Cemal Okan was born in Karlsruhe – Germany, in 1961.
He went to Istanbul Italian High School for middle school and high school. Established in 1967, he started working in family firm Fono Film in 1977 when he was just 16 years old and his career in cinema started. For the last 25 years, he is the chairperson of executive board of FONO, which has been providing post-production and laboratory services for more than 2000 films in Turkish cinema.
He has been an important supporter for the development of Turkish cinema by providing post-production and production support for directors who have been creating the milestones for Turkish cinema such as; Memduh Ün, Ertem Eğilmez, Ömer Kavur, Şerif Gören, Yavuz Özkan, Erden Kıral, Atıf Yılmaz, Tunç Başar,Zeki Ökten and also for the directors, who have been in the beginning of their careers in cinema by that time, such as Zeki Demirkubuz, Derviş Zaim, Serdar Akar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Çağan Irmak, Onur Ünlü, Semih Kaplanoğlu.
He has been distributing and exporting more than 350 Turkish films, along with creating possibility for Turkish audience to meet French cinema in the 1980’s.
In addition to those, he created the company TAFF Pictures with Timur Savcı in 2013 and produced 41 films up to this date.
Cemal Okan is still the Chairperson of Executive Board at FONO Film, Co-Founder of TAFF Pictures and vice president of TURSAK Foundation.
Guarded by three generations, Yeşil Sinema’s founder Hüseyin Yeşil was born in Malatya, in 1933.
After elementary school, he signed up for the Apprentice School of Tayyare Tamir Fabrikası (Aeroplane Repair Factory) and starts as an apprentice. After the closure of the repair-shop, while he was looking for jobs elsewhere, he gets to work night shifts at the municipality’s cinema thanks to his neighbour and his bound with cinema starts to emerge. Until he enrolls for the military, he works as an electrician, yemeni (traditional flat-heeled shoes) apprentice, junior radio repairman, as well as projectionist apprentice… Even in military, Hüseyin Yeşil was assigned to work in a cinema. Upon his arrival from his military service, only in his 20s, he decides to establish a summer movie theatre called Yeni Melek with Nevzat Arpacı, Kirkor Işıktel and Nuri Usta. Those were the golden years of cinema. The years that people used finish their works in accordance with the screening times, where people wear their best clothes to attend the screenings. As the interest to the cinema grows, they hit the ground for a winter movie theatre and they establish the Ar Sineması. At the same time, they start to run a tobacco storehouse, which belonged to one of the partners, as a movie theatre as well. After two years, fire breaks out and they suffer a vast loss and partnerships start to end. Despite all the debts and difficulties, Hüseyin Yeşil doesn’t give up, doesn’t dread and he continues to keep it alive. Having people meet with cinema, the biggest instrument of entertainment in an era where there was no television and where people listens only radio, Hüseyin Yeşil starts to run the winter movie theatre under the name, Melek. Even though they had only onetenth of the facilities of today’s cinemas, Melek Sineması, which gains a great deal of attraction from the public, continues to survive in spite of television’s introduction to our daily lives and the great troubles of 80’s. During that period, Hüseying Yeşil incorporates the descending Renkli, Can and Istanbul movie theatres to Melek Sinemaları. Thereafter, he never gives up on cinema, moreover, he supports the coming generation. Today, as independent theatres are closing down one by one, Yeşil Sineması is standing, rock solid in Malatya. Thanks to the efforts of Hüseyin Yeşil and his son Hacı Yeşil and grandson Murat Yeşil.