The Asia Pacific Screen Academy, in association with the Turkish Government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, presents Country of Focus: Turkish Waves, a Turkish cultural program in conjunction with the second Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
This series includes some of the most significant Turkish films of the last five decades curated by Chairwoman of the Turkish Guild of Film Producers and APSA Academy member Zeynep Özbatur Atakan.
After graduating from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts Cinema and TV Department, Atakan worked as an assistant director and producer in the television advertisement industry from 1986 to 1999, and cofounded her advertisement production company in 1994.
In 1999, she transitioned to the film industry and began producing international film projects and in 2007, Atakan founded Zeyno Film. In 2010, she won the European Film Academy’s Prix Eurimages European Co-Production award, and founded YAPIMLAB.
Atakan has been the chairwoman of SE-YAP, the Turkish Guild of Film Producers, since 2011. Since 2014, she is a vice president of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network. She won the Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award at the 17th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in 2014. Zeynep‘s most recent film Winter Sleep is the Cannes Palme d’Or and 8th APSA winner.
Along with the Turkish delegation, Atakan will be in attendance for all screenings in the Country of Focus: Turkish Waves series.