Fascinated by myths and legends, Çağla Zencirci uses the medium of cinema to tell real-life stories.
With her partner Guillaume Giovanetti, Zencirci has co-directed several shorts and three features, Noor (2012), Ningen (2013) and Sibel (2018). Noor, their first feature-length film presented at the ACID section of the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a transgender man in Pakistan who tries to live a ‘normal’ life with a woman. The film, based on the lay lead actor’s true biography was featured at numerous festivals and won the award for Best Performance at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (2014).
Sibel premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was awarded the Prize of the Youth Jury, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the FIPRESCI Prize.
Their documentary short Shanty Garden Town (2007), about a Turkish urban planner who seeks inspiration from allotment gardeners in Berlin, won Best Short Documentary at the Festival Barcelona Docupolis.
Zencirci has participated in residencies at Groupe Ouest, Brittany, France (2021); Dora Maar, Luberon, France (2017, 2020); TorinoFilmLab, Turin (2015); Moulin d’Andé, Normandy (2006, 2015); and Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto (2010).
She holds a MA in Economic Studies from Hacettepe University, Ankara (1997).
Born in 1976 in Ankara, Zencirci currently lives and works between Istanbul and Paris.
Sharjah Film Platform 4 (2021)
Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) offers a programme of talks on cinema and artists’ moving image as well as sessions addressing current debates in the film industry. A programme of workshops for children and families aims to teach children about the various aspects of filmmaking, such as screenwriting, storyboarding, lighting, filming and production.
Sharjah Film Platform is an annual festival organised by Sharjah Art Foundation to support the growing film scene in the UAE by celebrating and sustaining the work of local, regional and international filmmakers.
A limited number of Festival Passes and tickets to individual screenings are now available for purchase online. To book your SFP4 Festival Pass or tickets, click here.