Visiting Scholars and Professionals

Atıf AKIN

He is a lecturer at Rutgers University Mason School of Arts, Design Studies, New Jersey. He is a media artist and curator. He graduated from ODTU Chemical Engineering and got his masters degree from ODTU Industrial Design. Recently he worked at Bilgi University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul. 

 

            

 Aylin Zoi TINEL

 Film editor Aylin Zoi Tinel has edited a variety of notable feature films, documentaries and art installations. Right now she continues her work at 'Civil Editors', an editors collective which she and her editor friends founded in 2012. 

 

Andreas TRESKE

Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Chair Department of Communication and Design. He is a media artist, filmmaker and editor. He worked at Izmir University of Economics, Cinema and Digital Media department for three years. In 2008 picture editor of of the feature lenght documentary 'Mustafa' by Can Dündar.  

 

 

Ceylan ÖZÇELİK

Turkish director and screenwriter. Her feature film debut Inflame, a thriller about memory and mass media, has made its world premiere at the 67th Berlinale Panaroma and won Luna Gamechanger Award at South by Southwest where the film had its North American premiere.  

                                      

 

 

Deirdre BOYLE

Associate Professor at The New School, School of Media Studies. She is a media historian, critic and curator. Her research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of documentary film and video, critical writing about film and media, the death-denial in a death-centric, mediated world, the trauma, collective memory, history, media consumption and the body.  

  

 

                        

Dirk SCHAFER

He has been trained as a film editor in Munich. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and attended Andrzej Wajda Film School in Warsaw. His film have been shown at international film festivals like Berlin, San Sebastian, New York, Sidney and Leipzig.  

 

                                    

Meryem YAVUZ

Turkish director and director of photography. Her first feature as a cinematographer Two Lines(2008) made its world premiere at 65th Venice Film Festival's International Critics' Week section, Seaburners(2014) and Dust Cloth(2016) made their international premiere at Berlin Film Festival's Forum section. Tuesday(2015) competed at 68th Cannes Film Festival.  

 

 

Stephan VORBRUGG

He's been giving lectures at Munich Film School, Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and Akademie fur Fernsehen Munchen. He's been working as a cinematographer and he's a member of German Society of Cinematographers. 

 

 

 

 

Yeşim USTAOĞLU

Turkish filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. Before she made her feature film debut The Trace(1994), she hade made several award-winning short films. She recieved international recognition for her next film Journey to the Sun(1998). Her fourth film Pandora's Box(2008), won the Best Film and Best Actress awards at San Sebastian Film Festival. 

 

 

Atilla Salih YÜCER

Atilla Salih Yücer was born on February 12, 1978 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is an assistant director and producer, known for The Favourite (2018), Wormwood (2017) and Joe (2013). 

 

 

Judith ASTON

Judith Aston is a Senior Lecturer in Film-making and Creative Media at UWE Bristol, and a co-director of i-Docs – the web-hub and international symposium for discussion and debate on the rapidly evolving genre of interactive documentary. As a creative producer with an academic background in visual anthropology and interaction design, she first began working in this field with the BBC Interactive Television and Apple Computing over twenty years ago and has retained her involvement in this area ever since.

 

Martin CIHAK

Martin Čihák is a filmmaker, teacher and film theorist based in Prague. He graduated from Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and from FAMU’s Department of Editing in 1993. He got his Ph.D. from Charles University, Department of Film Studies in 2004. In his dissertation he analyzed the compositional techniques of the avant-garde film. His writings have appeared in Kino Ikon, Cinepur and Iluminace magazine. Currently he teaches at FAMU’s Department of Editing and organizes analogue hand-made film workshops.

 

Elif TAŞÇIOĞLU

Production Designer for İşe Yarar Bir Şey, Vavien and many other films.

 

 

 

 

Diloy GÜLÜN

She won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She has produced many successful films such as Kelebekler, Karpuz Kabuğundan Gemiler Yapmak, Asmalı Konak-Hayat and One Night in Istanbul.

 

 

 

Gökçen USTA

Film and tev series director. She was born March 31, 1984 in Istanbul. She graduated from Anadolu University, Department of Cinema and Television.

 

 

 

Fatih AYDOĞDU

Fatih Aydogdu was born in Vienna and a media artist living in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His work focuses on visual arts, design, sound art, and curatorialism, and focuses on concepts related to media aesthetics, immigration and identity politics, and linguistic issues. Aydogdu is Turkey's one of the first media artist who began working with digital media technology and his works are exhibited many times in the United States, Europe and Asia.

 

Ali Kemal ÇINAR

Ali Kemal Çınar was born in Diyarbakır. In 2013, he made his first film Kurtefîlm / Short, which was influenced by his short film experiences. In 2015, he won the Best Film and SİYAD Best Film Award at the 15th! F Istanbul Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the 28th Hamburg Kuir Film Festival. In 2017, with his third feature Gênco, he won the Best Film Award at the 28th Ankara International Film Festival. In 2018, he received the Jury Special Award at the 2018 National Competition with Di Navberê De / Arada and the FIPRESCI Award at the Duhok International Film Festival.

 

Emre YEKSAN

Born in 1981, Izmir. After obtaining his BA and MA in Film Studies from Mimar Sinan University and The University of Paris – La Sorbonne, he worked as a freelance producer in Paris and Istanbul. His debut feature film The Gulf premiered in Venice Critics' Week 2017. His second feature Yuva is one of the Biennale College-Cinema funded films of 2018. He is currently working on his short film Aziz that has long awaited to be completed.

 

Deniz TORTUM

Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) is a director and media artist. His films and new media work have been screened at numerous festivals including Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sharjah Biennial, Sheffield,! F Istanbul, True / False and Dokufest. He worked as a research assistant at MIT OpenDocumentary Lab on virtual reality. He curated the new media sections of !F Istanbul and Camden film festivals. His work includes his first feature film ’Zayiat’; "Eylül 1955", a virtual reality project about the events of September 6-7, prepared with Çağrı Hakan Zaman and Nil Tuzcu; The documentary "Keşke BarışGelse" with Carmine Grimaldi; Selyatağı, a VR film inspired by the world of Emre Yeksan's "Yuva" and The road trip and music film "Anatolian Tour" which he co-directed with Can Eskinazi. He is currently working on his new film at Cerrahpaşa Hospital.

 

Gülengül ALTINTAŞ

Gülengül Altıntaşreceived her BA degree from the Department of Film and Television at Istanbul University in 2000. After her graduation she went to USA and completed the certificate program "Content Creation for Entertainment Media” at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001. Upon her return to Istanbul she worked as an assistant director in various productions including commercial films, TV productions and movies. She attended scriptwriting workshops given by professors from New York Tisch School of the Arts and Hungarian Film Academy. She worked as a TA at the Film and Television Department of Istanbul Bilgi University and received her MA degree in 2006 from the same department with her dissertation on cyberculture and cinema. She shot several short films and received several awards. Currently she is teaching post-graduate scriptwriting courses in Kadir Has University Film and Drama MA Programme, working as a freelance script consultant and writing her PHD Thesis on Turkish Cinema in the field of oral history research.