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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”

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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.)


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

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

New York Premiere of “Metruk”

Metruk (The Abandoned) had an invitation from New York couple of months ago.  It will take part at the Summer Festival Series (July 2 – 11) of NEWFILMMAKERS NY.

A screening program of short innovative and unconventional documentaries

Curated by Tova Beck-Friedman:







Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.

Place:  Anthology Film Archive, Deren Theater 32 Second Ave @ 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003


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.)

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/)

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