Orkide Ünsür is a published author and an award winning Turkish filmmaker from Istanbul. She was born in Ankara. She is originally from Balkan as her grandparents & ancestors came from Rumelia (Thessaloniki and Silistre Province). She graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration and Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty, Brand Communication Department.
She was trained as a filmmaker, successfully attending courses for camera, editing, interviewing technique organized by BBC team in ATV and by CNN International team in CNNTÜRK. She worked as a TV reporter, an assistant director, an assistant producer, a script writer, a director and a producer in national TV channels and production companies. She directed promotion films as a freelance director; made two short documentaries one as a co-producer and one as an executive producer; worked in short movies as a production coordinator, an art director and an actress.
As a producer, director and screenplay writer, she created the two awarded short documentaries 8’den 8’e Sahildekiler (Coastlanders 8 to 8), Metruk (The Abandoned) and the awarded short screenplay Sitophobia.
Her novel Lâmia-KAN BAĞI / Lamia-CONSANGUINITY has been published and released by Altınpost Publishing in March, 2015. She is co-author of the horror anthology book Anadolu Korku Öyküleri III – Yılgayak / Anatolian Horror Stories III (Bilgi Publishing, 2017).
She created “Dark Stories” anthology book series with different concepts. As a project director & co-author, she collaborated with other horror & fantasy writers:
Aşkın Karanlık Yüzü-14 Şubat İçin 14 Yazardan 14 Karanlık Öykü / The Dark Side Of Love – 14 Writers, 14 Dark Love Stories for 14 February (Ithaki Publishing, 2017), Karanlık Yılbaşı Öyküleri -Aralıktan Sızan Karanlık / Dark New Year’s Eve Stories (Bilgi Publishing, 2017) Karanlıktaki Kadınlar / Women in Darkness (Bilgi Publishing, 2018) and lastly İstanbul’un Karanlığında – İki Kadın, Altı Öykü / In the Darkness of Istanbul – Two Women, Six Stories with Zeynep Çolakoğlu (Karakarga Publishing 2020).
She was a jury member of 11th National Short Film Festival and 21st International Frankfurt Turkish Film Festival (short film competition).
Orkide Ünsür has finished the first draft of her novella Aktris / Actress. She has also been working on her other projects.
You have done a lot of interesting things. What are you working on at the moment?
Thank you Magda! Right now I’m writing a new short script for one of my actor friends. I’ve been also working on my “The Scarlet Awakening” script. By the way, best of luck for your new film “Two People”.
You have been very busy and done many creative projects! And thank you for following my blog.
Thank you 🙂 Your blog is a great place for writers. Very useful & lovely…