TRT attaches great importance to the Al Jazeera Balkans International Documentary Film Festival


Turkish Radio and Television Company (TRT) attaches great importance to the 5th Al Jazeera Balkans International Documentary Film Festival (AJB DOC) of which Anadolu Agency (AA) is the global communication partner.

Faruk Guven, director of cinema of TRT, who participated in the festival organized for the 5th time this year, and Ensar Altay, director of TRT World and member of the festival jury, shared the importance that TRT attaches to AJB DOC with the AA correspondent.

Underlining the importance that TRT attaches to festivals, Guven said, “As TRT, we participate in many festivals. We are present in both the competition section and the project development section of the festivals. We care ‘Work in Progress’ parts of the festivals because these parts are the parts where the projects first meet and develop with the ‘network’ and where the co-producer and new funds can be found. invitation from Al Jazeera Balkans because we attach great importance to it,” he said.

Guven continued: “This festival, organized for the 5th time, but with a very professional system and whose inauguration was grand. There are very influential people in the industry here. With the documentary section of Al Jazeera Balkans, the festival lays the groundwork for their content which will be broadcast in many places around the world”.

– “As TRT, we are looking at projects with which we can potentially cooperate”

Noting that they were happy with the festival and that the atmosphere in the region is very pleasant, Guven said, “As TRT, we look at projects that we can potentially cooperate with. A documentary or a film comes in more strongly in production when it finds a partner or funding in the development stage of the project, or when it meets new names. That’s part of how success is achieved, and we’re here because we care.” he detailed.

Referring to the Documentary Days organized by TRT, Guven continued:

“TRT Documentary Days starts in June every year and applications start towards the end of the year. A documentary platform where regional affairs come from. For this reason, we believe it will be beneficial for both channels to welcome and interact with the people who will be invited from Al Jazeera Balkans next year.”

“As TRT, we cooperate with many festivals in Turkey and abroad, awarding prizes and providing performances. Like the Sarajevo Film Festival, we are trying to establish ourselves in Africa, the Czech Republic and the many countries” recalled Guven.

– Ensar Altay is the only Turkish member of the jury this year

Ensar Altay, who is the director of TRT World and the only Turkish jury for this year’s festival, noted that he had been following the festival very closely for 5 years before adding, “I have personally witnessed how which a festival can acquire the power to have an international impact from year to year. I follow it with admiration.”

Moreover, Altay said he was happy to note that the Festival (AJB DOC) has become a very prestigious festival for European documentary filmmakers.

Stating that he gladly accepted the invitation sent to him to be a member of the jury this year, Altay concluded: “It is a documentary festival that is so close to my heart that I would have even come to work there as a volunteer. “.

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