Sibel Guvenc, a professor at Sheridan who teaches the Honours Bachelor of Film & Television (BFTV), is one of 12 producers from all over the world who have been chosen to take part in a prestigious series of workshops at the Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) in France this month.
Guvenc and Vancouver’s Nach Dudsdeemaytha will address Telefilm Canada in Marché du Film’s Effect Makers Lab, a drive intended to encourage worldwide co-creation and guide arising makers to make more significant, manageable and significant movies.
In addition, producers from Taiwan, the Netherlands, Germany, Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Netherlands will take part in the workshops to discuss the values that are inherent in a diverse film industry with content that appeals to all audiences, exchange ideas, and reflect on the current state of the industry.
Guvenc, a Turkish-Canadian director, writer, and producer, has received more than 30 awards and nominations from international film festivals. Her 2019 film Turkish Mesir Macunu received a Humanitarian Award Honorable Mention. Her inclusion in the impACT Producers Lab signifies that her drama feature film LOYA will be one of 100 original independent feature film projects chosen from 10,000 entries for Netflix’s Canadian Virtual Pitch Day in 2020.
The film LOYA, which will be shot in Turkey this summer, is about a father-daughter relationship in a complicated family dynamic against the backdrop of a village’s struggle with a change in the environment. Following the demise of her receptive dad because of deforestation, Loya — a 11-year-old narrator confronting a disease finding — reconnects with her introduction to the world dad and finds he is the top of a Canadian gold mining organization that is obliterating her town and is compelled to fix their relationship to save her property.
“Organizations discuss maintainability and being green,” Guvenc says, “however do they truly rehearse those qualities? LOYA poses that inquiry by focusing a light on the natural effect that mining can have and exhibiting how it changes the existences of individuals who dwell in the district.”
As part of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative, which provides underrepresented professionals with high-level industry access to develop, pitch, fund, and distribute their projects, Guvenc will also attend the Banff World Media Festival next month.
Guvenc received the Transformative Learning Award from Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design last year. This award, which was nominated by students, honors Sheridan faculty or staff who foster learning experiences and environments that transform students’ perspectives on themselves, their skills, disciplines, and/or the world.
Guvenc, who oversees the development and production of the thesis films of fourth-year BFTV students, states, “I encourage my students to understand why they’re telling a story.” A good producer does that: he or she asks probing questions and encourages writers to say what they really want to say.