Salih Kalafatoğlu

A director, producer and writer, he was born in Safranbolu in 1955. In 1978, he graduated from Istanbul Fine Arts Academy (currently Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts), Graphic Design Department. He worked in the Turkish film industry as assistant director and producer between 1974 and 1979. In 1983 he founded his own production company Sineskop and started to produce and direct advertisements. In 1987 he wrote scripts and directed for TRT 1’s “Barış Manço ile 7’den 22’ye” program. In 1992, he created and directed the program “Görüntü ve Müzik” (Image and Music) for TRT 2. In 1993, he also wrote and directed the dramatic documentart “Hayatım Sinema” for TRT 2, followed by  the documentaries “Sesler, Yüzler, Sokaklar” (Voices, Faces, Streets), and “Istanbul İskeleleri” (The docks of Istanbul).  In 1994 he received the support of the Ministry of Culture for the script of “Kaybolmuş Öyküler” (Lost Tales). In 1995, he produced and directed the documentary “Merhaba Dünya” (Hello World) for TRT 1. In 1996, he directed film for television for a private television station. Also in 1996, he shot the Istanbul documentary for HABITAT. From 1997 to 1998 he worked on documentary films and programs in Germany. Between 2000 and 2005, he worked as the general coordinator for Umut Sanat Products’ Theatres. He built many film theatres and managed them. He was the general coordinator and program director for an international performance center between 2006 and 2007.Since 2004 he has been teaching at Istanbul Kültür University.