Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Festival on Wheels will be on tour with a showcase of cinema for the 23rd year from 1-14 December 2017. This year’s Festival itinerary takes in the cities of Ankara, Sinop and Kastamonu and, as every year, the show gets on the road in the capital, Ankara. From 1-7 December, the Festival on Wheels will be welcoming Ankara film aficionados at the Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi (Contemporary Arts Centre) and Goethe Institut. Next stop from 8-11 December is Sinop, where the Festival will be hosted by the Telvin Arts Academy. And from here, the Festival moves on to Kastamonu, winding up its travels for the year between 12-14 December with the support of the Kastamonu University Film Club.
This 23rd edition of the Festival on Wheels promises cinephiles another rich and rewarding programme. The World Cinema section, one of the Festival’s staples, will bring audiences in all three cities a selection of films screening for the first time in Turkey. Made up of films that have garnered attention at festivals around the world during the past year, World Cinema combines the work of countries ranging from Iran to China and Mexico to the Palestinian Authority. Another of the Festival’s long-standing sections is dedicated to Turkish cinema. This year’s edition, Turkey 2017, not only presents newly made local productions that have earned critical acclaim on the national and international festival circuit; the section also includes a number of workshops and Q&A sessions with the cast and crew of participating films. As every year, Short Film and Children’s Film screenings will be free of charge. And this year’s Children’s Films section will turn the spotlight on work from Canada.
Elsewhere in the Festival programme, actor and screenwriter Ercan Kesal will be presenting a collection of films under the title, ‘Justice and Conscience’. Separately, in a link-up with Italian festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato, festival coordinator Guy Borlée will bring audiences three examples of Italian comedy united under the theme of ‘Comedy Italian Style’.
In this year’s Special Screenings section of the Festival, Elif Röngen-Kaynakçı, a silent film curator at Amsterdam’s Eye Film Museum, will be offering film aficionados the chance to see two unusual films with live music accompaniment. The section is entitled, ‘Silent Divas: Timeless and Rebellious’.
Another section that has earned a perennial slot at the Festival on Wheels in recent years is one that introduces festival-goers to contemporary artists. This year, the Festival is happy to welcome Guy Ben Ner of Israel as its guest artist.
Last of all, mention must go to cartoonist and author Behiç Ak, who has stood by the Festival on Wheels since its inaugural year, contributing an original poster design to each festival edition. The 2017 poster marks his 23rd creation.