Kars, Turkey, 9-15 November 2007
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
After having explored the city of Istanbul (Visions of Istanbul), NISI MASA wanted to explore the opposite side of Turkey: Kars, a city in the far-east of the country. Nobel prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer, was inspired by this place to write his novel “Snow”. This evocation of an old crossroad of civilisations was the starting point of this filmmaking workshop. Ten selected young Europeans were invited to shoot short films, having read the book beforehand. The aim was to show how the films will be influenced by Pamuk’s vision of this city. Kars and its inhabitants will be the subjects of the filmmaking workshop. It took place in partnership with the 13th European Film Festival on Wheels.
At the same time, the jury of 6th NISI MASA European Short Film Script Contest met in Kars. They awarded 3 scripts from a European selection of 25. In 2007, the theme of the contest was “Circle”. The Turkish director Reha Erdem (to be confirmed) was President of the jury, the members of which also attended seminars and master-classes by professional European filmmakers.
During the closing ceremony of the 13th European Film Festival on Wheels, the 3 winning scripts were announced and the “Snow” workshop films were screened.