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m2 Film Lab is a sectoral development platform that provides project development, screenwriting and production mentorship to filmmakers in Turkey.

m2 Script Talks 2022 registrations are open.

On its second year m2 Script Talks return with a solid selection of speakers. Check out the program or register here. .

2022 Script Development Workshop

September – November 2022 event is announced. Selected teams will work extensively with international mentors on their projects. Read below for more info.

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m2 Script Development Workshop 2022

Targeting first and second-time writer/directors and creative teams (writer and director, co-writers, director and producer) who are at early stages of script development, m2 Script Development Workshop 2022 workshop will be held in two sessions on September 8-12 and November 18-20. Selected project teams will conduct an intense one-on-one and group work with international screenwriting mentors. For the second session in November, the participating teams will work one-on-one with their production mentors to develop a production strategy specific to their projects, focusing on financing and marketing.

2022 Selected Projects

m2 Script Talks 2022

Online Events

Physical Events
@Kadikoy Sinematek / Sinema Evi

SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2022

Mentors

RUTH ATKINSON

NEAL DHAND

Ruth Atkinson is a Los Angeles-based story editor and script consultant with over 25 years of experience in the film/television business. Ruth has consulted on many award-winning feature and short films distributed around the world. She is also a screenwriting mentor/advisor for Film Independent’s Project Involve, Global Media Makers, and Screenwriters and Directors Labs as well as the facilitator and mentor for the Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab held annually in British Columbia, Canada.
Neal Dhand is a writer, director, producer, and teacher from Philadelphia. He makes genre films that are socially aware and frequently revisionist. Neal directed the feature film Dark My Light, a sci-fi drama and thriller for the modern age. It’s currently in post-production for a 2023 release. His films include selections at the Bucheon International Fantastic FF, Sidewalk FF, Cinequest, and many others. His screenplays have placed in the Nicholl Fellowship, American Zoetrope, and Austin.
Neal has taught screenwriting, directing, producing, and film analysis at universities in Pennsylvania, New York, and the Czech Republic. 

ALI VATANSEVER

SELIN VATANSEVER

Screenwriter, director and academician Ali Vatansever participated in many script and project development workshops with his latest feature film Saf, such as SundanceLab Istanbul, Sources2, Global Media Makers and Meetings on the Bridge. Ali teaches film at Koç University and Kadir Has University. He has received screenplay mentoring training at Sources2 and currently acts as advisor to various feature projects and AR/VR experiences at KARMA Lab.
Selin’s feature film production experience started with line production services for European and American film crews. Co-founded Terminal in 2008, she acts as a producer and production mentor. She produced Saf, a European co-production that premiered in Toronto Film Festival 2018. Selin has participated in many international production markets with her film projects.

IMRE TEZEL

MÜGE ÖZEN

Cultural manager Imre Tezel founded PAZ Istanbul, a communication and project agency, after serving as the general coordinator of !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival and director of Baska Sinema. She is currently conducting marketing and event projects for the cultural sector at PAZ and developing film and TV series. At the same time, she continues her master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology at Bosphorus University.
After graduating from Galatasaray University, Faculty of Communication, Müge worked in the film acquisitions of D Productions and Mars Entertainment Group. Now she works as a producer at AC Film and Solis Film, latter of of which she has founded. Providing training to filmmakers under the Solis Cinema Sessions brand, Müge acted as the joint director of Antalya Film Forum in 2021.

Guest Mentor

ZEYNEP ATAKAN

From 1986 to 1999, Zeynep Atakan worked in various roles in the television advertisement industry and specialized as a producer. After 1994, she continued her work at the company she co-founded.
In 1999, Atakan transitioned to the film industry and started producing international film projects. In 2007, she started Zeynofilm, a company dedicated to producing film projects.
In 2010, Atakan was awarded the European Film Academy’s Best European Co-Producer award. The same year, she launched the Yapımlab Workshops, with which she aims to share her experience and knowledge as a producer with young filmmakers.
Zeynep Atakan is still the Vice President of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, which works towards equal opportunities for women working in the audiovisual industries in Europe and around the world.
In 2014, Atakan was awarded the Uçan Süpürge Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award, and her production Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s most prestigious award.
Also in 2014, Zeynep Atakan started the Antalya Film Forum, a co-production and project development market organized as part of the International Antalya Film Festival and was its director until 2018. Atakan also organizes the Turkey section of the Young Audience Award, a project by the European Film Academy.
She is the art director of the Sabancı Foundation Short Film Platform.
Atakan is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS), European Film Academy and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.

2022 Important dates:

  • June 17th – Call for projects
  • August 7th – Deadline for submissions
  • August 20nd – Announcement for selected projects
  • September 8-12, First Session of m2
  • November 18-20 – Second Session of m2

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