Ayşe Gülsüm Özel, born in Istanbul, studied stage and costume design at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin and completed her studies in the field of animation. She works Berlin based freelance, realizes her designs in films and on theatre stages, produces videos for theater and opera productions and executes independent video works. Stages i.a. in Dortmund, Munich, Mannheim, Nürnberg, Saarbrücken, Bolzano and Bern have been hosting her works. Her activities in the field of film and video led her to the participation in the 67th Berlin International Film Festival as Berlinale Talent and in the video section she has been awarded a fellowship by The Corporation of Yaddo NY/USA.