Themes and awards of 6th Mercy To Universe International Short Film and Screenplay Competition were announced which is organized by the Siyer Foundation under the main sponsorship of the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture.
Chairman Of The Board Of Directors Of Siyer Foundation Mehmet KAYA said that the world is going through perhaps the most difficult period in its history; natural disasters, fire, earthquake and climate conditions, virus outbreaks that cause hundreds of thousands of lives with various diseases, occupation and confusion that cause people to leave their homelands, economic and technology wars and imposition on a global scale. He also stated that the drama experienced especially in Islamic geographies, unfortunately, does not capture the age of ignorance and many reasons such as science, economics, academia, geography and politics can be considered, but the importance given to this area of culture and art is as important as these.
As the Siyer Foundation, culture and art activities constitute a very important place in the transformation and development of societies, and when you can put forward a civilization, vision and perspective in the field of culture and art, only then can the developments and achievements in other fields be crowned, in this sense, he said that since 7 years they have been trying to contribute to the culture and art acquis with the projects of the mercy Short Film Competition and Hassan Bin Sabit Cinema Academy to the International realms.
In addition to the scientific academic and social projects made in Hijri 1441 and continuing to be done in this year, he concluded his speech by thanking many valuable names belonging to the world of culture and art in the field of cinema, and especially to the stakeholders who supported this March, especially the Ministry of Culture and the General Directorate of Cinema.
This years’ theme is the “ Family ”
After the speech, Advisory Board Ihsan Kabil, Gülcan Tezcan, Yeşim Tonbaz Güler, Bünyamin Yılmaz, Seyit Çolak and Mercy To Universe International Short Film and Screenplay Competition Project Coordinator of Cemil Nazlı were invited to the stage. Stating that the contest accepts works with a new theme every year, Cemil Nazlı announced that the theme of this year is “Family”. In Addition to the Fiction, Animation and Screenplay Categories, The Documentary category was added to the competition this year. Each category will be given to the first works with the expression “best” in total, a prize of £ 100,000 will be distributed, he said.
Cemil Nazlı gave the good news that every year the contest has a little more festival identity, and they will perform a slightly more extended version of the events held in the 5th year this year.
He stated that every year, some changes are tried to be made without breaking the general framework of the project, and this year, different from previous years, the names of the guests who will be the guests of the Preliminary Evaluation, National Main and International Main Juries, the Guest of Honor and the Gala and Award Night will be announced until the deadline during the calendar period. .
As in previous years, Nazlı expressed his thanks to İhsan Kabil, Chairman of the advisory board, who thanked all the supporters, especially the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture, the main sponsor of the project in this year.
Ihsan Kabil, who spoke on behalf of the Advisory Board, emphasized that family is the most basic unit of living together in a social sense, that it is a home where people are born into it, have bittersweet memories, maybe leave after a certain point and multiply that warmth. He stated that he believed that making a short film contest that takes the family as a theme with cinema, which is the most common mass media language today, would be an important activity in terms of giving this institution its deserved value, which is subject to a kind of shake-up, perhaps due to the various elements brought by modernization.
Dedicated to the Prophet (pbuh), which is a first in Turkey and in the world and organized internationally, a total of 100.000 TL prizes will be distributed to the films that will be ranked in the competition this year.
Total prize 100,000 TL
It’s the first competition that dedicated to the Prophet (pbuh) of Islam. A total of 100,000 TL prizes will be distributed to the films that will be ranked in the international competition this year.
• Best National Short Film Award: 25.000 TL
• Best National Short Documentary Award: 10,000 TL
• Best National Short Animation Award: 10,000 TL
• Best National Short Screenplay Award: 5,000 TL
• Best International Short Film Award: 25.000 TL
• Best International Short Documentary Award: 10,000 TL
• Best International Short Animation Award: 10,000 TL
• Best International Short Screenplay Award: 5,000 TL
The Press Launch of the Mercy To Universe International Short Film and Screenplay Competition ended with a family photo working at the end of the program with the Advisory Committee and the guests.
Deadline 31th October
Applications will be accepted until 31th October 2020. Gala week events will be held on 01-05 December. Gala and the award ceremony will be held on 05 December 2020. Participants are expected to submit their applications through the website www.alemlererahmetfilm.com until October 31th, 2020.