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“Genre Summit” Workshop

I attended the “Genre Summit 3” online horror workshop (April 24th-April 27th). It was very helpful, enjoyable and motivating indeed 😉

The Genre Summit is the first ever platform to focus on horror film production. The workshops presented by horror directors, producers, screenwriters and other experts.

Many thanks to the founder & the host of the Genre Summit, Shant Yegparian and all the horror film professionals who shared their knowledge and experience with us.

“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.


Women Directors

I’ve seen my name on the “International List of Living Women Directors” by Women Directors: Navigating the Hollywood Boys’ Club . I’m honoured and thrilled. Thanks for their support.

Click here to view the link

Eminönü ’77 (Eminonu ’77)

Eminönü ’77  (Eminonu ’77)

Me and my brother made a one minute silent documentary which is the first film from our Super 8 film footage. We will make the second short documentary film (by using the whole film material) later. Stay tuned! 🙂

Synopsis: Eminonu ’77 is a Vintage Film was shot with a Super 8 movie camera. Filmed by our father in Istanbul in 1977,  mom and Okan take a small boat from Asian Side to European Side to visit Eminonu town which is especially famous with its historical  The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) and traditional pigeon feeding area located front of the mosque.

Edited & Produced & Directed by: Orkide & Okan Ünsür

Filmed by:  Ayhan Ünsür

Appearances:  Nermin & Okan Ünsür

Interviewed by “Her Film”

Her Film” is a global project to build audiences for films by, for and about women. Her Film is run by Kyna Morgan in collaboration with Marian Evans  and with contributions by Lotus Wollschlager .  Kyna is a screenwriter and producer as well as a film publicity and marketing professional based in the U.S. and Toronto, Canada. Marian is a writer, cultural activist, filmmaker based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of the Wellywood Woman blog and podcast.  Lotus is the official Her Film Reviewer, and an avid movie enthusiast based in U.S.

“Her Film” begins its country-focused series with female filmmakers and I’m honored and glad to be the first interviewee from Turkey.  Many thanks for their interest and support.

Click here to read the interview:

(source: http://her-film.com/)

COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 is available on MiShorts

I uploaded 8’den 8’e SAHILDEKILER ( COASTLANDERS 8 to 8 ) to MiShorts . Now you can watch & download it by joining the MiShorts as using “join mishorts” button. MiShorts is a “boutique” short film VOD service for indie filmmakers, an online platform to promote themselves and their work to a global audience.

Documentary Filmmaking In Balkans

“Documentary Filmaking in Balkans” panel meeting held on the 25th of June 2010, in Akbank Sanat, Beyoğlu. It was very useful for all the documentary filmmakers both young and old generation from Turkey. Many thanks to Documentarist organizators Necati Sönmez, Emel Çelebi and the panelists. Participants were Martichka Bozhilova (Director of Balkan Documentary Center), Dimitri Eipides (Director of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Thessaloniki International Film Festival), Rada Sesic (Sarajevo Film Festival, curator of the documentary section), Veton Nurkollari (Director of DokuFest, Kosovo), Julio Soto (Producer and director of “My Beautiful Dacia”). Panel moderator was director Emel Çelebi who won the Best Balkanian Documentary Film Award last year with her film “Sisters of Lillith’s”.

At first, Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) which is a new initiative based in Sofia was introduced to the audiences. Panelists discussed about the importancy of BDC which includes project development, finding co-producer, distribution and regional cooperation for  Balkanian documentary filmmakers.

During the event, Turkish filmmakers were invited to the most important documentary film festivals in the region such as  Sarajevo Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and  DokuFest by festivals’ directors. Then we watched some trailers such as “Run For Life” ( directed by  Mladen Maticevic), “Ken Lee” (a documentary is created by internet users) which are succesful and well known documentaries  all around the world. We also had a chance to take participants’  opinions about these documentaries and some essential tips about how to make a good documentary.

I think Rada Sesic’s words were one of the best advices for filmmakers who make film in every genre: “We have to support each others. Because good films situmulate the good ones.”

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