Organized by Member of TDBB Supervisory Board, Safranbolu Municipality, in the theme of “Cultural Heritage and Protection” and supported by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) as one of the supportive institutions, “17th International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival” was carried out in Safranbolu between September 29 and October 2, 2016.  

The award ceremony in Karabük University Safranbolu Faculty of Fine Arts Conference Hall was attended by Karabük MPs of AK Party (Justice and Development Party) Mehmet Ali Şahin and Burhanettin Uysal, Governor of Karabük Mehmet Aktaş, Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanization Mehmet Ceylan, District Governor of Safranbolu Murat Bulacak, Mayor of Safranbolu Necdet Aksoy, Mayor of Altınova Metin Oral on behalf of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and other protocol members and numerous guests.

Within the framework of festival, the Photograph Exhibition “Khoja Ahmet Yassawi and Turkestan 100 Years Ago” and the Panel themed as “Settlement in Anatolia and Anatolian Armenians” also took place.

In the festival, out of 49 films, ‘Maneviyatını Koruyan Şehir İstanbul’ (Istanbul:the City which protects its Sprituality) by Oğuzhan Alparslan became the first while ‘Anadolu’nun Gözü Gülcan Acar’ (Vision of Anatolia Gülcan Acar) by Cemalettin İrken received second prize and ‘Ani ve Ararat’ (Ani and Ararat) by Yalçın Yelence third prize.

On the other hand in the amateur category, “Işıklık” (Skylight) by Burak Doğan took the first prize while ‘Pervane’ (Propeller) by Celal Argın won the second prize and ‘Safranbolu’da Bayrak Yarışı’ (Relay Race in Safranbolu) by Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu the third.

In the competition Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Special Award went to ‘Yeddi’ by Mehmet Demirli while ‘Tariz: Gri Şehrin Renkli Çocukları’ (Tariz: Colorful Children of Gray City) by Sezer Ağgez won Jury’s Special Award and Süha Arın Special Award was taken by Adem Polat.

While speaking in the award ceremony, Mayor of Safranbolu Necdet Aksoy stated that this year the competition has been opened for international participants for the first time and added: “This year 535 artists sent us their photographs. The number of the photographs sent to us is 1930. There are 100 foreign participants out of these artists. On the other hand, this year our documentary film competition was attended by 49 documentary films, 23 in amateur category and 26 in professional category.”  

After the speeches, the program was completed after the presentation of awards to winners in Documentary Film and Photography competitions and shooting of souvenir photo.