Balık Arts

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Social Entrepreneurship without Borders

First leg in Katowice/Poland is complete. Next step is the seminar in Bakuriani/Georgia

"The Hamlets"

A pop-up cinema and training project in Tower Hamlets

"The Hamlets Project"

I would like to be kept informed about future The Hamlets events;

Film with a View

Held in Datça, Turkey

Dhaka International Film Festival

We are proud to be part of the Programming Team of Dhaka International Film Festival

Climate Action 2016

Climate Action: a filmmaking project looking into the effects of climate change. Held in Svalbard, Norway

Music Beyond Barriers

A cross border musical project bringing young people from across Europe together to explore culture and identity through music and filmmaking


Golden Island International Film Festival, commissioned to Balık Arts, took place in Cyprus in 2014.

A Taste of Anatolia

Screenings of films from Turkey in Cambridge If you wish to submit your films for consideration please email:

Get Involved


Volunteering is at the heart of Balık Arts. Our volunteers learn new skills, and benefit from work experience and training opportunities. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us, please email us at

Sponsor us

We are looking for commercial sponsorship for a number of projects, from film festivals to fashion projects. To contact Balik Arts about our current sponsorship opportunities, please email us at

Our Projects

Dhaka International Film Festival

Since 2016 we have been curating films from Turkey at DIFF.00000
For the 2017 edition, we programmed 11 productions and co-productions from Turkey. Of those films​,

  • ‘Rauf’ won the Best Script Award,
  • ‘Cold of Calandar’ won Best Cinematography Award,
  • ‘Until I Lose My Breath’ was granted a Jury ​Special Mention

 Other films with links with Turkish communities were ‘Growing Up Married’ shot in Turkey, ‘The Seedlings’ that had a Turkish actress in the cast and the Turkish Cypriot ‘Random Attempts’.

We are accepting submissions for DIFF 2018 from productions and co-productions from Turkey and North Cyprus.
Please email

Photo credit: Barış Kaya/’Rauf’ Film
Staying out of Exclusion - Sevilla 2016

Project aims:

  • Promoting human rights, non-discrimination, tolerance and solidarity.
  • Promoting respect for people with fewer opportunities.
  • Promoting social inclusion.
  • Prioritizing healthy lifestyles.
Picture of Me Picture of You 2016

Organised by: PECO in association with organisations from Ireland, Spain, France and Romania.

Funded by: Erasmus +

Creative Bridge

Run in partnership with the Independent Film Trust with support from Cambridge TV

  • Bringing together children from different social and cultural backgrounds
  • Using filmmaking to explore and share individual experiences about life and living Cambridge
  • Developing filmmaking skills as well as social cohesion and understanding
Music Beyond Barriers
  • Overcoming prejudice against the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Turkey and UK
  • Working together in music and film
  • Expanding opportunities for young people
Kids in Motion
  • Film-making skills and activities for children
  • Boosting confidence and co-operation
  • Completing films to be screened in film festivals
Civil Society Dialogue
  • Assisting NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) in Turkey and UK to make links and learn from each other’s experience
  • Raising public awareness of Human Rights violations
  • Increasing skills within Human Rights NGOs
  • Project Partners are: Collective Awareness Association and Karabağlar Municipality in İzmir, Turkey.
  • Civil Society Dialogue is a programme bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between the organisations. A total of 7 million Euro grant has been awarded to 55 projects focusing on topics in political criteria and media. 142 organisations from Europe and Turkey are joining up for shared objectives  around these projects.The Programme is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The Ministry for European Union Affairs is the responsible institution for the technical implementation of the programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the contracting authority.
Public Service Broadcast produced by Balık Arts

Past Volunteers


“The experience I had with Balik Arts changed my life completely. I was first involved in Music Beyond Barriers project in Istanbul. I had an amazing experience and decided to volunteer for Balik Arts. In the following year, I moved to the UK for my studies where I had an opportunity to work with Balik Arts closely. During this period, I learned many valuable skills; fundraising, project management, impact assessment and reporting. Also, I discovered that I wanted to work in the third sector thanks to the encouragement from the Balik Arts team. The skills and experience that I gained with Balik Arts played a crucial role in my career, perspective, and happiness. Now, I am working as a Child Protection Field Assistant in UNICEF Gaziantep Field Office in Southeast Turkey. Without Balik Arts, my life would not be the same. Thank you, Balik Arts!”


“Volunteering for Balık Arts was one of the most invigorating and enjoyable experiences of my life. Initially I did some box-office and publicity duties but this soon blossomed into an international project “Back to the Roots” which took me to Germany, France and Turkey as part of this project. I was even able to represent Balık Arts as a leader in Germany.”


“The work that I’ve done with Balik Arts has been fantastic; I’ve developed skills and gained experience in a world that I would otherwise have had very little exposure to. I’ve had the opportunity to travel and learn at the same time. From both a personal and professional perspective, Balik Arts has become very important to me, and I look forward to any work we do together in the future.”


“I’ve had an unbelievable fun journey with Balik Arts. Due to the opportunities they offer, other participants and l managed to break down the language barriers and made new friends. They helped me understand other cultures, introduced me to delicious foods and due to them l gathered memories that l will cherish forever.”


Balik Arts Team

Angela Kirk
Yeşim Güzelpınar
Fiona Crehan
Board Member
Oğulcan Köyler
GIIFF Assistant
Hakan Eğri
Financial Advisor
Jesse Wood
Technical Manager
Luana Martignon
Feride Morçay
Festivals Programming Assistant
Kaan Gökdeniz
Project Assistant & Graphic Designer



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