Azra Deniz Okyay Director and Screenwriter

Filmographie

2020 

Ghosts

Screenplay and Director
Cinema Company Heimatlos Films Distributor MUBI Premiere Settimana de la Critica, Venice Filmfestival

2016 

Sulukule Mon Amour

Director
Short Documentation Company 85/90 Project

2013 

Little black fishes

Screenplay with Camille de Sablet and Director
Short Distributor My Spotlight Independent

2005 

La clowne

Screenplay and Director
Short

2004 

La Séparation

Director
Short

2002 

Cengiz

Director
Short

Awards

2020 

Ghosts

Venice Film Festival – La Settimana de la Critica Award Grand Prize
Antalya Film Festival Award Best Film and Best Director
Warsaw Filmfestival Award Young FIPRESCI Award
Thessaloniki International Film Festival Award Human Rights Award and Woman in Film and Television Award (WIFT)
Casablanca International Film Festival Award Best Director
Engelsiz Film Festival Award Audience Award

Biographie

Azra Deniz Okyay, daughter of an architect and an urban planner, was born in 1983 and raised in Istanbul. Her fathers family are immigrants of nomad Turkmen. Her mothers family are immigrants from Greece and Bulgaria.
Azra Deniz Okyay attended both a Turkish and a French school as well as the Conservators in Istanbul in her childhood. At the age of 12 Azra Deniz Okyay started photography and became an assistant photographer at 14 until she finished her high school education at the Lyc
ée Français Pierre Loti in Istanbul.
She shot her first short film when she was 16 years old and later moved to Paris to study Cinema at Sorbonne-Nouvelle where she completed her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees. At the same time, she studied for tow years as a freelance student at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in (EHESS) and worked at Michel Gondry’s production company Partizan as a production and post-production assistant.
During her time as a student, she organized video and cinema workshops for children in underprivileged neighbourhoods such as Zeytinburnu and Sulukule.

She is a member of Kirmizi Kart, a Feminist Activist Artist Group for gender equality and justice in Turkey.

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