ANKARA

The 33rd Ankara Film Festival, organized by the World Mass Media Research Foundation, opened on November 3 with an award ceremony held at MEB Şura Hall. The ceremony, which began with the presentation of plaques of appreciation to the supporters of the festival, continued with the presentation of the Honorary Prizes and the Special Prizes of the Foundation.

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Writer, musician, screenwriter, director Zülfü Livaneli, conductor Rengim Gökmen and translator, film critic, journalist and writer Sevin Okyay were the recipients of this year’s festival awards.

For the first time this year, the festival awarded the Foundation’s Special Prizes to actress Farah Zeynep Abdullah and producer, director and screenwriter Ceylan Özgün Özçelik.

The ceremony ended with the Livaneli Songs concert by the artists of Ankara State Opera and Ballet.

The 33rd Ankara Film Festival will continue until November 11 at Büyülü Fener Kızılay Cinema. As part of the festival, a total of 76 films will be screened under the titles including National Competitions, World Cinema and Special Screenings.

The festival prizes will be awarded in 12 categories, including the Best Film Award of 50,000 Turkish Liras in the National Feature Film Competition category and the Mahmut Tali Öngören Best Debut Film Award of 20,000 Liras awarded to first films.