Bringing the Istanbul Film Festival Online: A Conversation with Kerem Ayan

Published on Apr 10, 2020

Mubi's "Istanbul Film Festival Special" is showing April and May, 2020 in Turkey.Above: Oslo, August 31stMUBI, which has been streaming films from forgotten gems to cult classics for cinephiles since 2007, has relaunched its office in Turkey last year. The platform has recently announced to present a selection of 12 films in collaboration with the 39th Istanbul Film Festival, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Since 1984, Iff has featured numerous festival films as well as cult classics and it organized countless director retrospectives. Reaching a total of 4,241 million viewers over the years, the festival continues to be Turkey's biggest film festival.We talked to Kerem Ayan, who has been the director of the festival since 2015, about their partnership with Mubi, the strategies they come up with during the current crisis and the possible effects of digital platforms on film culture moving forward. Ayan told us why the “physical existence

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