The 31st edition of the International Istanbul Film Festival, hosted by Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (IKSV), opened with a gala ceremony on Friday at Lutfi Kirdar Convention Hall.
The ceremony featured the presentation of honor awards to Sevin Okyay, Turkey's first woman cinema critic, filmmaker Ali Ozgenturk, actress Aysen Gruda, and actor Halit Akcatepe, who celebrates 69th anniversary in the Turkish cinema industry.
The event also saw English director Terence Davies receiving the festival's "Cinema Honor Award" from IKSV Board Chirman Bulent Eczacibasi.
Davies' latest movie "The Deep Blue Sea" was screened at the gala opening.
Over 200 films will meet the audience through March 31-April 15 with panel discussions, workshops, concerts and parties.
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