Council of Europe Film Award (FACE)

The Council of Europe presents the FACE award at the International Istanbul Film Festival to the director of a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance.

The FACE award is intended to honour an artistic or documentary film that promotes human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law.

The FACE award consists of a sculpture in bronze (created by Freddy Ruhlmann, entitled "Spirale de l'élévation") and a cash prize of 10000 € financed by the Council of Europe Directorate of Communication and by Eurimages, the Council of Europe European Cinema Support Fund, each contributing five thousand euros.

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FACE, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights in Cinema Film Award, goes to “Félicité”

Jury Special Mention for “Blue Silence”

Istanbul, 15.04.2017 – Film director Alain Gomis was awarded FACE, the Film award of the Council of Europe, during the closing ceremony of the 36. Istanbul Film Festival on 14 April, for his film “Félicité”. FACE is awarded every year to a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance.

Bülent Öztürk, received the Jury Special Mention for “Blue Silence”.

The FACE award consists of a bronze sculpture, "Spirale de l'élévation", and a cash prize of 10.000 € offered by the Council of Europe and its cinema support fund Eurimages.  

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