The festival, which started every year with its traditional parade performed during the day and attracted great interest by people of Antalya, brought together world famous and awarded directors, world famous film artists and leading names of Turkish cinema and TV series. Speaking at the opening night, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and President of the Festival Menderes Türel said “We want to make Antalya one of the best centres of the cinema industry. We think that Turkey deserves a prestigious and international festival.”
Erkan Aktaş who has worked for many years in cinema sector, actress Suzan Avcı, actress Necla Nazır, master director Osman Sınav and world famous film star Christopher Walken received honorary awards.
“Key of the cinema city” was presented to the world famous actor Juliette Lewis by Mayor Mr. Türel.
At the end of the opening ceremony; Director of “Never Leave Me” film which was the opening film of the festival and held its world premiere in Antalya, Aida Begic and eight Syrian children who performed in the film were invited to the stage by Mayor Mr. Türel and met with the audience.
The screenings of award-winning films by world-renowned directors will be performed this year at the Open Air Cinema in the “Festival Valley”, which is specially prepared for the 54th year.