December 22 - January 9| Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul

December 9|  Screening of Winter Sleep

September 19 - October 19| The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition




Kader / Destiny

Kader / Destiny

2006, 103 minutes,
35 mm, color,
Turkish with english subtitles

Sunday, October 21, 7:00 pm 
Tickets at the Box Office

Written and directed by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Zeki Demirkubuz
Editing by Zeki Demirkubuz
Music by Edward Artemiev
Produced by Mavi Film and Inkas Film
Starrıng Ufuk Bayraktar, Vildan Atasever, Engin Akyürek, Müge Ulusoy, Ozan Bilen, Settar Tanrıöğen, Erkan Can, Mustafa Uzunyılmaz, Güzin Alkan, Hikmet Demir and Gönül Çalgan

Contact Information

Mavi Film, Turkey

The prequel to Masumiyet (Innocence), Kader (Destiny) takes us to the beginning years of the love triangle between Bekir, Uğur and Zagor. Revisiting themes of love, desire, passion and obsession, the film follows the story, which was first revealed to us by Bekir’s long monologue in innocence.

From The Press

Destiny is not a movie in which the often-talked-about subjects of everyday social life and the characters of such subjects are put on our plate after being turned into generic and somewhat caricatured versions. It does not build its story with the purpose of shedding light on the social traumas that cannot be talked about. On the contrary, it weaves its story around the quotidian aspects of life—the small details which are always with us, and yet are never treated as necessary subject matters of our conversations—or the daily traumas that we do not know what to say about. Destiny is a love story that is lived among furniture without brand names, slippers purchased from the bazaar and crooked, shoddy buildings. Its heroes are not heroes; it is a story that does not masculinize violence, eroticize prostitution and carry messages in its dialogues. It is a love story without nostalgia and melancholia. 
(Sonay Aykan, “There Is Evil In Destiny,” Altyazı, 57, 92-93, December 2006).

Festivals And Awards

2007 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director, Best Actress (Vildan Atasever), Best Supporting Actress (Müge Ulusoy)
2007 International İstanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Turkish Director, Best Actor (Ufuk Bayraktar), Fipresci Award
2007 Nürnberg Film Festival (Germany): Best Film
2006 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film, Best Upcoming Actor (Ufuk Bayraktar)


Simavnalı Bedreddin / Inspirations

Simavnalı Bedreddin / Inspirations

2006, 52’, 

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 PM 
Tickets at the Box Office

Directed by Nurdan Arca
Cinematography by Mete Şener 
Edited by Melih F. Tatlıcan
Music by Baba Zula
Sound by Mehmet Ali Turgay, King Productions
Produced by Nurdan Arca

Contact Information

Nurdan Arca
İnönü Cad., No: 77/7, Ankara Palas
Gümüşsuyu, İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 212 292 1527

Simavnalı Bedreddin (Inspirations)focuses on the enlightened wisdom of the Ottoman sufi Sheikh Bedreddin, a jurist and scholar of Islamic Law. The film aims to uncover his identity and his sufi philosophy underlying his opposition to Ottoman orthodoxies. The multilayered documentary unfolds in a quest to Bedreddin’s multicultural legacy in the collective memory of the Balkans and the Middle East, namely Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Inspirations traces the influences of Bedreddin’s enlightened dissidence within the first serious revolts against the Ottomans, depicting his extraordinary life story, his egalitarian approach regarding diverse religions and ethnicities, and his firm opposition to the centralization of the power structure. The main interview is with Prof. Cemal Kafadar of Harvard University, who is also the supervisor of the documentary and an expert in Ottoman Empire’s Construction Period. Other interviews include the Bedreddini dervish Selahattin Çağ, French historian Prof. Michel Balivet of University of Provence and Greek historian Dr. Dimitris Kastritsis of Yale University.

Festivals and Awards

2006 1001 Documentary Film Festival (Turkey)
2006 European and Anatolian Cultural Forum (Turkey)


İsmini Melek Koydum / I Named Her Angel

İsmini Melek Koydum / I Named Her Angel

2006, 30’,

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 pm 
Tickets at the Box Office

Directed by Nefin Dinç
Cinematography by Feza Çaldıran
Editing by Nefin Dinç
Music by Çağdaş Mevlana Aşıkları
Sound by Mustafa Bölükbaşı
Produced by İnci Özsoy

Contact Information

Nefin Dinç
Tel: 716 673 3824
Fax: 716 673 3414

This documentary film presents a different view of Islam through the eyes of a 12-year-old Turkish girl, Elif, who is in the process of learning the basics of a spiritual path called Mevlevism. Mevlevis, a part of the Sufi/Mystic tradition of Islam, are also known as Whirling Dervishes in the western world. The film follows Elif through the course of a year, while she learns how to whirl and discovers the position of women in the teachings of Mevlana (Rumi), the founder of Mevlevism.

Festivals and Awards

2007 Tiburon International Film Festival (U.S.A.)
2007 Washington DC Independent Film Festival (U.S.A.): Special Recognition Award, World Cinema
2006 Dallas Video Festival (U.S.A.)
2006 1001 International Documentary Film Festival (Turkey)
2006 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (U.S.A.) 
2006 MESA FilmFest (U.S.A.) 
2003 Kodak Student Film Grant (U.S.A.)


Habib ve Gülhanım / Habib and Gülhanım

Habib ve Gülhanım / Habib and Gülhanım

1988, 16’, 

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 PM
Tickets at the Box Office

Directed by Zahur Mükerrem
Written by Nüsret Kesemenli 
Cinematography by Zahur Mükerrem 
Edited by Zahur Mükerrem
Produced by Zahur Mükerrem

Contact Information

Zahur Mükerrem
Azerfilm Yaddaş, Baku, Azerbaijan

Habib is 104 years old and leads a steady life with his wife as the sole inhabitants of a mountain village, which was demolished and moved years ago.

Festivals and Awards

1990 Augsburg International Documentary Festival (Germany)
1988 St. Petersburg International Documentary Festival (Russia)
1987 Yekatirinburg International Film Festival (Russia)


Tekduvarlışehir / Singlewallcity

Tekduvarlışehir / Singlewallcity

2006, 5’30”, 

Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm 
Sunday, October 21, 4:00 pm 

Written and directed by Sevgi Ortaç
Cinematography by Sevgi Ortaç
Editing by Sevgi Ortaç
Music by Fourtet, Town and Country
Sound by Sevgi Ortaç 
Produced by Sevgi Ortaç

Contact Information

Sevgi Ortaç
Akıncıbayırı Sok., No: 22B/13 
Mecidiyeköy, İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 535 742 5049

This film is about a dream in which there is a city with a single wall based on the ancient walls of İstanbul that still separate, guard and hide the people and places behind it.

Festivals and Awards

2007 Aubagne International Film Festival (France): Official Selection, Competition Section
2007 Hisar Short Film Festival and Selection (Turkey)
2007 International İstanbul Film Festival (Turkey)
2007 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Official Selection, Competition Section
2007 Mardin Film Festival (Turkey)
2006 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkey): Official Selection, Competition Section
2006 European Festival on Wheels: Video Room
2006 Izmir International Short Film Festival (Turkey): Official Selection, Competition Section 
2006 Akbank Short Film Festival (Turkey): Special Mention
2006 Sony Entertainment Short Film Competition (Turkey): Best Documentary