Turkish and Greek film talent to meet at 2014 !f istanbul-Sundance Screenwriters Lab
The !f Istanbul - Sundance Screenwriters Lab has announced five projects chosen for its 2014 Lab, to be held in Istanbul in May. Now in its fourth year, the Lab expands in this edition to include two Greek projects as well as three Turkish projects.

Projects selected are:

Cemil Şov (Cemil Show) by Barış Sarhan
Küçük bir Hata (A Small Mistake) by Ceyda Aşar
Kendi Aramızda (A History of Women) by Ülkü Oktay
Cosmic Candy by Rinio Dragassaki
What a Silly Boy by Alexandros Chantzis

Now in its fourth year, the !f-Sundance Screenwriters Lab aims to provide emerging writer-directors in Turkey and surrounding region with the the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking.

The 2014 Istanbul Lab advisors include the well-known writer-director Rose Troche, writer and actor DV DeVincentis, award-winning Greek writer-director Constantine Giannaris and acclaimed Turkish writer-director Yesim Ustaoglu.

An initiative of the !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, the Istanbul Lab was created in conjunction with the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program. The Lab is held annually in Buyukada, an island off the coast of Istanbul. Films successfully supported through the Istanbul Lab process in the past include this year's Berlinale entries The Blue Wave and Seaburners and 2012's Voice of My Father, which premiered at Rotterdam and won Best Screenplay at the Istanbul Film Festival.
!f & Sundance Senaryo Lab 2014 Fellows
Barış Sarhan Born in Istanbul in 1983, Sarhan graduated from Marmara University's Graphic Arts Department with a first. He has worked as an art director in Turkey's leading ad agencies and won numerous awards for his work. In 2009, his first short film Slippers won several awards at festivals. In 2012 he studied directing at NYU. Cemil Show is is his first feature film.

Ceyda Aşar Ceyda Aşar studied international relations at İstanbul University. In 2006, her first book of short stories 'Women's Toilet' was published. She studied under the well-known drama teacher Sahika Tekand and was an actress for 10 years before deciding to pursue directing. In 2010 she received a post-graduate degree from Istanbul's Bahçeşehir University's film and television department. In 2007 she became director of Empire, the film magazine, in Turkey. She is a member of Turkey's Film Critics Association (SIYAD) and has written film reviews for a variety of publications. She is currently working on a feature film and novel.

Ülkü Oktay Ülkü Oktay was born in Ankara in 1980. She studied architecture at Ankara's METU and later completed a post-graduate degree in film and television at Bilgi University in Istanbul. In 2007, a script that she wrote was chosen as part of a compilation of films about the eastern Turkish town of Kars. The film was completed in 2010, part of the Kars Stories, and premiered at the International Films Festival of Rotterdam. She has worked as assistant director on the TV show Leyla and Mecnun and is currently assistant director to Zeki Demirkubuz on his latest film.
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Projects and directors accepted to Sundance Screenwriters Lab in past two years
Mehmet Can Mertoğlu / The Cliff Shore
Şirin Güven & Aysim Türkmen / Ruin
Underground Emine Dursun, Hakan Günday & Hande Güzide Türkel / Derda
Ceylan Özgün Özçelik / Based on a True Nightmare
- Howard Rodman
- Naomi Foner
- Katherine Dieckmann
- Ümit Unal
Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan / The Blue Wave
Deniz Gamze Ergüven / Kings
Erol Mintaş / My Mother's Song
Senem Tüzen / Motherland
Zeynel Doğan, Orhan Eskiköy / My Father's Voice
Melisa Önel / Seaburners
Nesimi Yetik / Spirit of Dust
Aslı Özge / Woman and Man