Checkmate (Navarro Aydemir) Short Film





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Published on May 10, 2012

This is Navarro's second short film, created in 2010 for his University Degree Program.

Jan learns that staying in an asylum can make anyone crazy. He challenges his evaluator to a game of chess to prove that he should be released. The stakes could not be higher in this tense battle of wills. Principal cast: Gergo Danka, Shakyra Dowling, Daniel Wiltshire, Sibel Unver, Alex Murphy, and Adam Cunningham.

The film has won/nominated/screened at the various festivals:

Watersprite Cambridge International Student Film Festival
- WINNER Best Direction

Malta International TV Short Film Festival 2011
- WINNER Foreign Jury Award

International Short Film Festival of India
16th London Turkish Film Festival
Portobello Film Festival 2010
Walthamstow International Film Festival
Angel Moving Image Festival

Born in Istanbul, raised in London, Navarro Aydemir is a young award-winning director, growing up he has been bred into a director who synthesizes strong visual flair with bold ideas.

In his short time as a director his films have had success across various festivals, earning him an Award for Best Direction, Foreign Jury Award and several other accolades in national and international competitions.

Although being a new kid on the block in the world of commercials Navarro has already had a bit of success with his Pepsi Viral, which was amongst a selected shortlist of ads at the Shanghai Film Festival. He is currently in development on two ads for the Cannes Lions Competition.

Navarro is represented by Neverland Film in Turkey.


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