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 2012

April 2012, Istanbul Meeting
We are together for the 10th time. There were 39 applications for the Istanbul meeting of the Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform, to be held in April 2012. Out of 39, 10 projects were selected by the pre-selection jury. The pre-selection jury memebers are supperters of the Platform from its first day on; Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival director Susanna Harutyunyan, well-known Armenian script writer Vahram Martirosyan, Armenian director Ara Khanjyan, Armenian – Turkey Cinema Platform advisor, documentarist and author Melek Ulagay, Altyazı monthly cinema magazine writer and film critic Berke Göl and director – producer Özgür Doğan.

The owners of the 10 selected films had the chance to focus on their projects for two days. The projects and their owners who had the chance to have one to one meetings with Melek Ulagay and Susanna Harutyunyan were Arsen Arakelyan with Dialogue, Azra Deniz Okyay with Black Little Fishes, Devrim Akkaya and Josefina Markarian with Grandchild of the Giaour… My Armenian Grandfather…, Erdal Bilici and Dilek Aydın with Looking for Manug, Ezgi Kılınçarslan with 23.5 , Helen Kurkjian with Homeport, Sarik Hovsepyan with Fantastic Nostalgia, Özlem Sarıyıldız and Osman Şişman with Manuk’s Voyage, Vahram Akinyan with Me and My Sunday, Vardan Danielyan with Postcards From Museum of Innocence.

As the ritual follows, we held our Istanbul meeting as a parallel event to Istanbul Film Festival in April. This year, Cezayir Meeting Rooms, also used by the Istanbul Film Festival, were our main point to gather. This gave the Platform applicants the chance to meet guests of the international film festival. Besides, our friends from Armenia had the chance to prepare detailed pieces on both Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform and Istanbul Film Festival.

Projects were presented to the Jury on the second day. Jury memebers director Yeşim Ustaoğlu, director Harutyun Khachatryan, Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival Director Susanna Harutyunyan, documentarist and Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform advisor Nurdan Arca and programmer of the Sarayevo Film Festival agreed on supporting director Devrim Akkaya and Josefina Markarian for their film Grandchild of the Giaour… My Armenian Grandfather… , which delivers the story of a family lingering from the genocide to day with history.

April 2012 meeting of the Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform was supported by Eurasia Partnership Foundation, USAID, Open Society Institute Art & Culture Programme and Global Dialogue

July 2012 , Yerevan meeting
We are meeting so often that counting seems sensless now a days; twice every year with new faces every time, who become friends in short time with fresh ideas and films...

We are a group of 15 people from Turkey joining the 9th Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan in July 2012. There are 9 projects to be presented to Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform, 5 from Armenia and 4 from Turkey. Derya Durmaz with Ziazan, Zeynel Koç and Cenk Örtülü with Silent Graves, Ashot Mkrtchyan and Anahit Mkrtchyan with Salem Abdul Karem, Gagik Harutyunyan and producer Sona Grigoryan with One Day, One Love, Gagik Ghazareh with My and Your Sunday, Özlem Sarıyıldız with Manuk’s Voyage, Erdal Bilici with Looking for Manug, Arsen Arakelyan with Diyalogue and Mariam Ohanyan with An Old PLane Tree Branch shared their films with us.

Nigol Bezdjian who received support from Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platform in July 2010 for his film I Left My Shoes In Istanbul, Lusin Dink with her film Wonderful, Very Nice, from America to Bitlis, supported in April 2011 and Adrineh Gregoryen with her film Back to Gurun supported in July 2011 are also with us. I Left My Shoes in Istanbul and Back To Gurun had their World premiere in Golden Apricot. We have also seen a very promising 15 minutes excerpt from Lusin Dink’s film Wonderful Very Nice, from America to Bitlis and share a common excitement for the completed work.

Golden Apricot and Cinema Platform host Turkish journalists as well. Şenay Aydemir from Radikal dialy newspaper, Berke Göl from monthly cinema magazine Altyazı and Olkan Özyurt from Sabah Daily newspaper are also with us.

Platform meetings take two days, on the first day of the meetings advisor Melek Ulagay and our beloved director friend Eric Nazarian have one to one meetins with the project owners and on the second day the projects are presented to the jury.

Memebers of the jury in 2012 Yerevan meeting of the Armenia – Turkey Cinema Platfrom are documentarist Melek Ulagay from Istanbul, director Eric Nazarian from Los Angeles, documentarist Mikael Opstrup from Kopenhagen, ATCP director Çiğdem Mater and scenarist Vahram Martirosyan from Yerevan.

Yerevan meeting of the Cinema Platform is supported by USAID, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Global Dialogue and Open Society Institution – Budapest.

The initial voting of the jury selected Özlem Sarıyıldız with her film Manuk’s Vayage, yet not being able to overcome some technical problems, the jury shifted its voting to Derya Durmaz’s film Ziazan in September. Now we are waiting impatiently to see Ziazan on the White screen...

Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform proudly presents!
I Left my Shoes in Istanbul
Nigol Bezjian’s documentary ‘I Left My Shoes in Istanbul’ supported by Armenia- Turkey Cinema Platform’s Yerevan meeting in July 2010, will premiered in !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival in February.

Nigol Bezjian, director, Nesra Gurbuz and Deniz Sengenc, the Istanbul crew of the film will be also present at the screening which will take place in Fitas 4, at February 24th, 6.30 pm.

Bezjian’s documentary that follows Hagop Baronian’s footsteps was world premiered in Yerevan during Golden Apricot Film Festival in July 2012. I Left my Shoes in Istanbul is the 6th film of the Platform which meets with the audience. Another 3 are on the way!
A Blurry Pastel Painting
After This Day
The Oud Maker