Films

  • 2017

    Builders

    Director and producer Somnur Vardar
    2015 Development and 2017 production support
    In production

    The film focuses on construction workers’ working conditions in the district of Kadıköy and its surrounding area under urban transformation. The documentary also observes the political and ethnic factions among the construction workers.

    Imperfect

    Directors Bilen Sevda Könen, Ayris Alptekin
    2017 Short production support
    In production

    It is a documentary made with experimental methods to rethink the concept of imperfection attributed to women and the body of women often through the everyday practices known by heart. Asking questions by subverting all the rules that restrict the field of freedom and ultimately to find that imperfections are unique fragments of women.

    Lucid

    Director Emine Emel Balcı
    2017 Short production support
    In production

    Following a found footage’s marks “Lucid” tells a story about the history, methods, and the repetition of killing through heroic and violent discourses.


    Piraots

    Director Niştiman Cemal Aslan
    2017 Development support
    In development

    The film tells the 'Piraots', mythological female creatures in Kurdish legends. These creatures, which have a place in Mesopotamia's deeply rooted past, are now living only in the stories of the old peasants.

    Don’t Call Me Sister, You May Need Me Mister

    Directors Buse Kılıçkaya and Kaan Karacehennem
    2017 Production support
    In production

    The film is about the trans women over the age of fifty who live in Ankara, telling their dreams and loves as well as the blows they received in life through a never mentioned narrative.

    Fata Morgana

    Director Ege Berensel
    2017 Production support
    In production

    How does a moving-image that was lost in the post and found by coincidence 30 years later can help us to remember? Fata Morgana is an experimental documentary following a woman video activist’s story through her found footages from 1980 military coup in Turkey.

    Elsewhere

    Director Melis Birder
    2017 Production support
    In production

    "Then what did they believe in? To who? " The question sets a mother on a journey following the secret path of her ancestors. She wanders from one city to the next guided by history, myth and memories. The times are oppressive, the people are confused but her daughter is waiting for an answer.


    Beats-n-Pieces

    Director Ekin Çalışır
    2017 Development support
    In development

    Beats-n-Pieces, set in the last divided capital of the world, Nicosia in Cyprus, follows two streetwise teenage dancers, who grow up next to different sides of the military strip, and now want to reach to the other side.

  • 2016

    Wind Horse

    Director Sidar İnan Erçelik
    Producers Işılay Yanbaş, Sidar İnan Erçelik
    2015 Production support and 2016 post-production support
    In post-production

    ‘Wind Horse’ explores the relationship of men with horses through two characters who started their lives in similar conditions, but who diverged to different directions over time.

    Ververoz

    Director Piran Baydemir
    2016 Production Support
    Completed

    Over a period of 154 days, a couple search for their missing daughter in Sur, southeastern Turkey, at a time when the streets are under curfew and conflict rages.

    Reconstruction

    Director Orhun Bozdağ
    2016 Production support
    In production

    Recep lives in the suburbs of the city of Istanbul. He is obsessed with his past; even his phone is set to 1984. The film is also about the director's effort to communicate with his father.


    FotoRingo

    Director Zeynel Doğan
    2016 Production support
    In production

    FotoRingo is the story of a local photographer travelling one village to another from 1974-1989 who left a tremendous photography archive.

    The Kardeş Türküler Documentary

    Directors Çayan Demirel, Ayşe Çetinbaş
    Producers Ayşe Çetinbaş, Gökçe İnce
    2016 Production support
    In production

    It is the story of a group of students from Boğaziçi University who started their musical journey for fraternity and peace by asking the question “So we sing world folkloric songs. But what about the folks in Turkey?”.


    Besna

    Director Selim Yıldız
    2016 Production support
    In production

    After nine years of longing, Besna, one of hundreds of thousands of mothers who lost their children during a war that has been ongoing in Turkey for 33 years, embarks on a dangerous journey to find her son. Besna’s story is one that is shared by hundreds of thousands of mothers in this region.

    I Have Sorrow, I Have Cure

    Directors Rüzgâr Buşki, Senem Donatan
    2016 Production support
    In production

    As unrest in Turkey develops, the movie ‘I have sorrow, I have the cure’ will portray 5 members from the LGBTI community developing alternative approaches to confront death. Through music and performance they will mourn and search for healing.

    The 3rd Bridge / No Trees Left

    Directors Beyza Meşe, Can Aksan
    2016 post-production support
    In post-production

    This is an experimental documentary on the construction of the 3rd bridge, environmental destruction, and the transformation of life spaces in Istanbul.

    Derdo Ana and the Walnut Tree

    Director Serdar Önal
    Producer Nagehan Uskan
    2016 Post-production support
    Completed

    Derdo Ana, who migrated to Istanbul with her 8 children in 1975 after the killing of her husband, every summer keeps returning to her old village in Eastern Anatolia to collect her walnuts. The walnut tree is a reflection of the Armenian woman’s identity, made of struggle and memory.

    Sulukule Mon Amour

    Director Azra Deniz Okyay
    Producer Zeynep Armağan Şahan
    2016 Short post-production support
    Completed

    We follow the story of Gizem and Dina from Sulukule – home to a large and established Romani community in Istanbul – who dance in order to truly be themselves and liberate themselves through art.

    No Place For Tears

    Director Reyan Tuvi
    2016 Post-production support
    Completed

    The film starts with the wait in a small village on the Syrian border and takes us on a voyage to a town destroyed by war – a voyage on the boundary between life and death.

    Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theatre

    Directors Emek is Ours, Istanbul is Ours Initiative
    2016 Post-production support
    Completed

    Audience Emancipated tells us the story of the struggle against the demolition of the Emek Cinema, which started in the year 2010. In doing so, it demonstrates an important aspect of the urban opposition movements growing in Istanbul in recent years through the eyes of ‘people with cameras’ on the street.

    Brothers of Silence

    Director Taylan Mintaş
    Producer Erol Mintaş
    2016 Post-production support
    Completed

    The film follows over four seasons the director’s return to his village in Kars after many long years, the life stories of his deaf and dumb cousins Toso and Çao, and the unique Kurdish sign language they have created.

    Horse Tales

    Director Levent Çetin
    2016 Short production support
    In post-production

    Horse Tales tells the story of stable boys, adolescents making a living by taking care of horses. In order to do so, it focuses on their job and their relationships with the animals they care for.

    How much?

    Directors Sara Durmuş, Gülşah Keleş
    2016 Short post-production support
    Completed

    The film is an in-depth account of the difficulties experienced by undocumented black migrant women living in Turkey.

    Miss Holocaust Survivor

    Director Eytan İpeker
    Producer Yoel Meranda
    Development support
    In production

    This documentary tells the story of a quite unorthodox beauty pageant.

    The Irremediable Man

    Directors and Producers Hakkı Kurtuluş, Melik Saraçoğlu
    2016 Short production support
    In production

    One day a man goes to a hospital with headache complaint and never leaves that hospital for 47 years until he dies there. While following this "weird" man's story the film also asks questions about hospitals, being a patient and our relationship to our own bodies.

  • 2015

    Wicked Girl

    Director Ayçe Kartal Producer Damien Megherbi
    2015 Short production support
    Completed

    A short animation about the memory of a little girl who is raped by 12 men.

    Ziba

    Director Ali Farkhonde
    Producer Nesra Gürbüz
    2015 Post-production support
    Completed

    A short film about a woman in hospital whose face was burned as a result of an acid attack, forming an internal resistance against the violence she was exposed to.


    The Boy With Camera

    Director İbrahim Yeşilbaş Producers İbrahim Yeşilbaş, Hasan Doğan
    2015 Production support
    Completed

    Working in the garment industry by day and writing scripts during the rest of his times Jwan, is one of the Syrians who has fled the war and arrived in Turkey. Through Jwan’s gaze the film witnesses the true life experiences, hopes or despairs of the Syrians.

    The Obsolete One

    Director and producer Hakan Hücum
    2015 Atlas special post-production award
    Completed

    A short film about the arrival of a brand new Atatürk bust to a village and leading the school janitor Izzet’s life to an impasse.

    Welcome Lenin

    Directors Aylin Kuryel, Ahmet Murat Öğüt, Begüm Özden Fırat, Emre Yeksan, Fırat Yücel
    Producer Emre Yeksan
    2015 Atlas special post-production award
    Completed

    The film evolves around a Lenin statue washed up on a Black Sea shore and the events that follow the incident.

    For Women Only

    Director Ayfer Ergün
    Producer Aslı Cihan Filiz
    2015 Development support
    In production

    A documentary that investigates the results of pink taxi service in Jordan, Iran and Pakistan. It questions if this is a solution for violence against women or a practice that simply segregates them.

    Androktones

    Director and producer Emine Yıldırım
    2015 Development support
    Completed

    An experimental documentary about a theme park in Samsun set for reenacting the historical village of Amazon Fighters, investigating the representation of woman through a tragicomic narrative.

    Horde

    Director Gürcan Keltek
    Producers Gürcan Keltek, İpek Sarp
    2015 Development support
    In production

    The film is about collective evil and madness triggered by art and drugs.

    Age of Reconstruction

    Director İmre Azem
    Producer Gaye Günay
    2015 development support
    In production

    The film follows the “money trail” from the moment it is designated as an “investment” in global financial institutions to the physical destruction it causes in the neighborhoods of Istanbul, Beirut, Barcelona and Sao Paulo.

    Mr. Gay Syria

    Director Ayşe Toprak
    2015 Production support
    Completed

    A documentary about Mahmoud who fled civil war in Syria and gay discrimination following his struggle as a refugee and hopeful resistance for a better future.

    Blue ID

    Directors and producers Vuslat Karan, Burcu Melekoğlu
    2015 Production support
    In post-production

    A documentary about a transgender man struggling with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey.

    Fragments

    Director Rojda Akbayır
    Producer Ender Yeşildağ
    2015 Production support
    Completed

    A documentary of the director’s journey for reckoning with the past of his father who went abroad after 1980 military coup in Turkey and broke all connections with his family.

    The Ones Left Behind

    Director and producer Murat Caymaz
    2015 Production support
    In production

    Two siblings from a village in Syria fled the attacks and moved to Turkey’s district of Suruç. Finding themselves in the midst of a new life, they try to get by and at the same time attempt to keep their memories alive.

    Distant Constellation

    Director Shevaun Mizrahi
    Producers Deniz Buga ve Shelly Grizim
    2015 Post-production support
    Completed

    A documentary about aged members of different minority groups in Turkey, as residents of a retirement home in Istanbul, where eroticism, art and haunting shadows of genocide are reminisced as the world outside fastly changes.


    A Person in a Town

    Director and producer Buket Aydın
    2015 production support
    In post-production

    Emre, a 40 years old queer lives in a town of Tunceli in Eastern Anatolia. The film evolves around him and his existence in Alevi culture.


    Attention!

    Directors Onur Bakır, Panagiotis Charamis
    Producers Damla Kırkali, Onur Bakır
    2015 Post-production support
    Completed

    A documentary about the director who finds himself in a dilemma whereby he needs to make a decision between doing paid military service and serving the army for 6 months.

    Resistance is Life

    Director and producer Apo W. Bazidi
    2015 Post-production support
    Completed

    Evlin is an 8 year old girl who escaped from her home town in Syria with her family and she lives in an overcrowded refugee camp on the edge of the Turkish - Syrian border. We witness the everyday life at the camp through her eyes.

    Anatolian Trip

    Directors Deniz Tortum and Can Eskinazi
    Producers Cem Celal Bilge and Aslı Erdem
    2015 Atlas Post Production Studio special award
    In post-production

    A documentary about an improvisational rock band from Istanbul, “Venus Music Peace Band”, going on a self-organized Anatolian Trip to share their music with a wider audience.