Early Bird 2019 Best Documentary

Frog Hunters

Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey


Dealing with the frog hunting profession that is being passed on from generation to generation by Romani people in Edirne, the documentary film blends the cultural structure and aesthetics of the Romani neighbourhood and examines the details of frog hunting profession through the intimate relationship between fathers and sons. The film also tells hunters’ struggles against the factories which don’t recompense their hard work and the pesticides that lower the population of frogs day by day.

Director: Batuhan Kurt

Director's bio

He was born in 1991 in Edirne. He completed elementary education in Edirne. In high school period, he joined FilmTurkey project which was supported by SUNY Fredonia, Atlantik Film and United States Department of State. He has been shoot many short films and documentaries since 2009. He won important prizes in national and international film festivals with his works. He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Film Design Department.


Writer and director Batuhan Kurt
Cinematography Ferhat Onur Ceylan, Kürşat Taşçı
Music Burak Berberoğlu
Editing Günsu Yiğitcan


Original title Kurbağa Avcıları
Runinig time 30'
Film type Documentary
Completion date 2018