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PRESS RELEASE

15TH INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN SAFFRON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
 
19- 21 SEPTEMBER 2014
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival Committee Chairman Dr. Necdet Aksoy has Released a Press Release Related to Festival that will be held 15th This Year;
 
Cities show us that how live a nation, a civilization, what they are able to in past. Safranbolu is a special and model city which reflects us trace of the Ottoman civil architecture and traditional Turkish society life in the rich culture of Anatolia today. Safranbolu was taken the World Heitage List by UNESCO in 17 December 1994 and it has assume a title: World Heritage City.
 
Our city, drawing attention of all instution concerned with ‘Safranbolu: Reflections of  Time’ which is belong to Suha ARIN, has carried out model works to other cities about preservation and has still continued to protectionism without structuring of the old city in the current values. Besides these values, city of Safranbolu has been started Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival which was held first time in Turkey in 2000 and it has been continued uninterrupted until now. The Festival gained international identity in 2004 and it has enriched participation with various geographies and cultures. International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival which is held by Safranbolu Municipality and with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism contains national and international professional documentary film contest. Our aim is to promote world heritage city Safranbolu  in the world wide.
 
Our tenth year was dedicated to Suha ARIN and Mektepçiler Mansion which is one of the precious building of Safranbolu was arranged and opened as ‘Suha ARIN Culture and Art Center’. Valuable library and film production equipments of Suha Arın have been taken to Safranbolu by his family and it has become one of the reasons for our guests and documentary filmmakers to visit Safranbolu. Documentary Film Museum, archive and library of Suha Arın will be established soon.
 
Side issue of 2010 was “ Bath Culture in Safranbolu”. Panels, discussions about bath culture and bath ritual was organized and it has also been kept alive in this unique atmosphere for all guests with bath ritual. In addition, Prof. Balkan Naci İSLİMYELİ's "Water and Mirror" exhibition enriched the festival, met with national and many international guests.
 
Side issue of 2011 was defined as "Water Culture" and the festival has continued with the theme, related to richness water culture.Historical fountains was repaired and water resources has been considered to reflect old water culture. Also, Prof. Hüsamettin KOÇAN’s exhibition “ ALIN/YAZI” has been the focus of interest.
 
The side issue of  13th Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival which was held in 2012 was “ Wood Working and Use of Wood”. The exhibition titled “ Tahtaların Pozu” was shared with art lovers and the people of Safranbolu by Mahmut KARATOPRAK during festival. Experience of wood craftsmen who giving life to Safranbolu mansions, shared in ‘AHŞABIN RUHU’ conversation with the guidance of Moderator Prof.Dr.Aysen AKPINAR. Moreover Ersin ALOK who famous photographer’s presentation of wooden houses drew attention. Mr.Suha ARIN’s Documentary film ‘TAHTACI FATMA’ was shown as the premiere,the documentaries taking place top ten was be display at the different points in the city during the festival.Leyla Hanım Mansion which the best preserved/restored in scientific scale was awarded.
 
The side issue of 14th Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival which was held last year ‘Title Deed: TOMBSTONES’. Safranbolu's tombstones are as historical as Safranbolu, tombstones were established, read and restorated. In addition, interviews were arranged with  experts Prof. Dr. Nakış KARAMAĞARALI, Prof. Dr. Kadir PEKTAŞ ve Doç. Dr. Lütfiye PEKTAŞ.
 
Deadline of the Contest : 25 August 2014. It is possible to find that the details ofDocumentary Film Contest, expecting in a large participation as in previous years again, from the site ; www.altinsafran.com
       
We continue to work hard for the realization of high participation and successful documentary film. Our updated releases will be sent to you via press release of festival. Thank you for your interest, support and participation to our festival. We invite festival lovers our city within festival. I offer my respects.
 
Secretariat of Foreign Relations:Halime TUFEKCI- Yasin DİKMEN
Secretariat of Organization:Gülşen CANDAN- Melahat EZGİN
Secretariat of Photograph Contest: Bahadır ACAR
Secretariat of Documentary Contest: Şule EREN
Director of Contest:Yrd.Doç.Dr. Sühendan KUMCU
Director of Festival: Zülfiye ERASLAN ÖZCAN
Chief of Festival Organization Committee: Dr.Necdet AKSOY
 
Contact information of Festiaval Secretariat
 
Çeşme Mah. Şekerci Sok. No:6 Tarihi Belediye Binası,78600     Safranbolu/KARABÜK/TURKEY
 
Tel: +9 0370 725 52 65-725 52 52
Fax: +9 0370 725 52 66
 
e-mail: safranfilm@gmail.com       ,    www.altinsafran.com
 
  
 
 
 
 
 


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