The Council of Europe will present 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 and 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 will be offered to a film selected from entries in the Human Rights in Cinema section of the festival. This includes both documentaries and features investigating social changes and individual dramas. Two Eurimages’ supported films are selected in this section: ‘Karaula’ by Rajko Grlic (HR, SI, MK, BA) and ‘Eve Dönüs’ by Ömer Ugur (TR, GR).
The FACE award includes a sculpture in bronze and a cash prize of 10000 €, which is offered in collaboration with Eurimages.
In the name of the Secretary General, Terry Davis, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg will present the first Council of Europe Film Award on 14 April 2007.
The Film Award of the Council of Europe is established as an annual collaboration between the International Istanbul Film Festival and the Council of Europe.