Turkish writer and film critic Riza Oylum says without much-needed support from the government and Culture Ministry, Turkish cinema wouldn’t be where it is now.
Speaking at a panel on Government Support for Turkish Cinema on Monday in Charsou Cineplex, Oylum said Turkish filmmakers usually seek financial assistance from the Culture Ministry to finance their movies: This is crucial for those who make independent movies. In recent years, they also get financed by festivals.
He added: In 2005, some 446 movies were financed by the government. The number is rising. In 2017, 148 movies were screened, of which 29 were financed by the state. Some even won international awards in festivals like Cannes.
According to Oylum, Turkish festivals also finance independent movies: This has now become a tradition for many, just like in Europe. The names include Antalya, Ankara, and Istanbul.
In conclusion, the Turkish director complained that many Turkish audiences only watch comedies: Another problem is the rising popularity of TV series and programs. Television is the archenemy of Turkish cinema.
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