Festival Team

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Yeşim Güzelpınar

Yeşim is the director of Balık Arts and the founder of the newly launched Golden Island International Film Festival.

She graduated in English Language at Marmara University, Istanbul, before moving to the UK. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics from Westminster University and a Masters in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

Her career has primarily focused on community development work with disadvantaged groups and the promotion of culture and the arts. In 1999, she brought these two passions together and founded Balık Arts, a UK based charity engaging with communities through the arts, particularly film.

As director of Balık Arts for the last 15 years, she has helped the group enjoy many successes. The organisation was instrumental in resurrecting the London Turkish Film Festival, taking the event from its East London roots to the West End. Balık Arts has independently facilitated numerous film screenings, introducing established and new film makers from the UK and Turkey to new audiences.

She has also led Balık Arts in a number of European transnational partnership projects, one of the most significant being ‘Back to the Roots.’ This brought together people and organisations from Britain, France, Germany and Turkey to create and produce four short films from amateur historical footage. Currently Balık Arts is involved in a film and philosophy project with Samsun TED College in Turkey.

In addition to film, Yesim loves travel, World music and creative projects. One of her long-term aspirations is to work with children affected by war and disasters.

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Çağla Akdoğdu Hami

Çağla was born in Nicosia in 1979. During her university studies, she undertook internships and part-time work in Cyprus, Istanbul and the USA in PR, media and market research. In 2000, Çağla participated in the ‘Future Global Leaders Programme’ for Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot young people in Washington DC and studied Conflict Resolution, with the support of Fullbright Commission.

After completing her degree in Public Relations and Advertising at Eastern Mediterranean University, Çağla worked with Turkcell Northern Cyprus for ten years running their media relations and social responsibility projects. Since 2012 she has been the Corporate Communications Executive at Creditwest Bank where she is responsible for media relations and the bank’s print and digital communication projects. Çağla is a member of the International Public Relations Agency. Hami is married and has a daughter.

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Gamze Fuat

Gamze Fuat was born in 1981 in Famagusta. She studied Public Relations and Advertising at Eastern Mediterranean University. As a student she produced music programmes for the university radio station. After graduation, Gamze continued her radio work with various private stations, whilst also obtaining experience in magazine publishing and printing. Gamze manages all visual projects at Creditwest Bank, where she has been the Corporate Communications Executive for the past six years.
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Angela Kirk

Angela Kirk grew up in the North of England with a love of literature, music and performance from an early age. She studied Modern History at the University of Liverpool and after moving to London has gone on to work in the field of social justice, particularly homelessness and human rights. A professional fundraiser, Angela has raised significant sums for several charities in the UK.

Angela’s involvement with Bal?k Arts began in 2001. Since then she hastaken on a wide variety of roles with the charity including administrator, accountant, fundraiser and amateur actress. She currently serves on the board of trustees as treasurer. Angela is thrilled and excited about Balik Arts’ involvement in the Golden Island International Film Festival and her role supporting the event as Festival Ambassador.

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Fiona Crehan

Fiona Crehan is Irish and has lived in the UK since she came to study Architecture in Liverpool.  Fiona started her professional career working with community groups to develop projects and secure funding to improve local neighbourhoods, promote environmental education and involve local businesses in helping young people, particularly girls, consider career opportunities. Fiona has been based in London for over 10 years and currently works as a consultant managing economic development projects for Enfield Council, a local government authority in north London. For the past 2 years her work has focused on working with Small to Medium-sized Enterprises and national energy suppliers, including British Gas, to open-up market opportunities driven by the carbon reduction and energy saving agenda and in-turn create new jobs. Fiona enjoys developing innovative projects and collaborating with diverse partners to define and achieve ‘win-wins’. Fiona has been a supporter of Balık Arts for over 8 years. She became a Trustee of Balık Arts in January 2014 and is committing her skills, expertise and knowledge to support the GIIFF partners, and help achieve its vision for the good of all people in Cyprus.
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Murat Obenler

Murat Obenler was born in 1975 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He graduated from Eastern Mediterranean University with a degree in International Relations before going on to be active in the media. Murat is currently the Arts, Culture and Lifestyle correspondent for Kıbrıs Gazetesi (The Cyprus Newspaper). Recent work has seen Murat focus on film journalism and for the last seven years he has attended various international film festivals in this role. Murat was instrumental in the organising committees of both the “Cyprus Festival of European Films” between 2003-2007 in Northern Cyprus and the “Northern Cyprus Turkish Film Days” in 2010 and 2012.
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Hakan Eğri

UK Finance and Operations Manager
Hakan is a financial controller in Tees Limited, the biggest importer and wholesale distributor of Turkish beverages in the UK. He previously lived in Cyprus for 10 years, working as the sales manager for Rothmans at Ramadan Cemil enterprises. He has been involved with Balık Arts for the last 5 years, helping with financial aspects such as bookkeeping, reporting and social enterprise ventures. His hobbies include travelling, more travelling, reading and keeping up to date with current affairs in politics and economics. He is delighted that GIIFF is taking off, viewing this as a much needed initiative in the island where he spent many years, and that Balık Arts is a core part of it. He will be managing the financial and operational aspects of GIIFF in the UK.

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Lorato Mastebroek

A cinephile from a young age, Lorato decided to study Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her love for film led her to discover the vibe of film events and how film events form a platform for the film industry. She worked at several arts and film events and it was working at Movies that Matter that inspired her to write her MA thesis about human rights film festivals. Now living and working in London, she is enjoying being surrounded by creativity and productivity. Lorato is excited to be researching and working on the programming of Golden Island International Film Festival and hopes to pass on some of her affection for and knowledge of film to the fascinating island of Cyprus this November.
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Suada Revolledo

Suada Revolledo is from Durres, Albania. After finishing her degree at Tirana University in 2010 she moved to London where she qualified in Event Management. Suada’s thirst for knowledge has seen her go on to study the Ancient Greeks with the Wesleyan University. Her ultimate academic goal is to complete a masters degree.

Suada is a book lover and budding writer. Recently she started her own online blog to showcase her short stories. In the future Suada hopes to have her work published.

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Martina Finessi

Originally from Italy, Martina currently lives in the UK where she volunteers with Balık Arts as a fundraiser and administrator. Her first degree is in Inter-cultural Communication from the University of Genoa. She also  holds two masters degrees, one in Political Science and Afro-Asiatic Studies from the University of Pavia in Italy and the other in History and African Studies from the Hogskolan Dalarna in Falun, Sweden. Martina continues to be deeply interested in inter-cultural communication and migration issues and has a particular passion for Africa and Middle East. Alongside her voluntary work, Martina enjoys travel, reading and photography.
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Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear: culture and communications,

This London-based consultancy was established in 2006 and offers a range of marketing communications to diverse clients in multiple industry sectors, as well as cultural consultancy and project management. The Prickly Pear team is assisting the Golden Island International Film Festival with media relations and festival marketing.

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Sue Frumin

Sue Frumin is a performer and writer for television, screen and theatre. Her
play “The House Trample” has been published by Methuen.

Sue’s stage credits include  five solo plays and regular performances
at East London’s Rio Cinema in their avant garde cabaret “At Home with The
Ludskis’. She recently appeared in Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of
Verona” at Stratford-on-Avon.

Sue has acted in a variety of films and UK television dramas including, Call
The Midwife, Holby City, Rush, Harry Potter, Another Year and The Iron
Lady. Currently she is filming Downton Abbey.

Sue has been involved with Balik Arts for three years where she curated the
“Fabulous Four be Two Kabaret’. She was a main contributor to a major
international project “Back to The Roots” first as a volunteer and later as
project leader.

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Filiz Emre

Filiz studied English Studies and Art History, and completed her MA in Twentieth Century Literature in 2009. She has worked as a language instructor in the past and has been a professional translator since 2006. Originally from İstanbul, Filiz lived in the UK for 7 years overall, volunteering and then working with Balık Arts for the last 3 years of this period. She currently lives in Zurich whilst maintaining close personal and professional ties with İstanbul and London. She is particularly interested in creative writing, language, literature and the multicultural interaction in arts across different genres and practices.
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Ayşegül EĞRİ

Ayşegül is from Germany with Turkish roots. She studied media design in Frankfurt, enhanced with vocational experience in Germany. She currently lives in the UK, improving her English while volunteering at Balik Arts, where she is working on the new film festival. Applying her linguistic, design and social media knowledge to her work for GIIFF, she is also excited to be part of Balik Arts’ new transnational projects that are running in conjunction with GIIFF. Following this, she intends to continue with her studies in media design or events management. Her hobbies include photography, art, music and film.
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Peter Wills

Peter Wills originating from England spent over 40 years working as a marketing hospitality industries. During this time he was also responsible for the organisation of major international conferences and chaired a number of tourism related organisations as well as having a working relationship with the Lancashire Film Institute and Isle-of-Man Film.

He appeared as an extra and actor in several British television series and dramas and had minor roles in two feature length movies before re-locating to Northern Cyprus, 5 years ago, where he has appeared in several amateur stage productions, singing groups and had a featured role in the North Cyprus produced film, “Code Name Venus” which was premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival before general European release.

Peter is also managing director of North Cyprus Film , a company set up to promote North Cyprus as a location for film-making and to provide support services, particularly location finding, actors and extras and Government liaison.