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Blossom of Choice

World Premiere

Director: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen

United States, 2024, 8 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2024


Cast:Tugce Evirgen Ozmen, Cansu Colakoglu

Crew:Writer: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen; Cinematographer: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen; Production Manager & Camera Operator: Efe Özmen; Camera Operator Assistant: Onur Burak Yildirim; Visual Effects: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen; Editing: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen; Sound Design: Tugce Evirgen Ozmen


Blossom of Choice is an experimental short film as an offering of change of perception and healing through self-reflection and presence and as a reminder of the way of life and nature: constant change. The main character encounters a transformative path when the person in front of her becomes the mirror to herself, which leads to confrontation and unfolding the stiff roots she has fed all along: the resigned realities of self-concept, ego, identification, categorization, discursive thinking, etc. This path she leads herself into is where the self meets its being state—the awakened state of consciousness, the essence, beyond the limitations of self-concept and ego—and transcends and liberates itself from its constraints and stiff roots that weren't able to loosen and change.


About the director

Tugce Evirgen Ozmen is a filmmaker and artist making experimental short films, installations and drawings.

Her works serve as visual representations of intricate spiritual concepts and the interconnectedness of human psychology. She particularly delves deeply into the 'being' state—the awakened state of consciousness, the essence, beyond the limitations of self-concept and ego—, the 'self-concept/ego', and the existential balance between the two. The impact of both consciousness and subconscious states on the formation of perception, the construction of language and identity, and how it can be and does transcend itself are the main areas in which she portrays her interest through the lens of it.

She relies on an unconventional, metaphoric, and dream-like quality of narrative using a combination of techniques including live action, 2D animation, CGI, and compositing. She has shown her works in group shows both in Istanbul and the Bay Area, and had her first solo exhibition recently at staircase series in San Francisco. She graduated with a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University in Turkey and an MFA in animation/vfx/compositing in Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. She lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco.


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