ROLF DE HEER (President)
He is an Australian director born in Holland; he also writes and produces the films he directs. His works include The Cannes Un Certain Regard special Jury Prize-winner Ten Canoes (2006, first ever movie entirely filmed in aboriginal languages), Dance Me To My Song (1998), The Quiet Room (1996), Alexandra’s Project (2003), The Tracker (2002), The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2000), and special Jury prize-winner at Venice Bad Boy Bubby (1993). His most recent film Charlie’s Country, the third of his collaborations with renowned aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, won Best Actor in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes.
He is a writer, director, production and sound designer. He was born in 1974 and lives in Budapest. In 2003 his debut feature Forest won the Wolfgang Staudte Prize at the Berlinale in the section Forum. One year later he won the Berliner Zeitung Audience Award for his second movie in the same section. Dealer (2004) was honoured by more than 20 prestigious awards amongst others FIPRESCI. Milky Way (2007) won Locarno’s Golden Leopard. In 2010 he made his first English-language movie Womb. His latest movie Just The Wind (2012) received the Jury Grand Prize at the Berlinale, the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Peace Film Award as well. The film won the FACE Council of Europe Film Award in Istanbul Film Festival, the main prize at Paris Cinema and Open Doek Festival Belgium, and the best film and best cinematography at 2Morrow Festival.
Born in former Yugoslavia, in the city of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. He graduated in film production at the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since 1991, he has been acting as producer for Noé Productions in Paris. His credits include Africa, My Africa and Kini and Adams by Idrissa Ouedraogo, As You Want Me by Carmine Amoroso, Train of Life by Radu Mihaileanu, The Adopted
Son and The Chimp by Aktan Abdykalykov. He was nominated for an Oscar with Before the Rain by Milcho Manchevski and won the award with No Man’s Land by Danis Tanovic. In 2003 he started the new Paris based production entity, A.S.A.P. Films together with the director Danis Tanovic and producer Marc Baschet. Their later productions include Danis Tanovic’s Hell, Triage, Cirkus Colombia, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Tigers; The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat, and The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra.
He is from Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a graduate from the film department of the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theatre (1996) and the course of filmmaking of The New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Hollywood (2006). He has directed a number of shorts, most notably: MzerisDoneze / Eye Level (won New York Film Academy’s Scholarship Award at Berlinale, Special Prize of International Jury at Odense, 2005,) and Wagonette (jury special mention at Molodist, 1996). His directorial feature debut GagmaNapiri / The Other Bank (2009) was screened at more than 100 international film festivals in more than 50 countries and won about 50 international prizes. His latest film Simindis kundzuli / Corn Island (2014) was screened at Filmekimi, won 28 international prizes, and was shortlisted for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2015. Currently he is working on his new thriller project Khibula.
Born in Istanbul. She started acting at 14 years of age. She graduated from the Pera Fine Arts High School Theatre Department. She acted in several theatre plays, films and TV series. She is currently studying at Bilgi University Department of Performance Arts. She was internationally renowned with her role in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palm d’or-winner Kış Uykusu / Winter Sleep (2013). Several of the films she acted in are Av Mevsimi (Yavuz Turgul, 2010)–with which she won Best Supporting Actress Award at Yeşilçam Awards–, Eve Giden Yol (Semir Aslanyürek, 2006), Cenneti Beklerken / Waiting for Paradise (Derviş Zaim, 2005), Okul / School (Yağmur Taylan-Durul Taylan, 2004). She also won the Best Actress Award at Yeşilçam Awards with her role in the TV series Bıçak Sırtı. Her latest performance was in Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş (İlksen Başarır, 2015) and the TV series Beş Kardeş.
ZEKİ DEMİRKUBUZ (President)
Born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. Following the 1980 military coup he served a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization. Dostoyevsky and especially Crime and Punishment became a lasting inspiration in those years. He enrolled the Department of Communications at Istanbul University. He began his film career as assistant director to Zeki Ökten in 1986, and worked
as assistant director for several directors until making Block-C (1994), his first feature. He gained international recognition with his second film, Innocence (1997) which won the Best Turkish Film of the Year Award, and The Third Page (1999) which won the Best Director Award, at the Festival. He began the “Tales of Darkness” trilogy with Fate (2001) and Confession (İtiraf, 2001) both of which were screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2002. The Waiting Room (2003) in which he also played the lead, concluded the trilogy. Destiny (2006), the prequel to Innocence, was followed by Envy (2009). Inside (2012) is his latest
Born in 1978. He graduated from the Theatre Department of the Anadolu University, and received his MA on Advanced Acting in 2006 from Bahçeşehir University. He acted in numerous stage plays, feature films, TV films, and TV series. He won the Best Actor Award with Toz Ruhu / Dust Spirit in Adana, Best Supporting Actor Award with Yozgat Blues in Adana, Best Supporting Actor Award with Küf / Mold in Antalya, Best Actor Award with Beş Şehir / Five Cities in Istanbul, Adana, and Antalya film festivals. He won the Young Master Actor Award at 6th Lions Theatre Awards. The films he acted in include Neden Tarkovski Olamıyorum / Why Can’t I Be Tarkovsky, Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi / Thou Gild’st the Even, Yük / Load, Süt / Milk, Güneşin Oğlu / Son of the Sun, Hacivat Karagöz Neden
Öldürüldü? / Killing the Shadow, Gönül Yarası / Lovelorn.
Born in Istanbul. He graduated from the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) Department of Cinematography. He was Director of Photography for award-winning films such as Hayatboyu / Lifelong (Aslı Özge, Berlinale Panorama Special), Unutma Beni İstanbul / Do Not Forget Me Istanbul (Hany Abu Assad, Eric Nazarian), Babamın Sesi / Voice of My Father (Orhan Eskiköy, Rotterdam Film Festival), Headshots (Lawrence Tooley, Rotterdam Film Festival), Kıskanmak / Envy
(Zeki Demirkubuz), Köprüdekiler / Men on the Bridge (Aslı Özge) and 2 Genç Kız / Two Girls (Kutluğ Ataman). He won Best Cinematographer awards for his work in Lifelong at Istanbul, Envy at Adana, and Two Girls at Antalya film festivals. He also worked as director of photography for the video art works Wie Aus Der Ferne (Dani Gal, Berlinale) and Aşura (Köken Ergun, Berlinale), as well as the TV films Alleinflug (Christine Hartmann) and Die Fremde und das Dorf (Peter Keglevic). He is currently working on Aslı Özge’s latest feature All Of A Sudden, which is in post-production. He lives in Berlin and Istanbul.
Born in 1973. She studied Anthropology at the Istanbul University. Her first book Hanene Ay Doğacak / The Future Looks Bright was published in 1993 and censured right away. The state censure was relieved only in early 2000s. It received the Yunus Nadi Story Award the year it was published. Her later published works include Öykümü Kim Anlatacak? / Who Will Tell My Story? (short stories, 1994); Eski Dostum Kertenkele / My Old Buddy Lizard (novel, 1996); Neşeli Kadınlar Arasında / Amongst Joyful Women (essays, 2000) which largely compiles her articles published in Radikal 2; Sarmaşık / Ivy (novel, 2002); Çöplük / The Garbage Dump (novel, 2004); Resmigeçit / Parade (novel, 2008); Kirpiklerimin Gölgesi / In the Shadow of My Eyelashes (novel, 2010); Venüs (novel, 2013). She wrote Annem, Kargalar ve Ben for children (2011). She lives in Istanbul and earns her living as a writer.
He grew up in Freiburg. He is a Berlin resident since 1972. He studied German Literature, Drama, Ethnology at Freie Universität Berlin. He worked as publisher, video artist, cinema programmer in the 1970s. He studied filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute (1979-1981). He has directed the feature films Westler (1985) East of the Wall (1985), Among Men (1994), Escape To Life - The Erika And Klaus Mann Story (2000, co-directed with Andrea Weiss). He has several homages exhibited and video installations for his film and video work. Between 1982 and 92 he was assistant to then Panorama section director Manfred Salzgeber, and worked as short film programmer at the International Berlin Film Festival. In 1987, he founded the Teddy Award, the Queer Film Award of the festival. Since 1992, he is the director of the Panorama section. He works as lecturer at various institutes like dffb, Freie Universität Berlin, and HFF Babelsberg, Waldschlösschen, Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. He has several articles published on filmmaking, film marketing, and scriptwriting.
She joined the Council of Europe in 1989 as a member of the Secretariat of the European Commission of Human Rights. From 1994 to 2004, she served in the Secretariat of the European Social Charter. In 2004, she was appointed Head of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Ankara, where joint projects with the EU related to judiciary and penitentiary reforms have been implemented. She is the Senior Adviser at the Private Office of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe on matters related to human rights and the rule of law, with a special focus on the European Court of Human Rights.
Born in Avanos, Nevşehir, Turkey in 1959. He graduated from Ege University Faculty of Medicine in 1984. He practiced as GP at the towns and villages of Ankara between 1984 and 1990. He received his master’s degree on Applied Psychology. He debuted as actor in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Distant. He later took part in Ceylan’s later films Three Monkeys and Once Upon A Time in Anatolia as
screenwriter and actor; and acted in Vavien, Derin (short), Saç / Hair, Küf / Mold, Yozgat Blues, Thou Gild’st the Even, Hükümet Kadın (1 & 2), and I Am Not Him. He won several awards as actor and screenwriter at national and international festivals. His poems, articles and essays were published at numerous magazines and newspapers. He co-founded Era Publications. He has two published books. He is a PhD student at Yeditepe University Department of Social Anthropology.
She is a writer and director. She received her BA in Political Science and Economics, MA in Film/Video Production in the US. She’s worked in both documentary and fiction. Her debut feature film Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009) screened in over 80 festivals and won international awards. Previous work include award-winning films Yasmine Tughani (2006), Naim and Wadee’a (2000), Quintessence of Oblivion (2001), Blue Gold (2004), A Boy Called Mohamad (2002), and They Came from the East which opened the 2004 European Academy Awards. She produced the collection of short films by international filmmakers Gaza Winter (2009), and completed her second feature Eyes of A Thief, in the festival programme. Currently she is working on her third feature–the musical From Alex to Yaffa. She was a speaker on numerous panels on cinema. She has also reviewed books, and published articles on Palestinian cinema. She has been a reader for the Rawi Sundance Lab for Arab scriptwriters, and more recently a Creative Advisor for the Sundance Labs (2013 and 2014).
ISABEL CASTRO MARTINEZ
She is of Spanish nationality. She graduated in France as a jurist and chartered accountant. She started her career as a teacher, in the field of higher education, in the Ivory Coast (1980-1988), and then worked as a licensed professional auditor and consultant in Italy, before joining the Council of Europe in 1997, where, since 2006 she has held the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Eurimages Fund. She is particularly responsible for the administrative and financial management of the Fund, of the follow-up of co-production projects with regard to the revenue recoupment plans and internal control. She is also responsible of the distribution and exhibition support programmes, as well as of the study group “Gender equality” in the European cinematographic industry.
MAHMUT FAZIL COŞKUN
Studied filmmaking at UCLA and Istanbul Bilgi University. He began making documentaries in 2000. He won numerous awards from national and international festivals with Wrong Rosary (2009) including Golden Leopard at Locarno and Best Director and Best Screenplay at Istanbul Film Festivals. His second film Yozgat Blues (2013) made its international premiere at San Sebastian Film Festival and national premiere at Istanbul Film Festival, receiving Best Film award at Adana and Malatya film festivals, and Best Balkan Film Award at Sofia Film Festival.
Born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He studied theatre, film direction, and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. Ηe directed the dogma-like b&w short film The Devouring Eyes which participated in competition at the 2001 Cannes Cinéfondation and won the Jury Prize of the 2001 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. As an actor, he participated in stage and live-cinema performances, feature, and short films. His first feature film, Hora Proelefsis / Homeland, had its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week of the 2010 Venice Film Festival; it was released in October 2010 and participated in many international festivals. His second feature, A Blast, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival 2014 and currently screens in Istanbul Film Festival. His next film project, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea is in-development (Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2015, Special Mention of the Jury at the Berlinale Co-production Market 2015).
Born in Istanbul. At the age of 6 she moved with her parents to Berlin.She studied at the Hanny Herter Drama School in Berlin. At the age of 17 she worked as a TV announcer for the (ARD). In 1996, she moved to New York where she played numerous roles in both TV and feature films. From 1997 to 2003 she lived and worked in Los Angeles. Since 2004 she has been living in Berlin and working in Istanbul as well as in Munich. With Zerre / The Particle (Erdem Tepegöz, 2012), she won the Best Actress Award in Malatya and Moscow film festivals, as well as from the Turkish Film Critics’ Association. The feature films she acted in include Porno! Melo! Drama! (Heesook Sohn, 2005), Evet, ich will! (2007, Sinan Akkuş) and Zenne (Caner Alper, Mehmet Binay, 2011). She also has acted in several German TV series including Dahoam is Dahoam, Tatort, and currently the Turkish TV series Kiraz Mevsimi.
ALEXANDER GROZEV (President)
Born in Istanbul in 1966. She studied English literature. Her first film Gündelikçi / Housekeeper (2006) won the Best Documentary Award at the Antalya Film Festival and First Prize at the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. Her second documentary Lilit’in Kızkardeşleri / Sisters of Lilith (2008) won the Best Balkan Documentary Award at the Dokufest Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo. She is the co-founder of DOCUMENTARIST–Istanbul Documentary Days and “Which Human Rights?” film festivals. She worked as producer, scriptwriter and editor for all the films she directed.
Born in Istanbul. After she majored in Sociology in Istanbul. She attended the film workshop of director Yavuz Özkan. She worked as first assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign projects. She gave lectures about documentary film-making at Istanbul Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She founded her own film company, Sinefilm, in 2005 with Tolga Esmer and Nida Karabol Akdeniz. Her first documentary film, The Collector (2002) was screened in many festivals. Her first feature documentary Oyun / The Play premiered in San Sebastian Film Festival in 2005, screened over 50 international festivals and received many awards including Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award in Tribeca Film Festival. Her first feature 10 to 11 was at Cannes Cinéfondation in Paris, where she worked on its script in 2007. An official selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival, 10 to 11 received many awards in various festivals around the world. In 2012, she completed her second feature Watchtower which premiered in Toronto International Film festival.
Born in 1971 in Abqaiq, Saudi-Arabia. He is an internationally acclaimed Austrian Film Director and Author. He studied philosophy and culture journalist. He is a denizen of Vienna’s punk and electronica scene of the 90s. He continually mixes pop culture and political activism with the core theme of individual freedom in a more and more close-knit World Order. My Talk with Florence is his third feature documentary after the highly awarded Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container and Empire Me–New Worlds Are Happening.