Istanbul independent film festival - !f Istanbul - on till Feb 23rd

!f Istanbul, this year’s most talked about films from across the world, has a brand new competition, “Love & Change”, that marries activism and film-making

!f Istanbul, this year’s most talked about films from across the world, has a brand new competition, “Love & Change”, that marries activism and film-making

ISTANBUL - Independent film festival "!f Istanbul" is showing the most eclectic and edgy independent films and award-winning documentaries of recent times from February 13th to 23rd. The festival will also be showing films in Ankara and Izmir between February 27 and March 2.

Now in its 13th year, the festival organisers have introduced a new competition called 'Love & Change'. The competition's aim is to “respond to a global social change impulse by creating a brand-new platform that marries activism and filmmaking,” the festival committee said.

It will run alongside the festival's now-traditional !f Inspired feature film competition, which seeks to discover and highlight up-and-coming independent filmmaking talent.

Among the films that will compete in the first year of Love & Change are Jason Osder's Tribeca Film Festival special mention-winning documentary “Let the Fire Burn,” about the Philadelphia Police Department's disastrous operation to remove a radical organization from their neighborhood in May 1985; “The Waltz of the Useless Mass,” Edison Cajas's film about Chile's past, present and future; “Everyday Rebellion,” a film looking at creative forms of protest from FEMEN to Egypt directed by the Iranian Riahi brothers; Jehane Noujaim's “The Square,” a documentary about a group of Egyptian revolutionaries, which won the best documentary award at Toronto; “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” the story of the feminist collective who had two of its members imprisoned for protesting against Vladimir Putin, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin; and “Anarsik Harmoni” (Anarchic Harmony), a film from Turkey directed by Koray Kaya which looks at modern music with significant musicians such as Ilhan Mimaroglu, Aydin Esen, Ilhan Ersahin and Arto Tuncboyaciyan.

The 13th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, will be held at Beyoglu Cinemaximum Fitas, Istinye Park Cinemaximum and Cinemaximum Budak theatres at Istanbul February 13-23, and at Ankara Cinemaximum Armada and Izmir’s Cinemaximum Konak Pier theatres between February 27 and March 2.

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