Meetings on the Bridge
Tolga Karaçelik wins a Binger Award 2012 at Meetings on the Bridge with his project Lonely Child, a black comedy on miscommunications and suicides.
In addition to writing and directing five short films that have been shown at various festivals nationally and internationally, Tolga Karaçelik (1981) wrote and directed music videos and served as director of photography on a documentary feature. His award-winning debut Toll Booth, was screened at several prestigious international film festivals. Toll Booth is the first Turkish film ever to have a one week theatrical run at Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) in New York. As the opening film of Global Film Initiatives Global Lens 2012 Series, Toll Booth will be shown in more than 35 cities across the US and Canada in 2012.
Collaborating producers for Lonely Child are Sara Merih Ertas (1980, Istanbul) and Engin Yenidünya (1980, Istanbul). Merih previously produced Toll Booth and is currently serving as the Executive Producer of a feature movie project funded by the Turkish and Azerbaijani Ministries of Culture. Engin worked as Associate Producer for Japanese director Atsushi Ogata's 2009 feature Wakiyaku Monogatari (Cast Me If You Can), which had its world premiere as part of the Asian New Talent Award competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival. After producing Toll Booth, he produced Amir Naderi's feature CUT in Japan, which was the opening movie for the 68th Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti section and later played at Toronto and Tribeca among other festivals
Meetings On The Bridge is a platform within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival which offers opportunities for initial international presentations of new feature film projects, bringing together producers, directors, script writers and organisation representatives from Europe and Turkey. Selected projects in the Film Development Workshop are eligible for the Binger Award, which offers the winner individual script consultancy by one of Binger’s international script advisors