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Despite Ankara's lack of support, Turkish film wins big at Sundance

The Turkish government has put private theater and movie productions in a chokehold through restrictions in financing and legal hurdles.
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27:  Tolga Karacelik accepts the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic award for "Butterflies" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Night Ceremony at Basin Recreation Field House on January 27, 2018 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The Turkish movie "Butterflies" has won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival. For 36-year-old director, screenwriter and co-producer Tolga Karacelik and his team, the win was a pleasant surprise.

While accepting the award, Karacelik said the movie had been shot in just 18 days. He had applied for financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism but was denied. Though his previous movie, "Ivy" (2015), had received funding from the ministry and went on to win multiple awards at domestic and international film festivals, Karacelik and his friends relied on crowdfunding to finish this one.

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