Festival Advisors


Ipek Ozerim

A fully qualified integrated marketing consultant with over 20 years experience, Ipek’s diverse career includes heading up multi-million pound global PR accounts, serving as the media advisor for former TRNC President Rauf Denktaş, music and event promotion, and launching DEM Media – the UK’s first Turkish TV channel. Since forming culture and communications agency Prickly Pear in 2006, she has worked with Turkey’s biggest stars Tarkan and Sezen Aksu, and numerous cultural festivals and commercial clients, from blue chip corporations to SMEs. In 2013, she launched T-VINE magazine: the UK’s first and only English-language publication for British Turks.

Neil McCartney

Neil McCartney is chairman of the Independent Film Trust, a UK charity working to advance the cause of independent film-making. He is also managing director of the media/telecoms consultancy McCartney Media and director of the multi-media production company Tribute Inspirations.

He writes for publications such as the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as providing expert analysis for broadcasters including the BBC, Sky and CNN.

He has producer credits on several feature films including the multi-national co-production The Empty Home, Kyrgyzstan’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013, the UK feature documentary Finding Family which premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2013, and the UK/South African feature documentary One Humanity, which premiered in London and Pretoria in April 2014.


Dr. Eylem Atakav

Dr Eylem Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media.

Eylem’s particular interests lie in Middle Eastern film and television, representation of ‘honour’ crimes in the media, and women’s cinema. She writes frequently on issues around gender and culture for the Huffington Post and for her co-authored blog on women’s cinema: Auteuse Theories. Eylem
is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and the editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013).


Sarah Godfrey

Sarah joined the School of Film, Television and Media Studies in 2011 after completing her PhD on the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema which she completed at UEA. Sarah’s research and teaching continue to focus on questions of gender and sexuality within both British and American film and television. Sarah has recently written about the British actor Danny Dyer and is also editor of an anthology on Shane Meadows (EUP, 2013). After studying for a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Theory Sarah worked in film and television production for several years as an Assistant Producer and Editor; she draws on this industrial background in a number of the modules that she teaches and also in her capacity as co-director of Make Media – a video production company that is based within the School of Film, Television and Media Studies.

Cüneyt Cebenoyan

Cüneyt Cebenoyan was born in Ankara, Turkey. After finishing high school, he studied Economics at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. His involvement in cinema started at the university’s film club. This saw Cüneyt go on to participate in making short films and it also opened the path to his career as a film critic.

Cüneyt’s first critical piece appeared in Antrakt magazine in 1992. Since then he has worked with Roll, Express, Sinerama, Sinema, Empire, Altyazı and Milliyet Sanat. Currently he is the film critic for Birgün, a daily newspaper distributed nationally in Turkey. In addition he presents a weekly film review show on Açık Radyo. He has also acted in two films; Lifelong (dir. Aslı Özge, 2013) and Eye Am (dir. Hakkı Kurtuluş & Melik Saraçoğlu, 2013) and in the television series Çıplak Gerçek (Naked Truth).

Cüneyt is a member of FIPRESCI and NETPAC and has been on the jury for many film festivals.