“22nd International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival” Awards, organized by Safranbolu Municipality between 16 and 18 September 2021 with the main theme of “Cultural Heritage and Conservation” and side theme “Ahi-Order Culture”, which includes Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) among the supporting institutions, were presented to their owners at a ceremony held in Safranbolu.

Mayor of Safranbolu Elif Köse, who made the opening speech of the festival at Misak-ı Milli Democracy Square, stated that festivals are important for places with cultural heritage and tourism economy, and underlined that these festivals are organizations that require a lot of effort. Expressing that the main theme of the festival is “Cultural Heritage and Conservation”, every year Mayor Köse said, “We also define a side theme. The side theme we chose this year was determined as ‘Ahi-Order Culture’, as 2021 was declared as the year of Ahi Evran. Ahi-order is so important that; it is the name of the socio-economic order in which brotherhood, truth, honesty, reason and science, that is, everything beautiful, unite.”

The award ceremony of the festival was held at Safranbolu Municipality Leyla Dizdar Cultural Center. At the ceremony, Ulaş Tosun’s documentary was selected as the best film in the professional category. The Special Jury Award in the professional film category was given to Aleksei Golovkov’s film ‘When the Snow Melts Down’. Yasin Serindere’s ‘Waiting for the Channel’ received the Best Documentary Film Award in the amateur film category. In the same category, Begüm Aksoy’s film ‘Smirna’s Pit’ was awarded the Special Jury Award, and the Süha Arın Special Award was given to Celeste Galliot-Dollet’s ‘Beautiful Remains’.

Neşe Uğur Nohutçu’s work ‘Töz’ was deemed worthy of the Best Documentary Award in the free category, and Ahmet Keçili’s ‘Seval’ movie was deemed worthy of the Jury’s Special Award. Göksel Tuzun’s work ‘Hüseyin and Fatma Now Signed Up’ received the Documentary Film Production Support Award. Burçak Evren was awarded the Cinema Honorary Award, and Director Hakan Aytekin and Academician-Director Özcan Gürbüz received the Documentary Cinema Labor Award.

The 22nd International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival ended with concerts.