Festival Staff

Vedide Kaymak

Festival Director

After graduating in Political Science and Journalism, Vedide worked in a variety of Turkish media organisations before moving to London, and a career in the cinema industry. Vedide initially worked with various arts and cultural organisations promoting Turkish culture in the UK, programming for MTV's Turkish channel and co-producing short films. However, it was her work at the Rio Cinema in East London and the subsequent creation of the London Turkish Film Festival that fulfilled her career ambition. With Vedide's leadership, the Festival has grown from a three-day event to an internationally renowned festival. For over a decade, she has also successfully promoted and distributed Turkish films to cinemas throughout the UK. In 2009 Vedide created another Turkish cinema milestone with the introduction of the annual Golden Wings Awards, including the unique Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award which ensures cinema distribution across the UK and Ireland for the winning film.

 

Sevinç Baloğlu

Turkey Coordinator

Sevinç Baloğlu graduated from Ankara University Department of Communication in 1984. She worked as a reporter for the Turkish National Press Agency (UBA) during her university years. After graduating she became a scriptwriter for the Tara Advertising Agency and state-run TRT Ankara Television. Following her marriage to Rıza Baloğlu in 1986, she moved to Northern Cyprus and became a programmer for Bayrak Television. In 1988 she returned to Istanbul as a scriptwriter and assistant director for Istanbul Television. In the 90s she continued with scriptwriting and worked in various organisations including MTV and TRT. From 1992 Sevinç took on different roles for the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK Vakfı). She left TÜRSAK in 2009 to found Su Production, named after her daughter. She has also worked as General Coordinator for many international film festivals between 1998 and 2008 including the International Children's Film Festival and the International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

 

Esra McCann

Executive Assistant

After studying at Gazi University, Ankara - College of Education Department of Music, she worked at Star TV, Istanbul Marketing & Publicity Department Animation and Special Effects for over 5 years. She took a second course at Dokuz Eylul University on Software and digital design. Esra enjoys yoga, cycling, reading, nature trekking and wildlife tours.

 

Celine Mitchell

Director's Assistant

Born in London to an American mother and a father of Turkish Cypriot origin, Celine is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. She previously studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her true passion lies in filmmaking and photography, and in her free time she enjoys filming short travel and documentary films. Recently, she created her own documentary photography website!

 

Sabri T. McCann

IT

He studied Computer Science at Strathclyde University. After leaving Scotland he worked in Holland, Greece and Turkey as a computer programmer for over 15 years. He now lives in Turkey and is actively involved in organic farming. He has 5 dogs and 4 cats. He loves sailing, coding and anything nerdy.

 

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