After graduating in Political Science and Journalism, Vedide worked in a variety of Turkish media organisations before moving to London, and a career in the cinema industry. Vedide initially worked with various arts and cultural organisations promoting Turkish culture in the UK, programming for MTV's Turkish channel and co-producing short films. However, it was her work at the Rio Cinema in East London and the subsequent creation of the London Turkish Film Festival that fulfilled her career ambition. With Vedide's leadership, the Festival has grown from a three-day event to an internationally renowned festival. For over a decade, she has also successfully promoted and distributed Turkish films to cinemas throughout the UK. In 2009 Vedide created another Turkish cinema milestone with the introduction of the annual Golden Wings Awards, including the unique Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award which ensures cinema distribution across the UK and Ireland for the winning film.
Peter Howden has been part of the London independent cinema scene for over forty years. He managed and programmed the Electric, Portobello Road and the Everyman, Hampstead in the years when independent repertory cinemas flourished in the capital. Peter has also ventured into the distribution side of the film business and he is still a regular at the Hong Kong Film Festival. He still enjoys watching, writing about and even showing films and currently does all three at the Rio Dalston, home of the London Turkish Film Festival for a mere sixteen years! He also likes cats.
Sevinç Baloğlu graduated from Ankara University Department of Communication in 1984. She worked as a reporter for the Turkish National Press Agency (UBA) during her university years. After graduating she became a scriptwriter for the Tara Advertising Agency and state-run TRT Ankara Television. Following her marriage to Rıza Baloğlu in 1986, she moved to Northern Cyprus and became a programmer for Bayrak Television. In 1988 she returned to Istanbul as a scriptwriter and assistant director for Istanbul Television. In the 90s she continued with scriptwriting and worked in various organisations including MTV and TRT. From 1992 Sevinç took on different roles for the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK Vakfı). She left TÜRSAK in 2009 to found Su Production, named after her daughter. She has also worked as General Coordinator for many international film festivals between 1998 and 2008 including the International Children's Film Festival and the International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
After a stint at Ankara University Law School, Burçe found her true calling and moved to London to study film at Kingston University. She has worked for organisations and companies such as BFI, London Film Festival, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Film4 in various capacities. She has a probably unhealthy amount of love for cinema and brings a lot of this passion to LTFF. Burçe likes vintage clothes and car boot sales and one day hopes to learn how to knit properly.
Elif was born in Sakarya, Hendek in 1974. She graduated from the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Anadolu University. She has been living abroad since 2000 due to her husbands business. She has already lived in Bulgaria, Tartary, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Norway and she recently moved to London so she is always the most wilful volunteer in every place. She loves travelling and capture those moments by taking photos. She is the closest follower of the adventurous lives of her two sons who are aged 6 and 8.
After graduating as a Tour Guide from Selcuk University in Turkey, Rukiye moved to United Kingdom as an au-pair in 1998. She continued her studies in the UK and completed Business Studies, Prince2 Project Management, IT Infrastructure Library and a qualified Interpreter. Rukiye lives in Liverpool with her husband Tom and two children Teoman Albert and Samuel Nazim. Currently Rukiye is working as Director of Anatolian Charity, which she calls it her baby (facebook or twitter), Corporate Support Officer in NHS since 2002, Interpreter for the UK Border Agency since 2002 and Friends Co-Ordinator for London Turkish Film Festival. Beginning of each year Rukiye makes a list of the goals she would like to achieve. It’s more than a list and timeline; the list would categories like Job, Family, Allotment, Health/Sports, Travel, Charity Events and Training. She thinks if you write your goals there is more chance of achieving them at the end of the year. Rukiye started running in April 2012 and already completed several half marathons in the UK and 34th EurAsia Marathon in Istanbul. Now she sets up one of her biggest challenge, running Lycian Way Ultra Marathon (250km in 7 days). Rukiye (facebook) will be running for Anatolian to raise funds to open school libraries rural parts of Turkey.
Zeynep Nil Suner
Whilst studying Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University, Zeynep worked on a number of festivals including her very own project, a jazz festival “Boğazda Caz.” As well as writing for various magazines, she also restarted the BU Music Society magazine Avaz Avaz which still lives on as a blog. From 2010 to 2013 she worked for Infomag Publishing where she ran the entire accounts publication operations. Then in late 2013 she started ZNS Consultancy, her own content consultancy company. Zeynep joined the LTFF team this year as marketing coordinator for publications and press.
Julia Sukan del Rio
Julia was born in London to a Spanish mother and a Turkish father. She read Linguistics at UCL before completing an MA in History of Film and Visual Media in 2011 and a PGDip in Screenwriting in 2012, both at Birkbeck University of London. Julia has since pursued a very diverse career in the Arts. She has considerable experience as a photographer and photographic assistant for film, theatre, music and comedy, and has worked on several independent documentary and short film productions, producing her first short film in 2014. Her passion lies with film music and she has composed for both film and musical theatre, co-composing and musically directing a horror comedy musical in 2013. As part of her MA, she interned with the BFI where she developed a second passion for archive film and international film exhibitions, and has since worked for several film festivals.
Born in Turkey and raised in Long Island, New York, Nesligül returned to her hometown of Samsun at the age of 10. Whilst studying translation and interpreting in Boğaziçi University she became involved with numerous social clubs and festivals. In her professional life she has worked for subtitling & dubbing studios, ad agencies and publishers, work which included the translation of the Guinness World Records book into Turkish. She has been working for Infomag Publishing since 2011, writing and translating content for magazines like Bloomberg Businessweek Turkey and Skylife. She is currently the editor of Harvard Business Review’s Turkish edition. A voluntary contributor to film festivals in Turkey since 2008, she is now proud to be part of the LTFF.
After graduating in Media and Communications at the University of Greenwich, Dilara Akpinar continued her studies at Middlesex University for a master's degree in Film, TV and Animation. She has just completed her first short film, inspired by a true story about cancer patients. Dilara worked as a runner for various films including The Iron Lady and StreetDance 2 and is now excitingly interning at the London Turkish Film Festival. Her role includes dealing with volunteers and the 2014 film submissions. She has a love for creativity in all forms, especially dance, music and films.
Sandy was born in Egypt but grew up in the UK. On graduating with a degree in Media Writing in University of Greenwich, she immediately sought out opportunities that would allow her to continue making films and places where she could expand her creative networks.
Have been working in the creative and film industry for the last 3 years, she’s now planning to open a video production company of her own. Sandy volunteered with the LTFF for more understanding of marketing and films. She loves multi-culture music, food and films.