The American Turkish Society’s 16th Annual New York Turkish Film

The American Turkish Society’s 16th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea welcomed filmmakers, film enthusiasts, actors and members from the Turkish American community.

The four-day festival, which was sponsored by the Turkey-US Business Council (TAIK) and RAMERICA, screened six feature films and two short films kicking off with multi-award-winner and Best Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Cold of Kalandar.  The festival lineup also featured Sleep of Love, My Father’s Wings, Little Bullets, Exhibit, Frenzy and Blue. As an exciting addition, this year the festival screened a horror film for the first time entitled Housewife, which was most recently honored at Monster Fest 2017, where Can Evrenol won the award for Best Director.

After select screenings, guests enjoyed Q&A’s with some of the film directors, producers and stars including Mustafa Kara, Nermin Aytekin, Alican Yucesoy, Peyman Umay, Pinar Ogun, Alphan Eseli, Sertan Unver and Suzan Guverte. The festival closed on a musical note this Sunday, following the screening and Q&A of the rock documentary Blue, the story of Turkey’s best stage band and its two members, Yavuz Cetin and Kerim Capli. In memoriam, a special live performance was held by the White Cheese band. Members of the new wave reggae rock band, Sinan Kurtul, P.J Ducker, Kaptan Levent and Rich Kulsar performed songs written and produced by Kerim Capli and Yavuz Cetin, and a few songs of their own.  Later, the band welcomed a special guest, talented guitarist, Volkan Basaran, who starred in Blue as Kerim Capli’s friend, to perform a couple of songs with White Cheese.

Chairman Murat Köprülü and Vice Chairman Lawrence M. Kaye of The American Turkish Society, provided the opening and closing remarks during the festival run. The Consul General of Turkey in New York, Ertan Yalcin, Jenifer Rajkumar, who represented Governor Cuomoand actor Emrhys Cooper, who is best known for the teen drama Vanity, were also in attendance to lend their support for the films.

Founded in 1949 by a group of visionaries, The American Turkish Society is the oldest American institution dedicated to building bridges between the United States and Turkey. Celebrating their 16th year, the New York Turkish Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in New York. Screening more than 300 films and reaching audiences of over 25,000, the New York Turkish Film Festival brings the best of Turkey’s film industry to NYC.

Addressing the strong belief that film bridges cultures and illuminates the universality of the human experience, the festival strives to create a broad audience for programs that highlight Turkish arts and culture.

For more information about the festival, please visit

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