01 Apr 2019
Call for entries

30 Aug 2019
Final deadline


01 Oct 2019
Notification date

29 Nov 2019
13 Dec 2019


Abay Kunanbay Cad. 33/6 Kavaklidere,  06700, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Festival description
Short Films 25'<
Feature Films >60'

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
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Festival start: 29 November 2019      Festival end: 13 December 2019

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Festival on Wheels is a travelling event bringing outstanding films to cinemalovers living outside major cities. New cinemas were opened and films were made in destinations where the Festival has been hosted. The Festival presents the latest films from World Cinema, new films from Turkey, special screenings that raise social and cultural awareness, silent films with live music as well as short films. Additionally, the Festival organizes workshops, Q&As, panel discussions and exhibitions. In the last 24 years, the Festival has visited 24 cities in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Macedonia and Georgia.

There is no awards in the Festival.

Short films cannot exceed 25 minutes.

All films submitted must be 2018-2019 productions.

The Festival on Wheels first took to the road in 1995 with a mission to present outstanding examples of cinema to film enthusiasts in different cities around Turkey and to introduce Turkish cinema to the rest of the world. Before the festival wheels were oiled and turning, people’s experience of cinema in the far-flung corners of Turkey was no more than the odd piece of news on television or in the newspaper. In cities without even a movie theatre to speak of, getting to a cinema was a hopeless dream. But wherever the festival set foot, cinemas opened and film after magical film unfolded on screen. And there was soon a loyal and enthusiastic crowd anxiously awaiting the arrival of the festival every autumn; a crowd that spilled out of the four walls of the cinemas. Naturally, the festival wagon carried more than just films…

In the last 23 years, the Festival on Wheels visited Ankara, Artvin, Baku (Azerbaijan), Bursa, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, Drama (Greece), Edremit, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Malatya, Mersin, Ordu, Samsun, Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina), Sinop, Tbilisi (Georgia), Skopje (Macedonia) and Van. The Festival aims to bring the Turkish and foreign filmmakers together, to realize coproductions. The Festival also works on the commercial distribution and TV broadcast of the films in the program of the Festival.

The festival management also endeavours to secure theatrical release or television sales for films in the festival programme. The Festival on Wheels also puts on a programme of workshops to which it invites a number of filmmakers from Turkey and overseas. In the course of these workshops, the young Turkish filmmakers collaborate with their counterparts from abroad to create cinema together.



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