New York Film Academy AFA Filmmaking student Ozlem Altingoz’s most recent horror film, “Daughter of the Lake,” has received numerous awards at film festivals all around the world, including Best Horror Film and Best Film at Fastidious LA, Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Horror Competiton, and Best Original Story Award at the Los Angeles Film Awards, among others.
Buzz of the film has spread across her hometown of Istanbul, Turkey, where she was highlighted in “Vatan,” a popular Turkish daily newspaper.
“Daughter of the Lake” is about a group of friends who take a trip through the country, hoping to have a nice getaway for the weekend. However, their trip takes a dangerous turn when their tire mysteriously pops on an old stretch of road through the woods. From there, they stumble upon an older man’s home, who just so happens to be holding a deadly secret upstairs.
With some experience in acting and TV in Turkey, Ozlem Altingoz came to NYFA Los Angeles to pursue her professional aspirations of becoming a director and producer.
“NYFA has helped me a lot,” said Altingoz. “The NYFA instructors are really helpful. I’ve always wanted to shoot a horror film, and I was able to achieve my dream here. If you believe in yourself you can make your film great — trust me you can make amazing films.”
Altingoz is now working on her next film, which she says will also be horror film (with a lot of blood).
“I’m so excited to shoot my thesis,” she said. “I believe it is goıg to be another great film, and I’m already searching for locations, actors, and more.”