Writer and director Emin Alper, an economics and history graduate, holds a PhD in Turkish modern history. A lifelong love of cinema persuaded him to pursue filmmaking as a career. Beyond the Hill (2012), his debut feature film, won more than twenty awards internationally, including the 2012 APSA for Best Feature Film and the Caligari Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Alper was also nominated for the APSA for Best Screenplay and became a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. Frenzy world premiered in competition at the 2015 72nd Venice Film Festival where it won three awards including the Special Jury Prize. He teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Istanbul Technical University.