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Embark with me on a voyage through the interwoven realms of my cinematic exploration, where storytelling transcends mere entertainment and delves into the heart of societal issues. 

Born in Central Anatolia and currently finding my creative haven in Berlin.

My journey unfolds at the crossroads of art, politics, human desires, and sustainability, each thread contributing to the vibrant tapestry of my life.

BURAK BABAYİĞİT

  • In the annals of my early years, Ankara unfurled as the canvas of my upbringing, where I pursued the rigors of primary and high school education with unwavering determination. Amid those formative years, the seeds of my cinematic ardor were sown, and in the tapestry of 2008, I crafted my maiden short film. This endeavor ignited a fervor within me, an ethereal echo, destined to be the guiding light of my artistic odyssey.

  • The bustling metropolis of Istanbul beckoned, and I answered its call, driven by my cinematic dreams. The university, attuned to my creative potential, honored me with a prestigious full scholarship, granting passage to their esteemed Photography and Video Undergraduate Program. Istanbul's vibrant cultural milieu provided the ideal canvas for my creative aspirations to flourish.

  • In Istanbul, the confluence of culture and creativity offered an array of opportunities for personal growth. Immersed in the worlds of science, culture, and art, I collaborated with diverse communities, associations, and companies. My insatiable passion for knowledge led me to countless panels, seminars, and training programs, enriching both my professional expertise and my broader worldview.

  • My cinematic exploration led me to the vibrant world of motion pictures and commercial films, where I had the privilege of collaborating with industry giants like Machine Production, Labu, C.F.W., Böcek Yapim, PTOT Film, Dinamo Istanbul, and Muhteşem Film. As I navigated through various roles, from assisting to cinematography and ultimately stepping into the director's chair, I achieved a significant milestone by helming my first feature film "Bi O Kalmıştı" (There!)  at the tender age of 19 in 2014.

  • My deep-rooted passion for cinema, which led me not only to immerse myself in its artistry but also to share my insights, brought me into the fold of like-minded individuals. Through these shared experiences, I discovered the beauty of diverse perspectives converging at a common point, fostering close friendships with those who share my enthusiasm. This journey also led me to impart my knowledge through lectures at prestigious institutions like Marmara Academy of Arts and Maliye Theater Association, where I could give back and mentor the emerging creative minds of tomorrow in the domains of Short Film and Cinema.

  • While cinema remains my life's passion, I ventured into the world of design, not only to keep the artistic flames burning but also to, well, pay the rent and stay alive. So, I donned the hat of an art director, collaborating with agencies like MVM Digital, Vapp Digital, Atom Istanbul and Cambio Global. My journey also led me to create professional presentations for esteemed companies such as Pegasus, Tema Vakfı, Pastavilla, and Borsa Istanbul etc. Sometimes, art and survival find a curious harmony in the world of design.

  • My commitment to societal discourse extends beyond the camera lens. Through cinematic storytelling, I have delved into critical themes such as politics, the innate human desire for exploration and self-discovery, and the implications of these journeys on society. My films are a medium for reflecting upon the intricacies of these subjects, sparking conversations and fostering a deeper understanding of our world.

  • Between December 2018 and April 2019, I embarked on a transformative journey that took me across the Balkans, Europe, and South America. This odyssey, undertaken on a shoestring budget and with only a backpack in tow, not only expanded my artistic perspective but also forged deeper connections with diverse cultures, enriching my appreciation for the tapestry of humanity.

  • Sustainability holds a special place in my heart and work. The concept of sustainability transcends the environment; it extends to the sustainability of societies, cultures, and human well-being. This theme is woven into the fabric of my artistic expression, reminding audiences of our collective responsibility to nurture and preserve our world for future generations.

  • In my relentless pursuit of creative expression, I founded CAMBIO, a digital design and content agency, along with Cambio Film Works, a production company. These ventures embody my commitment to pushing boundaries, embracing innovation, and advocating for sustainable creative practices. Additionally, HUSH, a platform addressing contemporary issues through collaborative efforts across various fields, and WallArtHouse, a distinguished brand specializing in high-quality art prints, stand as further testament to my devotion to art and design.

  • Today, I continue to make my mark as a freelance director in cinema and advertising, collaborating with fellow artists and professionals worldwide at esteemed film festivals. I am an active member of organizations like the Film & TV Union of Turkey, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste e.V. (IGBK), and Filmnetzwerk Berlin.

  • My journey is a perpetual exploration, each chapter unveiling new stories and uncharted horizons. Berlin, with its vibrant culture, rich history, and thriving arts scene, beckoned me to its creative heart. The city's unique blend of tradition and innovation, along with its appreciation for diverse artistic expressions, has been a wellspring of inspiration. 

    While my personal website may not house my entire narrative, it is a testament to the evolving story that fuels my artistry. Germany's commitment to the arts and its open-minded embrace of creativity have enriched my journey and continue to shape the narratives I bring to life on screen.

Join me in the pursuit of storytelling that challenges, inspires, and provokes thought, as together, we shape a legacy that transcends the confines of cinema, intertwining politics, human desires, sustainability, and societal reflection.

Burak Babayiğit © 2024  |  Original video here

VAT: 14/214/03592

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