2018 Sep

“Queen Lear” travels to San Sebastian

“Queen Lear”, the new documentary film project by Pelin Esmer has been selected for “Glocal in Progress” organised for the 2nd time this year as a part of 66th San Sebastian Film Festival.
“Kraliçe lear / Queen Lear” which is directed by Pelin Esmer and produced by Pelin Esmer and Dilde Mahalli, refocus in the tale of the women who starred in Oyun and whose lives were changed by the play, as they perform their version of Shakespeare’s work in remote mountain villages.

2018 Jan

Pelin Esmer was named the jury president of the 2018 Istanbul Film Festival

The jury of the 37th Istanbul Film Festival’s National Competition is determined. The jury will be presided over by writer-director Pelin Esmer and comprises director of photography Gökhan Tiryaki, actress Selen Uçer, poet-writer Küçük İskender and film critic Barbara Lorey de la Charrière.

2018 Jan

“Something Useful” received 10 nomination from SIYAD

Film Critics Association (SİYAD) nominated “Something Useful” in 10 different category for the 50th SİYAD Turkish Cinema Awards.

Pelin Esmer in DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program

the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program invites Pelin Esmer to Berlin for a six-month stay in 2018.

2017 Dec

“Best Script” of Tallinn International Film Festival!

Pelin Esmer and Baris Bicakci has received “Best Script” award in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Official Competition Jury forward their comments as: “For the human sensibility and the capacity to turn a train trip to Anatolia into a compelling tale of poetry and grief, mutual comprehension and healing.”

Pelin Esmer: “Best Director” in International Bosphorus Film Festival

Pelin Esmer has been selected as the “Best Director” with her film “Something Useful” in International Bosphorus Film Festival. “Best Actress” award has been given to Öykü Karayel with her performance in “Something Useful”.

2017 Oct

Three Awards from Adana Film Festival

Something Useful has received “Best Screenplay” (Pelin Esmer & Barış Bıçakçı), “Best Cinematography” (Gökhan Tiryaki), and “Best Actress” (Başak Koklükaya) awards in 24th Adana Film Festival.

2017 Apr

“Something Useful” received the “FIPRESCI Award”

The 36th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), announced the winners of its competitions at an award ceremony held at Soho House İstanbul on Friday evening, 14 April.

“Something Useful” directed by Pelin Esmer has won the FIPRESCI Award in National Golden Tulip Competition and received her award from Klaus Eder.This year, the FIPRESCI Jury was headed by Klaus Eder from Germany, and included Alberto Castellano from Italy, Ofer Liebergall from Israel, Ladislav Volko from Slovakia and Abbas Bozkurt and Evrim Kaya from Turkey.

2017 Mar

Pelin Esmer at ODTU

ise_yarar_bir_sey_2017_vizyona_giriyor_pelin_esmer Pelin Esmer will give a Masterclass at ODTU Film Festival `17. The masterclass will take place in 26th of March at 13:00 in KKM-C Saloon ODTU.

2017 Feb

“Something Useful” will be released in 2017


After receiving international recognition for her films The Play (2005), 10 to 11 (2009) and Watchtower (2012), Pelin Esmer has completed her fourth feature film Something Useful with a co- production between Turkey-France-Netherlands-Germany.

Pelin Esmer has written the script with Barış Bıçakçı, a Turkish writer who is well-known with his novels “Our Grand Despair” and “After Gliding Parallel to the Earth for Some Time”.

Something Useful got supported by Turkish Minisrty of Culture, CNC, World Cinema Fund and Netherland Film Fund-Hubert Bals script development and production support. Beside these supports, the film has been invited to “Holland Film Meeting” and “Paris Co-Production Village” co-production and project development markets.

The film is produced by Pelin Esmer and Marsel Kalvo staring Başak Köklükaya, Öykü Karayel ve Yiğit Özşener, filmed on Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara-Izmir Blue train. The film is due to be released in 2017