Author: Talat Gokdemir

2016

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13 December 2016 – ‘Haftasonu’ will be screened alongside all award-winning films of the most recent International Short Film Festival of Cyprus! The Market of the Old Town Hall of Nicosia in Cyprus will host this special event on 21 December 2016 from 6pm.

21 October 2016 – Great news! The main actor Izel Seylani in my film ‘Haftasonu’ has been awarded for his acting performance at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus!

15 October 2016 – The 14th Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier came to an end today; it was an amazing experience where I got the chance to meet many talented filmmakers and watch a diverse range of quality films! The memories won’t be forgotten! Click here to see some images from the festival.

15 August 2016 – ‘Haftasonu’ has been selected to be screened at the FerFilm International Film Festival in Kosovo. The festival will be taking place between 2-6 September 2016. Click here for more details on the festival.

11 August 2016 – ‘Brother’ has been accepted at the 13th Reykjavík International Film Festival! Congrats to my buddy and colleague Alasdair Bayne! The film will be screened as part of the ‘Icelandic Short Documentaries’ section of the festival, which will take place between 29 September – 9 October 2016. Read more about the festival here.

2 August 2016 – ‘Haftasonu’ is going to Morocco! My film has been selected for the 14th Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier, taking place between 10-15 October 2016! Click here for more details on the festival.

29 July 2016 – My film ‘Haftasonu’ has been selected for participation in the upcoming International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2016! Congrats to the whole cast and crew! The festival will take place between 15-21 October 2016! Click here for more details on the festival.

15 July 2016 – ‘Brother’, a short documentary directed by my close friend Alasdair Bayne is nearly complete! I was able to be a part of this beautiful piece of filmmaking as the Assistant Editor. Click here for Alasdair’s official website.

2 May 2016 – Another project that has been gestating for a long time is a book inspired by the story of Haftasonu (Weekend). Written by my good friend and Cypriot artist Gurkan Gokasan and titled ‘Golgedeki Notlar’ (which translates to ‘Notes Beneath the Shadow’), this book will contain letters, poems and other writings. To be released in Cyprus in June 2016. Click here for more details.

29 April 2016 – We had an enjoyable chat with Denise Phillips today on Bayrak Int. FM 105 about my film ‘Weekend’.

23 April 2016 – Today I had the opportunity to talk about ‘Weekend’ on Cypriot TV channel BRT-2! Many thanks to presenter Can Gazi!

14 April 2016 – We had a great ‘Cast, Crew & Supporters’ screening of Haftasonu (Weekend)! It was great to hear the positive comments from everyone! Click here to see some photos from the event!

25 February 2016 – Haftasonu (Weekend) is complete and had its first preview screening! Thanks for everyone who came and supported us. Such a great feeling to see another project successfully screened. Check out some of the photos from the evening by clicking here!

22 January 2016 – The trailer for ‘Weekend’ is now online! Click here to watch the trailer on Vimeo!

21 January 2016 – The first preview screening for ‘Weekend’ will be happening on Thursday 25 February 2016 at 7pm at the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre in London!

20 January 2016 – The Facebook page for ‘Weekend’ goes live! Click here to link to like and share!

2012

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15 November 2012 – Watch the flashmob video production I was a part of! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqEsSIvlbmU

15 November 2012 – ‘Leave’ can be watched right here, right now! https://vimeo.com/34506948

9 November 2012 – ‘Leave’ is screened at the Cornwall Film Festival! Probably the final one before the film goes online! http://www.cornwallfilmfestival.com/newcomers-short-films-1

6 November 2012 – I am part of the team today shooting a flashmob on the Southbank for the Greek Tourist Office! Cold but fun!

5 November 2012 – Read the article about ‘Leave’ in Unsung Films written very kindly by Sofia Paftounou! http://www.unsungfilms.com/7992/leave/

1 November 2012 – ‘Leave’ will go online on 15 November 2012! Links will follow!

26 October 2012 – I will be a guest on Cypriot television CYBC-2 and Pik SAT talking about my film ‘Leave’ this evening at 6pm. Joining me will be Georgia Christoforou, the composer on ‘Leave’.

22 October 2012 – ‘Leave’ is awarded ‘Special Mention for Best Short Film’ at the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival!

13 October 2012 – ‘landescapes’ (previously titled Home) is now complete! Directed by Damla Kirkali and produced by me, it tells the tale of young couple living in London trying to maintain their relationship amongst the pressure of their families, unemployment and alienation.

16 September 2012 – Watch ‘Bird’ at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in the ‘Fictive Landscapes’ programme, 5pm on Friday 26th October in Hawick! www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

12 September 2012 – Check out ‘Leave’ at the Cornwall Film Festival, 8-11 November! Details of when and where the film will be screened will be available on the Festival website from October 17th 2012. http://cornwallfilmfestival.com/

12 September 2012 – ‘Leave’ is screened for the Italian audience today in the ‘World in Short’ section at the Salento Int. Film Festival! http://www.salentofilmfestival.com/schedule.htm

7 September 2012 – ‘Bird’ has been nominated for Best UK Short at Raindance Film Festival! http://www.raindance.org/site/festival-nominations-2012

31 August 2012 – ‘Leave’ was screened at the Portobello Pop Up Cinema as part of the Portobello Film Festival!

13 August 2012 – Finally! A London screening for ‘Leave’ will take place on 31 August at the Portobello Pop Up Cinema, as part of the Portobello Film Festival! http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com/2012/aug31_pop.html

30 July 2012 – The screening date of ‘Leave’ at the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival has been moved forward, new date is 14 October!

30 July 2012 – ‘Leave’ will kick off the ‘The World in Short’ section of the Salento Int. Film Festival on September 12! Check out the full schedule: http://www.salentofilmfestival.com/schedule.htm

26 July 2012 – ‘Bird’ will be screened at the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in September! Congrats to Director Alasdair Bayne!

17 July 2012 – The screening date of ‘Leave’ at the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival has been announced as Saturday, 20 October! For more information: http://cyiff.cineartfestival.eu/

7 July 2012 – ‘Leave’ is selected for the Deep Fried Film Festival in Scotland! The Festival will take place between the 11th and 18th of August! For more information: http://www.deepfriedfilm.org.uk/

1 July 2012 – The Shqip International Short Film Festival took place between the 25th and 30th of June! I had a great time in Kosovo and met many new filmmakers, overall a grand experience! For more details of my trip, check out my latest blog entry: http://www.talatgokdemir.com/shqip/

23 June 2012 – This website goes live!

21 June 2012 – ‘Leave’ is selected for the Salento International Film Festival in Italy! The festival will take place from the 9th to the 15th of September, 2012. For more information: http://www.salentofilmfestival.com/

14 June 2012 ‘Balad al Thabab’, Kuwaiti singer Abdallah Al Rowaished’s music video is out alongside the Making Of video! Check them out at http://youtu.be/qm8kphDWHsw and http://youtu.be/PZ78c3Z-knc

8 June 2012 – ‘Leave’ is selected for the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival! The festival will take place from the 6th to the 22nd of October, 2012. For more information: http://cyiff.cineartfestival.eu/

31 May 2012 – I’ve watched the first rough cut of ‘Meztli’! First impression: Great stuff, can’t wait for the final version!

25 May 2012 – ‘Leave’ is screened at the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Cork, Ireland! For more information: www.facebook.com/fastnetshortfilmfestival

17-18 May 2012 – I was the Assistant Director on a two day shoot for Kuwaiti singer Abdallah Al Rowaished’s music video ‘Balad al Thabab’ ! Produced by Rotana Media Services, one of the largest media groups in the Middle East. Shot in London, Kent and Windsor. To be released mid June 2012.

16-26 May 2012 – ‘Mali’, a short drama I co-edited and which was directed by Elissa Ayoub, is screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival! http://registration.cannescourtmetrage.com/filmfiche2.Aspx?id=55045531

5 May 2012 – ‘Leave’ is selected for the Shqip International Short Film Festival in Kosovo! The festival will take place from the 25th to the 30th of June, 2012.

14-16 April 2012 – ‘Meztli’ is succesfully shot over the course of three days in Mexico! Directed by Astrid Salas and Co-Produced by myself, ‘Meztli’ is an experimental short that blends the Mexican culture with elements of surrealism, fantasy and the moon. To be released mid August 2012.

31 March 2012 – I shoot the ‘Let’s Talk About Colour’ workshop organised by Mindfire! Check out the Mindfire Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MindfireLimited

31 March 2012 – ‘Leave’ is selected for the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Ireland! The Festival will take place from the 24th to the 27th of May, 2012. For more information: http://www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com/

15 March 2012 – I was commissioned by Mindfire to film the Nordic Career Forum! The event was organised by the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish Chamber of Commerce’s and was filmed at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel. For further information about Mindfire: http://mindfire.co.uk/

7 March 2012 – ‘Leave’ was screened at the Ljubljana International Short Film Festival! For further information: http://lisff.blogspot.co.uk/

18 February 2012 – ‘Leave’, a short drama written and directed by myself, has been selected for the Ljubljana International Short Film Festival! The Festival will take place from the 5th to the 7th of March, 2012. For more information: http://lisff.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Program

10-11 February 2012 – ‘Bird’ is screened at the Glasgow Short Film Festival! I was the Executive Producer for the short drama which was directed by Alasdair Bayne. The film observes a young boy and a girl tackle the thin line between childhood and adolescence. For further information: http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/information/festivals_within_the_festivals/gsff

14-22 January 2012 – ‘Home(working title)’ is shot in 5 days! This short drama was directed by Damla Kirkali and produced by myself. It tells the story of a couple in cohabitation and their internal struggle to cope with both themselves and the outside world. To be be released Summer 2012.

2013

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5 September 2013 – Mengu Turk, our actress in ‘landescapes’ has been awarded the Best Actress award in Kosovo at the Shqip International Short Film Festival!

4 September 2013 – Another screening of ‘Leave’, this time in Amsterdam! 19 September! http://www.la-mosca.com/

26 August 2013 – A screening of ‘Leave’ will take place on Wednesday 28 August 2013 at The Hideaway Bar, 114 Junction Road London, N19 5LB UK. Doors open 7pm, Films start 7:30pm. Entry is free!

25 July 2013 – Both ‘landescapes’ and ‘Meztli’ have been selected for the Shqip International Short Film Festival in Kosovo! After having a great experience there last year with ‘Leave’, having both films I produced selected again is great!

1 July 2013 – It’s a Wrap! Congrats to the cast and crew of ‘Kuyu’.

2 June 2013 – I’m a part of a short film which begins production today! The title of the film is ‘Kuyu’, which translates to ‘Well’. The production is taking place in Cyprus and I’m the AD! The film is directed by Ömer Yetkinel of InMotion Productions.

9 March 2013 – ‘landescapes’ will be screened at the Ankara Int. Film Festival on 20 March at 2pm!

1 March 2013 – Another film I produced in 2012 is now complete! ‘Meztli’, directed by Astrid Salas, is an experimental piece that I am really intrigued to share with festivals this year!

27 February 2013 – ‘landescapes’ has been selected for the Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey! The festival will take place between 14-24 March! http://www.filmfestankara.org.tr/?page=index

26 February 2013 – ‘landescapes’ screening tonight at Rio Cinema!

14 February 2013 – Congrats to Elissa Ayoub for getting accepted in to the European Independent Film Festival! I was also one of the editors on the film! http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/?page_id=17344&lang=en

12 February 2013 – Come and watch our short film ‘landescapes’ on Tuesday 26 February at Rio Cinema in Dalston! Starting at 18.30! http://www.ltff.co.uk/feature_films/landescapes.php

2 February 2013 – Had a great screening of ‘Leave’ at Vibe Gallery yesterday, wasn’t expecting a crowd of nearly 100 to turn up! Many thanks to Vibe Shorts!

1 February 2013 – ‘Bird’ will be shown in the Scottish part of the Travelling Film Festival Rennes! Congrats to Ali Bayne once again! http://www.clairobscur.info/Actualites-367-395-0-1.html

16 January 2013 – ‘landescapes’, produced by myself and directed by Damla Kirkali has received its first acceptance at a film festival! Our short film has been selected for the 18th London Turkish Film Festival which will take place between 21 February and 3 March! http://www.ltff.co.uk

10 January 2013 – ‘Leave’ will be screened in Bermondsey as part of the monthly indie short film night hosted by Vibe Gallery on 1 February! https://www.facebook.com/VibeShorts

2014

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9-11 October 2014 – I had a chance to experience some tense pitching at the Baltic pitching forum and also saw some great shorts at the Vilnius International Short Film Festival.

5-9 October 2014 – I attended the InScript workshop “Too short to die”, which is a training workshop for writer and directors. The workshop took place in Druskininkai, Lithuania.

15 September 2014 – Another screening for ‘Leave’ at the Golden Island International Film Festival in Cyprus which will take place in November!

2 September 2014 – Have been selected to workshop my script ‘Haftasonu’ (Weekend) in Lithuania next month! Maybe, just maybe it will evolve in to a version which is actually shootable in Cyprus this time! http://www.inscript.lt/workshop/

5 August 2014 – During my trip to New York, I visited the Quickstop where ‘Clerks‘ was shot! And also managed to do some background extra work in Season 4 of Comic Book Men!

28 June 2014 – Completed the first draft of my new script ‘The Girl with Wings’! Such a great feeling to be working on a brand new story!

2015

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10 December 2015 – We have picture lock on ‘Weekend’! Next step is colour correction and sound design!

17 October 2015 – A further five minutes chopped away. ‘Weekend’ is approaching!

20 September 2015 – So the real first cut is done and the film is just below 30 mins. A real joy to see it all come together finally.

18 July 2015 – First assembly of the film turns out to be 42 minutes! This will be a challenge indeed!

12 July 2015 – After 7 very long days, it’s a wrap on my film ‘Haftasonu’ (Weekend)! Thanks to an amazing and dedicated cast and crew!

5 June 2015 – So after months of writing and re-writing, the script I have been working on for 5 years is finally ready to become a reality! In a month we start shooting ‘Haftasonu’ (Weekend) in Cyprus!

Other

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MILOS ‘STAR WARS’ PROMO, CYPRUS – 2016. CO-DIRECTOR.

GREEK FLASHMOB AT SOUTHBANK, LONDON – 2012. CAMERAMAN.

THE MAKING OF ‘BALAD AL THABAB’ – 2012.

ABDALLAH AL ROWAISHED ‘BALAD AL THABAB’ – 2012. 1ST AD.

EMRE PEHLIVAN ‘SENINLE BIR OMUR’ – 2010. ASST.DIRECTOR & EDITOR.

KESHRHYME ‘GOZLER SENDEYKEN’ – 2010. ASST.DIRECTOR.

Shorts

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UNTITLED – CYPRUS/UK, 2019. CO-WRITER & CO-DIRECTOR, WITH ALASDAIR BAYNE.

A short film that shines light on how men see women, and how patriarchy shapes the society in Cyprus. Currently in post-production.

HAFTASONU(WEEKEND) – CYPRUS, 2016. WRITER & DIRECTOR.

Following his father’s death, Hasan returns to Cyprus after many years. As he spends time in his childhood village with his grieving mother and childhood girlfriend, the inner struggle with his identity and the challenge of being in a traditionalist community resurfaces. The pressure to attend the funeral pushes Hasan to confront his past and to search for reconciliation, not only with his family and home but also with himself. Click here to watch a trailer for the film.

6th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus – Honorary Distinction for Best Actor Izel Seylani
14th Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier (Morocco)
4th FerFilm International Film Festival (Kosovo)

BRÓÐIR(BROTHER) – ICELAND, 2016. ASSISTANT EDITOR.

In a remote village in Northern Iceland, two teenage brothers try to make sense of their lives and their relationship with one other.

Reykjavik International Film Festival

BEKLEYIS(AWAITING) – CYPRUS, 2016. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

A short film that explores the effects of conflict and war on a Turkish and Greek Cypriot child.

LEAVE – UNITED KINGDOM, 2012. WRITER & DIRECTOR.

This is the story of Maria, a young woman who has accepted her lifestyle of abusement and domination by Juan. A shared moment with a small child breaks the thick wall embedded around Maria’s soul, leading her towards an opportunity for freedom. Click here to watch an extract.

Cyprus International Film Festival – Special Mention for Best Short Film
Ljubljana International Short Film Festival (Slovenia)
Fastnet Short Film Festival (Ireland)
Shqip International Short Film Festival (Kosovo)
Deep Fried Film Festival (Scotland)
Salento International Film Festival (Italy)
Cornwall Film Festival (United Kingdom)
Vibe Shorts, London (United Kingdom)
La Mosca screening, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Golden Island International Film Festival (Cyprus)

BIRD – SCOTLAND, 2012. ASSOCIATE PRODUCER.

Adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything…

BAFTA New Talent Award – Best Actor nomination for Lauren Grace Wilson (United Kingdom)
Raindance Film Festival – Best UK Short nomination (United Kingdom)
Encounters Short Film & Animation Film Festival (United Kingdom)
Glasgow International Film Festival (United Kingdom)
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (United Kingdom)
Flatpack Film Festival (United Kingdom)
Travelling Film Festival, Rennes (France)

MALI – LEBANON, 2012. CO-EDITOR.

Mali revolves around the life of Mali, a Sri-Lankan domestic worker, locked within the household of her Lebanese employer in Lebanon.

Cannes Short Film Corner (France)
The European Independent Film Festival (France)
Pentedattilo International Short Film Festival (Italy)
Leiden International Short Film Experience (The Netherlands)
International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality (Indonesia)
Festival du monde Arabe du Court metrage (Morocco)

LANDESCAPES – UNITED KINGDOM, 2013. ASST. DIRECTOR & PRODUCER.

A young couple living in London try to maintain their relationship amongst the pressure of their families, unemployment and alienation. Peter wishes to marry Ayse in order to stop living in the shadow of his mother. Meanwhile Ayse struggles to come to terms with her existence as an outsider within the society. The two look for a way to escape their conflicts, unaware of each other.

Shqip International Short Film Festival (Kosovo) – Best Actress for Mengu Turk
Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey)
London Turkish Film Festival (United Kingdom)

SHOWREEL 2010-2012.

storytelling and connecting

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18/10/15 – Autumn has arrived. Its golden aura, surrounding most of us with a feeling of being down and miserable. Not me. I never have been a season person, not one of those “I need the sun” addicts. I guess 16 years of Cyprus does that to a person. I’ve had my fair share, so I can deal with moody weather for the rest of my life.

Title screen

Title screen

What I’m trying to say is that, weather never has dictated my mood. Working three days a week and the other four being devoted to myself is what makes me feel good! Part-time bitches!

You see, I’m at the stage of editing my film. Just watching the progress of it getting shorter yet more concise, and therefore becoming a more coherent and watchable piece of work, is a gratifying experience. Only three months ago, I had just completed the production of ‘Weekend’. A small cast and crew worked endlessly to film my script to the best of their capabilities. It’s a very weird feeling to return back to normalcy after such an extreme schedule of concentration and long hours of production. But it’s done, it’s really really done.

still from 'Weekend'

still from ‘Weekend’

‘Weekend’ is a film that uses the cypriot landscape not just for aesthetics. It’s a land of tradition but also a land of ever-going change. Therefore I believe that international audiences, if given the opportunity, will feel certain familiar aspects to their own lives as well. But in the end, who knows if anyone will really connect with the story or appreciate the nuances that we hope they, the audience will get? Or maybe, there isn’t anything to get? Art is subjective, some will find meaning where others will find a blank canvas. Some will interpret a blank canvas according to their own life experience and fill it with philosophical and psychological subtext. I can only hope to reach hearts and minds that are willing to go along with me on this journey. Liking or disliking is secondary compared to connecting; once you connect, a discussion can be held on the film itself. That’s what I hope to achieve.

still from 'Weekend'

still from ‘Weekend’

‘Weekend’ coming to life – Part two

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14. EXT.HASAN’S HOUSE-BACK GARDEN.DAY

FATMA(60) is kneeled down, watering the vegetables with a
hose pipe. She turns her head as she realises someone is
standing behind her and sees Hasan looking at her. Fatma,
slightly hunched, stands up and wipes her wet hands on her
clothes before walking towards Hasan.14 shot2

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FATMA
Welcome, my son.

Fatma holds Hasan’s cheeks and kisses them, then embraces him.

FATMA
You really came.

HASAN
I did mother.

*storyboards courtesy of Alasdair Bayne, storyboard artist on ‘Haftasonu’ (Weekend)

‘Weekend’ coming to life

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10. EXT.HASAN’S HOUSE.DAY

The car parks in front of the house. They both get out.
Hasan grabs his bag from the boot. They hug.

IRFAN
I’ll see you tomorrow then.

Hasan nods. Irfan gets in the car and drives off. Hasan
turns his head to the house in front of him. A white
walled bungalow with visible signs of restoration made
over the years with a small garden and patio at the front.
On the side, there is a small dirt path of the driveway
leading to the garage. Hasan lifts the squeaky handle of
the gate and enters.

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11. EXT.HASAN’S HOUSE-PATIO.DAY

An old WOODEN CHAIR is on the concrete part of the patio.
Hasan looks at it, then walks past it towards the open
front door.

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*storyboards courtesy of Alasdair Bayne, storyboard artist on ‘Haftasonu’ (Weekend)