We as Istanbul Branch of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects are proud to announce the 14th addition of Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival.
This non-profit festival is programmed that is realized by the Istanbul Branch of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival is scheduled independent from the “World Architecture Day” this year and is planned to be held online. In the scope of the “Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival” an international prize competition is organized.
The festival intends to support the produced films and encourage new productions focusing on the field of “architecture and urban”, as well as have acclaimed films in that field meet the audience.

The films sent from within and outside Turkey are appraised together.
Each documentary and animation film is offered for competition in its own type.

15. Awards:
Sami Yılmaztürk Jury Special Prize (National Category): 5.000.- TL
Documentary Category:
First Prize: 5.000.- TL
Second Prize: 3.000.-TL
Third Prize: 2.000.- TL
Animation Category:
First Prize: 5.000.- TL
Second Prize: 3.000.-TL
Third Prize: 2.000.- TL

The prize of the awarded directors will be transferred to referred bank accounts. The festival bears the bank charges in Turkey, however is not responsible for the commissions of intermediary banks.

1. Films eligible for the competition include documentaries and animations produced in the last 2 years featuring architecture and urban issues. Films should not have participated in this festival before.
2. Films attending in the competition are limited to 60 minutes.
3. a. Non-English-language films will have English subtitles. The dialogue transcripts together with the time codes and srt file (in English) of the pre-selected films (no matter it is in English or not) will be submitted to the Festival Committee.
b. Non-Turkish films in the domestic category will have Turkish and English subtitles.
c) Turkish films in the domestic category will have English subtitles.
4. Whatever the original format of the film is, an H.264 format with MP4 extension can be send via data transfer programs such as Vimeo, WeTransfer, etc. and web sites such as FilmFreeway.
The application form will be downloaded from www.archfilmfest.org and sent to archfilmfest@archfilmfest.org together with any other documents. In case of any technical problems during preview of film the director will be notified. The director has to send a new copy within 48 hours at the latest. Otherwise, the film will be excluded from evaluation process.
5. The downloadable copies of the films to be sent to the Organizer Committee must be accompanied by:
a) The competition application form
b) 2 images from the film
c) 1 photograph of the director
d) Turkish and English biographies of the directors participating from Turkey, and English biography of the international directors (50 words maximum)
e) The film plot (50 words maximum). A 5-minute trailer should also be included.
f) The selection committee will have the right to exclude from competition any films which fail to duly meet application conditions.
6. The participants may participate in the competition with multiple films.
7. The films passing the elimination stage will be placed in the festival archive, and can be included in non-commercial screenings upon notification to the director. The films included in the festival screening program can be screened to public for education and non-commercial purposes which the film directors and producers will be deemed to have accepted and agreed.
8. Of the films that participate in the competition, the Festival Organizer Committee may include in the festival program all or some of the films passing the preliminary elimination. Such films will be evaluated by the jury, and the winners will be awarded.
9. Announcement of Competition: 15 September 2020
10. Application Deadline: 2 November 2020
11. Announcement of Results: Films to be screened will be announced on 12 November 2020 while the winners will be announced in the awards ceremony on 12 December 2020. The award ceremony will be held online.
12. The author will be liable for any third party copyright claims which may arise during screening of the films.
13. The participants will have already acknowledged that the Chamber of Architects will not have any legal obligations in case the films to be screened at the festival are illegally downloaded and copied.
14. If required, the Organizer Committee may change any Selection Committee members, and constitute a preliminary jury.
16. Board Members and employees of Istanbul Metropolitan Branch, Chamber of Architects, Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers (TMMOB), selection committee members, those whom selection committee members provide consultancy and/or act as a business/project partner, etc., and their first degree relatives cannot participate in the competition.
17. Decision of selection committee is final. Decisions are made by majority of votes.

Overall Rating
  • Sirin Demirel

    Awesome communication from their part and a decent number of screenings in different parts of the region. Great festival overall!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Şirin Demirel,
    Thank you for your kindly write.
    Selma Erdem

  • Monika Koeck

    Thank you for selecting my Film 'M'Hamid Oasis Morocco'. I wish I could have been there! Good Festival Team and good communication.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Monika,
    Thank you for your wonderful feelings about our festival.
    You contributed to our festival with your documentary.
    Hope to see you at upcoming festivals ...
    Selma Erdem

  • Deba Ranjan

    I am extremely happy and feeling proud of being the best documentary (Those stars in the sky) of the year.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Deba Ranjan,
    Thank you for your contribution to our festival.
    Congratulations on your award.
    Hope to see you at upcoming festivals ...
    Selma Erdem

  • Greatest festival ever: good networking, critical program and amazing organizators!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Natasha,
    Thank you very much.
    See you at upcoming festivals.

  • Phil Gomm

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to your team: we just received our certificate and brochure posted to the UK and it was so satisfying to have some tangible documentation marking the event and our involvement. Thanks again for allowing us to be part of such an interesting event. Much appreciated.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Phil Gomm,
    Thank you for your nice comment.
    Selma Erdem