Derya Durmaz studied Economy, Human Rights Law and Acting. Her 1st short film ZIAZAN participated in over 40 festivals and won 11 awards. Her 2nd short film “Mother Virgin No More/
Gri Bölge” was selected to the “65th Berlinale Generation 14plus Short Film Competition”, participated in over 20 festivals and won 2 awards. Both films’ world sales-distribution is acquired by Kurz Film Agentur Hamburg.
She got selected to the “Toronto TALENT LAB 2015”, “BERLINALE TALENTS 2016” and “First Films
First Goethe Institut Young Directors Academy South East Europe 2016” with her 1st feature film project “The Bus To Amerika”.
As an actress she took part in more than 10 feature films and many TV productions. She works with the Persona Theater from Athens and took part in their international productions in Greece, Turkey and Iran.