REHA ERDEM (President)
Born in Istanbul, he has graduated from Cinema Department of Paris 8 University where he also obtained his MA in Plastic Arts. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989. He directed Run for Money in 1999, Mommy, I’m Scared in 2004, Times and Winds which won the Golden Tulip at Istanbul Film Festival in 2006, My Only Sunshine in 2008, Kosmos in 2009, Jîn in 2012 and Singing Women, a Turkish-French-German co-production in 2013. His latest film is Big Big World which he shot in 2016. He wrote the scripts for all his films except for Mommy I’m Scared, which he co-wrote. He also has short films and directed a stage play, Maids (Les Bonnes) by Jean Genet. He is currently working on two new projects.
Born in Teheran. She is a holder of PhD in French literature. She started her career in 1982 as a film promoter in Farabi Cinema Foundation, introducing Iranian Cinema to the world. In 1994, she helped launch Cima Media International before establishing her own company, Sheherazad Media International (SMI) in 2001. In 2012, she launched her France-based company, Noori Pictures. Tales was given the Best Screenplay Award in 2014 at Venice Film Festival. In 2015, Wednesday, May 9 won two prizes in the Orizzonti section of Venice; Nahid won the Promising Future Prize in Un Certain Regard section of Cannes. The 2016 Un Certain Regard title Inversion is in this year’s festival programme. She was a jury member in several acclaimed international festivals, including Rotterdam, San Sebastian, and Cannes.
Born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He studied theatre, film direction, and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He 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; and participated in many international festivals. His second feature, A Blast, had its world premiere at Locarno in 2014 and was screened in Istanbul Film Festival. His next film project, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea is in-development.
He is an award-winning filmmaker, film studies professor, and author. His acclaimed documentary Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013) won a Lion for Best Documentary in Venice and screened at over 100 leading events and venues worldwide including SXSW, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the IFC Center. His articles have appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, and Cinema Scope. He has taught film studies at University of Illinois and Columbia College. His first fiction feature Porto is in the festival programme.
BOYD VAN HOEIJ
He is a Dutch-born freelance film writer based in Paris and Luxembourg. He was a contributing critic for the US trade paper Variety (2008-2013) before moving to The Hollywood Reporter, where he reviews films from all the major international festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice. He’s also the film editor of Winq magazine (Netherlands) and regularly contributes to De Filmkrant (Netherlands). His book on contemporary Francophone Belgian cinema, 10/10, appeared in September 2010. He has taught film-criticism short courses and conducted shot-by-shot analyses of film classics in several countries.
DURUL TAYLAN & YAĞMUR TAYLAN (Başkan)
They are Turkish film and TV directors. Having studied Industrial Engineering and Medicine and Psychiatry respectively, the brothers started their work behind the camera with their first TV project Sır Dosyası in 1997. They have directed several TV series including Cinler ve Periler, Baba, hit comedy show Beşik Kertmesi, the police drama, Alacakaranlık, and the multi-awarded hit comedy series Yabancı Damat filmed in Greece and Turkey, which lasted 106 episodes. Muhteşem Yüzyıl / Magnificent Century, the Turkish prime-time historical TV drama, is reported to have an international audience of 200 million. Their first feature film was the horror-teen comedy Okul / The School (2003), followed by Küçük Kıyamet / The Little Apocalypse (2006) an award-winning psychological horror film. Their third feature Vavien (2010) won the Best Picture and FIPRESCI awards at Istanbul Film Festival. They have also directed over 50 commercials. They currently reside in Los Angeles and are developing projects for Turkey-Middle East territories as well as for the United States.
Born in 1972 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory Department of Stage Arts in 1995. Following Gurur, the first TV series he took a role in 1994, he played in popular TV series such as Deli Yürek, Şehnaz Tango, Gülbeyaz, Aliye, Keşanlı Ali Destanı. He acted in several feature films starting with Eylül Fırtınası / After the Fall including Mustafa Hakkında Her Şey, Anlat Istanbul. He won Best Actor awards with Egg in 2008 at the 40 SIYAD Turkish Cinema Awards and the 13 th th Turkey-Germany Film Festival. Feature films he acted in include İkimizin Yerine, Kış Uykusu / Winter Sleep, Behzat Ç–Ankara Yanıyor, 11’e 10 Kala / 10 to 11.
She is a novelist, writer of short stories and stage plays. She first took interest in radio plays, choreography, and theatre; wrote short literary stories. Her first short story collection received the Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Award (1995). Her story book, Sandık Lekesi (2000) received the Cevdet Kudret Literature Prize. Praised by critics and readers alike, her first novel Yere Düşen Dualar (2006) brought her several awards in foreign language versions as well as the Balkanika Literary Award. She co-wrote the script of Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s film, Pandora’s Box (2008) with the director. The film received the Best Film Award at San Sebastian International Film Festival. She recieved the DAAD Berlin-Artists-InResidence scholarship and lived in Berlin in 2010. In 2016, her latest novel Barbarın Kahkahası (2015) received the Yunus Nadi Novel Prize, while she received the Coburg-Rückert Prize for her works translated into German.
Born in Istanbul. He graduated from the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) Department of Cinematography. He was Director of Photography for films such as Aslı Özge’s Ansızın / All of a Sudden, Hayatboyu / Lifelong, and Köprüdekiler / Men on the Bridge, Hany Abu Assad and Eric Nazarian’s Unutma Beni İstanbul / Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, Zeki Demirkubuz’ Kıskanmak / Envy, and Kutluğ Ataman’s 2 Genç Kız / Two Girls–which premiered at prestigious international festivals and brought him Best Cinematographer awards at Istanbul, Adana and Antalya film festivals. He also worked as director of photography for the TV films directed by Christine Hartmann, Peter Keglevic, and Marc Brummund in Germany, and the video works of artists such as John Malkovich, Dani Gal, and Sophie Tottie which are exhibited at museums, biennials and galleries. He lives in Berlin and Istanbul.
She studied Sociology at Boğaziçi University and completed her graduate studies at Boston University on Film and TV. She has been working as a professional film editor for over ten years, and she is teaching film classes at Kadir Has University. She won awards for Best Editing at Ankara, Adana, and Antalya film festivals with The Little Apocalypse, Ara, The Voice, and Blue Wave. Among other features she edited are Wrong Rosary (Best Film, Rotterdam Film Festival, 2009) and Our Grand Despair which was in competition in Berlinale. She also makes video art, and had her first exhibition titles Everbody Hear Me Out at Salt Gallery in 2015. In 2016, she participated in the joint exhibition “The Game Settled into a Cagey Midfield Match” with her video performance called 1stepforward2stepsback. She runs a film company called UKA Film which she co-founded with Can Kılcıoğlu.
He began his work as a writer and filmmaker at the end of the 1980s. Initially focused upon visual anthropology, he developed diverse productions as video essays practiced in India, Cuba, and Mexico. During this period he came into contact with professors of experimental cinema such as George Kuchar, writers like Eliseo Altunaga, and figures of the literary world such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He directed his first fictional feature Tatawo / Tattoo Bar (2000) which was released internationally and won several awards. His feature films include Living and Other Fictions, (2016) which is in the festival programme, Fake Orgasm (2010, Documentary), El Taxista ful (2005). His works combine experimental practices with feature-length documentaries with a strong sociopolitical agenda.
▪ She studied Economy, Human Rights Law and Acting. Her first short film Ziazan was screened at more than 40 festivals, won 11 awards. Her second short Gri Bölge / Mother Virgin No More premiered at the 65 Berlinale Generation 14plus Short Film Competition, participated in over 20 festivals, won two awards. She was selected to Toronto Film Festival’s Talent Lab 2015 and Berlinale Talents 2016. With her debut feature film project The Bus to Amerika, she is selected to “First Films First, Goethe Institute Young Directors’ Academy South East Europe 2016”, and recieved "VFF Talent Highlight Award" of 2017 "Berlinale Coproduction Market". She takes part in NGO projects related to refugees, migrants, children/youth & arts. As an actress she took part in over 10 feature films, many TV series, and international theatre productions.
Born in 1959 in Ankara. Studied at the Middle East Technical University and Strasbourg University. After two years as programme producer and presenter at the TRT “Voice of Turkey” public radio station, he joined the Permanent Representation of Turkey to the Council of Europe in 1978. Left the Mission when serving as Deputy to the Permanent Representative and joined the Council of Europe Secretariat in 1995. Was in charge of youth policies and youth NGOs development programmes for the former eastern-block countries until 2001, when he joined the Communication team of the Organisation where he presently serves as a media officer and Spokesperson.
She is a project manager at the Council of Europe’s Eurimages fund. At Eurimages she looks after
co-productions from first-time directors. A business studies graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, she
has extensive experience in the UK television sector, as a producer and director for on-air promotions
at ITV broadcaster Granada and subsequently as a presentation editor at Channel 4 Television. She
has also worked as a special effects producer in London and in the post-production sector in France.
She joined Eurimages from the European Audiovisual Observatory, where she was a market researcher and analyst specialising in public funding for film as well as coordinator of the European Film Agency Research Network (EFARN). She is the author of numerous studies and reports on various aspects of the European film industry.
Born in Ankara in 1978. After studying film in Anadolu University of Eskisehir, she received her MA degree on communication sciences from Marmara University. Between 1997 and 2005 she worked as translator, correspondent and producer to foreign media such as ABC News, Boston Globe, Sky News, Radio France International, ARTE, Le Nouvel Observateur, Los Angeles Times. From 2005 to 2009, she was program coordinator for Anadolu Kultur and run the Caucasus Program. In 2009 and 2010, she was the coordinator for Mithat Alam Film Center of Bogazici University. Since 2010 she produces documentaries and feature films. She was the associate producer of Çoğunluk/ Majority, co-producer for Sivas, and producer for Dust Cloth. She is the producer of Layer (2017). She also works as line producer for the international projects which have been shot in Turkey like Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow and Eric Baudlaire’s AKA Jihadi. She is the founding coordinator for Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform which aims to support co-production between Turkey and Armenia where there is no diplomatic relations. She is a volunteer for Hrant Dink Foundation and member of the International Hrant Dink Award Committee.
Born in 1979. She graduated from the Dokuz Eylül University Department of Theatre–Acting in 2000, and completed the Acting Programme at Müjdat Gezen Culture and Arts Centre in 2004. She took part in several plays including Hamlet, Trojan Women, Festen with theatre companies such as Müjdat Gezen Theatre, DOT, İstanbul Public Theatre. She acted in several popular TV series including Derman (2007), Canım Ailem (2009-10), Bizim Yenge (2011), Cesur Hemşire (2013-4), Ulan İstanbul (2014), Çifte Saadet (2016) and Altınsoylar (2016). She starred in the feature films Soğuk / Cold (Uğur Yücel, 2014), Yok Artık (Caner Özyurtlu, 2015), Album (Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, 2016) which debuted at Cannes, and Tatlım Tatlım (Yılmaz Erdoğan, 2017).
SİNAN YABGU ÜNAL
Born in 1988 in Istanbul. He is a producer and street photographer. He studied Mechanics-Economic Engineering, quit his studies in 2008 and started working in the automotive industry. In 2010, he started working as production assistant, production supervisor and executive producer in commercials and promotional films. He was executive producer for Kümes / The Coop (2014) by Ufuk Bayraktar, and producer for the shorts Öğretmen, Pullu Tepe, Sessiz Ortak (2015), Emin Fırat Övür’s feature docudrama Anatolian Tales, short Homo-Ludens (2016) and Ümit Ünal’s feature Sofra Sırları (2017).
NATIONAL COMPETITION AND NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
KLAUS EDER (President)
She is a Kurdish-German film director, scriptwriter and producer. She was born in Malatya, raised in Hamburg, and currently living and working in Berlin. Following her studies on philosophy, cultural studies, and German Philology, she shot several internationally acclaimed short films. She directed her first feature-length film Auslandstournee / Tour Abroad in 1999, followed by En Garde (2003), Luks Glück / Luk’s Luck (2009) and Die Erbin / The Heiress (2013). En Garde won two Silver Leopards in Locarno and selected best film of the year by German critics. Her first documentary The Others won a Special Mention at the İstanbul Film Festival’s National Documentary Competition in 2016 and the Ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness at DOK Leipzig.
After graduating from Istanbul Bilgi University Cinema-TV department, she began her career as assistant director. She worked for ten years in many national and international productions such as Gem’s Merchant (Renzo Martinelli), Hitman (Xavier Gens), Ugarit (Terry Cunningham), Future Lasts Forever (Özcan Alper). She shot her first feature docudrama Saroyanland in 2012 which premiered in İstanbul FF in National Competition in 2013 and had its international premiere in Locarno. Screening over 20 national and international film festivals, SaroyanLand won Best Balkan Film Award in Sofia Film Festival, Best Documentary Award in Yerevan Film Festival, and Best Screenplay Award in Malatya Film Festival in 2013.
Born in 1973 in Trabzon, Turkey. He graduated from the Radio-TV and Film Department Faculty of Communication at the Gazi University in Ankara. during his days as student, he worked at the Ankara Film Festival and Festival on Wheels/ European Film Festival. In 1996, he started working as film reporter at the Radikal daily where he was Culture-Arts Chief between 2011 and 2016. He is currently an editor at the BookArts supplement of the Hürriyet daily. In 2008, he was the preliminary jury of the National feature Film Competition of the 45th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. In 2010, he was in the national jury of the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival. He is a member of the Turkish Film Critics Association, SIYAD.
After completing a degree in Art History, he entered the IDHEC in Paris then sojourned in Rome and New York on Villa Médicis grant in 1989. He directed his first film, Rome désolée, (1994) while continuing to write and teach at the university, the Fémis, and in art schools. His films, which have garnered numerous awards, are both documentary and autobiographical; filled with music, painting and his own personal life, they constantly explore the borders between the cinema and contemporary art, theatrical screening and installation, and radio creation. His 9 films are screened at this year’s festival programme in a retrospective including Rome désolée, (1994), Leçons de tenebre (Jury Award at FID Marseille, 2000), Bonne Nouvelle (Jury Award at Locarno Video, 2001), Mon voyage d’hiver (2003) and Jaurès (2012).
Born in İzmir. He studied Film at the Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir. He worked as assistant director to many directors including Yeşim Ustaoğlu; directed several music videos, commercials, and short films. His short documentaries Overtime (2012) and The Burning Mountain (2014) were screened at more than 30 festivals. His medium length documentary Koloni / Colony had its world premiere at FID Marseille and won the Best Film Award at Dokufest, and was screened at numerous film festivals including Istanbul Film Festival, American Documentary Festival and Thessaloniki Film Festival. He is currently working on the docufiction projects Meteors and Wisam.
Born in 1988, in Adana, Turkey. He started theatre in high school and continued at Galatasaray University where he studied Industrial Engineering. After his graduation, he continued his studies in film directing and scriptwriting at the Prague Film School. There he shot his well-received short film Evicko. The last short film he directed, Sal / Tuesday, premiered in the Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and then it was screened in almost 100 festivals, including Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, and Sarajevo. Tuesday was awarded Best Short Film in the Istanbul Film Festival in 2016. He is currently developing his debut feature film Ela and Hilmi.