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BIOGRAPHY

Bridging the oceanic divide between her homeland Turkey and the United States, Esra is a filmmaker with a master’s degree in Columbia University Graduate Film Program. Her first feature film, ACROSS THE SEA (2014), co-directed with Nisan Dag won multiple awards at Adana FF as well at other international festivals like Slamdance and Milano Int. The film also screened at festivals, Florida, Raindance, Istanbul and Warsaw. Esra’s projects in development have been recognized and invited by the renown programs like EAVE’s Ties That Bind, !f Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, Meetings on the Bridge, IFP Film Week, Global Media Makers/Film Independent and Cine Qua Non Lab. Esra is also a participant of Berlinale Talent Program 2018. Besides developing projects, she currently works as a Casting Director in New York for Fernando Frias’ feature film in production, YA NO ESTOY AQUI supported by Sundance Institute. 

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