Zeynep Akcay is an animated filmmaker & scholar of Turkish origin. Focusing on the narrative strategies in different forms of animation, she is currently teaching at the Animation Program of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. After completing a BA degree in Istanbul Turkey, determined to be an animation artist, she moved to Montreal, Canada. Her studies continued concurrently with professional experience in animation and post-production companies. She moved back to Turkey to work as a lecturer in İzmir while completing her practice-based PhD, for which she made an interactive animated film for preschool children. She presented at international conferences and served as jury member in festivals; namely, 28, 29 & 31th SAS Conferences, Animafest Scanner IV, 4th Under The Radar Symposium, 9th AnimaSyros International Animation Festival, 4th Contact International Student Film Festival, and was one of invited filmmakers at “Le Voix des Femmes Festival” in Liege, Belgium.
Kam started as a response to the increasingly conservative affirmations about the female body surrounding Turkish women. Drawing from women’s power in the shamanistic culture, dancer Sevinc Baltali’s improvisation was transformed with this film into a visceral expression of the anger & the rebellious energy of the female body.