Pelin Esmer

Style of Art : Film director
Branch of Art : Film
Art Profile :

Pelin Esmer was born in Istanbul in 1972. After graduating from Boğaziçi University, she studied cinema at Yavus Özkan’s Z1 Film Workshop for a year. Since 1995, she has shot long and documentary films as an assistant director in Turkey and abroad. Among her films as an assistant director are “Cumhuriyet” (director: Ziya Öztan), “Gönlümdeki Köşk" (director: Elisabeth Rygard), and “Deliyürek” (director: Osman Sınav). Besides them, she has shot numerous commercial films as an assistant director. In 2002, she shot the documentary film “Koleksiyoncu” as a director for the first time. She participated in many festivals both in Turkey and abroad. She was awarded “the Best Three Documentary Film” in the 14th Ankara Film Festival. In the same year, she directed the experimental film “Kar”. In 2009 she received the Jury Special Prize for “11’e 10’ kala” (10 to 11) in the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival. In the same year, she was also awarded the best director for “11’e 10’ kala” in the 16th Altın Koza Film Festival.

Films as a director:
Koleksiyoncu (2002)
Oyun (2005)
11’e 10’ kala (2009)

Short films as a director:
Kar (2002)

Cumhuriyet  (1998) as an assistant director (director: Ziya Öztan)
Gönlümdeki Köşk (2000) as an assistant director (director: Elisabeth Regard)
Deli Yürek (2001) as an assistant director (production: Sinegraf, director: Osman Sınav)

Conversation Across The Bosphorous (1995) as an assistant director (producer and director: Jeanne C. Finley)
İstanbul′un Çocukları - Rum Okuları (1997) as an assistant director (director: Enis Rıza Sakızlı)

Oyun (The Play):
Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival, Competition (2002)
Antalya International Altın Portakal Short Film Festival, Special Show (2002)
The 14th. Ankara International Film Festival, Documentary Film Competition (2002), the third prize
Istanbul 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Special Show (2003)
Cuba the 1st. No-Budget Film Festival, Documentary Film Competition (2003)
Flying Broom International Film Festival, Special Show (2003)
Odense International Short Film Festival, Competition (2003)
DocumentArt Film Festival, Germany, competition department (2003)
New York Turkish Films Festival, Special Show (2003)
Tiburon Film Festival, California, Competition (2004)
RIFF, Roma Independent Film Festival, the Best Documentary Film Prize (2004)
The 1st. Dadaş Film Festival (2006)
The 11th. Boston Turkish Festival, Documentary and Short Film Competition, the Best Documentary Film Prize (2006)
The 11th. Nürnberg, Turkey/Germany Film Festival, Documentary Department, Selective Committee Special Prize (2006)
The 13th. Altın Koza Film Festival, National Long Message Film Competition,Yılmaz Güney Memorial Award (2006)
The 3rd. Akbank Short Film Festival, Special Show (2006)


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City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
Preferred Lang. : Turkish
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