Beyza Boyacıoğlu is an award-winning documentarian and film editor from Istanbul, currently based in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA, IDFA, Anthology Film Archives, RIDM, MoMA PS1, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Venice Biennial, Creative Time Summit, Barbican Centre, UnionDocs, Maysles Cinema, Morelia International Film Festival, !f Istanbul and many others.
Her work as an editor includes feature documentaries In Search of Bengali Harlem (directed by Vivek Bald with support from PBS & Ford Foundation) and Black Lives Matter: A Global Reckoning - Italy (directed by Nicole Bozorgmir for VICE Media). She is a long-time collaborator of Upstander Project that produces documentary films to encourage decolonization; she edited two shorts from their Reciprocity Project as well as Bounty. Most recently, she was an editor on Season 2 of Counter Space by VICE Media featuring chef Sophia Roe. Her clients include BBC, VICE, American Express, Harvard University, MIT, Vivid Story, Swissnex, Creative Time, athenahealth and Eyebeam. She was a Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room mentee between 2019-2020.
As a director, she has received fellowships and grants from Chicken & Egg, Flaherty Seminar, Greenhouse (now Close-Up) program for Middle Eastern and North African filmmakers, LEF Foundation, Council for the Arts at MIT and SALT Research. She created the interactive documentary Zeki Müren Hotline at the MIT Open Documentary Lab with Jeff Soyk and directed the short film Toñita’s at UnionDocs with Sebastian Diaz.
Her writing on cinema and media has appeared on MIT Open Documentary Lab's DocuBase, IndieWire and Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History by Laura L. S. Bauer.
She holds an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, an MFA in Computer Arts from SVA and a BA in Visual Arts from Sabanci University. She is also an alumna of The Edit Center's Art of Editing program for feature film editing. Beyza is a Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective member.