Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. He is a graduate of MIT Comparative Media Studies and has worked as a research assistant at the Open Documentary Lab. His first narrative film Zayiat (2013) premiered at SxSW. His latest film If Only There Were Peace (co-directed with Carmine Grimaldi, 2017) played at festivals including True/False FF and Sheffield Doc/Fest and awarded best short documentary at Dokufest. His virtual reality and video work has screened at Venice Film Festival and Sharjah Biennial Istanbul.