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.