BIFED 2019 Jury

BIFED 2019 – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY

CEYLAN ÖZÇELİK

Ceylan Özçelik

Ceylan Ozcelik (1980) is an Istanbul based filmmaker who studied law, but never practiced. In 2003, she started to produce culture-art programs for television and radio. Her movie reviews were published in print and on online media for fourteen years. Kaygı/Inflame a psychological thriller about memory and mass media, written and directed by her, made its world premiere at the Berlinale Panorama Special and won the LUNA Gamechanger Award at SXSW in 2017. She is currently working on the WITCH TRILOGY that tells its tales using different genres such as fantasy and dark humor by exploring the violent nightmares. Ceylan was an artist-in-residence at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in 2018 and is a SFFILM screenwriting grantee with her new project.

PROF. DR. NACİ GÜÇHAN

Prof. Dr. Naci Güçhan

Prof. Dr. Naci Guchan worked as a producer and director fro long years. He is one of the founders of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Anadolu University. He worked there as the Head of Cinema and Television Department between 1991-1995. He gave lectures on cinema history, film criticism and analysis, production and directing in Galatasaray University, Ticaret University, Eastern Mediterranean University of Cyprus. He was the manager of State Conservatory between 1993-1997 and he also acted as the president of the jury in IKSV, Golden Orange, and Golden Boll Film Festivals.

MAJA BOGOJEVIĆ

Maja Medeja

Maja Bogojević is a film theorist/critic, founder and editor-in-chief of the first Montenegrin film magazine, Camera Lucida, founder and President of Fipresci national section of Montenegro, member of FEDEORA and UPF. She was a film theory professor and Dean of Faculty of Visual Arts at the Mediteran University, and, previously, the Dean of Faculty of Arts at the University of Donja Gorica. She has participated in numerous international academic conferences and film festivals, including Fipresci jury in 2013 at Cannes Film Festival, Fedeora jury in 2017 at Venice Film Festival, Fedeora jury at 2019 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Her first book Cinematic Gaze, Gender and Nation in Yugoslav film: 1945-1991 (based on her Ph.D. thesis, at ISH, Ljubljana) was published in 2013.

DIMITRIS KOUTSIABASAKOS

Dimitris Koutsiabasakos

Dimitris Koutsiabasakos studied film and TV direction at V.G.I.K, Moscow. He has directed documentaries, TV series, short and feature films for cinema and television. His works have received national and international awards.

JULIA LAZARUS

Julia Lazarus

Julia Lazarus is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Berlin. She studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her films and video works have been screened both on international film festivals and in exhibitions. For her current documentary film she followed a group of ecological activists into the northern forests of Istanbul to portray their mutual struggle against the gigantic infrastructural measures at the shores of the Black Sea. In 2019, she co-organised the first Radical Film Network Meeting in Berlin, Germany. In 2016 she curated “Undisciplinary Learning – Remapping the aesthetics of resistance” in cooperation with District Berlin, plus two other exhibitions in 2014/15 on the subject of “the aesthetics of resistance“ by Peter Weiss in Vienna and Berlin. In the past years she has been holding teaching positions at the UdK Berlin, TU Berlin and the Merz Akademie Stuttgart. She has also been working with artists groups in Berlin such as “To Have and to Need“ and “Coalition of the Free Scene“, which address cultural politics.


BIFED 2019 – GAIA STUDENT AWARD JURY

LALEHAN ÖCAL

Lalehan Ocal

Lalehan Öcal graduated from Department of Cinema and Television, Marmara University. She worked in TV series, feature fictional and documentary films, and film festivals. She holds a Master’s degree from Bilgi University, Department of Cinema and Television, and she completed her PhD dissertation at Marmara University, Faculty of Communication Sciences. Since 2015, she is a faculty member at Yeditepe University, Department of Radio,Television, and Cinema. For her post-doctoral studies, she spent the fall semester of 2018 in the Cinema Department at Thessaloniki Aristotle University as a visiting fellow and she also continued her research about film festivals in Thessaloniki Film Festival. She participated in the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival as a researcher. Her research focuses on film festivals, art of film and film industry, narrative, representation, ideology, and world cinema.

MELİS BİRDER

Melis Birder

The founding partner of inHouse projects, Melis Birder’s first film Crossing Brooklyn (2001) was commissioned by the Brookly Public Library. She then made The Tenth Planet: A Single Life in Baghdad (2004), which explores everyday life through the women in the midst of war’s shadow. Her documentary film The Visitors (2009) was about the prison visitors in New York and it was shown in many countries and in various prisons in New York. The film received Jury’s Special Award at NY Urban World Film Festival and Golden Orange Award in Antalya. Her latest film Baglar (2016), which is a story about a basketball team from Diyarbakir, was co-directed with Berke Baş. The film won awards at !f Istanbul and Sarajevo Film Festivals.

MARVIN ENTHOLT

Marvin Entholt

Marvin Entholt was born in Bremen, Germany in 1961. He studied Philosophy and Communication Science, and also Film and Television Drama at the HFF Television and Film College in Munich, Germany (directing and screen writing). Entholt participated in several scriptwriting seminars led by Julian Friedmann, Robert McKee, Keith Cunningham and Tom Schlesinger. Since 1990 he has been working as a producer and director of features, documentaries and corporate films, author of film scripts and novels.
He made numerous award-winning corporate videos and primetime documentaries for German television ARD and ZDF, arte and Discovery Channel.