In its first pilot edition of the festival in October 2014, we have been teaming up with some of the most prestigious film schools around the world (among others, London Film School, FAMU, Korea University of the Arts, Zelig Film School) to present a non-competitive showcase of the current student film productions from Europe and beyond.
The 2nd edition of Contact (19-23 October 2015) brought once more to Izmir the best films by the next generation of filmmakers, inaugurating a new international competition section. The guest film school invited to Izmir was HFF Munich and other schools selections included Louis Lumiere (Paris, France), Erciyes University (Kayseri, Turkey) and Mimar Sinan FAU (Istanbul, Turkey). For the International competition selection and awards please click ‘here’.
For the 3rd edition (17-21 October 2016), we are developing an exciting program which will include once more an International Short Film Competition and the focus on a prestigious European Film School.
We therefore invite all current university students of film and media and students that will graduate in the academic year 2015-2016 to submit their films. Here at Contact we are interested in your stories and the way cinema can convey them: that’s why the main competition will accept a mix of fiction, documentary and animation films, without distinctions of genre. An out-of-competition programme will feature screenings and masterclasses by international guests and film schools, special presentation and exhibitions, workshops and talks.
The Festival Team
Prof. Leszek Dawid (LODZ Film School, Poland)
Prof. Marcin Malatynski (LODZ Film School, Poland)
Meltem Cumbul (Actress, Turkey)
Grzegorz Jaroszuk (Filmmaker, LODZ Film School, Poland)
Giovanni Pierangeli (Filmmaker, LODZ Filmschool, Poland)
Anna Morawiec (Filmmaker, LODZ Film School, Poland)
Ezel Akay (Film Director and Writer, Istanbul, Turkey)
Dr. Richard Blank (Film Director and Writer, Munich, Germany)
Vidan Miljkovic (Filmmaker, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia)