About Me

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A creative industries consultant based working on design, fashion, art, entertainment and brand management fields with international clients from Istanbul, Izmir, Venice, Tunis, Berlin, Beirut and Hong Kong on arts consultancy, cultural management, fashion shows, brand image, design, artist representation, collection management, event organization, film festivals, arts management, curating... etc.

EDUCATION

Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey
Master of Design on Design Studies (with Honors and Full Scholarship) 2009

Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
Bachelor of Arts on Business Administration 2000

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE

Founder & Creative Director
Fashion Film Fest Istanbul, Istanbul January 2015 - ….
Management & curation

Sole Proprietor
Tuna Yilmaz | Kultur Departmani, Istanbul February 2007 - ….
Culture and arts management & consultancy

Brand Consultant
NIAN / Nihan Buruk, Istanbul December 2014 - August 2015
Brand management, international marketing, fairs, fashion week organizations, PR

Managing Director
RAMPA Istanbul, Istanbul January 2014 - August 2014
Gallery management, sales & international fairs

Fair Director
CI Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul September 2013 - January 2014
Fair operations & team management

Founding Partner
Festival Concept International Ltd., Hong Kong SAR February 2010 - September 2013
Event & festival organization and film sales

Export Manager
Ozdersan Machinery Inc., Izmir September 2006 - February 2007
Export and international sales

Export Supervisor
EgePen/deceuninck, Izmir April 2002 - April 2006
Import, export, logistics, international sales and client back-up

AWARDS, HONORS AND GRANTS

Most Promising Enterprise Award, Endeavour Turkey & Enterpreneurship Foundation 2016
TANDEM/Shaml Cultural Manager Grant, European Cultural Foundation & Robert Bosch Stiftung 2012
London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Bearer Honor, International Olympic Committee & Samsung 2012
Cultural Leaders International 2011 Award, British Council 2011
TANDEM Turkey Cultural Managers Grant, European Cultural Foundation & Stiftung Mercator 2011
Best Documentary Award, 2nd International Beylikduzu Short Film Festival 2008
Best Documentary Award, 6th PAM Short Film Festival 2008
Cannes Film Festival Cinephile Grant, Republic of France Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2002

FILM & VIDEO WORKS DIRECTED

DERIMOD (Social Media Viral Film) 2015
DESA (TV commercial) 2013
The Night (short fiction with 16 international film festival screenings) 2010
3 in 35 (short documentary with 21 international festival screenings, 2 awards and IZ TV broadcast) 2008
In/Out (2 channel video) 2008

BOOKS PUBLISHED

Memories from the Unknown, Trento: Reloading Images (w/ Roberto Cavallini & Carla Tomassini) 2012
Istanbul, not Constantinople: Representing Istanbul in Cinema, Hamburg: Lambert Publishing 2010
“Atif Yilmaz”, Biyografya 6: Türk Yönetmenler (Biography 6: Turkish Directors), Baglam Publishing 2006
Bir David Lynch Kitabi (A David Lynch Book), Istanbul: Es Publishing 2004

BOOKS TRANSLATED

Apollonio, Umbro ed., Futurist Manifestos, Istanbul: Altikirkbes Publishing 2008
Erdogan, Senol ed., Cinema Manifestos, Istanbul: Alti Kirk Bes Publishing 2007
Brown, Christy., Down All the Days, Istanbul: Dus Publishing 2005
Kutay, Ugur ed., Görüntünün Darbesi (Impact of Image). Istanbul: Es Publishing 2004

 

EVENTS AND PROJECTS MANAGED & CURATED

Fashion Film Fest Istanbul 2016, Zorlu PSM, Istanbul, Founder & Director 2016
Fashion Film Fest Istanbul 2015, Zorlu PSM, Istanbul, Founder & Director 2015
Nihan Buruk FW16 Runway Show, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Creative Director 2015
Mehmet Dere, “49A” Exhibition, ArtInternational Fair, Istanbul, Co-Curator 2013
Viron Erol Vert, “While Stocks Last” Exhibition, Zographion Greek School, Istanbul, Project Manager2013
Contemporary Tunisian Artists, “Art as a Critical Force” Forum, DEPO, Istanbul, Project Manager 2013
Mehmet Fahraci, Video Retrospective, BAC Art Center, Tunis, Tunisia, Project Manager 2013
1st Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Film Screenings Project Supervisor 2012
Fashion & Film Vol. 2, Ghetto, Istanbul, Curator 2012
Corona presents Fashion & Film Vol. 1, Roxy, Istanbul, Curator 2012
On Dissent: a Collective Narrative, Cairo, Trento & Riga, Project Manager 2012
1st and 2nd Hong Kong Turkish Film Festivals, Hong Kong, Festival Director 2010 - 2012
International Izmir Animation Festival, Izmir, Festival Director 2011
1st Beirut Turkish Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon, General Coordinator 2011
40 Years: a Video Selection, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Curator 2011
25th interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, Metropolis Section Curator 2011
Izmir Cultural Heritage Festival, Izmir, Film Market Curator 2011
8, 9, 10 and 11th International Izmir Short Film Festivals, Izmir, Festival Director 2007 - 2010
4th and 5th SineMardin International Mardin Film Festivals, Mardin, Short Film Curator 2009
Fashionizm! Fashion Show, Hilton Izmir, Izmir, Curator 2008
In/Out Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, 20/20 Gallery, Izmir, Curator 2008
International 35 Izmir Film Festival, Izmir, Festival Director 2007

COURSES & CERTIFICATES

Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies (MOOC)
Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy 2015

The Political and Intellectual Foundations of China (MOOC)
Harvard University, Boston, USA 2014

Chinese Language and Culture (MOOC)
South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China 2014

Introduction to Business in Asia (MOOC)
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 2013

Social Entrepreneurship Development (Akbank Scholarship)
Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey 2013

Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries (the British Council Scholarship)
Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, University of The Arts London, London, UK 2012

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Turkish – native
English – advanced
French – intermediate
Italian – beginner

JURY DUTIES

2nd Medellin Fashion Film Festival, Medellin, Colombia 2017
3rd Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa 2017
11th JCI Crossroads International Short Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey 2016
1st Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2016
7th International Film Festival for Youth and Children, Yerevan, Armenia 2011
2nd International Sqhip Short Film Festival, Peja, Kosovo 2010
5th Izmir University of Economics Short Film Competition, Izmir, Turkey 2009
Izmir Chamber of Architects Short Film Competition, Izmir, Turkey 2009
9th International Izmir Short Film Festival, Izmir, Turkey 2008
8th International Izmir Short Film Festival, Izmir, Turkey 2007
5th International Start Student Film Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan 2007