Turkish writer/director Ceylan Özgün Özçelik’s debut feature INFLAME made its world premiere at the 67th Berlinale Panorama and won Luna Gamechanger Award at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2017. FilmRise has acquired North American rights to Inflame. Special edition Blu-Ray is released on 15 January 2018. Now streaming on Amazon Prime!


Her nightmare is reality and reality is a total nightmare.

A news channel employee Hasret, has been seeing the same nightmare for quite some time.
Through recurring nightmares, a question creeps into her mind:
Is it possible that her parents were not killed in a traffic accident twenty years ago
but have died in some other, horrific way.



Kaygı / Inflame (Based on a True Nightmare)
Country: Turkey
Genre: Psychological thriller
Runtime: 94 min
Partners & Funds: !f Istanbul Sundance Screenwriters Lab,
New Directors FEST Pitching Forum
Turkish Ministry of Culture 'First Feature Film' Support
Adahan Istanbul Hotel
Fongogo Crowdfunding Campaign
Meetings on the Bridge Work In Progress Anadolu Efes Award

Director Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
Script Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
Production Istanbul Film Production, Armağan Lale (Filmada),
Ceylan Özgün Özçelik (EHY Film Production)
Contact Armağan Lale
armagan@filmada.net


kaygı/inflame 2017


SELECTED FESTIVALS and AWARDS
2017
Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama Special
2017
SXSW - Luna Gamechanger Award for Best Narrative
2017
Istanbul International Film Festival - National Competition
2017
Ankara International Film Festival - Special Jury Award, Best Art Direction
2017
Sitges International Film Festival – Noves Visions Competition
2017
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma – International Competition
2017
Ithaca Fantastik – Cinemapur Competition
2017
Roma MedFilm Festival - International Competition
2017
Eurasia International Film Festival - International Competition
2017
Sao Paulo International Film Festival – New Filmmakers Competition
2017
Tblisi International Film Festival - Forum of European Cinema
2017
Maine International Film Festival
2017
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
2017
Norköpping International Film Festival
2018
Pune International Film Festival - Asian Cinema
2018
SİYAD Turkish Film Critics Association Awards: Best First Feature, Best Music (Ekin Fil)

BIO

Born in 1980, in Turkey. Özçelik studied law at the Marmara University in Istanbul, but never practiced.

After working as a text writer in TV channels and as a DJ in a radio station, started to produce, write and host a TV show on cinema called “En Heyecanlı Yeri”, which was aired for almost ten years. Add to that she produced and wrote four other culture-art TV programmes.

For fourteen years, she had written film reviews for online and print media. A book of interviews and media memoirs called "Dikkat Çekim Var!” written by her, published in 2013.

In between 2005-2011, she edited behind the scenes, cinema award videos, production company trailers and documentaries. Her short films have screened at various festivals including Bratislava Art and Festroia.

Her feature film debut KAYGI/INFLAME, a thriller about memory and mass media, has made its world premiere at the 67. Berlinale Panorama and won Luna Gamechanger Award at South by Southwest (SXSW) where the film had its North American premiere. Inflame has screened more than 40 other festivals worldwide.

Özçelik is currently developing her second feature 18+, which is a dark comedy about women and violence for quite some time now. 18+ was among the projects of Meetings On The Bridge and won the Visual Effects Award in 2017. Özçelik is an artist-in-residence for 2018 at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.




FEATURE FILM
2017 Kaygı / Inflame (Based on a True Nightmare) - Psychological Thriller
Script, Director, co-producer

TV SERIES
2017 7Yüz (Episode: Karşılaşmalar)
Director

SHORT FILMS
2011 Adil ya da Değil / By Any Means Necessary - Mystery
Script, Director, Producer

2009 Onlar Birbirlerini Sevdiler Ama... / So-Called Love Story! - Musical Comedy
Script, Director, Editor, Producer


karşılaşmalar (7yüz) 2017


INFLAME SELECTED INTERVIEWS

Radio Eins - Berlinale Nighttalk mit Knut Elstermann
Tagesspiegel Daniela Sannwald (German)
Variety Nick Vivarelli (English) 
Film de Culte Nicolas Bardot (French)
Women and Hollywood Rachel Montpelier (English) 
Politiken Johan Varning Bendtsen (Danish) 


INFLAME SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

Blind Field Inflame Review Kenan Behzat Sharpe (English)
Perlentaucher Inflame Review Thekla Dannenberg (German)
Hollywood Reporter Inflame Review Stephen Dalton (English) 
Movie Break Inflame Review Lida Bach (German) 
Nightmarish Conjurings Inflame Review Craig Thayer (English) 
Sitges Film Festival Journal (Spanish) 
Cyclic Defrost Magazine Inflame Soundtrack Review (English) 
Brainwashed Inflame Soundtrack Review (English) 



Wrote / Directed / Edited / Hosted
2002-2004
Best Media radio and TV shows – Assistant, Host, Editor
2003-2004
Energy Media Productions – Text writer
2003
Weekly show Sinemedya broadcasted on ATV Channel – Text writer
2003-2012
Weekly show En Heyecanlı Yeri/Climax broadcasted on Skyturk 360 (471 episodes) - Producer, Editor, Host
2005-2015
Film reviews: Istanbul Life Magazine, Altyazi Magazine, Empire Turkey, FotoFilm, Sinema Magazine, Cumhuriyet Newspaper, eksisinema.com, arkapencere.com, etc.)
2006-2012
TV programme about DVDs upcoming, called DeVeDe KULAK broadcasted on Skyturk 360 – Producer, Editor, Host   

2007-2011  Short films
2007
Nisan’ın Her Tarafı Vicdan Olsa  / How Much Does Pride Cost? – Screenplay, Director, Producer 
2009
Onlar Birbirlerini Sevdiler Ama… / A So Called Love Story! - Screenplay, Director, Editor, Producer
2011
Adil ya da Değil / By Any Means Necessary  - Screenplay, Director, Producer

2008
40th Turkish Film Critics Association Turkish Cinema Awards Honorary Awards  - Co-editor
2009-2010
41st and 42nd Turkish Film Critics Association Turkish Cinema Awards Nominees and Honorary Awards – Co-editor
2010
Tayfun Pirselimoğlu – Saç / Hair Behind the Scenes- Camera, Editing
2010
Erman Film (Production Company) Trailer - Editor
2010-2011
FILM-YÖN (Film Directors' Union) Project:  Documentary Series: Turkish Film Directors – Interviewer, Co-editor
2012
Daily culture-art show called Seans broadcasted on Skyturk 360 - Producer, Editor, Host 
2012-2013
Kültür Mafyasi Magazine - Editor
2013
Her book of interviews and media notes called “Dikkat Çekim Var! / Silence We're Rolling! ” was published. 
2013-2014-2015
Daily, global and live culture-art show Zamandan Mekandan – Editor, Host
Presented / Spoke
2011
“Producing culture-art programmes” presentation at Festival on Wheels / Goethe-Institut Ankara
2012
“Short Film in Turkey” forum at Bogazici University Mithat Alam Film Center, Speaker
2014
“Producing culture-art programmes” presentation at 8. Eskişehir Palto Film Days
2017
“The journey of a debut film” presentation at Bilkent University
2018
“The journey of a debut film” presentation at Yasar University
2018
“The journey of a debut film” presentation at Izmir Economy University
2018
“Women in Film” talk at the Kadir Has University, speaker
2018
“From the Idea to the Screen: Inflame” case study at the Meetings on the Bridge / Istanbul Film Festival
2018
“Women in Film: What has changed until today and what is next?” talk at the Meetings on the Bridge / Istanbul Film Festival, Speaker
Juried
2008
45. International Antalya Film Festival, Critics Jury
2009
International Bursa Silk Road Film Festival, Critics Jury
2009-2010
20. and 21. Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Jury member
2009-2010
Istanbul High School International Short Film Competition, Jury member
2010
International Malatya Film Festival, Critics Jury 
2010
7. TURSAK Filmmakers Of Tomorrow, Jury member
2010
Teen Shorts Film Festival, Jury member
2010
13. Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival, Fipresci Jury
2011
22. Ankara International Film Festival - Short Competition Jury member
2012
23. Ankara International Film Festival - Documentary Competition Jury member
2012
19. International Adana Golden Ball Film Festival - Short Competition Preliminary Jury
2012
49. International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - International Competition Critics Jury
2013
12. !f Istanbul Film Festival, Critics Jury
2013
9. Yıldız Short Film Competition Jury Member
2015
26. Ankara International Film Festival - Short Competition Preliminary Jury
2017
Contact International Student Film Festival - Jury member
2018
TURSAK Filmmakers Of Tomorrow - Jury member
2018
Istanbul International Film Festival - Short Film Competition Jury member