Submissions For The Malatya International Film Platform Are Now Open After launching the National Film Platform last year, the 8th  Malatya International Film Festival now  launches the  Malatya International Film Platform. The platform will be held in collaboration with Azerbaijan this year, and three projects will each receive the “Screenplay Development Award” worth 30,000 TL.  Submissions for the platform are now open.

In collaboration with Governorship of Malatya and the Directorate General for Cinema of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, the 8th Malatya International Film Festival will be held by the Malatya Metropolitan Municipality between November 9-15, 2018. This year, the festival introduces another important novelty. The festival had launched the Malatya Film Platform last year to contribute to the film industry by granting pre-production support. The platform is set to be turned into a major fund in the following years with the participation of nearby countries. And the first official collaboration of the platform has been made with Azerbaijan. A press meeting was held at the Malatya Metropolitan Municipality’s Fırat Hall to introduce the platform and to announce the collaboration. The meeting was attended by Mayor of Malatya and Festival President Hacı Uğur Polat, Azerbaijan Kinostudio’s Director Müşfiq Hatemov, Festival Director Suat Köçer, The Association of Young Filmmakers of Azerbaijan’s Director, famous film director Elchin Musaoglu, the Platform’s Director Belkıs Bayrak, and numerous press members.



As the first speaker, Festival Director Suat Köçer gave insight into the first edition of the Malatya International Film Platform which will be co-held by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Reminding that the festival has granted production support to national film projects by launching the Malatya Film Platform last year, Köçer announced that in the following years, the Malatya International Film Platform is set to be turned into a major support fund involving nearby countries. “Launching the platform together with Azerbaijan, a country that has mutual historical and cultural bonds with Turkey, is a notable start,” he said. He also noted that the Malatya-based platform will expand starting next year with the participation of other countries, and become a center of attraction for the filmmakers in nearby countries.


Köçer said the submissions, open to projects from member countries only, will be accepted between September 11, 2018 and October 15, 2018, and 10 projects will be shortlisted by the pre-jury. Three of the shortlisted projects selected by the grand jury will each receive the Screenplay Development Support Award worth 30,000 TL. Saying that one of the support awards will be delivered by TRT, Köçer thanked TRT for its contributions to the Malatya International Film Festival and national film industry, and the Directorate General for Cinema of the Turkish Ministry of Culture for supporting the festival from the very beginning.


Müşfiq Hatemov, Azerbaijan Kinostudio’s Director, began his speech by thanking  Mayor Hacı Uğur Polat and Festival Director Suat Köçer. He expressed his joy at making a precious cinematic collaboration with Turkey, and described it as a good start. He also noted that Azerbaijan will increasingly continue to support the platform in the upcoming years. “I believe the Malatya International Film Platform will become an important cinema center for nearby countries, particularly for the Turkic States, with the countries that will become a member in the future. And today, we are delighted to usher this significant collaboration,” Hatemov said.

After Hatemov’s speech, film director Elchin Musaoglu took the stage and said that these kinds of collaborations play key role in improving inter-community and inter-country culture. “MIFF has become a festival that made its mark over the last years. Besides the new talents, I believe the platform will become an important support fund for veteran filmmakers as well,” Musaoglu said.


Hacı Uğur Polat,  Mayor of Malatya and Festival President, noted that cinema has become a very important communication tool in today’s world. Referring to Turkey’s leading role in recent years, Mayor Polat said the same determination and exertion must be adopted in the field of arts and culture as well. “Malatya International Film Festival is among Turkey’s leading film festivals,” he said, and expressed his great joy at contributing to national cinema with the production supports. And he thanked Azerbaijan for this significant collaboration by saying, “The Malatya International Film Platform has been co-launched with Azerbaijan, and we believe that it will rapidly grow starting next year.”

After the speeches, the signing ceremony took place. The agreement was signed by Mayor Hacı Uğur Polat, Azerbaijan Kinostudio’s Director Müşfiq Hatemov,  Festival Director Suat Köçer, The Association of Young Filmmakers of Azerbaijan’s Director,  film director Elchin Musaoglu.


The submissions for the Malatya International Film Platform, which will be

co-held by Turkey and Azerbaijan, are now open. The submissions will be accepted via until October 15, 2018.

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