Bridging the oceanic divide between her homeland Turkey and the United States, Esra is a filmmaker with a master’s degree in Columbia University Graduate Film Program. Her first feature film, ACROSS THE SEA (2014), won multiple awards at Adana FF as well at other international festivals like Slamdance and Milano Int. The film also screened at festivals, Florida, Raindance, Istanbul and Warsaw. Esra’s next projects in development have been recognized and invited by the renown programs like EAVE’s Ties That Bind, !f Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, Hamptons Screenwriters Lab, Meetings on the Bridge, IFP Film Week, Transatlantic Partners Program and Cine Qua Non Lab. Esra is also a participant of Berlinale Talent Pro- gram 2018. She was also a SAG Indie Fellow at Stowe Story Labs. As part of her screenwriting research, she completed her EMT training and received her New York State EMT Certificate. Saydam also develops an international TV comedy show taking place in New York. Esra is the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship and NYSCA Individual Artist Grant. She is also fluent in four languages.