• Main Jury

    Bogdan Mureşanu

    Bogdan Mureşanu produced and directed his first short film in 2012, based on his own script, «Half Shaved» (2012, drama, 12’). It won the Audience Award at Anonimul IFF Sf. Gheorghe (Romania) and was shown in festivals in Montreal, Cinequest, Cleveland, Reykjavik, York, Oaxaca, Maremetraggio, Lille, Reggio. In 2016, Bogdan finished his next short called «Spid». In the same year, a short art film «Negruzzi 14» was showcased at the National Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017, the short animation called «The Magician» was undergoing pre-production while the short fiction «The Christmas Gift» was shot in March. “The Christmas Gift” won Best Film Award at the European Film Awards and was Top 10 Finalist at the Oscars 2020.


    Bruno Carnide

    Nominated twice for the Sophia Awards of the Portuguese Film Academy, Bruno Carnide is an independent portuguese director and founding director of Leiria Film Fest – International Short Film Festival. Carnide directed several fiction, animation and documentary short films, which won dozens awards and have been exhibited in hundreds film festivals around the world, including Oscar Qualifying Festivals. He is curator at Museum of the Moving Image, in Portugal, and also a lecturer in the field of cinema at Polytechnic of Leiria and Instituto Superior Miguel Torga (Portugal). As a freelancer, Bruno Carnide has directed hundreds of corporate and commercial videos for companies such as Google, Volkswagen, Ford, MTV, Nickelodeon, RTP or Schweppes. He is occasionally a jury member at International Film Festivals.


    Diogo Hayashi

    Diogo Hayashi is a brazilian director, production designer, storyboarder and graphic novelist. As a director, his films were shown at festivals as Cartagena, MixBrasil, Kinoforum, Tiradentes, among others. As an PD, he received a Candango at the 51st Brasília Film Festival for the design in the feature-length Temporada, and his films were screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, TFF, NYFF, Brasília, and also in art museums such as Gasworks in London and Pérez Art Museum in Miami. Diogo is a Berlinale Talents Alumni and partner at Sancho Films.


    Maartje Alders

    MAARTJE ALDERS (1983) is an artist and documentary researcher from The Netherlands. After working as project manager for NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema in Paris, she worked for 3 years as a producer in Egypt for Hassala Films. Her first feature documentary, MOTHER OF THE UNBORN (2014), won multiple awards, including at IDFA and a FIPRESCI award. After heading the production of the TV-documentary series DREAMLAND AMERICA for Dutch public broadcaster VPRO, she was project manager and scout for First Cut Lab from 2017 to 2020. Since 2021 she works as documentary researcher and is developing her own artistic work namely drawing, painting and printmaking. In 2023 her work was exhibited at the Dutch Design Week.


    Marija Šević

    Marija Šević graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 2011, where she also received an MA in painting. As a scholar of the French government, she resided at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the classes of professors Claude Closky and James Rielly. She is a co-founding member of U10 art space in Belgrade, working on managing exhibitions and events. She exhibited in solo and group shows in Belgrade, Rome, Milan, London,Vienna, Basel, Los Angeles, Brasilia etc. Marija also performs as a DJ under an alias Stellarcompanion. Since October 2022, she has been a resident at Radio D59B, where she presents her selections once a month as a part of the show “To the Stars’’. She is a member of ‘’Beyond House’’, a music collective that specialises in eclectic electronic music for clubs and organisies parties around Belgrade. Aditionlally, she has also acted in two movies - “Signature work’’ by Dejan Vlaisavljevic Nikt and “Who the fuck are you’’, by Marina Radmilac. She lives and works in Belgrade.


    Rita Capucho

    Rita Capucho is one of the founders and co-director of Porto Femme - International Film Festival, programme director of Femme Sessions and Shortcutz Aveiro. She works as a producer, curator and trainer for various cultural organisations. She is a coordinator and trainer for the Cinamiza-te project, which trains young people in cinema. She has been a jury member at various international film festivals. She is a founder and member of the board of MUTIM - Association of Women Workers of the Moving Image. She has a degree and a master's degree in Artistic Studies from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. She is a member of the working group Artistic Currents and Intellectual Movements of CEIS20 - Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the 20th Century at the University of Coimbra. She is part of the research project "SPECULUM - Filming Yourself and Seeing Yourself in the Mirror: The use of self-writing by Portuguese-speaking documentary makers". She is one of the organisers of Poetry Slam Aveiro and one of the coordinators of Plataforma Portugal Slam. She has published several works in magazines and collections and most recently in the book "Reconstituição Portuguesa". She was one of the founding members of AVANCA | CINEMA - International Conference Cinema - Art, Technology, Communication, and also of the International Journal of Cinema, where she worked as an editorial producer. She was a programmer at the Dolce Vita Cinema in Ovar, the “Quintas de Cinema” at the Cine-Teatro in Estarreja and “Os Filmes das Nossas Terças” at the Teatro Aveirense.

  • Mid-Selection Jury

    Alican Durbaş

    After graduating from Saint-Joseph French High School, Alican Durbaş obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yeditepe University Art and Culture Management Department. He was a second assistant director in various arthouse films such as Butterflies (2018) and Aftersun (2022). His short films Soil (2017) and Distant Mirror (2022) were screened at international film festivals. His video works were exhibited in various cities including Istanbul, Beirut, Antwerp, and Los Angeles. Alican Durbaş, who was selected for the 2019-2020 İKSV Istanbul Biennial Work and Research Program, won the Ulus Baker Creative Script Award at the Axolotl Script Competition in the scope of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival, with his feature film script “Tessera”. He was selected as a director to Talents Sarajevo in 2011 and Berlinale Talents in 2022.


    Çağla Açar

    Çağla Açar is an actress born on February 4, 1990. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and has received training in acting at Nişantaşı Cinema Academy, Ahmet Tansu Taşanlar, and the Kars Art Center. Additionally, she enhanced her acting skills by participating in workshops organized by Tarık Akan.
    In her acting career, Çağla Açar has appeared in various independent films such as "Ölü Ekmeği," "Ali'nin Tabiatı," "Hayaletler," and "Deli Deli Olma." She has also taken roles in TV series like "Yeşil Vadi'nin Kızı" and "Sadakatsiz."


    Ecegül Bayram

    Ecegül Bayram, sosyal bilimler ve kurgusal anlatı konuları ile yakından ilgili bir yapımcıdır. NYU Tisch Sanat Okulu'ndan Film ve Televizyon alanında BFA ve Politika alanında yan dal diplomasına sahiptir. İstanbul'a döndükten sonra genişletilmiş gerçeklik (XR) ve belgesel odaklı yeni medya şirketi Institute of Time altında işlerini gerçekleştirmeye başladı. Daha önceki işleri Venedik, IDFA, Hot Docs, Dok Leipzig, True/False gibi festivallerde gösterildi. Son VR çalışması “Shadowtime” dünya prömiyerini 80. Venedik Film Festivali'nde yaptı.


    Ezgi Sözmen

    Born in Istanbul in 1987, Ezgi Sözmen earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies from Dokuz Eylül University and later completed her Master's degree in Acting from Kadir Has University. Her achievements in the field of acting have led to her selection for the Talents section of the Sarajevo Film Festival this year.


    Kerem Altın

    Kerem Altın was born in 1987. In the film and advertising industry, which he entered in 2007, he has participated in more than 500 projects as a director, editor and videographer. The short films he has completed have been screened as finalists in many cities around the world (Boston, Seattle, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Bristol, Vienna) and have won various awards. In 2017, “the short film "Closed", for which he wrote the screenplay, directed and produced, was screened as a finalist at the 1st Hollywood Turkish Film Festival and screened at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. In 2018, “the short film "Open", sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Directorate of Cinema, premiered at the Int. Lighthouse Film Festival (New Jersey) as a finalist. He continues his career as a director and writer.


    Kerem Yükseloğlu

    Born in Istanbul, he graduated from Istanbul Kültür University, Department of Art Management. He has a master's degree in Radio, Television and Cinema. He shot his first short film Rastlantılar Oteli (Hotel of Coincidences) in 2014.

    In 2018, he shot the short film Rüzgar Bizi Götürecek (Wind Will Carry Us) In 2018, the short film Tek Yön (One Way), for which he wrote the original story and was also one of the screenwriters and directors, was a finalist at the 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. His feature film project, Ben Yolumu Kaybettim (I Lost My Way) was accepted to the m2 Film Lab 2022 Script Workshop.

    He continues her studies in screenwriting and film management and works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts of a foundation university. In addition to cinema, he is also interested in literature and writes short stories. Her stories have been published in various magazines and digital platforms. The themes of time, death and mystery are at the center of his films and stories.


    Özgürcan Uzunyaşa

    Özgürcan Uzunyaşa is a director, editor, and producer working in the fields of film and theater industries. After completing his education in Cinema and TV at Mimar Sinan University, he has been involved in numerous short film and documentary projects. His shorts have received several national and international awards, including recognition at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Clermont Film Festival, Film Market (shorts from Turkey), FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, İzmir Short Film Festival, and others. In addition to his work in film, Uzunyaşa has actively contributed as a writer and editor to various literary magazines and platforms since his high school years. In 2022, Uzunyaşa completed his critically acclaimed short film, "Hell Is Empty, All the Devils Are Here." The film not only received the Jury Special Award at the prestigious 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival but also garnered numerous accolades at various film festivals in Turkey, including "Best Film" and "Best Director." This short film is now considered one of the best recent contributions to Turkish Cinema. During the same year, Uzunyaşa directed the first act of the theater play "The Remains," which was staged by Galataperform, adapting it into a short film. Özgürcan Uzunyaşa continues to work in both the cinema and theater fields as a director, writer, editor, and producer.


    • Hell Is Empty, All The Devils Are Here, Short Film – 2022
    • A White Night, Short Film – 2018
    • Let the Sun Burn my Bicycle, Short Film – 2014


    Sertaç Koyuncu

    He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dokuz Eylül University Film Design and Directing Department in 2016 and 2019. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Bahcesehir University, Cinema and Media Studies program, and working as a research assistant at Yasar University, Art and Design Faculty, Department of Film Design. His studies on film genres, film aesthetics and politics, horror cinema and gender continue. The short film he completed in 2019 “Suffocating with Manners” screened at a variety of film festivals.


    Thirty Thirty

    Thirty/Thirty is Marshal BraveStarr's talking, - gangsta punk - "techno horse," who can "transform" from a quadruped into a more anthropomorphic biped. He carries a giant Kerium powered blunderbuss he referred to as "Sara Jane." He is the last survivor of an ancient civilization called the Equestroids, a cybernetic breed of sentient equines, and has strength approximating BraveStarr's bear strength.

    Thirty/Thirty is hot-headed and usually preferred to jump into the battle and do some stomping and blasting with Sara Jane which leads to vocal disagreements between him and BraveStarr about the use of force in the line of duty occasionally, but Thirty/Thirty still tries his best to do his duty in the best and safest way possible.

  • Pre-Selection Jury

    Berkan Dörtkardeş

    Born in Izmir in 1997, Berkan Dörtkardeş studied Cinema and Television at Akdeniz University, Faculty of Fine Arts. He won awards from festivals with his graduation project Beatiful Moment. The article of the movie was published in the book "Filmine Bakmak" edited by Emre Doğan. He develops his philosophy of cinema on the perception of heaven and hell with free will and the journey of duality in the mind. Currently living in Istanbul, Berkan works as a director, cinematographer and agency director in the advertising industry. While he continues to search for a producer for his miniseries "On Infidelity", he is preparing for his short film in which he will discuss the relativity of love through duality.


    Biriz Aydinç Öztüzemen

    She was born in 1970, İzmir. She graduated from Ege University Landscape Architecture Department in 1991. In the same year, she started working in the private sector and accomplished many projects. She graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Communication, Media and Communication Department in 2015, and 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 its 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 important festivals, including the Rome Short Film Festival. Also in 2021, her 610-page-long psychological thriller novel titled 'It Looks Like Rain' was published. Her story called “Swan Park” was first published in Bavul Magazine. Öztüzemen broadcasts a podcast called 'Mental Maneuvers' with faculty member Dr.Emre Doğan, focusing on cinema, philosophy and literature; she is planing to shoot her second short film and realize a 13-episode TV series project adapted from her novel. In addition, she continues her education at the Faculty of Turkish Language and Literature at Anadolu University; is working on a feature-length biographical film script and writing her second novel.


    Erdem Doğan

    He was born in 1998 in Istanbul. In 2016, he got into the Department of International Relations at Izmir Katip Celebi University. He entered the cinema industry for the first time in 2013 by taking part in Emre Doğan's film Badana. He also worked as an assistant director in the films of the same director called Multiple Choice and Eleji: Efeler. During this period, he took part in many films as an assistant director, poster and concept designer and musician. In addition to these, Erdem Doğan, who works as a writer, translator for publishing houses and also as a subtitler at short film festivals as well as independent film projects, has also undertaken the task of pre-selection jury at many short film festivals. He still continues to work as a translator, subtitler and author.


    Koray Arıgümüş

    He was born in the middle of March 93. He fell in love with cinema. This passion led him to the Cinema department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He continued to love cinema. Along with his fellow film enthusiasts, he completed his cinema degree with the film "Against A-World Changing" Cinema still stood right by his side, with all its allure and painful moments. He took on the role of producer for the film "Hell Is Empty, All the Devils Are Here" with his pals. He dared to keep loving cinema. He produced the film "I Don't Need Another Defeat" with his cinema enthusiast friends. He still loves cinema. Alongside his cinema-loving comrades, he is preparing for the film "Everything in its right place"


    Özgür Keşaplı 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. Between 2018 and 2022, she was the editor of a wildlife blog called “Dirimbilim Günlüğü” that she founded as part of Azizm Art Organization which combined science, art and culture. 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. Currently her writings are published in Apart Art Society which she is a member of.


    Yağmur Mısırlıoğlu

    She was born in 1991 in Istanbul. Has majored in philosophy, she graduated from Galatasaray University in 2015 followed by her graduation from Prague Film School in 2017 specialized in directing and screenwriting. Her first film Not Today, has been screened at world-renowned festivals such as 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 44th Cinemed – International Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier, 36th Leeds International Film Festival, 67th Cork International Film Festival, 26th Brussels Short Film Festival and still in the circuit.