Çayan Demirel Director, Producer

Çayan Demirel was born in Istanbul in 1977. After he graduated from the faculty of economics, he started working on documentaries with oral history projects. In 2006 he completed his first documentary '38about Dersim Massacre and then he founded Surela Film Production in 2009. 'Prison Number 5: 1980-84' directed by Demirel in 2009 won Best Documentary Award from various festivals. After that, he directed the documentary 'Dr. Şivan' telling Sait Kırmızıtoprak who was the MD and also one of the leader of Kurdish movement. And in 2015 he directed 'Bakurtogether with Ertuğrul Mavioğlu.

Koray Kesik Director of Photography

Koray Kesik started his journey of the cinema as a cameraman assistant at VTR in 1994 and Last Hands by Bahroye Kabadayı and Mustafa Varlık has been the first film that he worked as the director of photography. He completed several documentaries such as '38' (2006), 'Prison Number 5: 1980-84' (2009), 'Dr. Şivan' (2013), 'Yıldız Alpar: From Bedii Raks till Today(2011) and 'North' (2015) under the roof of Surela Film Production and on the other hand he worked on dozens of films produced in Turkey as the director of photography like Uncle İlhan, Thinking of Ege, Dreams of the Republic, Revolutionary Youth Bridge. 

Ayşe Çetinbaş Producer

Born in 1979 in Germany, Ayşe Çetinbaş completed her BA in Economics at Istanbul University in 2002. After she received her MA in European Public Policy at Greenwich University, she started as production assistant at various national and international documentary film projects. During 2008-2014 she was the member of executive board of International 1001 Documentary Film Festival held by BSB (Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey). Ayşe Çetinbas, who has provided production services to various international TV channels, newspapers and magazines, has also been one of the founder of Surela Film Production. She produced ‘Prison Nr.5: 1980-84’ (2009), ‘My Child’ (2013), ‘Dr.Şivan’ (2013), ‘North’ (2015) at Surela Film Production. ‘Yıldız Alpar: From Bedii Raks Till Today’ (2011) is the first documentary she directed.


Gökçe İnce Producer, Editor

Born in 1978, Gökçe İnce received her MA in Industrial Design at ODTÜ and Film and Television at Bilgi University. She is working as editor and producer in documentaries. Some of films she edited are Müezzin, My Child and Focus on Infinity. She is also making video and editing workshops for children and young.

Melike Ölker Production Assistant

As a production assistant at Surela Film Production Melike Ölker, the student of American Culture and Literature at Istanbul University, was one of the publishers of Deli Kadın Magazine which is a quarterly magazine about feminism, literature, culture and art. She has been working as the guest coordinator at the Istanbul Documentary Days and Which Human Rights Film Festival since 2016.