© 2020 by Merve Cirisoglu Cotur

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Hi! Salaam!

I'm an award-winning animation director, producer, animator and educator, who specifically dedicates works to animation production, creative consultancy, animation workshops and mentorship; having completed my MA in Animation at University of the Arts London with Distinction and BA in the Faculty of Education at Bogazici University with Honors Degree.

 

My animated films have reached nearly 4 M people on Youtube and one of them, The Box, was selected by 252 international film festivals and awarded 45 prizes such as “Best Animation” and “Special Prize”.       

 

Currently, I've been running my art and education business, Animatick Arts, based in London as well as holding the presidency of an international charity, Iyilikhane Association for Children based in Istanbul.

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I've been providing the following services for the companies/individuals through my business, Animatick Arts:

- Creative consultancy & production,

Yusuf Islam Foundation

- Animation directing & production,

University of Washington

- Animation education mentorship

for high school students

- Authorship, "Karton Kutu" children's book,

Ucan At Publishing House (bit.ly/karton-kutu)

- Animation workshops

for children and adults

(Please visit 'Services' page for details & inquiries)

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Work & Volunteer Experiences: 

- Animation workshops in London, Zanzibar/Tanzania, Batumi/Georgia, Chania/Greece

- Animation assisting, 2018 / National Film & Television School, "Facing It" animated short

- Main Jury Member, 2018 / Tofuzi International Animation Festival

- Illustration & graphic design, 2017-2018 / BIM Turkey, Iyilikhane Association for Children, Umuda Kosanlar Association, Daily Kabob, Sinan Wren Foundation

- Script Supervising, 2017 / MET Film School students' projects

The Bookmark Project, which I designed and coordinated with my friends, made tens of thousands of people in 70 cities of Turkey take action for orphans and children in need, and managed to raise funding to build two orphanages and a school in Malawi, Thailand and Bangladesh. In 2014 I founded a charity, Iyilikhane Association for Children, which maintains activities and projects to meet the humanitarian, cultural, social and intellectual needs of children.

(Please visit www.iyilikhane.org.tr for more information and ongoing projects)

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Presentations and Q&A Sessions:

- Annual Charity Dinner by Yusuf Islam Foundation & Penny Appeal, London, 2018 - Presentation

- United Nations, New York, United States, 2018 - Panel & Q&A session

- Chania Film Festival, Crete, Greece, 2018 - Presentation

- TEDxReset Talk, 2017 - Istanbul, Turkey

- Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 - Presentation & Q&A session

- Unseen Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 2017 - Presentation & Q&A session

- Asia Peace Film Festival, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2017 - Panel discussion & Q&A session

(Please visit 'The Box' page for the details)

•  TEDxReset Talk (2017) "Bir şey Yap, Güzel Olsun - Do Something Beautiful" – Turkish:

Featured on:

•  ÇETO Dergi - Children's Magazine (2019) "Ramazan hilalini ve dahasını çizip canlandırmak aşkına" - Turkish

•  Yeni Safak - News (2019) "O'nu animasyonla anlatıyoruz" - Turkish - https://bit.ly/34Lpg3h

•  Ittifak Gazetesi - News (2019) "Karton Kutu" - Turkish - https://bit.ly/2RfzzbZ

•  Star - News (2018) "Animation as a tool for goodness" - Turkish - http://bit.ly/2S3o4Fh

•  ÇETO Dergi - Children's Magazine (2018 - December) "Zanzibar'ın renklerine karışmak" - Turkish

•  TRT Haber - News (2018) "41 awards go to The Box, the story of refugee children, directed by Merve Cirisoglu" - Turkish - http://bit.ly/2HosLVV

•  Nihayet Dergi - Magazine (2018- August) "Merve Cirisoglu: "I see art as a tool for goodness"  -Turkish      

•  The Brand Age - Magazine (2018) "41 international awards go to Turkish student" - Turkish - http://bit.ly/2DsaPWo

•  El Pais - News (2018) “No me creía lo que vi en mi tierra: niños con solo una caja de cartón” – Spanish - http://bit.ly/2R8ts5o

        

•  TEDxReset (2017) "Merve Cirisoglu Cotur: Bir şey Yap, Güzel Olsun - Do Something Beautiful" – English & Turkish - http://bit.ly/2AZjAFS

        

•  Bogazici University (2017) "Award-winning director from Bogazici University" – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2sHPnH4

•  Humans of Bogazici - Union (2017) – English & Turkish - https://bit.ly/2oHT6DT

•  Sabah - News (2017) – "Elden ele yayılan iyilik dalgası - Goodness spread from hand to hand" - Turkish - http://bit.ly/2CBGF1q

•  Images - Magazine (2017) "War film 'The Box' applauded on Day 2 of Asia Peace Film Festival"English - http://bit.ly/2T65rO9

•  Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (2017)"Benevolence is a butterfly effect" - English - http://bit.ly/2Ufvz9N

•  Daily Sabah - News (2017) "Interview with Merve Cirisoglu Cotur, the maker of The Box film about tragedy in Aleppo – Arabic - http://bit.ly/2Mo6u9H

       

•  Bogazici University Reunion Association (2017) "The Box'un Yönetmeni Merve Çirişoğlu'yla Söyleşi – Interview with the director of The Box; Merve Cirisoglu – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2FJ3rs5

•  Cult Critic Film - Magazine (2017) “The Box: One child waking up homeless on Christmas morning is a tragedy” – English - http://bit.ly/2RHqQAQ

•  Yeni Şafak - News (2014) “Kitap ayracıydı, yardım derneği oldu – First it was a bookmark, then became a charity” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2Due6EP

•  Genç Dergi - Magazine (2014) “İşte bu gerçekten iyi bir haber: İyilikhane açıldı – That’s really good news: Iyilikhane launched” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2RHqXwg

•  CTF Panorama - Magazine (2013) “Kitap Ayracı Projesi gölgede büyüyen çocuğa sahip çıkıyor – Bookmark Project takes care of poor children” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2AWYesO

•  Doğru Haber -News (2012) “Halis niyet, samimiyet ve gayret, Bir azmin hikayesi – A story of good intention, sincerity and effort” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2MogJuO

•  Genç Dergi - Magazine (2011) “Fıtırcanlar is on the way of Africa” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2FJ2r7g

•  Dünya Bülteni - News (2011) “Afrika dostları yetimler gecesinde buluşuyor – Africa lovers meet in the African Orphans Night” – Turkish - http://bit.ly/2AYsXG5