Film Fatales
Elif Refiğ
Elif refig

After graduating from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Elif Refiğ completed her M.F.A. in Film at Columbia University in New York. She is one of the founders of Altyazı (Subtitle) film magazine for which she has worked as an editorial board member until 2005. Altyazı is the only Turkish film magazine that is still being published for the last 16 years. Elif Refiğ’s feature screenplay Adanmış Detaylar (Devoted Details) was a finalist for the 2004 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. She received the Gestures of Reconciliation Screenwriting Prize from the Goethe Institute with her second film Esperanza Starring. Elif Refiğ received the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant in 2004 and again in 2007. Her latest short Erkek Adam (Man To Be), was supported by Kodak as well as the Caucus Foundation and the Open Society Institute. She also won the Best Foreign Filmmaker Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with this film. She also worked as a part time screenwriting teacher in Columbia University in 2007 and 2008. Elif Refiğ is the recipient of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism script development grant and production fund for her debut feature Ferahfeza (Ships), which was also a participant of the Istanbul International Film Festival Meetings on the Bridge Co-Production Workshop in 2010 and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Works in Progress section in 2011.

Selected Works

  • Ferahfeza/Ships (Trailer)