Sibel Guvenc is an internationally acclaimed Turkish-Canadian director, writer, and producer based in Toronto with thirty film awards and nominations at international film festivals including Humanitarian Award - Honourable Mention. Sibel’s current feature drama film project, LOYA, a Canada/Germany co-production, was shortlisted to 100 original feature film projects for the Netflix Canadian Pitch Day, selected for the 2021 JETS, a co-production initiative that takes place at Berlinale supported by Telefilm, 2020 Whistler Film Festival (WFF) Producers Lab, was a finalist at 2020 WFF Power Pitch, and received Telefilm Development funding.
Sibel’s latest sci-fi drama short film, End of the Rope(2020), was officially selected for the 38th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. In addition, it received Best Sci-Fi Film awards at festivals from Beverley Hills to Houston with additional screenings from San Francisco to Moscow. Her dark comedy Turkish Mesir Macunu (2019) was officially selected, awarded, and nominated in international film festivals in Canada (7 nominations), Chile, Turkey, India, Romania, and the U.S. among others. Sibel's earlier films fared just as well on the festival circuit. Hungarian Salami (2007) was nominated for Best Comedy at the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards and was considered for Canada's Top Ten Shorts by the TIFF Group. Her acclaimed film, In the Penal Colony (2006), based on Franz Kafka's short story, received awards at festivals from New York to Kolkata, was presented alongside Orson Welles' The Trial, and was included as part of a trilogy in Teatro Municipal da Guarda together with Philip Glass's opera based on the same story. In her films, Sibel is interested in exploring social justice, issues of power and control, and the future of science and the environment.
She is a TIFF Filmmaker Lab and WIDC Director Alumna (Women In the Director’s Chair). She has an MFA in Film from York University and an Honours BFA degree in Integrated Media from OCAD University. Sibel was a part of Telefilm Producers without Borders 2016 Berlinale Coproduction Market, CMPA Telefilm Producer Trainee Program, WIDC Story Development and Production Module, and the WIDC 2018 Career Advancement Module. Sibel is a part-time professor at Sheridan College BFA in Film and Television Program teaching advanced directing and production of thesis films from screenwriting to completion.
Sibel is a participant in the 2022 Banff Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media.