About ATCP

We are people from Turkey and Armenia whose common ground is cinema. We love cinema. Not only do we love cinema, we also believe in the power of cinema to heal, reconcile and make peace. We believe that cinema can help us say things we were not able to for decades, and help us get to know one another. Not only do we believe, we also act on it!

Meetings in 2009

April 2009 – The third meeting
This time, we are in Istanbul. ATCP is getting bigger as demands to become part of the platform increase more each day. Once again, the meeting coincides with Istanbul International Film Festival, and once again, we take refuge in Tütün Deposu in Tophane. As we come together, we watch each other’s films. Same old same old, new friends come together with the old ones.

This meeting has a momentous purpose for the platform, something we have agreed upon throughout the year, to inform Turkish filmmakers and the media of ATCP. Anadolu Kültür and Golden Apricot International Film Festival announce the establishment of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform.

The first announcement takes place in the second annual Meeting on the Bridge Joint Production Workshop within the program of Istanbul International Film Festival. Later, a press conference in Tütün Deposu attracts an impressive number of filmmakers from Turkey.

Our platform has a whole number of new participants from both countries. There is an overflow of project ideas. Everybody wants to make movies.

Right off the reel, we talk about cinema. We find out that two of us have already started on a project. Zeynep Güzel and Nagehan Uskan talk excitedly about Bir Varmış, Bir Yokmuş (One Upon a Time), the film they are planning to shoot in Kars and Gümrü. They talk about the people they have met in Gümrü and how the young people of Gümrü have already begun collecting material for the film...

Unfortunately, we don’t have sufficient funds to be able to say, “Action.” But we have abundant motivation and projects. Everyone is looking for ways to find funding, where to approach, and continuing to develop their projects along the way.

Our friends from Armenia continuously record with their cameras and video cameras. Bemused, we ask them whether they have already started shooting their films.

The next meeting is to take place once again during the Golden Apricot, once again in Yerevan...

April 2009 – Istanbul Workshop Participants
Aren Perdeci, Aslı Şahin, Bahriye Kabadayı, Ebru Şeremetli, Enis Rıza, Erol Mintaş, Görkem Yeltan, Haydar Demirtaş, Hüseyin Karabey, Hüseyin Kuzu, Mehmet Özveren, Melisa Önel, Nagehan Uskan, Önder Çakar, Özcan Alper, Petra Holzer, Selim Evci, Seren Yüce, Serkan Acar, Sevil Demirci, Stare Yıldırım, Uğraş Salman, Uluç Esen, Zviad Eliziani, Hermine Sayan, Evren Ergeç, Çiğdem Mater, Burcu Yılmaz, Sibil Çekmen, Melek Ulagay Taylan, Nurdan Arca, Zeynep Güzel, Eylem Kaftan, Perihan Taş, Senem Tüzen, Susanna Harutyunyan, Hasmik Hovhannisyan, Karin Grigoryan, Ruzan Bagratunian.

July 2009 – The fourth meeting
It is very hot, and once again, we have come together in Yerevan. After announcing the establishment of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform in Istanbul in April, it is time to share the news with the Armenian media. There is substantial interest in the platform, with questions flooding... We talk, and talk, and talk again...

The International Golden Apricot Film Festival adds a sub-section to its Directors Across Borders Joint Production Platform, running for three years now, inviting documentary directors and producers from Turkey and Armenia who have applied to Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform to present their projects.

Zeynep Güzel presents her documentary project on shared tales from Kars and Gümrü, Bir Varmış, Bir Yokmuş. Haydar Demirtaş’s project is about his great-grandmother Hasine, whom he had found out to be Armenian after her death. Müjde Arslan presents her project, Kâfirin Kızları (Daughters of the Infidel) about the stories of women who have survived the Armenian deportation and their grandchildren.

Filmmakers from Armenia also share their projects with those from Turkey. Karen Khachatryan’s project is about the Arabean family, a prominent family in the history of printing who had lived during the Ottoman period. Inspired by one of the books of Rafael Nogalez de Mendes, Gagik Harutyunyan’s project Nogalez de Mendes will focus on the last 90 years of Turkey. Mariam Ohanyan’s Motherland of Enemies and Ancestors will be a commentary on contemporary Turkey and Armenia.
Participants find a chance to discuss their projects with workshop trainers, director Andrzej Krawkowski and Ariella Ben-Dov, as well as documentary directors, Vardan Hovhannisyan and Enis Rıza.

Previous participants of the platform, Senem Tüzen and Sibil Çekmen, present their feature film project in Directors Across Borders. Director Özcan Alper’s Sonbahar (Autumn) is one of the competing films in the festival. Filmmakers Önder Çakar and Feridun Koç from Turkey are also in Yerevan as festival guests. Serdar Akar’s Dar Alanda Kısa Paslaşmalar (Offside) is included into the program. There are also documentaries from Turkey screened in the festival.

We begin preparations for joint productions, making films together. We ponder over how to shoot the films, where to find funding, and how fast we can go. Some of the films have passed the stage of writing, and have come to location scouting. We are all excited...

July 2009 – Yerevan Workshop Participants
Zeynep Güzel, Haydar Demirtaş, Müjde Arslan, Karen Khachatryan, Gagik Harutyunyan, Mariam Ohanyan.

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