Pınar Öğün to be Let’s All Be Free’s boss this year

Turkish actress Pınar Öğün.
Turkish actress Pınar Öğün.

Let’s All Be Be Free film festival’s boss fort his year is announced to be the Turkish actress Pınar Öğün.

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best film in each category, with a total value of £1000. The Rising Star Award will also be given to the best up-and-coming filmmaker. Our esteemed panel of judges- including new patrons Turkish actress Pinar Ögün and comedian, best-selling author and Radio 4 regular Tony Hawks – will vote for the best films in the individual categories.Patroning this year’s event, Pınar Öğün told the press she is extremelt happy and excited to be one of the contributors t the event.

Pinar Ögün, actress and film-maker and LABF’s other new patron said: “I feel privileged to be a part of this festival. Today, many festivals have developed a certain way of accepting projects. Ticking the boxes should not be the purpose of art. And short films should not be just a teaser for developing feature projects for potential filmmakers. That’s why LABF is important, celebrating the unrestricted form of art that is short film. “


Born and raised in Turkey, Pinar Ogun, began her career as an actress in the feature film Borrowed Bride directed by one of Turkey’s most renowned directors Atif Yilmaz, while she was training at the Music and Performing Arts Faculty of Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2006, she moved to London to continue her training at LAMDA. She has since played a range of roles on stage and on screen whilst also directing and shooting music videos. In 2013, she took to the stage as the lead role in the musical play Mi Minor written by Meltem Arikan. The Turkish authorities claimed this was a rehearsal for the Istanbul Gezi Park demonstrations in 2013 and the subsequent hate campaign forced her to leave Turkey to start a new life in Wales. Since settling in the UK, Pinar’s screen work includes New Tricks and Partners in Crime. Exhibit, also written by Meltem Arikan, is Pinar’s first short film as a director. She recently starred in Hannah Khalil’s critically acclaimed play Scenes From 68 Years at the Arcola Theatre

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