Jury

  • Main Jury
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    Azadeh Masihzadeh

    Azadeh Masihzadeh first her first short film in 2013 after 13 years of being an English Instructor. After bein suuccessful in dozens of festivals she decided to take filmmaking serously and took some directing and script writing courses at Karnameh Institute Arts and Cultural in Tehran, a city far from her home city, Shiraz.

    In a Documentary workshop by Mr asghar Farhadi she made her first Documentary "All Winners, All Losers". In 2016 she took "Documentary and Short Film Production" course in the USA, having a workshop with Martin Scorsese. And after that she decided to work aa an independent Distributor. And participated in Berlinale film festival twice at Generation won Special Awards for two short films she was their distributor. And in Venice and many oscar qualified film festivlas.


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    Katarzyna Warzecha

    Yönetmen ve senarist olan Katarzyna Warzecha, 1989'da Polonya'nın Gdansk kentinde doğdu, Katowice'de bulunan Krzysztof Kieslowski Film Okulu'ndan ve Varşova'da bulunan Wajda School & Studio’dan mezun oldu. "We have one heart" adlı kısa belgeseli, 2021 yılında seçkin uluslararası festivallerde en çok gösterilen Polonya filmi oldu. Warzecha, şimdilerde ilk uzun metrajlı filmi üzerinde çalışıyor.


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    Lendita Zeqiraj

    Lendita Zeqiraj is an award-winning Kosovar film director, screenwriter and visual artist. Born in 1972 in Prishtina, she studied Arts (1990-94) and postgraduates (1995–97) at The Academy of Arts in Prishtina. She began her artistic career during the occupation era in the late 90s, exhibiting her paintings and later founding and publishing the very first magazine for art and culture in Kosovo, so-called “n’Art” (1994-1995). At the same time she started to direct various artistic video clips, but the closure of Kosovo TV does not allow her work to be seen.

    During the war in Kosovo, she moved to Paris where studied Film Aesthetics at Paris 8 University under the mentorship of professor Jean-Louis Deotte. During this time, she starts to write and direct her own films. She wrote and directed shorts, and her documentary films have brought much attention to Al Jazeera Channel reaching millions of viewers with her documentary films that she wrote and directed in France and Kosovo. She made the very first music video clips in Albanian language starting back in 1996 and she is the first woman music producer in Kosovo, the founder and chief editor of the first Art Magazine in Kosovo in 1994, the first founder of an Art Gallery in Kosovo and Albania in 1995 and the firs Kosovar woman filmmaker internationaly recognised since 2002, which makes her a pioneer on many fields of a young kosovar society.

    She is best known for her one take films "Balcony" 2013 - premiered at Venice Film Festival, "Fence" 2018, a triple oscar qualified and her feature film "Aga's House" 2019, traveling to more than five hundred international film festivals and being praised with many awards and nominations.


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    Leonardo Martinelli

    Leonardo Martinelli is a filmmaker from Rio de Janeiro. His films have been selected at more than four hundred film festivals worldwide, including Locarno, San Sebastián, BFI London, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Montreal, Bosphorus, İzmir and others. Through a vote among several film critics, Martinelli was listed as one of the Top 10 New Brazilian Filmmakers by Papo de Cinema. His film Fantasma Neon won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the 74th Locarno Film Festival. He also holds a Master's degree in Communication from PUC-Rio and is currently developing his first feature film, which was selected for the Locarno Residency.


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    Patrícia Nogueira

    Patrícia Nogueira (Porto, Portugal) is a documentary filmmaker and a Film Professor at the University of Beira Interior. She began working in the film industry in 2004 in the production of narrative feature films, collaborating with companies such as Marginal Filmes (Lx, Pt), Cinemate (Lx, Pt) and Titanio Films (RJ, Br). In 2010, Patrícia decided to embrace documentary film and enrolled in the master’s in Documentary Film and Photography at ESMAE. Two years later she premiered her debut documentary feature film – 3 hours to love – which explores conjugal visits in a female prison facility, selected and awarded in several festivals in Portugal and abroad. She is a Ph.D. in Digital Media, under the University of Texas at Austin-Portugal international program. In 2015 she was in residency at the National Film Board of Canada, and in 2016 she was a visiting scholar at the Film department from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been serving as jury of the Portuguese Film Fund and in several Film Festivals around the world.


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    Rand Abou Fakher

    A multidisciplinary Syrian artist. She obtained her studies as a flautist in the National Conservatory of Damascus. Her second short film So We Live was premiered in the international competition of the Berlinale 70th Edition and won various prizes including Oscars Qualifying Awards. She coordinated film and music production and performs in theatre.


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    Zhannat Alshanova

    Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhannat is a London-based writer/director and producer. She holds an MA in Filmmaking degree from the London Film School.

    Her work has shown at numerous international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Locarno (Pardino d’Argento award for the Best Short Film), has screened at prestigious institutions such as Barbican Centre (UK), Tate Modern (UK), Art Basel (Switzerland) and The Asian Film Archive (Singapore).

    She is currently developing several feature film projects. A Winner is Seen at the Start (France/Kazakhstan) is supported by CNC, Hubert Bals Script and Development Fund, Region Sud co-production development fund, BoostNL and EWA award. Mother Tongue (France/Kazakhstan) is supported by ARTE development Award. Present Perfect (Film 4, UK) will be Zhannat’s first English-language film.

    Zhannat is a Berlinale Talents and TIFF Filmmakers Lab alumni. She is a member of Directors UK, BAFTA Connect and European Women’s Audiovisual Network. She is represented by Anonymous Content and Casarotto and Ramsay.


  • Mid-Selection Jury
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    ÇAĞLAR BOCUT

    He graduated from public Administration and political Science. He worked in various agencies in the advertising industry. He became the founding partner of Kolor Yapım in 2013. He has worked as a copywriter, producer and director in many television programs, documentaries and commercial productions. He produced his first feature film Sardunya which is released in 2021. He still continues to work as a partner with many domestic and foreign agencies through his company


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    ECEM ARSLANAY

    Ecem Arslanay is an Istanbul-based editor, writer, lecturer, architect and filmmaker. In her architectural design career, she focused specifically on stage design. She taught at Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture between 2017-2019, and has been a lecturer at Bahçeşehir University Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design since 2021. As a PhD candidate in architecture, she is focused on the spatial qualities of the digital museum experience. She worked as the production designer of the feature-length film “The Connected” (2018-ongoing), supported by the Sharjah Art Foundation and Salt. She wrote, codirected and coproduced the short film “The Clocks” (2021), a finalist in many international festivals, a participant in various exhibitions and a winner of some awards. As an AICA member, she produced many texts on art, design, architecture, dance, theatre and cinema for various publications, including exhibition catalogues and parts in books. She has contributed to Art Unlimited, Artful Living, Birikim Dergisi, Calling Mag, Design Unlimited, Fişek Dergi, Gazete Duvar, K24, Manifold.press, Sanatatak, Üretimhane and SEQUITUR (Boston University). She is currently working on a book of her selected texts. She is the publications editor at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and along with the exhibitions titled “The Prince’s Extraordinary World: Abdülmecid Efendi,” “David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020,” “Agnes Denes: The Living Pyramid,” “Turkish Painting: In the Pursuit of Modernism,” and “Hussein Chalayan: Souffleur,” she has worked in the editorial affairs of many events that took place in the museum.


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    EMRE DOĞAN

    He was born in 1991 in Istanbul. In 2010, he got into the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema at Ege University, Faculty of Communication. In 2013, he shot the short film "Whitewash", which won the first prize in the 10th Türsak Future Cinema Script Competition. The film was screened in many national and international festivals and received awards. He started his master's degree at Dokuz Eylül University Fine Arts Institute Film Design Department in 2014 and graduated in 2016, started his doctorate in this department in the same year. In 2019, he wrote and directed the short film “In Infinite Time” with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cinema and the production of Kadraj Group, the short documentary film "Multiple Choice" produced by Ali Özgür Production, and the short documentary film "Eleji: Efeler" within the scope of the Efeler Municipality Environment and Geothermal Short Film Workshop, in the same year. He graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Fine Arts Institute Film Design Department in 2021 and received his doctorate with his thesis on the relationship between cinema and philosophy. Emre Doğan, who started to work as a assistant professor in Istanbul Gelisim University Fine Arts Faculty Radio, TV and Cinema department in 2021, is appointed as the head of the department in 2022. Continuing his career by publishing scientific articles, cinema articles and translations, Doğan continues his film work and organizes workshops and festivals.


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    ESRA DEMİRKIRAN

    Festivals Coordinator at TRT Cinema

    Esra Demirkiran is Festivals Coordinator at TRT Cinema (TRT is Turkey’s public broadcaster). She is a coordinator of 12 Punto, Turkey’s largest script development and co-production platform for Turkish and international feature films. She was a researcher for the Eurimages support program for nonconventional and innovative films. For almost a decade, she worked as a news editor and executive-produced several flagship programs and documentaries for Turkey’s Haberturk news network. Prior to her journalism experience, Esra was the Board President and Co-Director of NISI MASA, a Paris based European cinema network. In the past, besides working as a film critic and festivals-distribution consultant for award winning Turkish feature films, she has contributed to the planning and organization of various Turkey based film festivals. She studied Sociology at the Middle East Technical University and holds an MA degree in Film & TV at Istanbul Bilgi University.


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    HASAN DOĞAN

    Hasan Doğan. He was born in 1986 in Erzincan. After studying for a Bachelors of Engeneering at İstanbul University, he got a second degree in cinema from Strasburg University, he also studied film directing at the Paris VIII University. During his masters degree, he produced and directed a short film called “Hic Svnt Dracones” which entered in domestic and foreign film festivals. The French Cultural Ministry awarded him a screenwriting bursary in recognition of his ongoing film project “Menu Fretin”. He has translated books from French to Turkish and teaches classes in French to immigrants in Paris.


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    NURDAN ALBAMYA İNCE

    Nurdan Albamya Ince was born in 1987 in Muş. She graduated from Marmara University, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations. She received education on acting and creative drama leadership in Ankara Contemporary Drama Association, MSM and various institutions. She continues her master's degree at Bahçeşehir University, Department of Advanced Acting. She starred in various short films and was nominated for the "Best Actress" award at the 2019 Top Shorts International Short Film Festival. She has also served as a pre selection jury at various short film festivals. Ince who wrote and directed many theater plays in English and Turkish founded Theater Ankebut. She still continues to conduct workshops, write theater plays, and act.


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    TALHA ALTINKAYA

    Talha Altınkaya graduated from DEU Fine Arts Faculty Cinema and TV Department undergraduate program in 2012. He graduated from DEU Fine Arts Institute Film Design MA in 2014 and completed her doctorate in the same program in 2019. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in DEU Faculty of Fine Arts, Editing Sound and Cinematography Department, and at the same time, he is doing research as a visiting researcher at HHU University in Düsseldorf.


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    VEYSEL ÇELİK

    Born in 1985 in Turkey, Veysel Çelik is a screenwriter and director. He made his first writing and directing experience with a short film while studying at Istanbul Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty in 2005. He holds an Bachelor of Arts in Art and Craft Teaching.

    While continuing his painting and photography education, he produced his own films and he worked as assistant director for different film production companies in Turkey.

    He participated in more than 100 film festival selections around the world and got noticed with over 30 awards. In contrast, as a member of an apolitical generation, he turned to political cinema and focused on social realist films. He focused on the search for a new language in storytelling by using the power of imagination, which he acquired with the reflex of painting and photography education. For his first feature film Project called 'Heterotopia', he received development fund from the Turkish Cinema General Directorate in 2021 and was selected for the film development workshop of Meetings on the Bridge in 2022.


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    ZEYNEP MERVE UYGUN

    Zeynep Merve Uygun received her BA in English Language and Literature from Bogazici University and her MA in Film and Television Department from İstanbul Bilgi University. She received her Ph.D in trans-disciplinary documentary film from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Prior to her current occupation as an assistant professor in the department of communication design at Özyeğin University, she worked as a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Şehir University and Koç University.

    Zeynep Merve Uygun has taken part in many international film festivals and workshops as a mentor, tutor and also a jury member. Her animated and experimental documentaries such as IN OUT and Zigzag, besides receiving many international awards, have been screened at more than 50 international film festivals including Cannes, Boston Turkish Film Festival, Golden Orange and IF Istanbul (Istanbul Independent Film Festival). Her research interests include visualisation of academic research, visual representation of body and space in documentary film, digital ethnography, and new media documentaries (interactive documentary, digital storytelling, transmedia documentary etc.).


  • Pre-Selection Jury
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    BERKAN DÖRTKARDEŞ

    Born in 1997 in Izmir, Berkan Dörtkardeş studied Cinema and Television at Akdeniz University, Faculty of Fine Arts. As the manifestation of the dualism of mind and heart in the human will, the project to finish discussing the possibility of free will and balance in the materialist universe “Beautiful Moment!” received winners, finalists, and screenings at all international festivals. Also, Beautiful Moment!’s article was published in the book "Filmine Bakmak". Berkan Dörtkardeş is a director and cinematographer in Istanbul, currently focusing on financing the mini-series in development "On Cheating"


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    BİRİZ AYDINÇ ÖZTÜZEMEN

    She was born in 1970 in İzmir. She graduated from Ege University Landscape Architecture Department in 1991. In the same year, she started to work in the private sector and undertook many projects. She graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Media and Communication in 2015, and from Istanbul University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema in 2022. Her first short film ‘It Looks Like Rain’, which she shot in 2021, started festival journey with the Toronto International Women's Film Festival and was selected for the official selection. She received various awards including the “Best Short Film Award” at major festivals like Rome Short Film Festival. Also in 2021, 610-page long novel of hers, ‘It Looks Like Rain’, was published as a psychological thriller. The short story written by her, ‘Swan Park’, was published in ‘Bavul’ magazine. Öztüzemen, who broadcasts the cinema, philosophy and literature-based podcast titled "Mental Maneuvers" with Assistant Professor Emre Doğan, plans to shoot her second short film, "Tell Me Where Were You", in 2023, which she wrote the script, and to make a 13-episode TV series project adapted from her novel. She is also working on a feature-length biographical film script, writing her second novel, Yağmur Yağacak, and continues to work as a project manager in Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, where she started working in 2001.


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    ÇAĞIL SAYDAM

    Çağıl Saydam was born in 1994. After her graduation from İzmir University of Economics, Cinema and Digital Media department, she won Best Experimental Film Award at International Adana Golden Boll Film Festival with her graduation project ‘‘61 av. No. 4’’ She‘s been interested in theatre during her university years. She completed a feature film with a collective they formed in İzmir in 2022. In the same year, she worked as a cinematographer in an internet project "Saturday Night”. In 2021, she directed the experimental fetish Gore short film "Everything Unnerves Me’’ with Hazal Bayar. In 2022, she made the documentary "Pyramid of Souls and Old Hearts" in partnership with ASAM, Izmir University of Economics and French Cultural Center. Finally, she continues the post-production process of her experimental short film "So Why Am I Still Here", which is the sequel to "61 Sokak" and the shooting has been completed. She identifies herself as a filmmaker and a horror film enthusiast. She’s living in İzmir and working on experimental cinema.


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    DİDEM TOK EMİNÇE

    Didem Tok Emince was born in 1993 in Istanbul, Kadıköy. She graduated from Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Communication, Cinema and Television department in 2016. During her student life, she had the opportunity to show her short films in various short film competitions. As a graduation project, she wrote a feature film script in the detective genre under the consultancy of Prof. Dr. Zeynep Tül Akbal Sualp. Then, in the same year, she got accepted the Cultural Studies Master's Program at Bilgi University and graduated in 2020 with her thesis that inquiring the possibilities of cinema in digital culture. During this period, she worked as assistant director in various short films, video clips and commercials, and published columns in various communication-related periodical publications. She has published articles and book chapters in national and international academic publications related to her field. She is currently undertaking the thesis process as a doctoral student in the Cinema and Media program of Bahçeşehir University and is an academic coordinator at the same institution.


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    ERDEM DOĞAN

    Assistant Director

    I was born in Ankara on May 15, 1995. I completed my primary and secondary education in Marmaris and my high school education in Mersin. In 2013, I started my undergraduate education at Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty, Cinema and Television Department and graduated in 2019. I took place in many national and international film festivals and won various awards for my short films. In 2021, I started my master of education at Anadolu University, Cinema and Television Department. Currently, I continue my academic education and shooting short films.


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    KENAN DİLER

    He was born in Van. During his high school years, he became interested in photography and cinema and started to shoot short films and photographs. He graduated from Erciyes University Radio, Television and Cinema Department in 2018. He gained many successes at domestic and abroad with the films and photographs he shot. His most recent documentary film "Abla" was screened in many national and international festivals and received awards. Served as a jury member at various film festivals. On the one hand, he continues his film projects and produces short films at the “Dlr” Film company he founded in 2018, on the other hand, he continues his master's education in Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Cinema and Television Major Art.


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    KEREM YÜKSELOĞLU

    İstanbul’da doğan Kerem Yükseloğlu, İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi Sanat Yönetimi bölümünden mezun oldu. İlk kısa filmi olan Rastlantılar Oteli’ni 2014 yılında çekti. Film, 10. Earlybird Öğrenci Kısa Film Festivali seçkisinde yer aldı. 2014 yılında Dolmabahçe Sanat Galerisi’nde düzenlenen Araf’ta Üç Bakış sergisi için bir video art hazırladı.

    Sinemanın yanı sıra edebiyatla da ilgilenmekte ve 2013 yılından beri kısa öyküler yazmaktadır. Yazdığı öyküler çeşitli dergi ve dijital platformlarda yayımlandı. Film ve öykülerinin merkezinde; zaman, ölüm ve gizem temaları ye almaktadır.

    2018 yılında Rüzgâr Bizi Götürecek adlı kısa filmi çekti. Aynı yıl içerisinde İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi ve İstanbul Tasarım Bienali ortaklığında gerçekleşen Arşivde Boğulmak adlı proje için Bohem Rapsodisi adında bir video art hazırladı. 2022 yılında düzenlenen TAYF Uluslararası Kısa Film ve Uluslararası Uşak Kısa Film Festivali’nde ön jüri olarak görev aldı. 2018 yılında orijinal hikayesini yazdığı, aynı zamanda senarist ve yönetmenlerinden biri olduğu Tek Yön adlı kısa film, 2022 yılında festival yolculuğuna başladı. Ben Yolumu Kaybettim adlı uzun metraj film projesi, m2 Film Lab 2022 Senaryo Atölyesi’ne kabul edildi.

    Senaryo ve film yönetimi alanındaki çalışmalarını sürdürmekte ve bir vakıf üniversitesinin Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesinde öğretim görevlisi olarak çalışmaktadır.


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    ONUR TURGUT

    Academician

    Onur Turgut received his undergraduate degree from Kocaeli University Visual Communication Design department in 2019 and his master's degree from Istanbul University Radio Cinema and Television department in 2022. Turgut, who is currently studying at the same department as a doctoral student, also works as a research assistant at Ozyegin University's Department of Communication and Design. His interested areas include; Audience in Cinema, Cinema Sociology and Film Criticism. Turgut, who has been producing independent film projects since 2015, took part in various documentary, video and advertisement projects.


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    ÖZGÜR KEŞAPLI DIDRICKSON

    Biologist, writer. Born in Burhaniye in 1975. Studied at Middle East Technical University, Biology department. Carried out pioneer studies on her thesis subject bird migration and also cetacean captivity. An essay she wrote was awarded at Galatasaray High School’s literature competition during high school. She wrote as a columnist at Cumhuriyet newspaper, Sol newspaper and Sol Portal between 2011 and 2016. Her articles on science, politics, literature and music was also published in various magazines and news portals such as Sözcükler, Bant, İnsan Bu and Yeşil Gazete. A short story called “The Dried and the drowned” which she has written while living in Alaska was adapted into a dance piece along with 12 other works for the performance titled “Off the Page” by Momentum Dance Collective. Keşaplı who is one of the founders of Winged Whale, a group about cetaceans that merges science, art and culture currently is writing for Azizm Art Organization where she is a member of editorial board.