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!
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!
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
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/
24 June 2012 – ‘Leave’ has won its first award for Dramatic Directing at the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival! http://www.amsterdamfilmfestival.com/VanGoghAwards/2012Winners/tabid/483/Default.aspx
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. For more information: http://www.shqipfilmfest.com/
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.