Directors From Turkey

by aciftelerli | created - 12 Mar 2012 | updated - 27 May 2012 | Public

2. Ezel Akay

Actor | Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü?

Ezel Akay was born in 1961. He studied engineering at Bosphorus University, and theatre arts at Villanova University. He took part in many theatre productions as an actor and director before entering film production as a founding partner of IFR, where he was the director of more than 400 ...

3. Abdullah Oguz

Producer | Mutluluk

Abdullah Oguz is a producer and director, known for Bliss (2007), Everything About Mustafa (2004) and Asmali konak: Hayat (2003).

4. Serdar Akar

Director | Gemide

He was born in 1964, in Ankara, Turkey. Graduated from Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy in 1985 and from Cinema & TV department of Mimar Sinan University in 1994. Worked as assistant to several Turkish directors.

Dar alanda kisa paslasmalar 1998 Gemide Kurtlar vadisi Barda Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi

5. Sinan Çetin

Producer | Propaganda

Turkish director Sinan Cetin founded Plato Films in 1986. Since then he has shot 11 feature films and has become one of the most famous and successful directors in Turkey. He has also directed and produced hundreds of commercials. Plato Film Prod. is now a creative pool for young people enamored of...

6. Faruk Aksoy

Casting_director | Fetih 1453

8. Gani Müjde

Writer | Bizans oyunlari: Geym of Bizans

Gani Müjde was born on November 27, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and production designer, known for Bizans oyunlari: Geym of Bizans (2016), The Ottoman Republic (2008) and Kahpe Bizans (1999). He is married to Belma Canciger. They have two children.

9. Serif Gören

Director | Yol

Serif Gören was born on October 14, 1944 in Ksanthi, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Yol (1982), Derman (1983) and Endise (1974).

10. Halit Refig

Director | Hanim

Halit Refig, Turkish filmmaker, film critic and theoretician and an intellectual was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1934 to an industrial family. He attended Sisli Terakki High School and briefly attended Robert College Engineering Dept. During his military service he started making documentaries in ...

11. Hamdi Alkan

Director | Bayrampasa: Ben fazla kalmayacagim

Hamdi Alkan was born in 1967 in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey. He is a director and actor, known for Bayrampasa: Ben fazla kalmayacagim (2007), Meleklerin Aski (2018) and Kirk Yalan (2019). He is married to Canan Hosgör. They have one child.

12. Hasan Karacadag

Director | Hummadruz

Hasan Karacadag was born in 1976 in Turkey.After high school he went to GATA medical academy.He left the academy two years later.He won the Gold Award and best film award at the 'JVC Tokyo Video Festival' 2001-2002-2003. At year 2002-2003 he won the 'Bunkacho Director Award of Japanese agency for ...

13. Türker Inanoglu

Producer | Arka Sokaklar

Türker Inanoglu (born May 18, 1936) is a Turkish screenwriter, film director and producer.

He married first the film actress Filiz Akin, and after his divorce Gülsen Bubikoglu, another former Turkish movie star. They have two children, a son, Ilker and a daughter, Zeynep.

Inanoglu came in contact ...

15. Kartal Tibet

Actor | Tarkan

Kartal Tibet was born on March 27, 1938 in Ankara, Turkey. He is a director and actor, known for Tarkan (1969), Turks in Space (2006) and Davaro: Son Eskiya (1981).

17. Mahsun Kirmizigül

Actor | Beyaz Melek

Mahsun Kirmizigül (born Abdullah Bazencir, March 26, 1969) is a Turkish singer songwriter, actor and director, scriptwriter, music composer, producer of Zaza Kurdish descent. Mahsun Kirmizigül is also known as a businessman for his partnership in one of the leading music production companies, ...

18. Memduh Ün

Director | Zikkimin Kökü

Memduh Ün was born on March 14, 1920 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. He was a producer and director, known for Bullshit (1993), Namusum için (1965) and The Great Oath (1969). He was married to Cahide Sen. He died on October 16, 2015 in Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey.

19. Mustafa Altioklar

Director | Denize Hançer Düstü

Born in 1958. His childhood house overlooked a projection room, owned by the Board of Censors, where the members of the board were cutting the films. As the cutter threw away film pieces out of the window, Altioklar and his friends were eagerly waiting for them outside the window of the projection ...

20. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

21. Osman Sinav

Director | Deli Yürek

Frequently casts Kenan Imirzalioglu.

22. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | La finestra di fronte

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Facing Windows (2003), Loose Cannons (2010) and His Secret Life (2001).

23. Semih Kaplanoglu

Producer | Bugday

Semih Kaplanoglu was born in 1963 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a producer and director, known for Grain (2017), Honey (2010) and Angel's Fall (2004). He is married to Leyla Ipekçi.

24. Serdar Akar

Director | Gemide

He was born in 1964, in Ankara, Turkey. Graduated from Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy in 1985 and from Cinema & TV department of Mimar Sinan University in 1994. Worked as assistant to several Turkish directors.

25. Reha Erdem

Director | Jîn

Born in Istanbul, Reha Erdem began his studies in History at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He graduated from Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same university. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989 as a French-Turkish ...

26. Seyfi Teoman

Director | Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz

Seyfi Teoman was born in Kayseri, Turkey in 1977. After studying economics at Bogazici University in Istanbul, he worked as assistant director in various short films and advertisements. He lived in Lodz in Poland for two years, studying film directing at Polish National Film School where his tutor ...

27. Durul Taylan

Director | Vavien

Durul Taylan is a director and producer, known for Vavien (2009), Magnificent Century (2011) and Wounded Love (2016).

28. Yagmur Taylan

Director | Vavien

Yagmur Taylan is a director and producer, known for Vavien (2009), Magnificent Century (2011) and Wounded Love (2016).

29. Sirri Süreyya Önder

Actor | Beynelmilel

Sirri Süreyya Önder was born in 1962 in Turkey. He is an actor and writer, known for The International (2006), Alt Komisyon and Sut Tozu.

30. Muharrem Gulmez

Director | Beynelmilel

Muharrem Gülmez is a producer/director who has been in the film industry since 1990. He has received wide acclaim for many projects both nationally and internationally. As a feature film director, he debuted with "Beynelmilel -The International" which received a number of prestigious accolades like...

31. Tolga Örnek

Director | Devrim Arabalari

Tolga Ornek started his career writing, producing and directing the award-winning documentaries ATATURK (1998), MOUNT NEMRUD: THE THRONE OF THE GODS (2000), THE HITTITES (2003) and GALLIPOLI (2005) all of which have been distributed internationally to great critical acclaim. GALLIPOLI was the fifth...

32. Tomris Giritlioglu

Director | Salkim Hanim'in Taneleri

Studied English Literature at the Hacettepe University in Turkey.

33. Tunç Basaran

Director | Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar

Tunç Basaran was born on October 1, 1938 in Istanbul, Turkey. He was a director and writer, known for Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989), Biri ve Digerleri (1988) and Sen de gitme (1995). He was married to Füsun Önal. He died on December 18, 2019 in Turkey.

34. Uluç Bayraktar

Director | Karadayi

He was born in 1974 in Gelibolu, Çanakkale. Graduated from Ege University Faculty of Communication Radio - Television - Cinema Department in 2001. He is still working as a assistant director at different TV serials. "This Is Life" is his first short film experience in 2001. His first TV Series "...

35. Ugur Yücel

Director | Yazi Tura

Ugur Yücel studied acting at the Istanbul conservatory and launched a career of one-man shows in 1977. Six years later, he began acting in feature films, and he made his own directorial debut with a short film in 1987. He projected it in silence on a big screen and accompanied it himself with ...

36. Yavuz Turgul

Writer | Eskiya

Yavuz Turgul was born in Istanbul, 1946. He worked as journalist for many years. In 1976 he started to write scripts with the support of Ertem Egilmez. His first directing experience came with the movie Fahriye Abla, in 1984. He worked with famous Turkish actor Sener Sen in so many movies. Turgul ...

37. Yilmaz Erdogan

Actor | The Water Diviner

He spent his childhood in Ankara until he moved to Istanbul along with his family. His family is of Kurdish origin. In 1987, he dropped out of his civil engineering studies at Istanbul Technical University and joined the On Duty Theater Staff (Turkish: Nöbetçi Tiyatrosu) managed by Ferhan Sensoy. ...

38. Yilmaz Güney

Writer | Yol

Güney and his work were almost entirely unknown outside of his homeland Turkey until his 1981 escape from imprisonment in Turkey and his "discovery" the following year at the Cannes Film Festival for his autobiographical screenplay for Yol (1982), the festival's grand prize winner. Born in 1937 in ...

39. Atif Yilmaz

Director | Bir Yudum Sevgi

Atif Yilmaz was born on December 9, 1925 in Mersin, Turkey as Atif Yilmaz Batibeki. He was a director and writer, known for Bir Yudum Sevgi (1984), Deli Yusuf (1975) and The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977). He was married to Deniz Türkali, Nurhan Nur and Ayse Sasa. He died on May 5, 2006 in Istanbul...

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