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The Orange Symbolising the City and Cinema

The seeds of the Golden Orange Film Festival were first sown in the romantic atmosphere of the Aspendos Ancient Theatre. This festival is organised by the Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation (AKSAV) with the support of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality. The Golden Orange Film Festival which gained international status in 2007, has been vital in the support of the arts in our country and has proudly carried on this mission for more than half a century.

This gilded festival, which adopted the orange as its symbol, has encouraged many young filmmakers and has also provided independent filmmakers with financial grants. It has become one of the foremost driving forces of the country’s film industry.

As a result of this, in the first week of October the streets of Antalya are filled with the excitement of cinema besides the aroma of the city’s flora. The festival attracts more than two thousand local and international filmmakers, making a festive occasion for the citizens of Antalya and visitors during the entire week.

The Golden Orange begins with a parade featuring famous film artists, and enraptures the city with the magic of cinema throughout its duration. The traditional location of the festival is the Atatürk Cultural Park Complex. The galas of Turkish and international films competing in the festival are held in the Aspendos Hall of the Atatürk Cultural Centre (AKM). Alongside the films in competition, films of world cinema status are shown, particularly those that have received awards in other festivals. Here you may be able to see a premiere of a film, and witness the hustle and bustle of moviegoers as they go from one session to another. Filmmakers from Turkish and international cinema participate in panel discussions, meetings and workshops that highlight the reputation of the festival. The Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation (AKSAV), which organises this cherished festival, also gives out the annual Turkish Television Awards every April. These awards are judged by an esteemed jury.