Full name

Emine Dursun – Screenwriter

First name





How did you find us?

Stage 32 and Steiny


New York USA

About me

The first person in Turkey to have received an international screenplay award for a script.

• Award-winning, creative scriptwriter, also experienced in script consulting of dramatic structure and script development.

• Founder/Owner of the MAE Media House, LLC.

• Founder and the Managing Director of the New York Screenplay Awards (NYISA)

New York International Screenplay Awards, aims to bring together the producers and all the scenery writers, whether amateur, or professional from all over the world. Those scripts chosen will have chance to meet producers in New York. Along with this they will get money and various kinds of rewards.


‘The Terrible Turk’:

The Los Angeles Movie Awards – Best Screenplay (First place), May 2012, Los Angeles, California

Houston International Film Festival – Best Screenplay (Bronze REMI award), April 2011, Houston, Texas

Williamsburg International Film Festival – Honorable Mention, September 2011, New York

Illinois International Film Festival – Best Achievement, November 2011, Chicago, Illinois

California Film Awards – Best Screenplay (Silver Award), January 2012, San Diego, California

Oregon Film Awards – Best Screenplay (First place), November 2012, Oregon

Bloody Hero International Film Festival – Official Selection, February 2013, Arizona

Los Angeles Cinema Festival – Merit award, March 2014, Los Angeles


Creative writing, script analysis, dramatic structure, feature movie scripts, strong structure and story, script consulting, novel adaptation, film critique, independent movies, character development, finding a story from the true stories, Final Draft, Celtix, Word.


Script writing, Story, Structure American Collegiate Institute, April 2013, Izmir, Turkey

International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) Sadri Alisik Cultural Centre, April 2012, May 2013, October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) ScriptWriters Association, April 2014, Istanbul

International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) Bahcesehir University, April 2013, Istanbul

Sundance Film Festival, Screenwriters Lab (Istanbul winner) May 2013. Advisors Paul Federbush, Naomi Foner and Katherine Dieckmann of the Sundance Screenwiters Lab are currently assisting in the development of ‘’ Fifty Kilograms Of Hatred’’ project.


‘Fifty Kilograms of Hatred’ 2012-2014

Script/dialog writer and developer of a feature drama movie based on the 2011 best-selling Turkish novel “AZ”.

Supported by the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Screenwriters Lab (unproduced).

‘Monsieur V.’ 2011-2012

Script/dialog writer and developer of a feature movie script. Biographical, historical drama. Based on a true story.

‘Hayirdir İnsallah’ 2014

Script consultant and story developer for a comedy feature movie.

‘Arabi’ 2013

Script/dialog writer and developer for fantasy-drama TV movie, inspired by a true story.

‘Scorpion Hunt’ 2011

2nd Script/dialog writer for a Romanian drama TV serial (10 episodes).

‘The Terrible Turk’ 2009-2011

Script/dialog writer and developer for a feature drama movie, based on a true story (unproduced). Has achieved 8 script awards.

‘Compensation’ 2012

Script/dialog writer and developer for a drama feature movie (unproduced).


2007 – Finance Executive, Mayr Melnhof Graphia, Izmir, Turkey; 2006 – Education Department TurkDex (Turkish Derivative Exchange), Izmir; 2005 – Researching Assistant, Dokuz Eylul University, Econometry Department, Izmir; 2004 – Finance News Reporter, NTV Television Company, Izmir; 2003 – Dealer, Global Securities, Izmir.


Digital Film Academy, Certificate: Script Writing 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

Dokuz Eylul University, M.D.: Finance 2005, Izmir

Ege University, Bachelor of Science: Statistics 2002, Izmir


2013 The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest – Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt, Lisa Alden, Craig Sabin,

Mark Travis, Los Angeles

Sundance Screenwriting Lab – Paul Federbush, Naomi Foner, Kathrene Dieckmann, Howard Rodman, Istanbul

New York Film Festival, HBO Directors Dialogues – Paul Greengrass, Frederick Wiseman, Richard Curtis, New York

Asian American Film Lab Programs, Unfinished Works New York

2011 Screenwriting Expo, Creative Screenwriting classes, Los Angeles:

Loglines, Query Letters and One-Sheets – Daniel Manus

Three Essential Principles for Creating Worthy Characters – Richard Walter

Masterclass with Randall Kleiserr, master directing class workshop, Houston, Texas

2010 Writing Studio, Certificate program, ‘Script Writing for TV’ – Ilker Baris, Istanbul

Screenwriting Expo, Los Angeles:

How to Write Studio Quality Action Lines and Dialogue – Michael Ferris

2009 Screenwriting Expo, Creative Screenwriting classes, Los Angeles:

Loglines/Treatments/Pitches – James Delassandro

Finding the ‘Story’ in True Stories – Erik Bork (Advanced)

The Craft of Animation Writing – Robert Skir

Your Concept at the Emotional Level – Karl Iglesias (Advanced)

Crafting Fascinating Scenes – Karl Iglesias (Advanced)

Tools of Plotting; Sequence of Story – Linda Cowgill (Advanced)

Structuring Scenes & Scenes Sequence – Linda Seger (Advanced)

Creating, Developing Comedy Screenplays – Steve Kaplan (Advanced)

Writing the Multiple Storyline Screenplay – David Bartlett (Professional)

Deeping & Layering Your Characters – Linda Seger (Advanced)

Digital Film Academy, Script Writing Classes (Certificate Program) – Dervis Zaim, İstanbul

2008 MiM Art Center, Creative Writing Studio (Certificate Program) – Mario Levi, İstanbul


Writers Guild Of America, New York, 2014

American Turkish Society, New York, 2014

Scriptwriters Union, Istanbul, 2014

Amnesty International, Istanbul, 2009