12 Hours

He was old and living alone. He knew that the clock ticked faster with every passing second. He finished his final preparation that he cared so deeply. He was finally ready. He stood still for a moment. The reason for his tears was not because his time came to an end. You will see for yourself in the our movie "what it means to meet your death before you die."

  • Ercan Selim Öngöz
  • Ercan Selim Öngöz
  • Ercan Selim Öngöz
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    11 minutes 33 seconds
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    September 27, 2016
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    10,000 USD
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Director Biography - Ercan Selim Öngöz

Ercan Selim Öngöz was born in 1976, in Trabzon, Turkey. After finishing Trabzon Technical High School, he graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Industrial Arts Education as computer teacher (1999). He was appointed to Technical and Industrial Vocational High School in Giresun during the same year and he has been working there since then.
What sparkled his interest for the big screen was a modest camera that he had as gift during his high school years. Yet his interest became into a passion when he managed to get his hands on a new generation of Hi8 cameras during his post-secondary education years. Capturing moments and forming them into small movies became more than a hobby for him and he set his mind into making it his craft. He knew for a fact that it was not going to be effortless on the contrary it was going to be time & energy consuming and fairly challenging. Luckily for him the digitalization of the cameras along with the rapid innovation allowed him to fill what was missing. His skills & knowledge on computers helped him excel not only at the use of the newly discovered digital cameras and the editing and montage part of the movies as well. He never stopped observing the art of making a movie and knew that there was always for for improvement. Yet after some time he knew that the time for him to create an actual piece of art has come.
He founded ‘The Cinema Club’ in 2006 at the school he was working. He, along with his students and some other teachers, started to prepare short film projects. They, as The Cinema Club, successfully shot ten short films and two full-length movies until 2016. –Almost – all of their work earned success, two with Turkey championship award. Teacher-student relations and puberty issues were usually main focus of the movies. Mission of The Cinema Club was to enable students to express their problems on the big screen and give them an insight about the spirit of filming for their self-expression. These devoted and useful works excited the attention of the Ministry of National Education and paved the way for him to be teacher of the year in 2013.
Ercan Selim Öngöz, while guiding cinema club at school, started to work on film projects with foreign support from 2014, as well. He made short films “Babaannemin Caz Tutkusu (My Grandmother’s Jazz Passion)” in 2015 and “12 Saat (12 Hours)” in 2016 with the support of Ministry of Culture.
He says: “World needs to change. I may as well contribute to it. I will most certainly try…” by referring the statement “Cinema changes nothing, but allows people to understand many things. It is not the films that will change the world, but people who watch those films."(Krzysztof Kieslowski)

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