Büyük İstanbul Depresyonu

Best Short Film Award
Boston Turkish Festival's 16th Annual Documentary & Short Film Competition (2021)


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The Great Istanbul Depression - Buyuk Istanbul Depresyonu


Cast: Nazlı Bulum, Kübra Balcan. Şebnem Hassanisoughi

Short / 2020 / 19 min. / with English subtitles

Didem and Ayşe are two young women living in Istanbul. Although time has passed since their graduation, they still couldn't find a job. As they are stepping into adulthood and expected to earn their living, for them, no day is different than the other.

Selected Festivals and Awards:

  • Boston Turkish Festival's 16th Annual Documentary & Short Film Competition, USA (2021): Best Short Film Award
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2020): Best Student Film
  • İzmir Short Film Festival, Turkey (2020): National Fiction Film Competition Third Prize, Audience Youth Award
  • Boğaziçi Film Festival, Turkey (2020): Istanbul Media Academy Young Talent Award
  • Istanbul Film Festival, National Short Film Competition, Turkey (2020)
  • Passaggi d'Autore, Italy (2020)
  • New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2021)
  • New York City Independent Film Festival, USA (2021)


Zeynep Dilan SurenZeynep Dilan Süren was born in Kastamonu in 1994. During her high school years she joined the school's cinema club, made short films (Rozerin, Neden?, Ben Neden Intihar Etmisim) which received awards at festivals. She is a graduate of Bahçeşehir University Department of Cinema-Television. She us currently working on her graduate degree at Kadir Has University on Film and Drama.

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