BALKAN PANORAMA FILM FESTIVAL
About The Festival

There are extremely strong cultural and historical ties between Turkey and the Balkans. Balkan Panorama Film Festival serves as a bridge between Turkey and the Balkans in the context of cinema. The festival was founded by Assoc. Prof. Sali Saliji, PhD in 2015 and has been since organized in Izmir. Until 2018, 4 festivals were held with the support of Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts and DESEM.  Both the mission of the festival, and the increasing demands of the festival participants and the Balkans have created the need to hold the festival in cooperation with a larger organization. In accordance with this goal our cooperation with the Buca Municipality started in 2019 and the 5th Balkan Panorama Film Festival was held in the Tarık Akan Youth Center. And in 2020, the Balkan Panorama Film Festival was hosted by the Buca Municipality. In 2020, the 6th Balkan Panorama Film Festival was held in October at Buca Pembe Köşk Culture and Art Center and Tarık Akan Youth Center. This year, again hosted by the Municipality of Buca, with the contributions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the 7th Balkan Panorama Film Festival will be held between September 27 - October 3 2021  in Buca Pembe Köşk Culture and Art Center, Tarık Akan Youth Center, Kültürpark Izmir and various open-air cinemas to be established in various places in Buca.

The festival will feature length and short fiction, documentary and animation films that are produced in Turkey and the Balkan countries. The Yellow Umbrella Award, which is the symbol of the Festival is given in ten (10) branches, national and international as specified below.

INTERNATIONAL:

  • Yellow Umbrella Best Feature Film 
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Director  
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Actress
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Actor
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Short Film

NATIONAL:

  • Yellow Umbrella Best Feature Film 
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Director  
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Actress
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Actor
  • Yellow Umbrella Best Short Film

The winners of the competitions will be awarded with prize money and the Yellow Umbrella Award.

The Balkan Panorama Film Festival is organized by Rumeli Organizasyon, under the sponsorship of the Buca Municipality.

YELLOW UMBRELLA awards are determined by four main juries in ten branches. The number of Jury members was determined as five (5) in the Feature Film categories and three (3) in the Short Film categories.  The Yellow Umbrella Awards given at the Balkan Panorama Film Festival are as follows:

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY:

  • Best Feature Film (Yellow Umbrella Award + 25.000 ₺)
  • Best Short Film (Yellow Umbrella Award + 5.000 ₺)

NATIONAL CATEGORY:

  • Best Feature Film (Yellow Umbrella Award + 25.000 ₺)
  • Best Short Film (Yellow Umbrella Award + 5.000 ₺)

All other winner categories will get Yellow Umbrella Award Trophy.

Even though the festival can be considered young, the festival’s staff and their experience ensures that the festival will pursue bigger goals and that it will achieve its goals in firm steps. With the support of the Buca Municipality, we fully believe that our festival will become the most important Balkan themed festival in Europe within a reasonable time and our efforts will always continue in this direction.

Countries participating in the festival: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.