Sezen Kayhan is a Turkish multidisciplinary filmmaker currently based in Antwerp, Belgium. She graduated from the Art Department of the 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.
For several years, she worked in various positions, as script supervisor, production, art department and distribution assistant in films, drama series and documentaries in Turkey, Italy and the US.
In 2012, her first short film ‘Time of the Plums’ was premiered in Tribeca Film Festival, won several awards in national and international film festivals (including Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Rhode Island, Sofia, New York IFF) and qualified for Academy Awards in 2013. Her second short, a Turkish-Georgian co-production “Elene” was premiered in BFI London Film Festival and awarded as the Best International Short Film in Montreal World Film Festival. Her last short “A Hard Day in the Empire” was premiered in the Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier and screened over fifty festivals (including London, İzmir, Portland FF) around the world.
Currently she is working on her first feature documentary project “Women with Purple Violets” which is developed in Docmonde’s Eurasiadoc Screenwriting Lab, selected to Dok Leipzig’s Co-Pro Market and awarded in Antalya Film Forum.