A review on Suffocating with Manners from Valentina Kiaya
June 21 2021

Valentina Kiaya's film review of Suffocating with Manners: In a divided and troubled country like Turkey, which struggles between conservatism and progress, art grapples to find ways to highlight the inequalities and injustices that prevail. This is also the aim of Sertaç Koyuncu's short film "Suffocating with Manners", as it tells the story of an old and rusty elevator and its passengers. More specifically, an elevator of a skyscraper, which is not at all reliable as it is not only old but also neglected. As the passengers heading to different floors enter the elevator, the long narrow box goes up the floors floundering. A mosaic of people is being formed of individuals who have nothing in common but two things: they are in the same elevator and they want to get to their destination as soon as possible. The route becomes long and suffocating until at some point it begins to become worrying for its passengers. A seemingly simple story that carries with it messages and concerns. For a society that pushes people's values ​​and rights into a corner for the sake of other interests. So much so that she can no longer take another breath from the oppressive and inhuman rule exercised on her. And thus, people who may be seemingly different forget that they share the same "path" and are left to quarrel over meaningless differences. For what is primarily at stake in this story is the human values ​​and relationships that struggle with a jump to escape the condemnation of obscurantism. A darkness that can hardly be avoided, especially if it stems from forms of religious zeal, which in turn sets out to reproduce its own values ​​and ideals of how a proper society should function. When this kind of conservatism clashes with the people's need for freedom, the results lead to an insecure and dangerous "path". "Suffocating with Manners" is a class allegory and especially a cry of indignation from the young artists of the country who are striving to highlight the importance of diversity and solidarity. We may all be in the same elevator after all, but if we work together properly we can get out of its suffocating space. Source: balkan-can-kino.com/youngcritics-suffocatingwithmanners





Suffocating with Manners is one of the finalists of the 12th Lions International Short Film Competition
June 14 2021

Suffocating with Manners is one of the finalists of the 12th Lions International Short Film Competition. In the competition, where 324 films were submitted, the preliminary jury and main jury members determined 15 finalists. The finalists eligible for the award will be announced on 22 June 2021 at the gala night, which will be held online at 21:30. We wish all the finalists success, and we welcome our followers to the award ceremony, which will be broadcasted online on YouTube. We will share the live link on the day of the event via this post.




Courts Mais Trash International Film Festivali
April 28 2021

Q&A on our short film Suffocating with Manners as part of Courts Mais Trash International Film Festival that will take place from April 21 to 28, 2021. https://www.instagram.com/tv/





Turkey 2020 Film Festivals Assessment Report
April 8 2021

Film critic and researcher Hayri Çölaşan published 2020 Film Festivals Assessment Report. Suffocating with Manners is also included in the category of The Most Awarded Films of the year. Film Festivals 2020 booklet: www.kameraarkasi.org
Profile page of Suffocating with Mannerrs: www.kameraarkasi.org/yonetmenler/
Profile page of the director Sertaç Koyuncu: www.kameraarkasi.org/yonetmenler/sertackoyuncu





41st IFSAK Short Film and Documentary Competition award ceremony concluded
March 15 2021

41st IFSAK Short Film and Documentary Competition award ceremony concluded. We share our snapshot with you. You can access the Youtube recording of the live broadcast from the previous post. We thank the organizers of the festival, the pre-selection board and the main jury. Congratulations to all project owners who were awarded and made it to the final. You can watch all the short-listed films online until March 21 from the link below: www.kisafilm.ifsak.org.tr/yarisma-filmleri/





Suffocating with Manners is a Finalist in the 41st IFSAK National Short and Documentary Film Competition
March 14 2021

Suffocating with Manners was one of the 18 fiction short films that made it to the final, in the 41st IFSAK National Short and Documentary Film Competition. On Sunday, March 14, 2021, 20:00, the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Youtube tonight. You can watch the awards ceremony live by clicking on the link below. The event will start with an interview with the competition juries Bingöl Elmas, Meryem Yavuz and Fırat Yücel, and then continue with the announcement of the award-winning films in four categories. Turkey's oldest short film event, which continues to the present day, is carried out by IFSAK. The first of which was held in 1978, ‘IFSAK National Short Film Competition’ has been held at the national level since its inception and is an example of many short film events in our country. The event also contributes to the creation of the most comprehensive Short Film Archive in our country thanks to the films archived from those years to date, as well as the opportunity to screen the first works of valuable filmmakers, many of whom have given important works around the world. IFSAK also plans to increase the production of the owners of cinema works in our country in the coming periods and to contribute to the development and dissemination of cinema as an art. IFSAK continues its work with determination and faith to organize the ‘IFSAK National Short Film and Documentary Competition' every year in order to be a pioneer in new ideas. Members of the pre-selection committee: Aylin Kök Aydın, Kasım Ördek and Hayrettin Tunç. Jury members: Bingöl Elmas, Meryem Yavuz and Fırat Yücel.




Q&A with Sertaç Koyuncu on Suffocating with Manners
Jan 29 2021

Q&A with director / educator Nesli Özalp and director Sertaç Koyuncu as part of 7th International Usak Short Film Festival: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLu9tnZ43A8





Suffocating with Manners is in Belgium!
Jan 14 2021

Suffocating with Manners is in Belgium! As you know, our film has been accepted into the competition selection of Courts Mais Trash International Film Festival, one of the craziest festivals in Europe! Our film will be shown between April 21-28, 2021 via Eventive VOD Platform, and will meet the audience as part of the COMPÉTITION INTERNATIONALE 2 program. About COMPÉTION INTERNATIONALE 2 selection: All the movies that don’t fit in the other categories are screened in this session. BUT the difference with the International competition 1 is the theme: Black Mirror. These movies deal with how Internet and smartphones have made our lives a misery even more than a f****** virus. This selection in particular is fun and nutty. Who would miss this screening, for real? Here is the official web site, check it out: courtsmaistrash.net





Suffocating with Manners was Awarded with 2 Prizes in 7th International Usak Short Film Festival Award Ceremony
Dec 27 2020

7th International Usak Short Film Festival Award Ceremony took place on 18 December 2020 in Istanbul. We were at Kadıköy Barış Manço Cultural Center to get to know this dynamic team dedicated to organizing a festival of high standards and to breathe the atmosphere of the festival. It was nice to have the opportunity to chat with the filmmakers during the awards ceremony, which was kept as short as possible in accordance with Covid measures. We congratulate Deniz Bahadır Özdemir, who was awarded the Best Sound Design Award by the main jury, and Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Animation, who was awarded the Best Visual Effect award!


Suffocating with Manners Nominated for 8 Awards in International Winged Seahorse Film Festival
Dec 3 2020

We want to share the good news! Suffocating with Manners set a record in the history of the 7th International Usak Winged Seahorse Film Festival by receiving 8 nominations! Our film nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects for the Winged Seahorse Awards as a finalist. On this occasion, we would like to congratulate our teammates who received nominations for their valuable contribution to our film:

* Best cinematographer nominee Oguzhan Inceoğulları gave an impressive aesthetic to our film, which took place in a single place with his cinematography.
* Ali Altunsoy, nominated for Best Art Director, has always raised the bar for the production design of the film from the first moment he joined our team.
* Best Visual Effects nominee Dokuz Eylul University Animation Department students supported us by implementing the challenging visual effects of our film.
* Finally, Best Sound Design nominee Deniz Bahadır Özdemir, working day and night, designed a deliberate and masterful sound design. He recreated the atmosphere of the film.
Once again, we congratulate our esteemed teammates and our entire team who received nominations. We will continue to announce more in the following days, stay tuned.




Suffocating with Manners is Approved for the Competition of National Short Films in 7th International Usak Winged Seahorse Short Film Festival
Nov 7 2020

We'd like to share some good news. 'Suffocating with Manners' is approved for the Official Selection of International Usak Winged Seahorse Short Film Festival. We are very happy to be involved in this festival! Our nominations are as follows: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Makeup, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor




Our Film is Approved for the Official Selection of 8th Kayseri Golden Sycamore Film Festival
Oct 23 2020

Our film will be online between October 29-31, 2020 as part of the Official Selection of 8th Kayseri Golden Sycamore Film Festival. You can watch the film online between these dates. The festival can be reached via link below: www.kayserifilmfestivali.org





Suffocating with Manners is in Barcelona via Official Selection of Terror Molins Film Festival
Oct 19 2020

We've got great news! Suffocating with Manners is in the Official Selection of Terror Molins Film Festival, Spain's oldest horror film festival, which has been running continuously since 1973, and received nominations in five categories. The results will be announced in November, 2020. To be a part of this festival is honorary. On this occasion, once again, we congratulate everyone who contributed to the film. Our nominations are as follows: 1st Jury Award, Award to the Best Screenplay, Award to the Best SFX and/or Make-Up, Award “Victor Israel” to the Best Performance, Award “Manel Gilbert” of the Audience.



3rd Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium
Oct 16 2020

The short film selection "Unfolding the Layers: Shorts from Turkey", curated by Zehra Cerrahoğlu,our dear lecturer from the Department of Film Design from Dokuz Eylul University, will meet with the audience on Saturday 17.10.2020, 19.00 and Sunday 18.10.2020, 19.00. The selection that will be screened as a part of 3rd Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium also includes Suffocating with Manners. After the screening, there will also be a short question and answer event with the directors. You can follow the screening and interview online at the link below:
www.balkan-can-kino.com


'Suffocating With Manners' is in 21st International Izmir Short Film Festival.
Oct 2 2020

Suffocating with Manners is selected for the National Panorama Official Selection program of 21st International Izmir Short Film Festival! After continuing its screening journey with France, Cannes; United States, Alexandria; Germany, Braunschweig; Ukraine, Kiev; Italy, Turin, our short film is now returning to the city where it was born: Izmir. Once again, we sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the film. We'll announce it on our social media accounts when the screening schedule is finalized. Another good news is coming soon, stand by please




Izmir Screening Dates.
Oct 2 2020

The festival program of the International 2 Sides Short Film Festival was released! The screening of our short film, which also includes an audio description for the visually impaired, will take place online from October 9-12, 2020. We wish all viewers a beautiful online festival experience. Highlighting “Our Difference, Our Diversity, Our Sensitivity”, International 2 Sides Short Film Festival consists of four mail section: Screen, Armchair, Remix and Plus. With this year’s theme “In my pocket”, the festival aims to reflect the diversity of cultural experiences and the accumulative effect of our personal journeys. The festival will be held between 9-17 October. Due to pandemic, this year’s festival will be fully digital. Festival program: Official web site of 2SSFF 2020




'Suffocating with Manners' is in Izmir!
Aug 10 2020

Our short film is approved for the official selection of 2 Sides Short Film Festival and will meet audiences on online platforms from October 9-17, 2020. Follow our page for the updates about the date and time of the screening. Once again thanks to the entire film crew.





'Suffocating with Manners' is in Ukraine!
May 29 2020

'Suffocating with Manners' is in Ukraine. Our short film is approved for "Festival Plus Ukraine" the official selection of Kiev International Film Festival. Under normal circumstances the festival would take place between 22 and 24 May but has been postponed to take place when the ban ends. Follow our page for the updates about the date and time of the screening. Once again thank you to the entire film crew.




National premiere at FABISAD Gio Awards!
January 02 2020

‘Suffocating with Manners’ is now in Turkey after its US and European premieres and is crowning its national premiere with an award. We are pleased to report that our film received a degree in the Short Film Category at the Gio Awards, a commemoration of Giovanni Scognamillo's contributions to cinema and literature. On Saturday, January 4th, our director Sertaç Koyuncu and our distributor Diler Ercan will be there to receive the award on behalf of the entire team who contributed to the film.The Fantasy and Science Fiction Arts Association (FABISAD) will be held at 19:00 in Istanbul's Kadıköy Barış Manço Cultural Center.



Europe Premiere of ‘Suffocating with Manners’ will take place in 33rd Braunschweig International Film Festival
October 25 2019

Good news! After USA, Europe Premiere of ‘Suffocating with Manners’ will take place in 33rd Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany. Our short film will be screened at 01:00PM in part of ‘Fürchterlich Warmherzig’ Short Films Selection in LOT Theatre, on 23rd of November, 2019. You can folllow the details from Braunschweig International Film Festival’s official website. www.filmfest-braunschweig.de



The tickets are available for purchase for the World Premiere of ‘Suffocating with Manners’!
October 25 2019

The tickets are available for purchase for the World Premiere of ‘Suffocating with Manners’! Launched by Alexandria Film Festival as a ‘thrilling lineup of short films guaranteed to give you chills!’, Late Night Showcase tickets are available for purchase! You can watch our short film in Alexandria Film Festival (USA) which will be screened at 10:00PM in part of Midnight Programme in AMC Hoffman Center, on 9th of November, 2019. Please click on the link below for ticket sales: EventBrite.com




Suffocating with Manners World Premiere in 13th Alexandria Film Festival!
October 10 2019

And here is the good news! The World Premiere of ‘Suffocating with Manners’ will take place in Alexandria Film Festival, USA. Our short film will be screened at 10:00PM in part of Midnight Programme in AMC Hoffman Center, on 9th of November, 2019. You can folllow the details from Alexandria Film Festival’s official website. Our Europe Premiere will be anounced soon! www.alexfilmfest.com




4th Torino Short Film Market 2019'
September 8 2019

‘Suffocating With Manners’ is approved for the 2019 edition of the Torino Short Film Market and will be online in private Video Library which is accessible only to festival programmers, distributors, TV and VoD buyers.






72nd Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2019'
March 26 2019

‘Suffocating With Manners’ is approved for the 2019 edition of the Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes and will be online in Cannes Court Metrage private VideoLibrary which is accessible only to festival programmers, distributors, TV and VoD buyers.






41st Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market 2019'
Jan 17 2019

‘Suffocating With Manners’ is online in Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market video library which is accessible only to festival programmers, distributors, TV and VoD buyers. You can reach Film Card via this link >> Clermont-FilmFest.com






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