The European Film Awards announced that Zeynep Oezbatur, a major name in international film production who heads Zeyno Film Production in Istanbul, Turkey, has been awarded the fourth annual European Co-Production Award (or “Prix Eurimages”). The award acknowledging the “decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry,” and was announced at a lunch held in the framework of the “New Cinema Network” in Rome.
Zeynep Oezbatur is a film producer whose recent credits include the award-winning “Three Monkeys” and “Climate,” both directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and supported by Eurimages. She graduated from Marmara University Department of Cinema and Television in 1991. Ms Oezbatur has been working in film and commercial production since 1986. In 1994, she became one of the founding members of CO Productions, which produced numerous commercials. She recently founded her own production company, Zeyno Film, which is also involved in training young professionals in the Turkish cinema industry.
The award will be presented during the European Film Awards Ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday December, 4 2010. Eurimages is a support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, established by the Council of Europe in 1988.