Bircan Birol
Bircan is a Glasgow based documentary filmmaker.

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Bircan's story

Following my graduation (BA Journalism), my filmmaking journey started with journalistic documentaries in Turkey. After I moved to Scotland, I fell in love with creative documentaries.

I directed my debut creative documentary 'My name is Anik' with the Scottish Documentary Institute as part of their Bridging the Gap program in 2019. The film has been selected for several BAFTA and Oscar-Qualifying festivals.  The film also has been screened in independent cinemas and community film centres across the UK as part of Journeys Into Film program. 

I am currently developing my first feature documentary 'Your Honour'.

Besides creative documentaries, I am frequently commissioned to make social impact documentaries. I have made films for Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Refugee Council, British Council, Green European Foundation, Edinburgh Fring,e and a range of other 3rd sector, cultural and charitable organisations.

I also work as a facilitator in participatory filmmaking. I do believe in the power of self-representation and the importance of accessible filmmaking.

I am proficient in using a multitude of cameras and rigs, recording sound, directing presenters and contributors, handling sensitive subject matter, and editing. I have been working with cameras for many years and own FS7.

I am an alumna of the IDFA Academy, New Voices Talent Scheme, Glasgow Film Festival Talent Mentorship Scheme,  Birds’ Eye View’s Filmonomics, Bridging the Gap Program-Scottish Documentary Institute, !f Istanbul Talent Development Lab, and a member of BAFTA Connect. I have also been selected for Edinburgh International Film Festival's talent program Script Starter to write my first fiction script.