STFF 2014

The 2nd Annual Seattle Turkish Film Festival returned November 20 - November 23, 2014 with the best in contemporary cinema from all over the Turkish-speaking world. The festival featured 10 films as well as its first Short Film Competition Session.

Films of note included Whisper, If I Forget by director Çağan Irmak, a story about a young girl who runs away to Istanbul to become a pop star and returns later in life to face those she left behind, as well as Nobody’s Home by Deniz Akçay about a family torn apart by the death of their patriarch.


Director:  Çağan Irmak

Screenwriter:  Çağan Irmak

Stars:  Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Mehmet Günsür, Kerem Bursin

Genre:  Drama, Family, Music


An old pop singer who has Alzheimer's returns to her old house where she remembers her old days of climbing the stairs of fame and fortune while trying to deal with her older sister who holds her responsible for her ruined life.

Director:  Çagan Irmak

Screenwriter:  Çagan Irmak

Stars:  Aras Bulut İynemli, Deniz Celiloğlu, Aslı Enver

Genre:  Drama


The key to the puzzle of forlorn sculpture Tammuz's life and reality of his dreams lies within Ihsan who is a young boy with tetra-amelia syndrome.

Director:  Can Candan

Screenwriter:  Can Candan

Stars:  Ali Atay, Tansu Biçer, Cengiz Bozkurt

Genre:  Documentary, Family


What happens when your child comes out to you? In this feature documentary, parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals in Turkey intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in this conservative, homophobic, and trans-phobic society.

Director:  Ezel Akay

Screenwriter:  Gürsel Korat

Stars:  Nurgül Yesilçay, Gülse Birsel, Haluk Bilginer

Genre:  Comedy


Remake of a well-known Turkish musical comedy loved by generations, the film is about the adventures of flirtatious Hurmuz in late 1800's Istanbul. Hurmuz who lives in Taskasap, Istanbul has six husbands in a plot to solve her economic problems. She arranges to meet each of her husbands one day of the week. However, suddenly, she falls in love with the town's doctor whom she meets at her husband's barber shop. The doctor falls in love with her too... But, one night all six husbands come home at the same time, and Hurmuz and Safinaz - Hurmuz's "go-between/accomplice/friend" - find themselves in a series of very awkward yet funny situations.

Director:  Deniz Akçay

Screenwriter:  Deniz Akçay

Stars:  Lale Başar, Savas Alp Başar, Mert Bostancı

Genre:  Drama


The story of four people who cannot manage to become a family again after a loss and who destroy themselves with each passing day.

Director:  Maryna Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadır Er (co-director)

Screenwriter:  Maryna GorbachÖ Mehmet Bahadır Er (co-writer)

Stars:  Ushan Çakır, Viktoria Spesivtseva, Güven Kıraç

Genre:  Adventure, Comedy, Drama


Sprinkled with hilarious notes of cultural clashes and an endearing display of the kindness of strangers, this idiosyncratic 'comedy drama' will warm hearts in the most unexpected way.

Director:  Erhan Kozan

Screenwriter:  Evrim Kanpolat

Stars:  Miray Akay, Melisa Celayir, Tunç Oral

Genre:  Drama


Film takes part in Norhtern Cyprus and takes child marriages into account. 

Director:  Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun

Screenwriter:  Mahmut Fazil Cosku, Tarık Tufan

Stars:  Ercan Kesal, Ayça Damgacı, Tansu Biçer

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Music


A barber in Yozgat - a very small city in the middle Anatolia - has an emotional breakdown when he runs into Yavuz and Nese who have come to town to sing in a small music hall-bar.


Director:  Burak Arlıel

Screenwriter:  Deniz Yeşilgün, Gökhan Zincir

Stars:  McKinley Anthony, Albert Barbouth, Batur Belirdi

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, History


The Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Based on the testimonies of witnesses, who traveled to Istanbul to find safety, the Turkish Passport also uses written historical documents and archive footage to tell this story of rescue and bring to light the events of the time.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, November 20th

Friday, November 21st

Saturday, November 22nd

Sunday, November 23rd

Photo Gallery



Festival Director

Emek Eraslan

Project Manager

Merve Topçuoğlu

Film, Festival, and Gala Logistics

Erol Balevi, Ebru Yildirim, Feral Gokcen, Jülide Ahu Tutar


Community Engagement, Sponsorship, and Budget

John Gokcen, Alparslan Asan


Technology and Multimedia

Tonguç Yazıcı, Boğaç Yenal, Melih Erdoğan, Semih Erdogan


Visual Design

Kerem Ozcan, Bruce Bernese


Social Media

Banu Erdim, Melis Kurban


Short Film Competition Director

Ozgur Arman