Category Archives: Festivals

Antalya Film Forum

I attended the Antalya Film Forum, which run from October 14-17, 2014 in Antalya.

A  part of the Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya Film Forum is a co-production and project development market had been organized this year for the first time.

It was a great organization with Pitching Platform, Work In Progress Platform, Round Table Talks, Panel Discussions, Master Classes, Workhops and Happy  Hours, as well as being  very helpful & useful especially for Turkish filmmakers.

It was very exciting to be there;  I was so glad to meet  these amazing film people from all around the world.  I’d love to attend it again. A big thanks to all the Antalya Film Forum crew for their works, helps and supports.

Scenes from Antalya Film Forum…

Antalya Film Forum Director: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan

Laurent Cantet Masterclass

Paul Cronin Workshop

Abbas Kiarostami Masterclass
















Happy Hours / Meetings

Roundtable Talks with Francine Hetherington Raveney (European Women’s Audiovisuel Network)

Pitching Platform

Panel Discussion: Producers Talking About the Future Of Cinema Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cédomir Kolar, Jim Stark

Round Table Talks with Gamila Ylstra (BingerFilm Lab)

Pitching Platform Jury Members: Teresa Hoefert de Turegano, Thanassis Karathano

Work In Progress Platform Jury Members: Rémi Bonhomme, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, İmre Tezel

Closing Ceremony & Awards


Photo Copyright © Orkide Ünsür

Acting as a Jury Member for the 11th National Short Film Festival

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I was one of the jury members for the 11th National Short Film Festival (March 26-29, 2013) by  Istanbul Short Filmmakers Association (IKFD) & Dogus University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Visual Communication Design.

The *jury meeting was held on March 23rd at Dogus University. We watched the 16 finalist films and discussed them until late hours. Since all the films were great,  it was really hard for the jury members to select the winners.

Lunch with some jury members

Lunch with jury members

Here are the winning films of this year’s National Short Film Festival:

Short Fiction Category:

1st Place 1st Place Festival Winner: Consensus directed by Gülten Taranç

2nd Place Festival Winner: Düğün (The Wedding) directed by Sertaç Yumun

3rd Place Festival Winner: On (Ten) directed by Ece Ger

Best Documentary

Hala (The Paternal Aunt) directed by Veysel Akşahin

The jury members were rewarded with a trophy plaque and a gravure art issued by Dogus University at the opening night of the festival on March 26th.

The winner films were announced on the closing night of the festival on March 29th and the filmmakers had their awards. Veteran actor Şemsi İnkaya and actor/screenwriter Ercan Kesal received honour awards.

As a filmmaker, it was a lovely & exciting experience for me. Thanks to all the Turkish filmmakers who did submit their films to the festival.

* The Jury Members of the 11th National Short Film Festival: 

Aydın Bağardı (Dogus University Faculty of Fine Arts And Design, Department of Visual Communication Design/Filmmaker/Scriptwriter)

Prof. Dr. Funda Savaş Gün (Department  Head of Visual Communication Design, Dogus University- Faculty of Fine Arts And Design)

Haşmet Zeybek (Scriptwriter/Writer)

Mehmet Güleryüz (the President of SETEM, the Association of Film Directors, Writers and Composers)

Asst. Prof.  Mustafa Bülbül  (Dogus University Faculty of Fine Arts And Design, Department of Visual Communication Design/Filmmaker)

Prof. Dr. Neşe Kars Tayanç (Istanbul University Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema )

Oktay Güzeloğlu (the President of the Istanbul Short Filmmakers Association /Filmmaker/Writer)

Orkide Ünsür (Filmmaker & Scriptwriter)

Prof. Dr. Şükran Esen ( Marmara University Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio-TV and Cinema)

Toprak Sergen (Actor, Host, Producer)

“Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion


I was a panelist for the  4 Film Directors, 4 Films “Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion organized by 11th National Short Film Festival on  Thursday, March 28, 2013  at  Dogus University H Block Theatre Hall in Istanbul.

The other panelists were  Bilgi Diren Güneş, Gökçe Pehlivanoğlu and Simge Gökbayrak. The panel was moderated by Asst. Prof. Mustafa Bülbül ( Dogus University- Faculty of Fine Arts And Design, Department of Visual Communication Design)

First,  our short films Metruk (The Abandoned), Oh No! My Father is Retired, Pierrot the Living Statue and Trace were screened and then the panel discussion begun. We talked about our personal journey for the short film genre, our filmmaking experiences, finding fund and sponsorship  for short films.  And finally, we shared our thoughts and experiences about being a female filmmaker in the film industry and in the cinema art which are still male dominated all around the world.

Thank you for the  IKFD/Istanbul Short Filmmakers Association & Dogus University gave us this opportunity.


New Screening of “Metruk”


Metruk (The Abandoned) will be screened in the  4 Film Directors, 4 Films “Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion (11th National Short Film Festival by IKFD/Istanbul Short Filmmakers Association & Dogus University).

Panelists:  Bilgi Diren Güneş, Orkide Ünsür, Gökçe Pehlivanoğlu, Simge Gökbayrak

Moderator:  Asst. Prof. Mustafa Bülbül ( Dogus University- Faculty of Fine Arts And Design, Department of Visual Communication Design)

Date & Time: Thursday, March 28, 2013     13.30-15.30 p.m

Venue: Dogus University H Block Theatre Hall, Acıbadem/Istanbul

Canada Premiere of “Metruk” takes place on May 18

The 4th Montréal Turkish Film Festival ( 4e Festival des films turcs de Montréal) will be held on May 11-20, 2012 in Montréal, Canada.

Metruk is selected as finalist (the category of Short Film&Documentary Competition) and it will be screened at CINEROBOTHEQUE on Friday,   May 18 at 7 p.m. (19:00).

For the festival schedule, click here

Metruk at Dialog Greek-Turkish Short Film Festival

DIALOG is a cinematic cultural and friendship bridge of  Greece and Turkey, screening the best Turkish & Greek short films.  An annual event takes place in Eskisehir, Turkey and Thessaloniki, Greece.

The 3rd Dialog Greek-Turkish Short Film Festival is held on 30 April – May 1 in Eskisehir, Turkey. The festival is  organized by  Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences – Department of Cinema and Television and  TISFF Thess International Film Festival.

Metruk (The Abandoned) was screened on Monday, April  30 at 18:30 (06:30 p.m.)

Metruk is selected for the OFF ’12 ODTÜ Film Festival

ODTÜ (METU) Film Festival (OFF ’12)  is organized by ODTÜ Sitop ( Middle East Technical University, Cinema Community ) in Ankara, Turkey.  The festival will be held on February 28- March 2, 2012. There will be no awards for the film festival as there isno competition involved. OFF ’12 is a nice opportunity for Turkish short filmmakers to share their works  and to celebrate the art of cinema. Metruk (The Abandoned) will be screened on Tuesday, February 28 at 15:30  (03:30 p.m.)

There will be ” In Memoriam” screenings held for Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos and Turkish filmmaker Ömer Kavur.

Here is the festival schedule 

“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 is finalist in Boston Turkish Festival

from the movie Metruk (The Abandoned)

Metruk (The Abandoned) is selected as finalist for the 16th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition in Boston, Massachusetts,  USA. It will be screened on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Boston Public Library.

Members of this year’s Competition Jury include:

Haden Guest, Director, Harvard Film Archive
Peter Keough, Film Editor – Boston Phoenix
Carter Long, Katharine Stone White Curator of Film, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition provides a rare opportunity for filmmakers to have a platform in the United States for their films to reach an international audience, as well as film critics.


Sitophobia is finalist for WILDsound Screenplay Contest

I’m proudly announcing my one page screenplay SITOPHOBIA is selected as finalist for WILDsound FALL/WINTER  2011   1 page Screenplay Contest.  WILDsound Film Festival is  Toronto, Ontario / Canada based film festival which has different categories.

SITOPHOBIA will be read at WILDsound's Saturday October 22nd festival event. Then there will be a vote online where people will pick the winner, which will be made into a film. I must say, writing a one page screenplay is an exciting and enjoyable experince as well as great challenge it is.

Here are the all finalists:

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