Category Archives: Workshop, Panel, Seminar, Talk, Conversation (2009- )

Visual Language of Cinema by Aytekin Çakmakçı

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I attended a seminar & workshop on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 : “Visual Language of Cinema“ by Aytekin Çakmakçı, the acclaimed and multi award winning Turkish cinematographer.

It was a great opportunity to hear his experiences, thoughts, advices  & memories on cinema.

Many thanks to Dogus University,Faculty of Fine Arts And Design for this wonderful organization.

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Aytekin Çakmakçı1

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

“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

Happy Women’s Day!

Bilgi Diren Güneş, Orkide Ünsür, Müge Bayraktar

Nazan Erkmen

Funda Savaş Gün


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Funda Savaş Gün, Bilgi Diren Güneş, Müge Bayraktar, Orkide Ünsür, Nazan Erkmen, Mustafa Bülbül

I was honored to be part of  “Short Film & Cinema Through Women’s Eyes” Short Film Screenings and Conversation event. Many thanks to Dogus University-Faculty of Fine Arts And Design (Prof. Nazan Erkmen, Prof. Funda Savaş Gün, Mustafa Bülbül)  Ataşehir MunicipalityTurkish Association of University Women and talented female filmmakers Müge Bayraktar and Bilgi Diren Güneş. 


“Short Film & Cinema Through Women’s Eyes”

“ Short Film & Cinema Through Women’s Eyes”

 Short Film Screenings and Conversation

Place: Dogus University Gözaçan Cultural Center, Acıbadem/İstanbul

Time & Date: March 6,  2013  10.00 a.m-12.00 p.m.

Opening  Speech:  Prof. Nazan Erkmen (Dean, Dogus University-Faculty of Fine Arts And Design)

Moderator: Orkide Ünsür (Director, Scriptwriter)


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

Müge Bayraktar (Director)

Short  Film: There’s Always Room For Dessert! (Fiction / 25 min.)

Bilgi Diren Güneş (Director)

Short  Film: Oh No! My Father is Retired! (Documentary / 9,30  min.)


“American Independent Filmmaking” by Richard Peña

Richard Peña

Last Friday I attended a special event organised by Pera Film in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul at the Pera Museum Auditorium.

Richard Peña  is a  Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University.  He has been the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival since 1988.

In his talk, Mr.  Peña briefly informed us about the development of non-Hollywood filmmaking from the Twenties until today. We also watched short films and  film sequences (A  Bronx Morning directed by Jay Leyda/1931,  Meshes of the Afternoon directed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid/1943, In the Year of the Pig directed by Emile de Antonio/1968 and Killer of Sheep directed by Charles Burnett/1977 ).

Many thanks to Prof.  Peña  and  the organizators.

“Meetings on the Bridge” Meets Cannes Film Festival

Meetings on the Bridge Meets Cannes Film Festival

Last Thursday I attended a panel organised by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) at the French Cultural Center and moderated by Mehmet Demirhan.

We, Turkish filmmakers had the chance to meet two leading figures of the international film industry,  Georges Goldenstern (Director of Cinefondation and Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Cannes Film Festival) and Julie Bergeron (Manager of Industry Programmes, Cannes Film Festival). We learned how they select the projects for The Atelier (L’Atelier) as well as we were able to ask so many questions to them.

The other panelists Turkish filmmakers Hüseyin Karabey (Scriptwriter, Director, Producer) Nadir Öperli (Producer) and Enis Köstepen (Producer) who participated at the events at Cannes shared their experiences with us. It was informative, encouraging and also enjoyable to hear their stories.

Many thanks to all panelists and to Meetings on the Bridge, Istanbul Film Festival team.

DCP and Short Films

Ahmet Hızarcı

I attended a workshop organized by 24th Istanbul International Short Film Festival on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 : “A new path for the short film in cinema halls DIGITAL CINEMA PACKAGE ( DCP )” by Yaşar Ahmet Hızarcı.

Yaşar Ahmet Hızarcı is director, producer and general manager of Atlas Multimedia Productions in Istanbul. He gave Turkish short filmmakers many useful information about Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), Digital Cinema Package (DCP), Digital Cinema Projection and advantages/benefits of digital cinema.  We also saw the the latest updates about digital movie theaters all around the world.

Hilmi Etikan, the director of the festival and the owner of Filmür Production offered to the feature length filmmakers (both directors & producers) a wonderful (yet some utopic) suggestion: “How about select a short film and embed it to your copy and screen it just before your own film?” Thus this short film also finds its audience in movie theaters. As a fan of this idea, I wish I would be one of them to support short filmmakers. 😉

Many thanks to Mr. Hızarcı and Mr. Etikan for this useful workshop…

 Ahmet Hızarcı & Hilmi Etikan

Reality Bites Back: A Lecture by Jennifer L. Pozner in Bilgi University

I attended one of the “Domino Lectures Seminar Series” is organized by Media and Communication Systems Graduate Program at Santral Campus in Istanbul Bilgi University on April 11, 2012 Wednesday.

The lecture named “Reality Bites Back:  Gender, Race and Manipulation in U.S. Reality Television” was given by Jennifer L. Pozner.  She is Executive Director and Founder at Women In Media & News (WIMN) and the author of the book “Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV” .

After the short presentation and speech of Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu (Dean, Faculty of Communication), he invited Ms. Pozner to the stage.  She showed us some extracts of  the webisode series “Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn” created by her with the inspiration of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”.

She also mentioned about how media shows women, the double standards on gender and  manipulative editing (frankenbiting) in media by giving some examples to the audiences.

Pozner said “We need to educate children and adults in how to see beneath the surface to the underlying messages in popular media and news.” As a filmmaker, I would like to add it is also essential for all genre of movies…

Many thanks to Jennifer L. Pozner and Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu for this amazing lecture.

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