2015 !f istanbul-Sundance Screenwriters Lab Unites Turkish-Greek Film Talent
The !f Istanbul - Sundance Screenwriters Lab has announced five projects chosen for its 2015 Lab, to be held in Istanbul in May. Now in its fifth year, the Lab includes two Greek projects alongside three Turkish projects.
Projects selected are:
Something Missing (Eksik Birşey) by Burcu Aykar
Duft & Bassenauer by Emma Doxiadi
Interrogation (Sorgu) by Hacı Orman and Sedat Yılmaz
Butterflies (Kelebekler) by Tolga Karacelik
Membrane by Yannis Veslemes

Now in its fifth year, the !f-Sundance Screenwriters Lab aims to provide emerging writer-directors in Turkey and Greece 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 2015 Istanbul Lab advisors include the well-known writer-director Zach Sklar, award-winning Greek writer-director Penny Panayotopoulou and acclaimed Turkish writer-director Barış Pirhasan and Czech screenwriter Pavel Jech.

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 have been lauded at leading world festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam and Toronto.
!f & Sundance Senaryo Lab 2015 Fellows
Burcu Aykar
Burcu Aykar graduated from the psychology department of Bosphorus University and got her master’s degree in film studies at the University of Southampton. She worked as an editor at the film magazine Sinema, started her own company and worked as a film distributor for two years. She was the editor in chief of Total Film Turkey magazine between 2006-2008. She co-wrote and co-directed two short films, Birth and Death, with Uygar Şirin. She was a freelance critic for Sinema until 2014 and a member of SİYAD, Turkey's Film Critics Association until 2015.

Emma Doxiadi She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. She has been working in film and theatre from a very young age, most notably under the direction of Terrence Malick. Most recently, she co-wrote, produced and starred in SxSW and Berlinale short film Squirrel (2015). She lives and works in London.

Tolga Karaçelik Tolga Karaçelik’s first feature film Toll Booth (2010) won Best First Film, Best Actor and Best Director of Photography awards at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Toll Booth’s Europe premiere was at Warsaw Film Festival and U.S. premiere was at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It was shown in more than 35 cities across the US and Canada in 2012. Tolga's second feature film Ivy (Sarmaşık) screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Hacı Orman For 10 years after he quit his university studies, he served as chairman of the executive board of BEKSAV (Science Education Aesthetic Culture Art Research Foundation) and chief editor of Sanat and Hayat (Art and Life) magazine. He was arrested and jailed twice for political reasons. Together with Ragip Zarakolu, he contributed to the books 'Turks and Armenians between Ararat and Sirat', 'Exile Folk Songs', 'Testimonies – Armenian Genocide in its 90th Anniversary', 'Defences of the Intellectuals', published as supplements of Sanat and Hayat magazine. His first short-length film is called Homo Politicus (2015).

Yiannis Veslemes He is a film director and music composer. He was born in Athens in 1979 where he studied cinema. He has directed a feature film, Norway, four short films, tv commercials and music videos. He releases music under the moniker Felizol and composes music for films.

Sedat Yılmaz
He was born in 1972. After studying computer science at the Middle East Technical University (METU) for some time, in 1996 he began studying film at Istanbul's Marmara University. From 2000-2003 he lead workshops with young filmmakers to produce short films and lectured on editing. In 2003, he founded his own production company with a partner, Karincalar Production. He has shot many commercials, educational films, documentaries and videos. He holds workshops on editing as part of the Diyarbakir Film Festival and has also written on cinema for various magazines. His first feature-length film Press was released in 2010 and was about journalists working at Turkey's first Kurdish language newspaper.
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Projects and directors accepted to Sundance Screenwriters Lab in past two years
Tolga Karaçelik / Kelebekler
Burcu Aykar / Eksik Bir Şey
Hacı Orman & Sedat Yılmaz / Sorgu
Emma Doxiadi / Duft & Bassenauer
Yiannis Veslemes / Membrane
Barış Sarhan / Cemil Şov (Cemil Show)
Ceyda Aşar / Küçük bir Hata (A Small Mistake)
Ülkü Oktay / Kendi Aramızda (A History of Women)
Rinio Dragassaki / Cosmic Candy
Alexandros Chantzis / What a Silly Boy
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