Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and supported by the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), the 2nd Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival was held on 1-5 November 2022 with the participation of 52 films from 10 countries and seven autonomous regions, with the participation of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality that hosted the event.

After the film screening days, the award ceremony took place at Bursa Merinos Atatürk Congress and Culture Center on November 5, 2022. Ceremony was attended by the  Minister of Culture and Tourism of Türkiye Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Atageldi Şamuradov, Minister of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policies of Kyrgyzstan Altynbek Maksutov, Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan Ozodbek Nazarbekov, Secretary General of TURKSOY Sultan Raev, Chairman of the Cultural Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Roza Karibzhanova, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak and by producers, directors, screenwriters and actors from the cinema industry.

In the festival where 24 films competed, a total of 16 awards were found in the categories of “Featured Fiction Film”, “Documentary Film”, “Loyalty Award”, “TÜRKSOY Special Award” and “Contribution to Turkish Culture”.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who made the opening speech of the ceremony, stated that it is to be able to stick to the essence and values of universality and said, “The deeper the root of the tree goes deep into the soil, the wider it spreads, the greater its height and splendor, the more inclusive the shadow of its branches will be. We experience this fact in our festival as well. At the festival organized with the theme of ‘nature’ this year, our artists opened new windows to the world we are a part of. As long as we know our origin and keep our perception as broad as possible, it will be easier for us to explain and be understood.”

After his speech, Minister Ersoy presented gifts to 11 students studying cinema, and the award ceremony started. At the night, Yulduz Rajabova from Uzbekistan was deemed worthy of the “TÜRKSOY Special Award”. “Contribution to Turkish Culture Awards” was given to the director of the festival’s opening film “Kurmancan Datka – Queen of the Mountains”, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz from Kyrgyzstan; Arslan Eyeberdiev, President of the Turkmen Film Union; Rano Shodiyeva from Uzbekistan, Kanat Torebay from Kazakhstan and Mehmet Bozdağ from Türkiye.

The “Fidelity Awards” were presented to the sultan of Turkish cinema, Türkan Şoray, and director and producer Osman Sinav. Türkan Şoray, who received her award from the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, was given a standing ovation by the participants.

“Woman’s Destiny” directed by Dilmurod Masaidov from Uzbekistan was selected as the “Best Film”. Vagif Mustafayev from Azerbaijan, who participated in the festival with the movie “Life is Beautiful,” won the “Best Director Award”, while the “Best Screenplay Award” was given to Semih Kaplanoğlu from Türkiye for the movie “Bağlılık Hasan”.

In the documentary films, “Human The Light Behind the Darkness” directed by Furkat Usmanov from Uzbekistan, “The Sovereigns of Eurasia” by Aigul Cherendinova from Kazakhstan, and “Turkish Memory of the Balkans” directed by İsmet Arasan from Türkiye won the third place. “Best Actress” was Kalipa Tashtanova from Kyrgyzstan, and “Best Actor” was Kayrat Kemalov from Kazakhstan.

After the awards, Minister Ersoy presented the crane bird statue, which is the symbol of the “Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival” to be held in Shusha, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2023, to the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan, Anar Karimov.

At the ceremony, Fire of Anatolia and Azerbaijani artist Azerin gave the audience a good time with their performances.

For the Festival Catalogue, see: