Harika Uygur, CSA

  • Harika Uygur was born in Istanbul.
  • During and after her senior years at school, she worked as assistant director to Mr. Osman F. Seden for several years.
  • She joined IFR, one of the leading production companies in 1994 and worked as assistant director to Ezel Akay.
  • In the year 1997, she started out as Casting Director in the same company.
  • In 2000 she returned to Istanbul and established her own Casting Director agency under her name.
  • In 2009, she joined International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), which is affiliated to European Film Promotion (EFP).
  • In 2012, she became a member of TURSAK (Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audio-visual Culture and she acted as jury member in TURSAK Best Script Competition.
  • In the same year, she received an invitation from CSA, the world’s biggest Cast Directors Network whose headquarters are located in the USA and became one of their first international members.
  • A four semester participation to Yekta Kopan’s writing and reading atelier led her a journey on authoring.
  • At the end of this period they prepared a collective project.
  • This project evolved to a story dictionary named “İpekli Mendil” and is published by Can Yayinlari in December 2014.
  • She directed a short film inspired by Yekta Kopan’s story ‘Elephant Graveyard’, which was selected for Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.
  • She continued her education in every subject which she believes will contribute to her work and became a leader of Louisa Hay’s “Heal Your Life” workshop.
  • Since 2011 she is conducting seminars and workshops based upon experience with the title of “Bu Rol Senin” and explaining the essential tips on casting.
  • In May 2016, her book “Bu Rol Senin” is published by Destek Yayinlari.
  • She acted as jury member in the national competition in Antalya International Film Festival 2016.
  • She became the American Academy member and got the Best Casting Director awards from Locarno Film Festival in 2017.