Sunday, April 16, 2006
Istanbul Film Festival Director Hülya Uçansu
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Istanbul Film Festival Director Hulya Ucansu resigned yesterday. Ucansu will leave her post after the close of the 25th Istanbul Film Festival, according to a statement released by the Istanbul Culture Art Foundation (IKSV), organizers of the festival.
The resignation of Ucansu, working for the festival since 1983 and serving as director since 1984, announced during the second and final week of the festival, came as a major shock. Ucansu had wanted to inform the foreign guests of her decision which is why she announced her resignation before the festival ended.
See: İstanbul Film Festivali’nin gizli kahramanı HÜLYA UÇANSU
She was born in 1950 in Bandirma, Turkey. After graduating from the American College in Istanbul in 1971, she studied English Language and Literature at Istanbul University (1973-77). Her links with cinema began as a deputy manager at the Turkish Film Archive in 1975. After working on the organisation of various festivals in Turkey, she was appointed Director of the International Istanbul Film Festival in 1983, a post she has held ever since. In 1996, as the director of this festival, she was responsible for staging a great Turkish Film Retrospective at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has taken part as a jury member at important international festivals, such as Venice, Montreal, Rotterdam, Montpellier, Valladolid or Taormina.