The art director of the festival, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, Çeşme Municipality, İzmir Cinema Culture and Education Association, was undertaken by actor Gizem Erman Soysaldı and director Yusuf Saygı.
Speaking at the ceremony held in Alaçatı Amphitheater, the festival’s artistic director Gizem Erman Soysaldı pointed out that they are happy to realize a dream as the festival team and said that they have signed the first sustainable ecological film festival in Turkey.
Soysaldı thanked the institutions and organizations that contributed to the event, “We will watch very striking examples from the cinema of the two countries during the festival.” said.
Cesme Mayor Ekrem Oran, who attended the event, drew attention to environmental problems and said, “Today, we took a small step towards our hopes by taking shelter in the healing power of art. We will take many more steps. We will grow, green, come together and leave a sustainable world for the future.” used the phrases.
Azra Deniz Okyay, the director of the movie “Ghosts”, stated that the movie was shot in 33 locations in 17 days and said, “You really need to know what to do.” made its assessment.
Stating that each film has its own starting points, Okyay said, “I wanted to take a few photos and see what we were living in and tried to create something like carpet weaving, where every stitch, every color and every technique is blended together.” he said.
After the screening, Okyay and actress Emrah Özdemir answered the questions of the audience.
At the opening, moviegoers welcomed gum and lemon tree seedlings
The festival aims to serve the intercultural dialogue between the cinema arts of the two countries and to provide a wide platform for feature-length, short and documentary films in Turkey and Greece every year.
In the opening event, instead of the red carpet, a green carpet with gum and lemon tree seedlings was used at the entrance of the venue decorated with flowers. Electric buses were preferred for transportation to festival events.
During the event, sustainable products will be used instead of single-use plastics, and the festival team and moviegoers will participate in coastal and underwater cleaning activities on a different shore of Çeşme every morning.
This evening, the festival will continue with the screening of Christos Nikou’s “Apples”, Emre Yeksan’s “Gulf”, Leyla Yılmaz’s “Not Knowing”, Stergios Niziris, Josefina Markarian, Eric Nazarian, Stefan Arsenijevic, Aida Begic, Omar Shargawi, Hany. Abu-Assad’s “Forget Me Not Istanbul” and Chrysovalantis Stamelos’ “Journey Through Smyrna” will meet with the audience.