Hülya Koçyiğit is one of Turkey’s most esteemed actresses. She began her acting career at the age of 15, starring in Metin Erksan’s Dry Summer in 1963. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, which was the biggest prize ever awarded to a Turkish film. It was also selected as ”The Film of The Century”, and Hülya Koçyiğit was selected as “The Face of The Century” in a poll initiated by the Ministry of Culture in 2014, the year that marked the 100th year of Turkish Cinema. Unlike the Yeşilçam tradition, she’s always been a fan of the realistic characters, and refused to settle for stereotypical roles, and portrayed different types of female characters in many authentic films addressing the social issues. Besides starring in the unforgettable traditional Yeşilçam films, Koçyiğit has delivered an incredible performance in Ömer Lütfi Akad’s cult trilogy: “BrideWedding-Diet”. She acted in numerous distinguished films, such as “Dry Summer”, “Whack the Whore”, “Kınalı Yapıncak”, “Zeyno”, “Gökçe Çiçek”, “Almanya Acı Vatan”, “Derman”, “Firar”, “Kurbağalar”, “Dikenli Yol”, “Bez Bebek”, “Women’s Ward”. Koçyiğit: “Each character has become a new adventure, research, study, and interest for me. Each character I portrayed has contributed to my identity. Maybe that’s why I loved cinema so much.” With her numerous national and international awards, she’s known as the “Awards Queen of Turkish Cinema.” She collaborated with the NGOs contributing to solving social problems. Besides starring in almost 200 films, she also became involved personally in the challenges of Turkish film industry by acting as the chairman of the Cinema Actors’ Association (SODER). In 2014, which marked the 100th year of Turkish Cinema, she was honored with the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award for her great contributions to Turkish cinema. Koçyiğit was given the title of State Artist in 1991. Besides acting, she also pursues her film career as a producer at the production company, Gülşah Film, which she co-founded with her husband Selim Soydan in 1974.
Ebru Ceylan was born in Ankara, Turkey, 1976. She started photography in 1992 in Ankara and she had several solo exhibitions in Turkey and Europe and participated several group exhibitions and won several awards. After graduating from Film and TV Department of Marmara University, Istanbul, she studied for her master’s degree at Film Making Department of Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. Her first short film “Kıyıda” (On The Edge) had been officially selected to Cannes Competition in 1998. She participated in several films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan as actress, scriptwriter and art director. She is going on making films and photographs.
Born in 1959. He graduated from İ.T.İ.A.’s Journalism and Public Relations in 1980, and M.S.Ü State Conservatory’s Department of Drama in 1985. He acted in over 40 plays at İstanbul State Theatre where he worked as a stage actor for 30 years. He pursues his professional career as a movie actor and a dubbing artist. Filmography: Yalancı Şafak (Osman Sınav-1987), Bir Kadının Anatomisi (Yavuz Özkan-1994), Bir Erkeğin Anatomisi (Yavuz Özkan–1995), Sır Dosyası-TV (Yağmur-Durul Taylan-1997), Kaç Para Kaç (Reha Erdem-1999), Filler ve Çimen (Derviş Zaim-2002), O da Beni Seviyor (Barış Pirhasan-2002), İtiraf (Zeki Demirkubuz-2002), Çamur (Derviş Zaim-2003), Beş Vakit (Reha Erdem-2005), Tatil Kitabı (Seyfi Teoman-2007), Devrim Arabaları(Tolga Örnek-2008), Siyah Beyaz (Ahmet Boyacıoğlu-2009), Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Seyfi Teoman-2009), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Nuri Bilge Ceylan-2011), Kuzu (Kutluğ Ataman- 2014), Çekmeceler (Caner Alper-Mehmet Binay-2015), Yol Kenarı (Tayfun Pirselimoğlu-2016), Ayla (Can Ulkay-2017). Avni Dilligil Tiyatro Ödülleri – Best Actor (1991), Ulusal Tiyatro Karşılaşması – Best Actor (1992), SİYAD – Best Actor (1999), ÇASOD – Best Actor (2001), SİYAD – Best Actor (2001), İstanbul Film Festivali – Best Actor (2002), Sadri Alışık Sinema ödülleri – Best Actor (2009), Monaco Charity Film Festival – Best Actor (2010), Sadri Alışık Sinema ödülleri – Best Actor (2011).
Award-winning cinematographer Hayk Kirakosyan was born in USSR in 1962. He studided Cinematography at the State Institute of Cinema (VGIK. Moscow). As a freelance cinematographer, he has shot more than 700 commercial and documentary films. He was the cinematographer of award-winning features: “Başka Dilde Aşk – Love in Another Language”, “Daire – Circle”, “Eve Dönüş: Sarıkamış 1915 – Longway Home Sarıkamış” 1915, “Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü – Killing the Shadows”, “Herkes Kendi Evinde – Away From Home”. Since 2006, Kirakosyan has been teaching cinematography at Kadir Has University. He held workshops at Marmara University, Bilkent University, 6.45 Art Club (Eskişehir), Bursa International Film Festival, Atıf Yılmaz Turkish National Film School from 2007 to 2010. Kirakosyan was a jury member at the Adana Film Festival in 2008, and at the Antalya International Film Festival in 2014. He is a member of the Filmmakers Union and Guild of Cinematographers of Russia since 1991, the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) from Russia since 2005, and the Turkish Society of Cinematographers since 2014.
Born in İstanbul. He studied film at Maltepe University, and founded Evci Film Production in 2006. He scripted, directed and edited his feature debut “İki Çizgi” in 2008. After its world premiere at the 65th Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, the film was screened at many film festivals. His second feature film “Rüzgârlar” was awarded with the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, and world-premiered at the Panorama of European Cinema in Athens. His third feature film “Saklı” world-premiered at the competition section of Montreal World Film Festival in 2016, and won many awards at both national and international festivals. Evci has been serving as the director of Akbank Short Film Festival since its first edition.