Conversation: Canlandıran(Animating) Women

Melis Balcı
Melis Balci is an independent animation filmmaker, living and working in Istanbul. After graduating from Sabanci University, Visual Communication Design in 2012, she co-directed her first animation film Merkür in 2015 with Ege Okal. She is having her masters degree in Film&Drama/Directing at Kadir Has University.

Mesure Melis Bilgin
1980, İstanbul. Artist and scholar. After graduating from Robert College, Istanbul, Melis received her undergraduate degree from Bennington College, USA, where she studied visual arts and theatre and worked in New York. Upon returning to Turkey, she worked in stage productions, after which she received her master’s and PhD in film from Istanbul Bilgi University and Marmara University respectively. She acted as a director, assistant director and dramaturg in various Off-Broadway plays and musicals in New York and worked as assistant director at Ridge Theatre’s production of the opera “Klinghoffer” at BAM. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened at numerous exhibitions and festivals around the world, traveling cities including Amsterdam, Berkeley, Ljubljana, Mannheim, Milano, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam and Varna. The artist, whose video-performances and animation work has been screened in Turkey at Istanbul Modern, CerModern and the Istanbul International Film Festival, has received international and national awards with her short animation “Tetrist.” Working as an interdisciplinary artist, Melis continues to live in Istanbul, produce and write in the fields of short film, animation, video performance and visual arts and works as an assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University.

İdil Ar Uçaner
Idil Ar Uçaner is working as an animation director, illustrator and character designer.for more than 12 years. After graduating from Mimar Sinan University – Industrial Design Department, she made her master degree in Berlin – Kunsthochshule Weissensee. During her studies in Berlin, she met the magical world of animation and passionately decided to be a part of it as an animation director. Now she has a 3 years old daughter. After giving birth to Yonca, Children’s Books naturally took a part of her daily life… She read and keeps on reading lots of books with her daughter and finally decided to create her own children book afterwards. Nowadays, she is working on her first book as an author and illustrator as well. Her last film ‘’The Garden’’ won ’Best Children’s Film Award’’ in Uppsala Short Film Festival 2017 in Sweden. The Garden has been screened in more than100 international film festivals around the globe. She also occasionally teaches animation and design to children between 3-6 years old and young adults in several academic and voluntary classes. She enjoys teaching and also learns a lot from children as well.

Özgül Gürbüz
She was born in 1980 in Eskişehir. In 2004, he graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Animation. After working as a research assistant at the same university until 2006, she came to Istanbul. Between 2006 and 2017, she worked as a character model at Anima Istanbul Animation Studio. As a full-time team member in the animation industry, she gained experience in various projects such as short / full-length animated films, series and commercials. Since 2017, she has been working with his teammates at the BAU Galata VR First Lab to produce independent short animated films throughout her career.