6th DOCUMENTARIST: 1-6 June 2013

The 6th DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days is going to be held between 1-6 June 2013. DOCUMENTARIST does not have an official submission procedure or an application deadline except for the Turkey Panorama section. Otherwise the international program is composed of films invited by the programmers. Yet, we are interested in hearing about the latest films and you are welcome to send us a DVD screener of your work.

The new web pages of DOCUMENTARIST 2013 will be updated on May 23rd. Please visit again for the detailed program.

Documentarist celebrates its 5th anniversary with bitter green plums


DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days gets ready to celebrate its 5th anniversary between 1 and 6 June with a very special program. The event keeping its special position among the film festivals in Turkey with the quality of the documentaries presented, will continue to opening up new frontier in front of its attendees, with its 2012 program.

Sour green plums are set to be all the rage at the upcoming festival.
Featured on posters as an alternative to popcorn and in trailers being consumed pensively by familiar faces in Turkish cinema such as Bülent Emin Yarar, Derviş Zaim, Tülin Özen, Muhammet Uzuner, Ayça Damgacı and Türkü Turan, the small green fruit is intended to symbolize the bitter yet addictive nature of the documentaries being presented at the festival this year.

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Festival trailer

Watch the trailer of the 5th edition of DOCUMENTARIST here:


Workshop with Appel & Berkvens

In its 5th edition DOCUMENTARIST is helding a Creative Documentary Development Workshop to be tutored by John Appel and Jeroen Berkvens, two distinguished documentary filmmakers from the Netherlands. The workshop is organized by Documentarist and the Turkey Institute (NL), and is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as part of the celebration of 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands in 2012. Creative Documentary Development Workshop aims to support the creative potential of documentary filmmakers in Turkey and contribute to the professionalization of the Turkish documentary in terms of documentary storytelling and visualisation. Click for details.