The 7th Mercy to the Universe International Short Film Festival kicked off in Istanbul on Monday.
The week-long festival at Atlas Cinema is being organized in cooperation with the Siyer Foundation and the Fidan Art Foundation, and is supported by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, with Anadolu Agency as its global communication partner.
The festival aims to introduce the teachings of Prophet Muhammad to the world.
In the opening ceremony, trailers from movies that advanced to the finals of national and international competitions were screened.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, festival director Cemil Nazli said: “There will be very important events and screenings related to cinema and art for six days. In these screenings, we will bring short films by directors to moviegoers,” he added.
He noted that this year’s special guest is Spanish director Oliver Laxe, who has received many awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
Laxe, who heads the festival’s international jury, will hold a Master…