Only if I could talk

"Only if I Could Talk" is about a mother and child who has been subjected to violence, taking the first step in seeking help by going to a psychiatrist, but the difficulty of speaking and expressing oneself while living in this violence is explored. My main goal was to draw attention to domestic violence, especially violence against women and children, which continues to exist both in our country and around the world as a global issue.

  • Defne Say
  • Defne Say
  • Defne Say
  • Jenn Kirk
    Key Cast
  • Celina Bittar
    Key Cast
  • Helena Koreitková
    Key Cast
  • Karan Pakeh
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Prague Film School
  • ParisPlay Film Festival
    December 3, 2022
    "Best Student Film" Winner
  • Europe Independent Movie Festival
    "Best Student Director (Female)" official selection
  • Golden Jury International Film Festival (G|IFF)
  • IndieX Film Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    "Best Student Director (Female)" Winner
  • South Film and Arts Academy Festival
    Burgos, Chile
    Award Winner
  • Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Official Selection
  • Rome Indie Film Festival
    Rome, Italy
    "Best Student Film" WINNER
  • Athens International Film Festival
    Athens, Attica
    "Best Student Film" HONORABLE MENTION
  • The Atlantis Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Venice Shorts
    Venice, California
    Official Selection
  • ARCLight Student Film Festival
    Illinois, US
    United States
    Best Foreign Film Award
  • ARCLight Student Film Festival
    Illinois, US
    Best Screenplay Award
  • Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions
    Official Selection
  • Baltimore Next Media Web Fest
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Defne Say

Defne Say was born in 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey. After completing a summer workshop at Prague Film School and taking International Baccalaureate high-level Film class at Koç High School, she co-founded the Koç Film Club and has educated and motivated younger high school students in film class. She has shot over 20+ short student films and has taken the roles of a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and music composer in her works. She has covered color theory, queer theory, and other film theories in her short films, mainly focusing on women's rights in developing societies and child abuse. Her main career goal is to direct a feature film and become an aspiring filmmaker, along with her persuasion in the academic field.

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