18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019


Winner of Best Short Film Audience Award in Boston Turkish Festival's
13th Annual Documentary & Short Film Competition

Yolcu | Passenger

Directed by Cem Özay

Cast: Ahmet Özay, Batuhan Özay

Short / 2017 / 20 min. / with English subtitles

Ahmet’s divorced wife serves in prison. Ahmet, who is a truck driver, takes his son to live with him. Father and son are forced to live in a truck until they have a new life. They go for a long journey where they will get to know each other.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, USA: Best Short Film Audience Award
  • Montecatini International Short Film Festival, Italy: Best Film
  • Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon: Best Second Film
  • Jinzhen International Short Film Festival, China: Best Second Film
  • SETEM Academy, BAK Awards, Fiction Category, Turkey: Best Editing
  • Siirt Short Film Festival, Turkey: Second Prize
  • Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France: Shorts from Turkey

Director CEM ÖZAY

Cem Ozay

Cem Özay (Gaziantep, 1983) worked as assistant editor in news agencies until he started working in films in 2003. He worked as assistant, location manager, production coordinator, and executive producer in television series and movies. After deciding to continue his journey in the industry as a writer and director, he made his directoral debut with his short film Passenger in 2017.



SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019
11:00 am

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Winners of Boston Turkish Festival's
13th Annual Documentary &
Short Film Competition

Passenger/ Yolcu
Best Short Film Audience Award

Best Short Film

A Story with Music / Muzikli Bir Hikaye
Best Documentary

A Fading Language A Fading Cuisine / Kaybolan Bir Dil Kaybolan Bir Mutfak Best Documentary Audience Award

Panel discussion on Turkish cinema moderated by film critic Peter Keough after film screenings

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