Gizem Bayıksel was born in Ankara in 1989. She has been working as a photographer, cinematographer and director in the film industry for over 6 years. Since 2012 she has also worked as a coordinator, programmer and film curator for numerous events and film festivals. She has been involved in Pink Life QueerFest since the beginning of the festival, which is the first and only queer film festival in Turkey. She was the festival's coordinator between the years of 2012-2017, now she continues as a programmer. Currently she is working at Pera Film / Pera Müzesi-Museum in Istanbul.
In addition to serving on juries including Berlinale's Teddy Award, Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival and Faroe Islands' International Minority Film Festival, she has been curating film programs with Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima and xart splitta berlin. Bayiksel's personal interest in film and photography focuses on the female gaze and queer theory. She is currently living in Istanbul and working on her first feature film project, a sequel for her short, Child's Play, a lesbian couple's story with Turkish politics on the background.