Tayfun Pirselimoğlu

Pirselimoğlu was born in Trabzon in 1959. He graduated from Middle East Technical University after which he went to Vienna and studied painting at Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst. He started his film career as a scriptwriter and directed his first short film 'Dayim' (My Uncle) in 1999 and then 'Il Silenzio e d'Oro' (Silent is Golden) in 2002. He wrote and directed his first feature film 'In Nowhereland’ in 2002.

After his first feature 'In Nowhereland’, he wrote, directed and produced the trilogy of 'conscience and death' including 'Riza' (2007) 'Haze' (2009, Turkey-Greece Co-Production), and ‘Hair’(2010, Turkey-Greece Co-Production). With the films, he has been selected and awarded by many festivals such as Berlinale Forum, Locarno and Istanbul Film Festival. Pirselimoğlu was also awarded by many national and international festivals with his films I'm Not Him (2013), Sideway (2017) and Kerr (2021). His latest film, Kerr, was also selected as the nominee from Turkey to the 95. Academy Awards Best International Feature. 

Pirselimoğlu wrote six novels and three story books. His third novel, Melancholia, was translated into and published in Greek.

Pirselimoğlu held various exhibitions in different cities of the world. He is one of the founders of the independent art initiative of Akademie Genius, where he gave lectures on scriptwriting, cinema, and painting.