Official name: Turkey


GDP in Euro per capita$11,277

Capital: Ankara

Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)

Time zone: CET (UTC+2)

Calling code: +90


TURKISH CINEMA is an important part of Turkish culture, and has flourished over the years, delivering entertainment to audiences in Turkey, expatriates across Europe, more recently prospering in the Arab world and in rare cases, the United States.




  • Adana Film Festival - Another important film festival held annually in the city of Adana. Its top award is the Golden Boll received in the past by such prominent figures as Yilmaz Gunev, who himself grew up in Adana.


  • Ankara Flying Broom Women's Film Festival - is Turkey's only festival devoted to Feminism and Gender-Issues. The festival is held on an annual basis in Ankara. The festival aims to support young women in making their debut-films and organizes workshops on scriptwriting and film-making.


  • Antalya Film Festival - The most prestigious and popular festival in Turkey. Each year participiants are rewarded with the Golden Orange for outstanding performances in categories such as best film, best director, and best actor/actress.


  • Istanbul International Film Festival - First held in 1982, this annual film festival is one of the most important intellectual events in Turkey, often causing many cineastes living outside of Istanbul to go there for vacation to see the most precious examples of world film history presented there.




The country of origin of the 321 movies released in theaters in 2013 are as follows: U.S.A. (120), Turkey (85), France (14), other countries, including co-productions (102). It seems that American films are more popular, but the percentage of Turkish films released in theaters increases every year.




Box office revenue of movies which was 421 million Turkish Liras in 2012, increased by 20% to 505 millions in 2013. Box office revenue of the Turkish movies increased to over 200 millions and reached 270,5 million Turkish Liras. Although the proportion of revenue of the foreign movies was higher in the last 4 years (2009-2012),  the proportion of revenue of Turkish movies increased to 54% of total revenue in 2013.

The number of movies released in theatres increased to over 300 and the number of moviegoers which was about 41 millions in the last 4 years (2009-2012) increased to over 50 millions in 2013, the highest number since 1980. The number of cinema audiences of Turkish movies reached 28.990.793 and the total number of cinema audiences reached 50.405.020 this year.

The average movie ticket price in Turkey was 10 Turkish Liras in 2013 and the movies released in theatres sold the highest number of tickets in the last 30 years. The average number of moviegoers during a cinema session was about 17.




The moviegoers preferred the Turkish film productions in 2013. Nine of the 10 most watched movies were Turkish films and the only foreign film in the list was “Fast and Furios 6”.

The most popular movie in theatres was “Düğün Dernek” which was released in the first week of December 2013 and “CM101MMXI Fundamentals” was the second. The third film on the list was “Celal ile Ceren” produced by Şahan Gökbakar. These three productions at the top of the list of the 10 most watched films are comedy movies.

“Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly’s Dream) which was produced by Yılmaz Erdoğan and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was the fourth and “Selam” directed by Süleyman Levent Demirkale was the fifth on the list.

The other productions on the list are “Hükümet Kadın 2”, “Romantik Komedi 2”, “Hükümet Kadın” and “Benim Dünyam” (My World).

The number of cinema audiences of 5 of the movies released in 2013 increased to over 2 millions. On the other hand, the number of audiences of 10 of the movies in theatres increased to over 1 million. 44% percent of all moviegoers preferred these films.

The film “Fast and Furious” was at the top of the list of the 10 most watched foreign films. The second production on the list was “The Smurfs 2” and the third was “The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug”. The other productions on the list were: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “World War Z”, “Iron Man 3”, “Despicable Me 2”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Wolverine” and “Rise of the Guardians”.




Most of the 85 new Turkish movies in theatres in 2013 were distributed by UIP Türkiye. The other companies on the list of major film distributers were Tiglon, Pinema, M3 Film and Özen Film.

The distributors of most of the foreign movies released in theatres in 2013 were these three companies:  Tiglon, M3 Film and Pinema.




The 10 most watched Turkish films in 2013 were produced by BKM, CMYLMAZ Fikirsanat, Çamaşırhane, Neyir Film, Boyut Film, TMC Film and Avşar Film in partnership with DNZ Film. BKM produced 4 of these films: “Düğün Dernek” which was released in the last month of 2013 and became the  most popular film of the year, “Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly’s Dream) which was the “Best Foreign Movie” candidate for 2014 Oscar nomination, “Hükümet Kadın” and “Hükümet Kadın 2”.

Evaluation and Classification

The 85 Turkish movies released in 2013 in were rated as follows:

28 movies: “General Audiences”, 27 movies: “7+”, 17 movies: “13+”, 3 movies: “15+”, 1 movie: “18+”, 6 movies: “7A” and 3 movies: “13A”

The 236 foreign movies released in Turkey in 2013 were rated as follows:

35 movies: “General Audiences”, 62 movies: “7+”, 6 movies: “7A”, 55 movies: “13+”, 4 movies: “13A”, 49 movies: “15+” and 25 movies: “18+”.


With the support of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe

Fact box Turkey
Country Name: Turkey
GDP: $1.426 trillion
Admissions: 43,935,763
Addmissions per capita: 0.6
Number of screens: 2,093
Digital Screens:
Average ticket price:
Feature film production: 61
Annual state support:

With the support of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe