There will be a panel discussion on November 3rd, 2018 related to a theme in some of the films that will be screened. Two of the films portray the lives and challenges of Syrian Refugees in Turkey.
Turkish cinema has celebrated its centennial recently and flourished over the years. The success of Turkish cinema has been quite notable in the last few decades. The VTFF has also been a community partner to some of the Turkish films that premier at the international festival in Vancouver.
Eylem hails from Istanbul, Turkey where she worked as an advertising manager at CNBC TV and HEARST Magazine Group for several years. Her incessant passion for cinema compelled her to relocate to Vancouver in 2002, where she was awarded a full scholarship to join the film production program of Vancouver Film School. Upon graduation, she landed her first job on the Hollywood blockbuster of the 3rd X MEN as visual effects assistant. She then continued her prolific career on American film productions such as Possession, Frankie and Alice, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Underworld: Awakening, and Seventh Son. She is a member of the Local Film Union IATSE 891 as Production Coordinator.
She has been organizing the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival since 2011. She is also holding a volunteer position at the Turkish Canadian Society and BC Children’s Hospital.
VTFF Communications Coordinator
After working eight years as a senior sales manager at one of Turkey’s leading media groups, Ayse got pregnant with twins and found herself writing a parenting column – Ayse’s Twins for a national newspaper. Writing has always been a passion for her since her childhood years. Her book “Mom! I’m becoming a Mooom!” followed shortly. This book is still on the shelves after 9 years.
During her journalism years, she got the opportunity to interview many influential people in Europe ranging from celebrities to politicians, movie stars to designers. She also worked as an editor-in-chief of ALL Wedding and ALL for Kids magazines in Turkey.
In 2017, she moved to Canada and founded Orient Express Design to follow another passion of hers: Jewels! She is now importing jewelry from Turkey.
Ayse is now living in Vancouver with her 14 year old twins, Defne & Ege and with her beloved Mishka, 9 year old chocolate Labrador.
She still writes articles and conducts interviews for Turkish media and works voluntarily for Turkish-Canadian Society Magazine.
Tuğçe has assumed various roles for several broadcasting agencies: Assistant Producer for PBS; Producer for NTV, one of the leadinng news channels of Turkey; Program Manager at TRT, the oldest public broadcasting agency in Turkey; and finally Editor at ATV. For years, she has also produced and hosted a “movies hour” for AcikRadyo, the beloved non-profit progressive social commentary and art&culture radio station of Turkey. In the meantime, Tuğçe kept up with academia and continued teaching classes in Creative Writing and Film Studies at YeniYuzyil University, one of the rising private colleges in Turkey.
Short Film Selection Committee & Videographer
He was born in Ankara, in winter. He was a child in Eskişehir. They played football in the streets, until a car approached, then they’d pick up the ball and wait aside. In Istanbul, he was a teenager. Lived far from the city where it smelled Black Sea, in a wire fenced residential area. The football pitch was also wired, there were no interruptions. He downloaded all the Metallica videos through a dial-up connection. (Don’t tell Lars.) Times were hard. He picked up a guitar, later put it aside. He became an adult in Vancouver, simultaneously Mehmet Okur became an all-star in NBA. He studied cinema, was drawn near the stories. He discovered all the heroes are trying to reach to same elixir, facing same fears, carrying same love, overcoming same obstacles. He is thankful to C.G.Jung, N.B.Ceylan, E.Tolle, Sezen Aksu and friends.
Short Film Selection Committee
Senay is a PhD student at the psychology department at SFU. She regularly travels to South Pacific to observe to how parenting is practiced in a non-Western environment. She lives in Vancouver since 2011 and has been an enthusiast of the VTFF since the first day. She truly enjoys being part of the film selection committee and collaborating with the Seattle Turkish Film festival members to bring the best short films to Vancouverites.