Magazine article Variety

Political Turbulence Kept at Bay

Magazine article Variety

Political Turbulence Kept at Bay

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It will take a year or so to really gauge the effects of July's attempted coup in Turkey on indie filmmakers and producers in the country.

The Turkish movies in circulation don't reflect the current climate. After the July 15 coup attempt some productions were postponed. And some government funding for film and film-related activities was pulled, due to the ensuing mayhem.

"But these are isolated cases," says Emre Basak, co-director of Festival on Wheels, which promotes Turkish films.

Government support for local film productions is at a standstill, with the next funding session not expected before 2017. Co-productions could also be affected by the turbulence, though Turkey remains a member of the European co-production fund Eurimages.

Meanwhile, "Turkey is getting more and more conservative. That is the reality," says a film executive who asked not to be named. …

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