18. International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival’s top honors were presented at Awards Night on September 30, 2017. The Festival, this year, was organized with the theme of “Cultural Heritage and Cultural Protection” by Safranbolu Municipality and supported by the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB).

The Awards Night was organized in Karabük University, Safranbolu Fine Arts Faculty, Conference Hall. Osman Yenidoğan, Deputy Governor of Karabük District, Fatih Ürkmezer, Governor of Safranbolu District and Deputy Chairman of Mayor, Enver Arslan, Head of Cinema General Directorate of Culture and Tourism Department, actors and actresses from ‘Yeşilçam’ Cinema (Cinema of Turkey), top honors directors and numerous invited guests were attended to the Awards Night.

“Üç eşik, doğum/düğün/ölüm” (Three thresholds, birth/wedding/death) directed by Asuman Fırtına was received the First Prize on the professional branch of the International Golden Safran Documentary Film Festival, “Ağaçeriler” directed by Elif Ertürk was received the Second Prize and “Kollarımdaki Yaşam” (Life in my arms) directed by Fikret Fırat was received the Third Prize on the professional film category.

“Koncolos” directed by Savaş Yavuz was received the First Prize on the category of amateur films. “Musihan” directed by Ibrahim Aybek was received the Second Prize and “Kıllıt” directed by Zeynep Altay was received the Third Prize on the amateur film category. Prof. Dr. Sergey Azimov, producer and director in Kazakhstan was awarded the “Life-Long Honor Award” and “Mutfağın Ötesi” (Beyond the Kitchen) by Töre Ercan was awarded to the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Special Prize.

The Festival was also hosted to the 18th International Gold Saffron Photo Contest. In the Contest, 2,392 photographs of 655 participants were evaluated. Minn Ngo Thanh from Vietnam was received the Gold Medal, Sohel Parvez Haque from Bangladesh was received the Silver Medal and the Amir Hossein Kamali from Iran was received the Bronze Medal. Lastly, Sadun Yalcin from Turkey was awarded to the Safranbolu Special Award.

In addition, within the festival, the Best Restored House Award was given to the 150-year-old ‘Babahan Konakları’ in Babasultan Neighborhood in Safranbolu District.

The participants from 8 countries including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Vietnam were attended to the Festival.