Sezen Kayhan is a Turkish screenwriter and director based in Antwerp, Belgium. 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 still enrolled in the Joint PhD program Film Studies and Visual Culture at 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 years, she worked in various positions, as script supervisor, production, art department and distribution assistant in films, tv series and documentaries in Italy, Turkey, Germany 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. Her second short, a Turkish-Georgian co-production “Elene” was premiered in BFI London Film Festival and awarded as the Best International Short 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 still continues its festival tour.
Her other video works, paintings and installations were presented in various exhibitions and museums such as Istanbul Modern, Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum and Hatay Archaeology Museum. Currently she is working on her feature documentary project “Women with Purple Violets”.