Festival Staff

Vedide Kaymak

Festival Director

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


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

Turkey Coordinator

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.


Burce Bennett


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 Yalın

Festival Administrator

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.


Rukiye Forshaw

Friends Coordinator

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.


Celine Mitchell

Director's Assistant

Born in London to an American mother and a father of Turkish Cypriot origin, Celine is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. She previously studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her true passion lies in filmmaking and photography, and in her free time she enjoys filming short travel and documentary films. Recently, she created her own documentary photography website!


Nevra Topcu


After her training in fine arts at the Central St. Martins College, Nevra carried on her studies in Film and TV Production at University of Westminster where she specialized in writing and directing.
She worked on a number of productions and recently directed her shortfilm 'Sexline' which screened at Bafta in June 2014. In her work she likes exploring representations of gender and power and has an interest in the role of cinema and spectatorship in playing with power dynamics between film and audience itself. She is currently doing her MA in Film and philosophy at Kings College London.


Deniz Oktay


Deniz was born in Istanbul in 1984. She studied Photography and Video in Yildiz Teknik University Istanbul. Later she moved to Austria and she finished her master study in Time Based Media in Linz. She’s been working as a production assistant in TV/film industry. She tries to act whenever she has free time. Currently she is living in London. She loves working with people, organizing every single thing or person around her, playing with cats (a serious addiction!) and laughing as much as possible.


Ruya Yonak

Submissions Officer

Ruya is a second year Media and Communications student in University of Greenwich. After her experiences in radio and music journalism, she found her true passion in filmmaking. She is currently filming a documentary, discovering international film and theory, learning about audience research, writing scripts and organising the submissions at LTFF.


Idil Kocer

Press Officer

Born in Paris, she moved to Istanbul when she was young, enabling her to speak fluently french and turkish. She is a first year Cultural Studies student at Central Saint Martins. She has been acting for 4 years and has been part of different theatrical projects. She is currently a member of a theatrical group and is taking part into an experimental short movie project. She loves traveling, taking picture, interacting with different persons and is currently developing her ukulele skills.


Melike Akman Guneysu

Marketing Coordinator

After graduating from Koc University Business School and doing her Master study in Exeter University, Melike worked in finance for companies such as Deloitte and Diageo. She is currently living in London and doing marketing and social media for several startups and blogging about her passions: music and film.


Sabri T. McCann

Programming, Web & Graphic Design

He studied Computer Science at Strathclyde University. After leaving Scotland he worked in Holland, Greece and Turkey as a computer programmer for over 15 years. He now lives in Turkey and is actively involved in organic farming. He has 5 dogs and 4 cats. He loves sailing.


Buy Tickets - Early Birds

23 - 30 November 2017


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