Jury

  • 2017 Jury

    Murat Özyaşar

    Murat Özyaşar was born in 1979 in Diyarbakır. His first story was published in Adam Öykü. His translated stories were published in the journals like Transcript Review, Words without Borders, Kovara W and Tîroj. He won Haldun Taner Story Award in 2008 and Yunus Nadi Story Award in 2009 with his first book Ayna Çarpması. This book is translated into Kurdish with the title of Bîr. His second book Sarı Kahkaha was published by Doğan Kitap in 2015.

    Pelin Esmer

    Pelin Esmer was born in Istanbul. She studied sociology. While working as an assistant director in various Turkish and foreign films she started making her own independent films. After her first documentary “The Collector” she founded her own film company Sinefilm and made her feature films “The Play”, “10 to 11” and “Watchtower”. She was invited to Cannes Film Festival’s Résidence du Cinéfondation in Paris where she wrote the script for “10 to 11”. Her films has been premiered in important festivals like San Sebastian, Tribeca, Toronto, Rotterdam, received many awards and were released in Turkey, Germany, France and US. In 2016, she completed the shootings of her last film “Something Useful” which is expected to be released in 2017.

    Tanıl Bora

    Tanıl Bora was born in 1963 in Ankara. He is graduated from İstanbul High School and Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science. He worked as a journalist at the weekly Yeni Gündem between 1984 and 1988. He is the editor of the research series of İletişim Publishing since 1988. He was the editor-in-chief of Toplum & Bilim quarterly magazine from 1993 to 2014. He became the publishing coordinator of the monthly socialist culture magazine Birikim in 2012 and the editor-in-chief in 2016 for which he regularly write since 1989. His main research area is the political thoughts in Turkey and he has many publishing on the issue. As a member, he is one of the organizers of “Human Rights Movement of Turkey Conference” held by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey for thirteen time in the last two decades.

    Yonca Ertürk

    Yonca Ertürk is the founder of Pati Film where the first puppet film of Turkey is produced. The puppet film Rimos and Zimos were distributed to cinemas nationwide in 2014 and screened at numerous national and international film festivals. A graduate of Istanbul University Basın Yayın Yüksek Okulu, Yonca Ertürk worked as a director assistant and producer assistant and production manager in commercials during her university years. She worked in İFR and produced Ezel Akay’s feauture film Neredesin Firuze (2004). She gives lectures on Film Production and Production Planning at İstanbul Bilgi University and Işık University. Until 2012 she worked at production companies Anima İstanbul and Sinefekt as a producer for commercial films. Currently Yonca Ertürk works as a freelance producer and post production producer. She is a member of Cinema Tv Guild, and board member of Canlandıranlar Animators Association ve Seyap Film Producers’ Association of Turkey.

    Zeynep Dadak

    Born in Balıkesir in 1978, Zeynep Dadak is a filmmaker and a film scholar. She studied film in Marmara (BA) and İstanbul Bilgi University (MA) and received a PhD in the Cinema Studies Department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Co-written and directed with her long time collaborator Merve Kayan, their debut feature film Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave, 2013) received three awards at 50th Antalya Golden Orange Festival, and later had its international premiere at 65th Berlin Film Festival. Also a member of the editorial board in Turkey’s Altyazı Monthly Film Magazine, her films, including the short documentary Bu Sahilde (On the Coast, 2010) were screened at prestigious film festivals such as Rotterdam, Sheffield, San Francisco and Jeonju, winning several awards both in and outside Turkey. She is currently working on new films and videos for Fenafilm, her own production company.

  • 2016 Jury

    Berke Baş

    After receiving her MA in media studies at the New School for Social Research, she has been working in documentary field as director, cameraperson and editor for more than a decade. Her films deal with Turkey’s pressing social issues as wide ranging as illegal migration (In Transit), women’s political rights (What a Beautiful Democracy!), trials of manhood (Concrete Park) and Armenian orphans of 1915 (hush!/La Chanson de Nahide). Her latest film Bağlar, co-directed with Melis Birder, follows the basketball team of Diyarbakir's Baglar Municipality in the course of three years, telling the story of a sidelined generation struggling to define hope and success in a conflict ridden city.

    Melek Ulagay

    1946 İstanbul doğumlu Melek Ulagay Taylan, İstanbul Üniversitesi İngiliz Dili ve Edebiyatı bölümünden 1974 yılında mezun oldu. Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilimler Fakültesi’nde uluslararası ilişkiler alanında yüksek lisans yaptı. 1976 – 1982 yılları arasında Ortadoğu Teknik Üniversitesi’nde İngilizce okutmanı olarak çalışmaya başladı. 1982 yılında sonra birçok haftalık ve aylık yayında serbest gazeteci olarak görev yaptı. Helsinki Yurttaşlar Derneği’nin kurucu üyelerinden olan Taylan, 1992 yılında Nurdan Arca ile birlikte bağımsız bir belgesel şirketi olan Ajans21’i kurdu. 1992 yılından 2012 yılına kadar Ajans21 bünyesinde farklı uygarlıklar ve kültürler, doğa ve çevre, sualtı, yeryüzü ve uzay, tiyatro ve müzik, biyografiler ve monografiler, toplumsal sorunlar gibi çok çeşitli konularda belgesel filmlerde imzası olan Taylan yönetmen, yapımcı ve metin yazarı gibi çeşitli görevler üstlenmiştir. Ajans21 bünyesinde yapımcı ve yönetmeni olduğu filmler bir çok prestijli film festivalinde gösterilmiştir. 2012 yılından bu yana Melek Ulagay bağımsız olarak belgesel film yönetmen ve yapımcılığına devam etmektedir.

    Yeşim Ustaoğlu

    1960 yılında Kars’ta dünyaya gelen Ustaoğlu, Robert Koleji’nde eğitimini tamamladıktan sonra Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi’nde Mimarlık bölümünde öğrenimini tamamladı. Şuan yapımcı, yönetmen ve senarist olarak devam etmekte olduğu sinema hayatına, ödüllü kısa filmleriyle adım attı. 1994’te “İz”i 1999’da çekilen “Güneşe Yolculuk” izledi. Bu filmle Berlin Film Festivali'nde aldığı, En İyi Avrupa Filmi - Mavi Melek ve Heinrich Böll Barış Ödüllerinin yanısıra, İstanbul ve Ankara Film Festivalleri dahil ulusal ve uluslararası alanda çok sayıda ödüller aldı. 2006 Selanik Film Festivalinde "Crossroad - En İyi Proje Ödülü" nü alan son filmi "Pandora'nın Kutusu" 2008 yılında tamamlandı.San Sebastian Uluslararası Film Festivali'nde En İyi Film "Altın İstiridye" ve En İyi Kadın Oyuncu "Gümüş İstiridye" ödüllerini kazandı. Bir çok Uluslararası festivallerde ödüller aldı ve pek çok ülkede vizyona girdi. Ustaoğlu’nun 2012 yılında tamamladığı en son filmi ise ARAF.

    Yıldırım Türker

    1957 Ankara doğumlu yazar, şair ve tiyatro çevirmeni. Robert Koleji'nden mezun olduktan sonra, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi Şehir ve Bölge Planlama Bölümü'nü bitirdi. İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları'nda dramaturg olarak çalıştı. Express ve Öküz dergilerinde yazdı. 2007 yılında gerçekleşen 26. Uluslararası İstanbul Film Festivali'nde 16 filmin yarıştığı Ulusal Yarışması'nda jüri üyeliği yaptı. Türker, Radikal Gazetesi'ndeki köşesinde ve gazetenin pazar eki Radikal İki'de düzenli yazılarına devam etti. Halen Özgür Gündem gazetesinde köşe yazılarına devam eden Türker, aynı zamanda senaryo yazarlığıyla da ilgileniyor. Yazdığı senaryolar arasında Berdel, Düş Gezginleri, Gece, Melek ve Bizim Çocuklar, İki Genç Kız ve Kayıp Şehir filmleri yer alıyor.

    Zeynep Dadak

    Born in Balıkesir in 1978, Zeynep Dadak is a filmmaker and a film scholar. She studied film in Marmara (BA) and İstanbul Bilgi University (MA) and received a PhD in the Cinema Studies Department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Co-written and directed with her long time collaborator Merve Kayan, their debut feature film Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave, 2013) received three awards at 50th Antalya Golden Orange Festival, and later had its international premiere at 65th Berlin Film Festival. Also a member of the editorial board in Turkey’s Altyazı Monthly Film Magazine, her films, including the short documentary Bu Sahilde (On the Coast, 2010) were screened at prestigious film festivals such as Rotterdam, Sheffield, San Francisco and Jeonju, winning several awards both in and outside Turkey. She is currently working on new films and videos for Fenafilm, her own production company.

  • 2015 Jury

    Melis Behlil

    Melis Behlil is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Chair of Radio, Television and Cinema Department at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, and a Research Affiliate at Stockholm University’s Institute of Turkish Studies. In addition to teaching and other academic duties, she writes film reviews for various publications, co-hosts a weekly radio show on Açık Radyo, and is a member of the Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD).

    Özgür Doğan

    Özgür Doğan was born in 1978 in Varto. He completed primary school in the village he was born; his secondary education in Trabzon, Konya and Ankara; graduating from the Ankara University Faculty of Communication in 2001. The amateur documentary films he made during his time at university were met with national and international success. After his graduation he directed various projects. In 2001, he became a research assistant at the Middle Eastern Technical University. In 2004, he completed his MA degree at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies of the same university.

    Sevil Demirci

    After graduating from the Department of Economics at Istanbul University, Demirci developed her career as a film producer. In 1998, she produced “Gemide/On Board” and “Azize: Bir Laleli Hikayesi/A Madonna in Laleli”. “Gemide/On Board” was screened as part of the Critics’ Choice Week at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, “Takva/A Man’s Fear of God” which she also produced was screened at many acclaimed domestic and international festivals and won awards. Among the awards she has won are the FIPRESCI Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Swarovski Cultural Innovation Award. The films she has produced include “Çoğunluk/Majority” directed by Seren Yüce, “Unutma Beni İstanbul/Don’t Forget Me Istanbul” which she co-produced with Hüseyin Karabey; and most recently, Seren Yüce’s second feature film “Sessizlik/Silence” which she is co-producing with Gökçe Işıl Tuna.', 'İstanbul Üniversitesi Ekonomi bölümünden mezun olduktan sonra kariyerine yapımcı olarak devam etti. 1998 yılında “Gemide” ve “Azize: Bir Laleli Hikayesi”nin yapımcılığını yaptı. “Gemide”, Cannes Film Festivali’nde Eleştirmenler Haftası seçkisinde gösterildi. 2006 yılında tamamlanan ve yapımcılığını yine Demirci’nin üstlendiği “Takva”, uluslararası ve yerel beğeni kazanmış pek çok festivalde gösterildi ve ödüller kazandı. Aldığı ödüller arasında, Berlin Film Festivali’nde FIPRESCI ödülü ve Swarovski Kültürel İnovasyon Ödülü yer alıyor. Yapımcılığını yaptığı filmler arasında Seren Yüce’nin yönettiği “Çoğunluk”, Hüseyin Karabey ile beraber yapımcılığını yürüttüğü “Unutma Beni İstanbul” ve son olarak, Gökçe Işıl Tuna ile ortak yapımcılığını yürüttüğü, Seren Yüce’nin ikinci uzun metraj filmi olan “Sessizlik” yer alıyor.

    Yeşim Ustaoğlu

    Born in Kars in 1960, after graduating from Robert College, Ustaoğlu went on to study at the Department of Architecture at Karadeniz Technical University. Ustaoğlu currently continues to work as producer, director and scriptwriter. Having begun her film career with award-winning short films, she shot “İz/The Trace” in 1994, and “Güneşe Yolculuk/Journey to the Sun” in 1999. The latter won the Best European Film – Blue Angel Award and the Heinrich Böll Peace Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and also won many national and international awards including the Istanbul and Ankara film festivals. “Pandora’nın Kutusu/Pandora’s Box” which won the “Crossroads – Best Project Award” at the 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival, was completed in 2008. With the same film, she won the “Golden Shell - Best Film Award and the Silver Shell Best Actress Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival. She has won many awards at international festivals, and her films have been screened in many countries. Her most recent film Araf/Somewhere in Between was completed in 2012.

    Yıldırım Türker

    Born in 1957 in Ankara, writer, poet and theatre translator Türker finished Robert College and went on to graduate from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Middle Eastern Technical University. He worked as dramaturgist at the Istanbul City Theatres. He wrote for the Express and Öküz magazines. In 2007, he served on the jury of the National Competition of the 26th International Istanbul Film Festival with 16 films attening. Türker also wrote column pieces for Radikal newspaper, and for its Sunday supplement, Radikal İki. Türker continues to write for Özgür Gündem newspaper, and also works as a scriptwriter.