!f Istanbul – Screenwriters Lab

The !f Istanbul Screenwriters Lab, co-organized with the Sundance Institute, one of the world’s leading creative hotbeds of independent film, is a unique project that allows four Turkish writerdirectors to receive one-on-one screenplay mentoring each year. The Istanbul Lab is associated with the Sundance Institute, an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford that supports the work of original storytellers. Founded in 1981, the Sundance Institute provides year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, and is committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe.

The Istanbul module is open to submissions from Turkish writer-directors currently developing their first or second feature. It also hosts several filmmakers from the Middle East developing their first or second projects, by invitation only.

We thank Açık Toplum Vakfı & Paul Federbush, International Director of the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute for their support.

!f Screenwriters Lab will be held between 12-16 May, 2017.

Previous participants of the !f Istanbul Lab:

2016

  • Esra Saydam / Soytarı (Clown is Down)
  • Ali Vatansever / Saf
  • Nehir Tuna / Yurt (Dormitory)

2015

  • Tolga Karaçelik / Kelebekler (Butterflies)
  • Burcu Aykar / Eksik Bir Şey (Something Missing)
  • Hacı Orman & Sedat Yılmaz / Sorgu (Interrogation)
  • Emma Doxiadi / What a Silly Boy
  • Rinio Dragassaki / Membrane

2014

  • Barış Sarhan / Cemil Şov (Cemil Show)
  • Ceyda Aşar / Küçük Bir Hata (Failure)
  • Ülkü Oktay / Kendi Aramızda (A History of Women)
  • Alexandros Chantzis / Duft & Bassenauer
  • Yiannis Veslemes / Cosmic Candy

2013

  • Mehmet Can Mertoğlu / Albüm (The Cliff Shore)
  • Şirin Güven, Aysim Türkmen / Çekmeköy Underground (Ruin)
  • Emine Dursun, Hakan Günday & Hande Güzide Türkel / Az (Derda)
  • Ceylan Özgün Özçelik / Kaygı (Based on a True Nightmare)

2012

  • Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan / Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave)
  • Deniz Gamze Ergüven / Krallar (Kings)
  • Erol Mintaş / Annemin Şarkısı (My Mother’s Song)
  • Senem Tüzen / Ana Yurdu (Mother Land)

2011

  • Zeynel Doğan, Orhan Eskiköy / Babamın Sesi (Voice of My Father)
  • Melisa Önel / Kumun Tadı (Seaburners)
  • Nesimi Yetik / Toz Ruhu (Oasis)
  • Aslı Özge / Hayatboyu (Lifelong)