Head of Jury
Jak Şalom, who has ‘Officier’ medallion of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, was one of the founding members of Turkish Cinemateque and the assistant of Henri Langlois in French Cinematheque. Besides his Turkish-French dictionary works, he worked as an instructor in various countries of the world.Currently he is giving lectures at Boğaziçi University in addition to the directorship of the Sinematek / Cinema House under the Kadıköy Municipality.
His first feature film ‘Sivas’ won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival and the Jury Special Award at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2014. After that, he directed the documentary ‘Kapalı Gişe: Türkiye’de Tekelleşen Film Dağıtımı’ in 2016 which is a criticism of the film distribution industry in Turkey. In 2018, Müjdeci manages the Ulusal Yarışma and currently working on his new movie ’Iguana Tokyo’.
Fulya Peker is a New York and Istanbul based performance/theater artist and poemist. She has performed in the works by well-known names of NY’s experimental theater/film, dance and music scene, such as Richard Foreman, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Katsura Kan, David Michalek and Object Collection. Some of her most prominent credits as a writer/director include Requiem Aeternam Deo, The Void, The Plague, The Red Book, DEM. Peker, continues her experimental theater work as the founder and artistic director of Katharsis Performance Project and her interdisciplinary performance research under Modern Mythologies Project.
Professor at Akdeniz University and one of the members of Film Critics Association. Ersümer is the author of Cyberpunk in Science Fiction Cinema (Altıkırkbeş Yayınları, 2013) and numerous other articles and books. He is currently giving lectures on ‘Cinema and Philosophy’ and ‘Cinema Aesthetic and Film Reading’ at Akdeniz University Cinema-Tv department.
Tan Tolga Demirci
He was born in 1975 in Istanbul. Tan Tolga Demirci graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Cinema and Television in 1996 with the thesis “Psychoanalysis of Horror Cinema”. The thesis published by “Es Publishing” in 2006 with the same title. Since 1999 he has made 12 short films and a feature film. He completed his master’s degree at Kadir Has University with his thesis titled “Traces of Surrealism in World Cinema”. Demirci currently teaching ‘Experimental Film’ at the same university.
Canan Balan finished her bachelor’s and master’s degree at Istanbul University Department of Radio-TV Cinema. Balan received her Ph.D. in 2010 from St Andrews University, Department of Film Studies. She has published international articles and she gave speeches on ‘Early Cinema Audience in Istanbul’ which is her field of specialization. Other areas of her research include cinematicization of city culture, film ecology, feminism, and silent cinema. Balan, who has also made documentary film scripts, organizes workshops combining cinema and meditation. Since 2010, she has been working as an academician in İstanbul Şehir University Cinema-TV Department.
Nerdworking Founder and Manager, Electronic Arts Producer & Scenographer. He is doing research in the field of cybernetics based performance arts. He works on the relationship between technology and human. Recently, he has been doing directorship in cultural institutions for international contemporary dance/performance/technology festivals. Dilbaz, is also interested in action designs and body-oriented performances, and has been directing the deaf rap band, Def Rap for the last two years.