Rûken Tekeş - Founder / Director & Writer
Born in Diyarbakır / Turkey, lived in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Athens, Vienna, Venice, Kiev, San Diego and Moscow. She graduated with an E.MA in Human Rights and Democratization from EUIC Venice, after having completed programmes in University of Vienna, University of California Los Angeles, and a BBA in University of Marmara.
Tekeş worked a number of years as International Human Rights Expert for United Nations with honors and recognitions, and following that as university lecturer on human rights and representative of NGOs. In parallel to her legal, political and academic work, she contributed to human rights in cinema by pioneering the EUIC Human Rights Cinema Award, School in Cinema & Human Rights Advocacy, and UN International Human Rights Film Festival. Tekeş is a member of European Film Academy.
She is a self-made filmmaker; started scriptwriting and directing on social, political and environmental issues in 2015. She established Sarya Films in 2016. Her multi-award-winning first short fiction HEVÊRK / THE CIRCLE has participated to over two hundred festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand, screened in schools, art centers and was nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017. Her feature documentary debut AETHER premiered in International Competition of Visions du Réel 2019, received the Golden Orange Jury Prize at Antalya FF, and continues screening and receiving awards.
Billur Arıkan - Producer
Born in Istanbul / Turkey.
She graduated from London Business School and served as Senior Officer in the media production and broadcasting. Arıkan is the Founder & CEO of Fabula Media, one of the largest film distribution company in Turkey.
She co-produced the award-winning documentary feature AETHER (2019) by Rûken Tekeş with Italy. Arıkan is also the Producer for Tekeş’ feature fiction debut PHILAX.