Winning Yunus Nadi Novel Prize for his book Ares Harikalar Diyarında (Ares in Wonderland) in 1994, Dervis Zaim has made his debut as director and screenwriter with his first film “Somersault in a Coffin” (1997), which has received many awards at both national and international festivals. Zaim, similarly, directed a series of award-winning films, including “Filler ve Cimen” (2000), “Mud” (2003), “Waiting for Heaven” (2006), “Dot” (2008) and “Shadows and Faces” (2011). Dervis Zaim is also a lecturer on cinema at various universities.