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8th BIFED (Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary) started on Wednesday.


 This year will be the 8th year of the festival. On the opening day of the festival, which will continue online until 19th October, a total of 1,108 views were reached.

BIFED (Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary) will be online and free of charge on website between 13-19 October and it started officially with an opening ceremony. Total of 4 category and 41 films will be screened in the festival, and for each film there is a quota of 250 audiences.
In BIFED which is a member of the Green Film Network, the international ecological documentary festival network since the beginning, will compete 15 films from 13 countries for the Fethi Kayaalp Grand Prize. 2 films in the international competition are from Turkey. And there are 7 films in Gaia Student Award Category,
With 19 films in Panorama Category and in Special Screening Category a total of 41 films will be ready to meet with their audiences from all over the world on the website

On the first day of the festival number of the views have reached more than 1100. The documentaries were watched on Wednesday by 220 individual audiences, are also can be seen on the BIFED’s website without any registration required until 19th October. This years’ winners will be announced with an award ceremony on Sunday, 17th October at 20.00 on BIFED’s YouTube channel. The documentaries in the festival can be watched till midnight of Tuesday, 19th October.
HOLZER: I hope big companies are sincere

The opening of the festival, organized in cooperation with Bozcaada Municipality and Kadıköy Municipality Sinematek/Sinema House, was held in Bozcaada and live broadcasted on the YouTube channel. In the opening that hosted by Nazlı Salcıoğlu, festival director Petra Holzer stated, ‘In the past, no one took the concepts of "environment" and "ecology" seriously in our country. Especially big companies. These days, everyone is talking about the environment. I hope this is not a sign of going from a state of ignorance to a state of greenwashing. I hope it's sincere. Must be sincere. That is what we, about fifteen people, work for all year.’

Özgüven: We are not stupid or guilty

‘We are organizing this festival to show these unpleasant-to-watch, contrarian documentaries.’ said festival coordinator Ethem Özgüven, and he ended his speech adding, ‘Today, a significant part of the documentaries show Chinese youth, whose average death rate is twenty years, Bangladeshi children who dye textiles, and little girls who sew those dyed textiles in secluded and stuffy workshops in Istanbul. They cannot escape from these orientalist approaches.

And I beg you once again, as a third world person. We are not stupid, we are not guilty. Sudanese babies, Syriac girls, Iraqis, Cubans, Afghan women are not guilty. But victim.’

The jury: Mücella Yapıcı, Nazmi Ulutak, Aslı Odman, Márcia Gomes de Oliveira, Andrijana Stojkovic and Juliana Paniagua will determine the winner in International Competition. And Gaia Student Award will be announced by Elif Demoğlu, Benjamin Huguet and Sam Plakun.
As one year before, this year as well Q&A sessions and panels will take place in the festival. Interesting panels and Q&A’s will be live broadcasting on BIFED’s YouTube channel. Guests can ask questions to the directors about their documentaries in the online sessions.
‘Where The Shepherd's Fires Shine: The Long Walk of Mine Workers From Massacre To Resistance’ moderated by Berrin Demir on Thursday, 14th October at 20:00.
‘Women's Labor, Women's Cooperative and The Climate Crisis’ moderated by Ümit Hamlacıbaşı on Friday, 15th October at 20:00.
‘Local Production and Distribution Relations’ modarated by Mustafa Dermanlı on Saturday, 16th October at 15:00.
‘Quintessential Human Being!’ modarated by Faik Uyanık on Monday, 18th October at 20:00.



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