Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) works in film and new media. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, working on the film "Phases of Matter, which is currently in post-production. His film "If Only There Were Peace" (co-dir Carmine Grimaldi) received the best short documentary award at Dokufest and his latest VR film "Floodplain" premiered in Venice Film Festival. He is currently a resident at SF Filmhouse.