The 18th edition of NYTFF hits the red carpet with celebrities from Turkey

CHELSEA, N.Y. — The American Turkish Society presented the 18th New York Turkish Film Festival (NYTFF) from Thursday, December 9th – Sunday, December 12th at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, New York.

From left to right: Ela Gunes, E. Janset Batibay, Defne Ozkan, Michael M. Roberts, Esin Uslu, Berkcan Okar, Erdem Helvacioglu, Serdar Kokceoglu, Selin Yeninci, Ezgi Mola, Ertem Osmanoglu, Cansu Acik, Ahmet Kenan Bilgic, Serkan Keskin.
In the middle: Scott Aharoni, Mustafa Kaymak

The festival, which was enhanced by a hybrid screening model to reach an even broader audience both in person and online, consisted of socially-conscious films from diverse storytellers. This year’s festival theme “Bridges & Borders” was inspired by the urge to bridge the gap between cultures, identities and people in our polarized and divided world. Designer Berkcan Okar of Yer Creative created a design that reflected the theme successfully.

The film selection consisted of eleven unique and original stories that championed new voices in cinema and invited audiences of all backgrounds to join for a four day celebration. The festival kicked off with Mimaroglu and screened 10 other award winning films throughout the four days featuring Hey There, You Know Him, The Criminals, Commitment Hasan, Leylak, Brother’s Keeper, Letters from Silivri, Not Knowing, Geranium and Love, Spells, & All That.

Serkan Keskin and Ezgi Mola

Post-screening Q&As was held after some of the screenings with filmmakers as well as leading industry professionals including Serdar Kokceoglu, Esin Uslu, Erdem Helvacioglu, Ezgi Mola, Selin Yeninci, Serkan KeskinScott AharoniDennis LatosAhmet Kenan Bilgic and Mustafa Kaymak.

Organized by POLTIO, the audience choice award was given to the feature film “Not Knowing” directed by Leyla Yilmaz.

The film festival welcomed support from a wide range of sponsors featuring platinum sponsor CHOBANI; gold sponsor CEMENTAC; silver sponsors EKOSUnited Medical / Kemal ErkanCinegryphon EntertainmentMichael & Patti Roberts and Final Draft; Adopt a Film Sponsors Beba Foundation, Turkish Connexion, Dunning & Rievman LLP, AKDO, Ozan Eren Bilgen and Young Society Leaders; supporter level sponsors Selin & Ali GulcelikMavi, RPD Fund Management, Yer Creative, Ozisik PLLC, Cem Altuntas, ADA film, Kurt & Jessica Davis, LU Records and Next Generation Council.

New York’s leading Turkish restaurants such as Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Leyla, Little Rascal and Antique Garage Tribeca supported the festival’s hospitality efforts by hosting brunch, lunch and dinners for invited talent.

More than 100 people that consisted of invited talent, sponsors, ATS Board Members and film industry professionals were welcomed at a reception hosted by CEMENTAC at IRIS restaurant on the evening of December 11.

In-person screenings have ended but online tickets are available to purchase at

SOURCE The American Turkish Society

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