March 25&27 Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)
  April 11 Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline
  April 29 Summer Residency Program at SVA Winner Announcement
  May 4 - 15, 2011 S/he Ithaca Screening
  June 2011 "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement
  June 2011 Summer Residency Program at SVA
  July 13-16, 2011 For Rent by Ozen Yula
  September 15, 2011

Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project



In building bridges between cultures, cinema is a particularly powerful tool that transports audiences to distant places, but at the same time reflects the universality of certain human experiences, dramas, and emotions. What better way to promote cultural exchange and understanding? Building on this idea, our Cinema Department uses the power of film festivals and retrospectives to expose audiences to the developments taking place in Turkey, aims to introduce American audiences to Turkish films, and hopes to ultimately secure distribution for Turkish films in the United States.

Click to download the Application Form for 12th New York Turkish Film Festival.
Application Deadline: August 15, 2010

12. New York Türk Filmleri Festivali Başvuru Form'u için tıklayınız.
Son Başvuru Tarihi: 15 Ağustos 2010

Past Projects




December 2010
12th New York Turkish Film Festival
October-November 2010
Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)
August 2010
Soul Kitchen: A Film by Fatih Akin
April/May 2010
Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen" at Tribeca Film Festival
December 2009
11th New York Turkish Film Festival
November 2009

Screening: Youth Filmmaking Project

“Cars of the Revolution” Film Screening and After-Party at the Queens International Film Festival

May 2009

Three Monkeys / Uç Maymun: A Film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

April 2009

Pandora's Box at Tribeca Film Festival

October 2008

10th New York Turkish Film Festival

May / June 2008
The Edge of Heaven: A Film by Fatih Akin >>
May 2008
Crossing Borders: A Cinematic Journey from the West to the East >>
USA Retrospectives and Other Screenings of Zeki Demirkubuz Films 2003-2007

October 2007

9th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival >>

September 2007

Mental Minefields: The Dark Tales of Zeki Demirkubuz >>

October 2006

8 th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival >>


October 2005

7 th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival >>


October 2004

6 th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival >>



October 2003

5th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival >>



March 2003

Five Films by Zeki Demirkubuz >>

“Five Films by Zeki Demirkubuz” was our second collaborative endeavor with Anthology Film Archives and presented American audiences with a retrospective on the work of Zeki Demirkubuz, an influential young Turkish writer, director, and producer. Following our last retrospective, Ömer Kavur: Sculptor of Cinematic Time, this film series explored the work of a daring and uncompromising filmmaker who in recent years begun to earn the notice of international film critics for his prodigious talent and unique style. The films received strong review from the Film Comment, the Village Voice and the Boston Globe. The retrospective is presently touring the United States.


October 2002

The 4th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival was attended by 2,000 people and presented 13 feature films and 9 short films, and was reviewed by the Village Voice which called Ümit Ünal's 9 "masterfully shot and edited" and Zeki Demirkubuz' Fate "a festival stand-out". This year, for the first time, we were able to share our film festival with another Turkish organization, TACA in Seattle, WA by providing the organization with programming and logistic support. The program included:

  • Deliyurek / Wildheart (Osman Sinav, 2001)
  • Berdel (Atif Yilmaz, 1990)
  • Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim / The Red Scarf (Atif Yilmaz, 1977)
  • Komser Sekspir / Commisar Shakespeare (Sinan Cetin, 2001)
  • Herseye Ragmen / In Spite of Everything (Orhan Oguz, 1987)
  • 9 (Umit Unal, 2002)
  • Yazgi / Fate (Zeki Demirkubuz, 2001)
  • O Da Beni Seviyor / Summer Love (Baris Pirhasan, 2001)
  • Anam / My Mother (Buket Alakus, 2001)
  • Buyuk Adam Kucuk Ask / Hejar (Handan Ipekci, 2001)
  • Herkes Kendi Evinde / Away From Home (Semih Kaplanoglu, 2001)
  • Sellale / The Waterfall (Semir Aslanyurek, 2001)
  • Nazim Hikmet Sarkilari / The Songs of Nazim Hikmet (Mehmet Eryilmaz - Documentary, 2000)
October 2001

The 3rd Annual New York Turkish Film Festival was partially shared with the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The Smithsonian called its program "Turkish Cinema Now". Our own festival

  • Mayis Sikintisi / Clouds of May (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1999)
  • Vizontele / Visiontele (Yilmaz Erdogan & Omer Faruk Sorak, 2001)
  • Camdan Kalp / The Glass Heart (Fehmi Yasar, 1990)
  • Balalayka (Ali Ozgenturk, 2000)
  • Kac Para Kac / Run for the Money (Reha Erdem, 1999)
  • Melekler Evi / The House of Angels (Omer Kavur, 2000)
  • Parcalanma / The Split (Canan Gerede, 1999)
  • Gurbet Kuslari / The Birds of Exile (Halit Refig, 1964)
November 2000

Co-presented Omer Kavur: Sculpture of Cinematic Time with the Anthology Film Archives. The first retrospective ever in the United States on a Turkish film director, this series went on to tour the United States and was featured on the cover of the Harvard University Film Center's Film Bulletin. The featured films were:

  • Gece Yolculugu / Night Journey (1987)
  • Gizli Yuz / The Secret Face (1991)
  • Yusuf ile Kenan / Yusuf and Kenan (1979)
  • Anayurt Oteli / Motherland Hotel (1986)
  • Akrebin Yolculugu / The Journey on the Hour Hand (1997)
May 2000

The Second Annual New York Turkish Film Festival was presented as part of MayFest 2000 and the following films were screened:

  • Harem Suare / Harem Soiree (Ferzan Ozpetek, 1999)
  • Propaganda (Sinan Cetin, 1999)
  • Ucuncu Sayfa / The Third Page (Zeki Demirkubuz, 1999)
  • Gemide / On Board (Serdar Akar, 1998)
  • Lalelide Bir Azize / A Madonna in Laleli (Kudret Sabanci, 1998)
  • Her Sey Cok Guzel Olacak / Everything Will Be OK (Omer Vargi, 1998)
  • Asansor / The Elevator (Mustafa Altioklar)
May 1999

The 1st New York Turkish Film Festival was launched as part of MayFest 1999. The following
films were screened:

  • Eskiya / The Bandit (Yavuz Turgul, 1996)
  • Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda / Istanbul Beneath My Wings (Mustafa Altioklar, 1996)
  • Kasaba / The Small Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997)
  • Masumiyet / Innocence (Zeki Demirkubuz, 1998)
  • Tabutta Rovasata / Somersault in a Coffin (Dervis Zaim, 1996)
  • Usta Beni Oldursene / Sawdust Tales (Baris Pirhasan)
  • Akrebin Yolculugu / Journey on the Clockhand (Omer Kavur, 1997)