The Dec. 26-27 festival, which was the ninth edition of the annual event, awarded its Best Turkish Film award to “Salkım Söğüt” (Weeping Willow), an animated retelling of 20th-century Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet’s epic poem of the same name, directed by Ethem Onur Bilgiç, the festival said in a press release.
“Mythopolis,” by Alexandra Hetmerová of the Czech Republic, won the award for Best Student Film, while the Best First Film Award went to Spela Cadez from Slovenia for “Boles,” a 2013 short film about a man who dreams of becoming a famous writer. Italian director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro’s 2014 experimental short film “Beauty,” a story about the most important emotions in life, won the Jury’s Special Prize.
The festival’s jury chose the video for singer Yasemin Mori’s song “Işığa Geldi Çocuklar” (Children Came towards the Light) as the Best Music Video.
The 9th İstanbul animation Festival screened a total of 101 short films, including 34 from Turkey, in free admission screenings at The Zone Maslak on Dec. 26 and 27. The 10th edition of the festival will take place in November 2016.