Film Fatales
Esra Saydam

Esra graduated from Northwestern University with honors and received her MFA Film degree from Columbia University. In New York, she directed two shorts, Fair Lawn (2010) and Caregiver (2012), screened at festivals, Seattle FF, !f Istanbul and Akbank Short FF. She founded her production company, Karlakum Film in Istanbul and directed her first feature film, Across the Sea (2014) with Nisan Dag. The film won six awards at the Golden Bolls and other prizes at Slamdance, Milano, Skyway and Woodshole. It screened at festivals, Florida, Sarasota Raindance and Warsaw. Her next project, Clown is Down, was a semifinalist in Bluecat Screenwriting Competiton. It attended IFP's No Borders Section, Sundance Screenwriters' Lab in Istanbul and Cine Qua Non Lab in Mexico. It also participated in EAVE's Ties Tat Bind Coproduction Market. Esra offers production services to foreign projects like The Music of Strangers (HBO) and Rebel Music: Turkey (MTV) in Turkey. She is the co- founder of the Film Fatales chapter in Istanbul. Esra has also a Brooklyn-based production company called Sand & Snow Films.

Selected Works

  • Across the Sea (Trailer)