Sezen Kayhan is a multidisciplinary filmmaker from Turkey. She graduated from the Art Department of Ankara Anatolian High School of Fine Arts. She holds a BA in Archaeology and Art History, an MA in Film and TV and a Joint PhD in Film Studies and Visual Culture from the University of Antwerp and Koç University. She participated in short term film programs which were held by National Film and Television School (NFTS), Venice International University, New York Film Academy and EIUC Human Rights and Cinema School in Venice. She attended Sarajevo Talents as a screenwriter.
Her short films ‘Time of the Plums’ (2012), ‘Elene’ (2016) and ‘A Hard at the Empire’ (2018) were screened and awarded in film festivals including Tribeca, BFI London, Palm Springs, Montreal World, Santa Barbara, New York IFF and many others. ‘Time of the Plums’ qualified for Academy Awards in 2013. Her video works, paintings and installations were exhibited at Istanbul Modern, Ankara Anatolian Civilizations and New Hatay Archaeology Museums.
For several years, she worked in the production and art departments of feature films, documentaries and TV dramas in Italy (Kublai Film), Turkey (TMC, Gold Film, Stil Medya) and the US (Nu Image/Millenium Films). Between 2014 and 2017, she worked as the hospitality department coordinator of International Istanbul and Antalya Film Festivals.
Currently she is working on her first feature hybrid/animated documentary “Women with Purple Violets” which is about the female fans of a local football club. This project is developed and supported by Docmonde’s Eurasiadoc Screenwriting Lab, FIFA Research Scholarship, Dok Leipzig Co-Pro Market, Heinrich Böll Foundation, ANIDOX:LAB, EU Sivil Düşün Fund and Antalya Film Forum.