Highlighting “Our Differences, Diversity and Sensitivity”, International 2 Sides Short Film Festival’s 2020 theme is designated as “In My Pocket”. This year, the festival aims to reflect the diversity of cultural experiences and the accumulative effect of our personal journeys.

2SSFF’s program includes selections consisting of contemporary independent short films from all over the world, new generation experimental films, queer films, female-directed films and debut films; thematic film talks, panels with directors and events focusing on the communication between audiences.

The festival’s main objective is to connect “2 Sides” by collaborating with a different independent film initiative every year, and to enrich the cultural landscape of Izmir. This year’s special guest is bi’bak from Berlin. bi’bak’s film program bi’bakino, which was established in 2015, focuses on migration and mobility discourses and transnational narratives. It aims to diversify the expressions of these issues in film discipline. As from September 2020, bi’bakino will show the potential of a pluralist and participatory cinema which adopts a post-migratory and postcolonial approach by initiating a “cinema experiment” in its temporary venue in Berlin-Alexanderplatz.

Last year, to fulfil its aim of bringing diverse venue experiences to Izmir and reminding the culture of collective viewing, our festival took place in found/transformed boutique venues. This year’s edition is going digital due to pandemic.

*International 2SSFF is being realized with the support of Spaces of Culture and is executed by DFA (Digital Film Atelier).

Everyone is a winner! All selected films deserve a prize and we believe that it’s valuable to give the storytellers an opportunity to share their stories. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing your work!

*Films can be of any genre and from anywhere in the world.
*Films must have been completed by 2016 or later.
*English subtitles are required for all non-Turkish films. (.srt file)
*Films should be less than 20 minutes to qualify.
*The festival does not offer screening fees for selected films.
*Festival is going to be on digital platforms this year.

Format Requirements:
A H.264 file with the following specifications:
Frame size - 1920 x 1080
Frame rate - 24fps or 25fps
Bit rate - 12000kbps to 35000kbps.
Audio 48khz 24bit stereo

*If your film gets selected, you will be asked to provide digital stills from the film, press materials, English .srt subtitle file, director’s biography, filmography and a video trailer (if applicable).

Important Notices:
*Submitted films may be screened at ANY of our future events. The applicants will be informed in advance in these circumstances.
*By submitting, you give us permission to use your email address for marketing purposes. Your information will never be shared with third parties.
*Films must be the original work of the right-holders and they must have all the rights for festival screening of the films. The Festival will not support any infringement of the copyright and other rights made by the right-holders whose work is the intellectual share of the film screened. By submitting their film, the applicant agrees to the 2020 festival regulations.
*It is the applicant’s duty to obtain all the rights and permissions for the festival screening including rights of third parties such as music, trademarks, logos and other intellectual property rights.
*The festival committee has the right to use a 30-second-part of a film for promotion.

Overall Rating
  • Lucila Riggio

    We absolutely loved being part of this festival with our short film Not for money, not for love, not for nothing. Great communication, good networking opportunities for the filmmaker and great value for the film.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback and your valuable contribution to the festival. It was a pleasure to host you, and we hope to see you again in the next editions!

  • Marco B

    We were fortunate enough to have our film "Naked" selected in this year edition. 2 Sides is an excellent festival that in spite of the current restrictions was carried out in a personal way. I really appreciated this opportunity and space to discover truly amazing filmmakers and projects around the globe. Stunning selection, friendly staff, kind communication, and great streaming platform. I personally loved how they promote films on social media and interact with audiences. I'm really honored to be part of it this year and I hope to come back!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks for your kind feedback and your valuable contribution to the 2SSFF'20. We were very happy to host you, and we wish to see you in the next editions!

  • A wonderful festival with a wonderful team.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind comment and your valuable contribution to the festival. We were very happy to host you at the 2SSFF'20. We hope to see you again in the next editions!