Inspired by the history of Antakya and the mythological story of Defne, “Antakya Altındefne Film Festival” was organized for the first time between 20 – 26 November 2013, under the leadership of Mehmet Oflazoğlu, by Fotofilm Art Center and Antakya Culture and Arts Magazine. Founded in 2015, Ansam Cultural Association continues to organize the festival successfully, together with the experienced team of Fotofilm Art Center. Antakya Film Festival continues its journey with its content enriching every year, with the contributions of Local Municipalities and the General Directorate of Cinema.
Antakya draws a different image with its tolerance as well as the cultural depth added by the Civilizations it embraces. It is known to be the intersection point of Muslim, Christian, Jewish communities and all ancient civilizations with its historical depth. This is one of the most important crossroads of history, a key point where supercontinents such as Europe, Asia and Africa are connected to each other. We are proud to be in a city of civilization and tolerance where we can live together. The city, which has the world’s largest mosaic museum, the first Olympics, the first Hippodrome, the first illuminated street, and the first church, will now be remembered with its culture and arts festivals.
At the festival, valuable examples of world and Turkish cinema, films shown in reputable festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Toronto and Rotterdam meet the audience. Among the traditional sections: ‘International film competition’, ‘Feature Film Competition’, ‘National Short Film Competition’, ‘Documentary Film Competition, ‘Invited Country Cinema’, ‘Through the Eyes of the Masters’, ‘Commemoration Day of our Masters’ and ‘Open Air Cinema’ ‘ is included. In addition to film screenings, it enlivens cultural and artistic life with cinema courses, workshops, exhibitions and panels.
Antakya Film Festival has become a cinema festival in our country that hosts film professionals working in every field of the industry. The festival reaches approximately one hundred thousand viewers every year.