This year's Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Şerif Sezer, Eşref Kolçak, Çetin Tunca and Hüseyin Kuzu due to their contributions to Turkish cinema. Unfortunately, Sezer was not able to attend the ceremony because of his health problems.
This year the festival is being organized by women in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and Kırkayak Culture. Twelve foreign films of the festival have been selected from IKSV's Filmekimi program. Also, 11 Turkish films will be screened during the festival. During the festival, the films' actors and directors will be able to interact with audiences.
The documentary category of the festival includes 16 films on various themes. Most of the documentaries to be shown will premiere in Turkey. In addition, more than 50 short films will be in the festival's program.
The festival will continue until Dec. 27 at the Gaziantep Prestige Movie Theaters and Gaziantep University Movie Theater.