President of the Official Selection Jury

Semih Kaplanoğlu is one of the most acclaimed writer-director- producers of contemporary filmmaking in Turkey.

He received BS in Cinema-Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in 1984. Kaplanoğlu made his debut feature in 2001 “Away From Home”, and he was awarded Best Director in Singapore IFF. In 2005, his second feature “Angel’s Fall” received Best Film Awards in Nantes, Kerala and Barcelona Alternativa FF.

His third feature »Yumurta« (Egg), which premiered in 2007 Quinzaine des Realisateurs, brought Best Director awards in Fajr IFF, Valdivia IFF and Bangkok World FF. The film received around 30 awards including important national awards such as the Golden Orange (Antalya IFF) and the Golden Tulip award (Istanbul IFF).

In 2008 »Süt« (Milk) premired at the Venice IFF, and also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul IFF.

His recent feature »Bal« (Honey) the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, winner of GOLDEN BEAR award in 60th Berlinale IFF, traces the origins of a soul.

As a producer, he recently contributed his fellow director Aida Begic’s “Djeca” (Children of Sarajevo) which earned a special mention in 2012 Cannes Certain Regard. The film is a Bosnian, German, French and Turkish co-production supported by Sarajevo Cinematograhy Fund, Eurimages, MDM ( Mitteldeutsche Mediaförderurng), ZDF /ARTE, TRT, Fonds Sud Cinema and Torino Film Lab.

Semih Kaplanoglu, born in 1963, has also written many articles based on plastic arts and cinema which have been translated into foreign languages and published in such magazines and journals as Gergedan, Gösteri, Cumhuriyet, and Sanat Dünyamız between 1987 and 2003.