Istanbul was chosen as the 2016 Islamic World Youth Capital upon the suggestion of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)-affiliated Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation and recently hosted an international short film competition. The winners of "The Creativity of Youth for Global Solutions" themed Y-Istanbul Short Film Competition were announced during the closing ceremony of the 3rd International Bosphorus Film Festival at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert on Friday. Turkish director Ahmet Bikiç's short film "Mama" won first prize. Director Güzel Usmanova's "Believe in Yourself" won second place while Spanish Hernández Torrado Daniel's "Why?" won third place. "Beautiful City" by Iranian director Soheil Sadeghi was given honorable mention.
The young directors who applied to Y-Istanbul Short Film Competition shot films about refugees, youth activism, terrorism and globalization. The competition received hundreds of applications from 57 countries including Iran, Sweden, India, Brazil, China, France, Spain, Cambodia, Lithuania and Turkey. The short films were evaluated by a jury, which featured Adrian Tofei, Dzemal Latic, Franzi Zajc, Musa Akgül and Sevinj Iskandarova, selected by the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation and the International Boğaziçi Cinema Association. A total of 12 films from 10 countries advanced to the finals and were screened at Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center as part of the 3rd International Bosporus Film Festival. The award-winning short films are now available on the Youtube and Facebook accounts of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation.
About Ahmet Bikiç
Director Ahmet Bikiç was born in 1980 in Mardin, Turkey. He worked as a photographer and cameraman for a year before taking an interest in film directing. He received his cinema education at the Mardin City Film House. He graduated from Istanbul Kültür University's Department of Communication Designs with a full scholarship in 2010 and began working at the research and development center of the same university. He directed or undertook the art directorship of various documentaries and short films after graduating from university. Bikiç also held solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions where he displayed his photography. He is currently working on his master's studies at Istanbul Kültür University Social Sciences Institute as well as his documentary and short film projects. For his award winning short film "Mama," Bikiç was inspired by a painting drawn by an orphaned child in the Middle East. The conflicts and wars reigning over the Middle East have left many children without parents and grow up in orphanages. These children, who grow up with fear and hatred, carry the memories of their terrified childhood with them throughout their life.