Mert Fırat

Actor, Co-founfer İhtiyaç Haritası (Needs Map), Inogar, InogarArt, Moda Sahnesi, Sanat Mahal, DasDas

Mert Fırat, after graduating from Ankara University in 2006, he got accepted into Oyun Atolyesi that was founded in 1999 by famous Turkish actors Zuhal Olcay and Haluk Bilginer, and which is one of the most prestigious independent theater companies in Istanbul, and performed in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.

He received his first major film role in Başka Dilde Aşk in 2009, a critical success in Turkey. He has since starred in various films and TV shows, including “Binbir Gece”, “Bizim Evin Halleri”, and “Kelebeğin Rüyası”. He will appear later this year in “Yol Ayrımı”. Mert also received awards from international film festivals with his work. Some of them are Moondance International Film Festival 2014 Best Leading Actor Butterfly's Dream, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2010 Best Screenplay, Love in Another Language, Berdyansk International Film Festival 2010 Special Award for Young Talent.

In addition to his award-winning acting career, Mert Fırat is a social good person and a volunteer. He is a co-founder of (Needs Map); a web platform to connect those in need of something with others who can help. Mert is also the spokesperson for Gönüllü İyilik Hareketi (Voluntary Social Good Movement); an NGO founded in 2016 that collects donations in various fields, based in Ankara and a co-Founder of SanatMahal (Art in Neighborhoods), an independent space based in Bursa that aims to promote a common ground for the arts, connecting underdeveloped neighborhoods, the founder of DasDas, an entertainment venue with a theatre, restaurant and workshop spaces and the founder of InogarArt, the first art incubation centre, accelerator and coworking space for creative industries. He is also the first Goodwill Ambassador of UNDP Turkey.