Category Archives: Awards/Nominations

News About “Sitophobia” in Turkish Media

(in alphabetical order)


Maltepe Ekspres


Sinema Kulübü



Takvim Gazetesi


“Sitophobia” wins the WILDsound One Page Screenplay Contest!

I’m proud to announce that my screenplay “Sitophobia” is the winner of  the WILDsound FALL/WINTER 2011, 1 page Screenplay Contest at the WILDsound Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario / Canada. It will be made  into a film by Canadian filmmakers in 2012.

Fashion, diet, health, welness, as well as media and entertainment markets have been constantly pushing today’s modern women for being more slim and more skinny. Sitophobia draws attention to this important subject and it exaggeratedly, humourusly and surprisingly tells about the anxiety of a slightly overweighted young woman. I have a total confidence about Sitophobia and I am sure the audience will like its strong cinematographic side when it is screened.

I would like to congrats all the script writers since it is already a challenge writing one page script.

It was an exciting and enjoyable journey… A special thank you for all voters and supporters. Many thanks to WILDsound organization and especially to Mr.Matthew Toffolo for giving me this opportunity.

(from the “Reading Event” at the National Film Board of Canada)

Metruk Wins Indie Fest Award of Merit

I am proud to announce that  Metruk (The Abandoned) has won the prestigious Award of Merit in the short documentary category from The Indie Fest Film Competition in California, United States. As a short documentary Indie winner, Metruk joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award.

Thomas Baker, Ph.D., Chairman of the Indie Fest, remarked, “The Indie is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Indie helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were exceptionally pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Indie is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

Indie awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Indie is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

Thanks again to Umut Can Sevindik and Alternatiffilm for their support.  This award is a great birthday present for me 🙂


Metruk (The Abandoned) was here…

from the Report on the 7th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival

4 Film Directors, 4 Films “Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion by 11th National Short Film Festival

“Orkide Ünsür, Short Film Screening & Book Signing Event” by Şarköy’s Future Platform, Namık Kemal University Şarköy Vocational School Conference Hall, Şarköy -Tekirdağ / TURKEY (May 5, 2015)


“New Modern Women Education Culture and Solidarity Association Meeting”, Istanbul Yacht Club (May 13, 2015)

“2 Films 1 Book Event”, Maltepe Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center / İstanbul                   May 17, 2015)

About Closing Ceremony and Awards of the Festival…

The closing ceremony of the 8th International Environmental Short Films Festival which was organized by Büyükçekmece Municipality and Etkin Film Prodüksiyon was taken place at  Atatürk Cultural Center in Büyükçekmece on Friday 11, 2010. After the cocktail, awards ceremony has begun. Firstly Festival Director Mr. Vural Çavuşoğlu  and Büyükçekmece Major Mr. Hasan Akgün have made their speeches and the winners took  their prizes.

“8’den 8’e SAHİLDEKİLER / COASTLANDERS 8  to 8″ which is the first documentary about  Maltepe Coastline and Süreyya Beach has won the 3rd Best Documentary Award in the competition which is only organized in national category. During the festival some foreign short films have screened from different countries such as Spain, France, Germany, England Italy and Holland.

Here are the awarded films and directors that were selected by the jury members who are Cahit Berkay (Musician), Ediz Hun (Actor), Assist. Dr. Gülin Terek Ünal (Universtiy of Istanbul Faculty of Communication), Üstün Asutay (Actor), Vural Çavuşoğlu (Director):

Category of Documentary

1st Prize:  MADA (Director: Musa Ak)

2nd Prize: HALKİ HALKI (Director: Atacan Şimşek-Bulut Tar)

3rd Prize: 8’den 8’e SAHİLDEKİLER / COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 (Director: Orkide Ünsür)

Category of Live Action

1st Prize:  ARTI BEŞ DERECE (Director: Şenol Çöm)

2nd Prize: SU TANESİ (Director: Oğuzhan Kaya)

3rd Prize: BEŞ LİRA (Director: Serhat Karaaslan)

Category of Animation

Best Film: BİR VÜCUT İKİ İNSAN (Director: Murat Tahan)

Murat Şener Special Prize:

Students of Istanbul College with their works called PEGU

Prof. Dr. Suat Gezgin, Dean of the Faculty of Communication in Istanbul University and musician İskender Doğan were  awarded with special prize at the ceremony which was hosted by actor Ercan Bostancıoğlu. The night has ended by the songs of the musician Muzaffer Uludağ and also a wonderful tango performance by dancers.

* Special thanks to Ms. Çiğdem Larsen for my video and special thanks to Ms. Gül Toksoy for my picture …

“COASTLANDERS 8 to 8” is awarded

Behind the Camera

“COASTLANDERS 8  to 8”  has won the 3rd Best Documentary Award in 8th Istanbul International Environmental Short  Films Festival, the Category of National Competition.

Festival closing and the award ceremony will be taken place  at  Atatürk Cultural Center in Büyükçekmece on Friday 11, 2010.

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