INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – FETHI KAYAALP GRAND AWARD JURY

Christina Hadjizacharious

Christina Hadjizachariou is a Cypriot-born filmmaker who studied Psychology in the United States and filmmaking in France. She works both as a film director and a film editor on independent film productions in France and in Cyprus. Her films were selected in important international film festivals and won a number of awards. In parallel to her own film work, she teaches filmmaking from time to time at the French National Film School and in Cyprus where she created some film workshops in the recent years.

Clémence Scalbert

Clémence Scalbert is currently senior lecturer at the University of Exeter. The last past two years she was based at the Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes, Istanbul, where she co-organised a research seminar on Environmental Issues in Turkey. Her current research interests broadly lie in the interplays between cultural heritage, ethnicity, and rural spaces.

Alessandro Rossi

Degree in Theatre History at DAMS in Bologna University. From 1991 to 2000 he works basically in the theatre, giving birth to teatro della povere. He works together with Michele Mellara since twenty years in a solid artistic association. In the last years he focused on directing many documentaries, among them: ‘Domà – Houses in S. Petersburg’ (2003), ‘Earthly Paradise – Cilento’s People’ (2005), ‘One metre below the fish’ (2006), ‘Health for sale’ (2007), ‘Work fever. Bologna 1945-1980’ (2010), ‘God save the green’ (2012), ‘Pascoliana’ (2013) His documentaries have been sold to TV channels worldwide, were published in DVD in Italy and abroad, have participated to many festivals and won lots of awards. He teaches Editing Theory at DAMS (Bologna University). He is actually editing his new documentary ‘I’m in love with my car’.

Selçuk Gürışık

The artist has identified his issues by directing a critique to his culture that he has had the chance to revisit during his life between London and Istanbul. He has created his design proposals through experimental practices so as to come up with solutions for these issues and to make a difference and he has shared these with his scientific articles and seminars. Dr. Gurisik has worked as an art director and costume & set designer in the fields of performance arts and cinema with his internationally pioneering and innovative projects. As a designer-artist equipped with an interdisciplinary methodology, Gurisik continues his experimental works through his exhibitions and his activities as an educator.

Özlem Arda

Assist. Prof. Dr. Özlem Arda is a lecturer at Istanbul University. Arda graduated from Radio Television and Cinema Department in 2004. A year after, she also completed her studies in Foreign Language Education Department at Istanbul University. She studied Ethnographic Documentary Film for her master thesis and then got her Ph.D. in the area of Documentary Film as a Third Cinema. She has written articles that spearhead uncharted fields of cinema. Arda produced some documentary films. One of them was awarded by two national and international film festivals. She is assistant editor of Istanbul University Journal of Faculty of Communication. Her academic interests dwell on documentary film and Third Cinema. Arda has been working in Istanbul University since 2010.

Can Candan

Can Candan is a documentary filmmaker and an academician. He holds a BA from Hampshire College (USA) in film and video, and an MFA (a terminal degree) from Temple University (USA) in film and media arts. His works have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, in galleries and on television. His documentaries include Boycott Coke (1989), Exodus (1991), DuvarlarMauernWalls (2000), 3 Hours (2008), My Child (2013). He has taught film and video courses and workshops, both in universities and media education centers in the United States and Turkey. Between 2000-2005, he was a faculty member, department chair and director of the MA program at Istanbul Bilgi University’s Film and TV department. Between 2005-2009, he taught at Sabancı University and since 2007, he has been a full-time faculty member at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a founding member of docIstanbul – Center for Documentary Studies. Currently he is working on his fourth feature documentary film: Nuclear alla Turca.

Nejat Yavaşoğulları

Nejat Yavasogulları is one of the most important contemporary singer-songwriters of Turkey. He started music by playing mandolin in primary school. He founded Bulutsuzluk Özlemi in 1986. Apart from being highly original, his songs also convey an innovative and brave perspective regarding the important environmental problems and issues in democracy in Turkey. Being the frontman of Bulutsuz Özlemi as well, Yavasogulları has achieved what many other artists were not able to; he is a farsighted and productive artist. His music is not motivated by commercial purposes and he is known to integrate with the audience during the concerts. He graduated from Fine Arts Institute, Department of Architecture and has been carrying out restoration works since 1984. When considered from this point of view, it could be understood that Nejat Yavasogulları has an intimate relationship with ecology not only through his lyrics and artistic stance, but also as an architect and restorator.

GAIA STUDENT AWARD JURY

Ayşegül Selenga Taşkent

Born in Ankara, Turkey, Aysegul Selenga Taskent earned her BA degree in American Literature. Her passion and interest for art and cinema started at an early age and after college pushed her to pursue filmmaking abroad. She received her MA degree in Media Studies in England. In 2007, with a full scholarship, she earned an MFA degree in Media Arts Production at SUNY, Buffalo, USA. Her first documentary feature ‘Volga Volga: Living with Schizophrenia’ won the special jury prize at the 19th Ankara International Film Festival. Her second documentary ‘Girls of Hope’ was screened internationally and won a special mention at the 11th Rome Independent Film Festival. Aysegul Selenga’s art focuses on social issues, human rights, love and peace. Through her work, she hopes to contribute to make the world a better place.

Delizia Flaccavento

Delizia Flaccavento is a documentary photographer and photojournalist whose work focuses on social issues and ethnic minorities. After graduating in Philosophy in her native Italy, Delizia studied Photojournalism in England and in the USA, where she earned a Master’s Degree from the Ohio University School of Visual Communication. Delizia’s projects have been published and exhibited internationally. She has co-produced the award winning documentaries ‘Volga Volga – Living with Schizophrenia’ and ‘Girls of Hope’.

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