About the Festıval

Barcelona Turkish Film Festival aims to create a new screening platform for Turkish cinema in Europe, to enhance the intercultural communication between Spain and Turkey under the roof of Barcelona Turkish Film Festival through the universal language of cinema.


Festival Venue

Festival Dates

May 5-17, 2018


To take the first steps to create a festival that is respectable, publicly influential and sustainable on international platforms.

Increasing Turkish Cinema's prestigious and sought after position, by presenting our films, having the works related to Turkey witnessed, increasing the international activity of Turkish cinema.

Arousing the interest of Spanish media to Turkish productions, and thus contributing to the recognition of Turkey.    

Turkish Cinema in International Festivals

The Turkish Cinema has started its international activity in 1964. Its first victory came with Metin Erksan's film Dry Summer (Susuz Yaz), which was crowned with a Golden Bear at the Berlinale.

More followed in the 2000s. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Distant (Uzak), received the Special Jury Award at 2003's Festival de Cannes. In 2004, Turkish-German director Fatih Akın's Head-On (Gegen die Wand) won a Golden Bear at the Berlinale. Three years later, Akın's The Edge of Heaven (Auf de Anderen Seite) has won the Best Screenplay award at Festival de Cannes. In 2008, Nuri Bilge Ceylan has won the Best Director Award at Cannes with Three Monkeys (Üç Maymun) while Yeşim Ustaoğlu won the Best Film Award at San Sebastian FF with Pandora's Box (Pandora'nın Kutusu) 2009 saw Fatih Akın's Soul Kitchen winning the Special Jury Award at Venice Film Festival. In 2010, the last film in Semih Kaplanoğlu's trilogy, Honey (Bal), won the Berlin Golden Bear. Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the biggest award of Cannes, the Palme d'Or, for his latest film Winter Sleep.

Many young filmmakers are following the lead of these accomplishments, especially in the recent years.    

Festival Venue: Filmoteca de Catalunya

Filmoteca is a cinema complex connected to the culture department of Cat- alan government. Located in El Raval, one of the most central districts of Barcelona, Filmoteca organises a wide range of film screenings, talks and panel discussions with the attendance of renowned filmmakers.

In addition to two cinemas with 366 and 175 seats, the Filmoteca compris- es a film library, a bookshop, a cafe, offices and a dedicated space for exhi- bitions. It is also a film-archive space and is being hailed as one of the most important cultural centres in Barcelona.

Through its active use of social media, Filmoteca announces its events to over 100,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Filmoteca, has venues suitable for press conference, opening and closing organizations and it will house Barcelona Turkish Film Festival's such events. The films will be shown in English and Catalan subtitles.