Bircan Birol
Bircan is a Glasgow based documentary filmmaker who has created content for television broadcast, film festivals, and online streaming.

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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 and multimedia storytelling.

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 have been selected for several BAFTA and Oscar-Qualifying festivals and won a ‘Best Scottish Production’ award. It has been listed as one of the 10 Great Scottish Short Films from GSFF 2020 in Skinny magazine. My name also has been featured on Rianne Picture's ‘44 Women and Non-Binary Film Directors 2020’ list.

I am currently developing my first feature documentary 'Your Honour' and working on other multimedia projects. I am frequently commissioned to create short documentaries and multimedia pieces. I have made films for Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Refugee Council, British Council, Green European Foundation, Edinburgh Fringe, and a range of other 3rd sector, cultural and charitable organisations.

Besides documentaries and my own projects, I 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 New Voices Talent Scheme, Glasgow Film Festival Talent Mentorship Scheme, Screenskills Mentorship Scheme, Bridging the Gap Program of Scottish Documentary Institute, and !f Istanbul Talent Development Lab. I have recently been selected for Birds’ Eye View’s highly regarded filmmaker programme Filmonomics.

My camera still tends to zoom in on compelling human stories, alternative communities, and subcultures.