Tanju Özdemir

Assistant Professor

Digital Film/Video Production | Storrs

UConn Affiliations: Affiliated faculty, UConn Human Rights Film & Digital Media Initiative

Education: MFA in Film & Media Art, Emerson College, 2017
B.Sc. in Physics, Bogazici University, 2011

Language(s) Spoken: Türkçe (Turkish)

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus:  Narrative Filmmaking: Scriptwriting, Directing, Producing, Cinematography

Tanju Özdemir is a Turkish filmmaker who writes and directs films that study the complexities of human relationships, dreams, memories and the contemporary experiences of life.

Tanju received his M.F.A. in Film and Media Art from Emerson College (USA) in 2017. He teaches film and video production courses as an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. He actively continues writing, directing and producing his films.

Recent Awards:

Islak Zamanlar – Damp Times (in Development) (Feature) 2023

– TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Filmmaker Lab – Shortlisted, 2018

Missing Damascus  (in Development) (Short) 2020

– Pitched at Cannes Film Festival 2018
– UFVA 72nd Conference at New Mexico University – Juried Script Competition, 2018

Alexander at the End of the World (Short) 2018

– 50th Nashville Film Festival – Official Selection, 2019
– 42nd Montreal World Film Festival – World Competition – Official Selection, 2018
– 8th Canton Film Festival – Official Selection, 2018
– 68th Berlin International Film Festival – Shortlisted for final 40 films, 2018
– TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) – Shortlisted, 2018
– UFVA (University Film & Video Association) – Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2017
– Berklee College of Music – Film Scoring Collaboration Program – Selected, 2017


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