Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival with "Winter Sleep" after a longing of 32 years for Turkish Cinema to win the most important award for the 2nd time in history. "The Road" directed by Yilmaz Guney was the only Turkish film to win Golden Palm award from Turkey in 1982.
Turkish Directorate of Cinema took the opportunity to celebrate this anniversary with a promotional campaign both for Turkish audience and foreign filmmaking industry to help increase the attention and investments in Turkish market.
Meanwhile, a nation wide poll to pick the top 100 films in Turkish cinema have been made at yuzyilyuzfilm.gov.tr for people to decide their best and go back the memories. Unfortunately, Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" did not make it to the list as it was released only after the voting started, but the filmmaker is probably more than happy with the success of the film at international stage.
Turkish film production industry keeps the rapid grow as deserved, with numerious production companies offering production services for foreign filmmakers and also with the help of the Turkish audience committed to watch Turkish films in theatre and prefering them over their Hollywood rivals.
Offering production funds to Turkish films and incentives for the projects that are filmed in Turkey, Directorate of Cinema is also doing the job to keep the industry together for the first time.