istos film is a joint venture of the trilingual (Turkish, Greek, English) istos publishing that was founded in 2012 in Istanbul, aiming to produce pioneering publications and young, innovative, daring, art-house, short or feature length fiction or documentary films (since 2014). As a collective coming together from various backgrounds, we work in close collaboration with our talents.
istos film has produced ZUHAL (dir. Nazlı E. Durlu, premiered in Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021) and ELA AND HILMI AND ALI (dir. Ziya Demirel, premiered Istanbul FF, 2022), PHASES OF MATTER (dir. Deniz Tortum, premiered in IFFR 2020], YUVA (dir. Emre Yeksan, premiered in Venice FF Biennale College Cinema 2018), THE GULF (dir. Emre Yeksan, premiered in Venice FF Int. Critics’ Week 2017), the short film SALI (dir. by Ziya Demirel, premiered in Cannes FF Official Selection 2015). istos film is a member of the EAVE network.
2025 KNIGHT RIDER 3 • Director: Ziya Demirel, in development
2024 DARK FOREST • Director: Nazlı Elif Durlu, in development
2024 TWO EYEDS • Director: Ziya Demirel, in development
2023 CRYSTAL OF HAPPINESS • Writer: Emre Yeksan, post-production
2022 ELA AND HİLMİ & ALİ • Director: Ziya Demirel
Istanbul FF FIPRESCI Award, Best Script, Best Actress, Best Actors Mention
Adana FF Best Film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Production Design
2021 ZUHAL • Director: Nazlı Elif Durlu, Tallin Black Nights FF
2020 PHASES OF MATTER • Director: Deniz Tortum
world premiered in IFFR 2020 Bright Future
2019 YUVA • Director: Emre Yeksan
world premiered in Venice FF Biennale College Cinema 2019
2018 SPLINTER • Director: Enes Yurdaün
world premiered in Thessaloniki FF 2018
2017 THE GULF • Director: Emre Yeksan
world premiered in Venice FF Critics’ Week 2017
2015 TUESDAY • Director: Ziya Demirel
world premiered in Cannes FF Official Selection 2015
ANNAMARIA ASLANOĞLU holds BA in political science, MA in history. She started working as assistant in documentaries, then she worked as AD in various short and feature films independent Turkish cinema, such as Eye Am (2013), The Blue Wave (2014) and Sivas (2014). She’s among the founders of istos publishing & film (f. 2012). She’s the associate producer of Innocence of Memories by Grant Gee; the producer of the short film Tuesday (dir. Ziya Demirel, premiered in the Official Competition of Cannes Film Festival 2015), of The Gulf (dir. Emre Yeksan, premiered in Venice FF Critics’ Week 2017) and the Biennale College Cinema funded film Yuva (dir. Emre Yeksan, premiered in Venice Film Festival 2018), Phases of Matter (dir. Deniz Tortum, IFFR 2020), Zuhal (dir. Nazlı Elif Durlu, Tallinn Black Nights FF) and Ela and Hilmi with Ali (dir: Ziya Demirel, Istanbul FF). She’s member of the EAVE and EWA networks.
ZEYNEP EKMEKCİ worked as the associate producer in Zeynep Dadak’s feature documentary, a Turkey-Germany co-production, Invisible to the Eye (2020 – DokuFest). She worked in the productions of several international films including Levan Akın’s upcoming feature film Passage and the first feature of Aslı Özarslan, Ellbogen. Currently she is producing Pınar Yorgancıoğlu’s debut feature film Those Who Whistle After Dark, a Turkey-Bulgaria-Germany co-production, and Irmak Karasu’s documentary, Kızıltoprak. She is a Sarajevo Talents alumni.