Beki Probst has been president of the European Film Market since June 2014.
Probst was born in Istanbul. She studied law and journalism before joining the daily newspaper “Tercuman” and the weekly newspaper “Hayat”. In 1960 Beki Probst moved to Switzerland where she organized several cultural projects. She then became manager of the Probst-Kinobetriebe. Her commitment to film and cinema soon led her to extend her activities to Europe and beyond.
From 1981 to 1988 Beki Probst was the Berlin International Film Festival's delegate for Turkey and Greece. In 1985 she organized a tradeshow for the Locarno International Film Festival. She also served on Locarno’s Selection Board until 1995.
From 1988 to 2014 Beki Probst was director of the “Film Fair” of the Berlin International Film Festival. She renamed the section “Film Fair” into European Film Market. Under her management the European Film Market was established as one of the biggest and most important international film fairs.
In addition Beki Probst was artistic director of the Geneva Festival “Stars de Demain”. She has served on the juries of several international film festivals, among them Toronto, Jerusalem and San Sebastián.
In 1992 Beki Probst was decorated as “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Cultural Minister.