Seyfettin Tokmak started his university studies in the department of Turkish Literature, however he decided to quit with the effect of his changing desires in life and so started cinema-tv department of Yeditepe University, Istanbul. Following his graduation from Yeditepe University, he completed his ‘practice based’ masters in cinema at the Istanbul Bilgi University. Nowadays he is working on his PHD documentary project which could be summarized as “The forms and purposes of using the child figure and child actors in the perspective of two countries, “Iran and Britain” four directors, “Majid Majidi, Bahman Ghobadi, Ken Loach, Shane Meadows”, at the department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Throughout his studies, Seyfettin Tokmak participated in feature films and documentary productions as ‘assistant director’ and ‘director of photographer’. He wrote articles about movies, directors and national cinemas for film magazines and web sites. He made several short movies, documentaries, and advertorials. One of his co-directed documentaries, so called ‘Dream Gang’ was screened at the international documentary festivals. His last documentary work “Orient Express” consisting of 13 episode stories regarding modern Turkey, aired in the Greek National TV ERT1 in 2011. His first feature movie ‘Broken Mussels’ (2011) was shown at the Sarajevo, Zurich, Montpellier, Istanbul, Opendoek and Castellinaria film festivals. Broken Mussels will be released in Turkish cinemas in 2012.