Learning How To Swim by Serpil Altin

To those who were lost beyond the waves...

Serpil Altin's new film introduces a couple, Hasan and Ruksan, who fled away from the internal war in Syria and settled in Izmir, Cesme in Turkey. They dream about leaving Cesme to go to Europe by boat for a better future. Ruksan learns how to swim so she can survive if things go wrong.

Awards and Festivals 

Yüzme Öğreniyorum (Learning how to Swim)
6 Kısakes Short Film Festival, Pitching Platform, Production Support Award.
5 SETEM Akademi, BAK Awards, National Fiction, Jury Special Award. 2017
18 International Izmir Short Film Festival, National Fiction, Migros Youth Award. 2017
10 Rotary Short Film Festival, Fiction Category, 2nd Best Fiction Film Award. 2018
16 IKFD National Short Film Competition, Fiction Category, Jury Special Award. 2018
40 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Hezarfen Film Galery, Shorts From Turkey, Film Market. 2018
31 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Festival For Expanded Media, Screening. 2018
13 Akbank Short Film Festival, Short Film Forum, Script Competition, Finalist. 2017
54. National Antalya Film Festival, Antalya Film Forum, Shorts @AFF, Finalist. 2017
7 Kısakes Short Film Festival, Pitching Shorts, Screening. 2017
4 Uşak Kanatlı Denizatı Film Festival, National Short Film, Screening. 2017
Pakistan International Film Festival, Official Selection. 2018
21 Uçan Süpürge International Women Film Festival, Fiction Short Film. 2018
4 ArtNicomedia National Short Film Days, Screening. 2018.
38 İfsak National Short Film Competition, Ficton Shorts, Finalist. 2018.
9 Bucharest, Romania, Short to the Point (International Short Film Festival), Official Selection.2018


She graduated from Anadolu University, department of Cinema-TV with a first degree in 2002. She has worked in cinema, TV and serial movies. She founded SERPIL ALTIN FILM in 2015 and worked as a producer in the films “ABDUCTOR” (2016) and “FUNERAL WORKS” (2017). 


LEARNING HOW TO SWIM (2017) Fiction Short Film (Director & Producer & Scriptwriter)
FUNERAL WORKS (2017) Feature Film (Producer & Scriptwriter)
ABDUCTOR (2016) Feature Film (Producer)
THE HOLIDAY GIFT (2014) Fiction Short Film (Director & Producer & Scriptwriter)
ELEVATOR (2009) Fiction Short Film (Director & Producer & Scriptwriter)
THE ROBBERY (2008) Fiction Short Film (Director & Producer)
JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE (2002) Fiction Short Film (Director & Producer & Scriptwriter)
I WENT, MY NAME IS HERE (2002) Documentary (Director & Producer)
MY CINEMAS (2001) Documentary (Director & Producer)
NO SIGNAL (2001) Video Art (Director & Producer)

More information contact