart, The American Turkish Society Executive Director.