We as Istanbul Branch of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects are proud to announce the 15th 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 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): 6.000.- TL
Documentary Category:
First Prize: 6.000.- TL
Second Prize: 4.000.-TL
Third Prize: 3.000.- TL
Animation Category:
First Prize: 6.000.- TL
Second Prize: 4.000.-TL
Third Prize: 3.000.- 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.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will be held online this year as well. The selected films will be directed to YouTube from the web page of Chamber of Architects, and will be accessible for only 24 hours. Due to large size of the Chamber’s member network, there will be no encryption. With their participation directors and producers are deemed to have accepted this condition.

1. Films eligible for the competition include documentaries and animations produced in the last 2 years featuring architecture and urban issues. Regarding the architecture and urban issues, the festival also focuses on the subjects such as the livable environment, housing problem, urban rights, urban and social justice, urban transformation, and the effects of the pandemic on urban life.
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. Those films can be screened for free for education purposes to the students studying architecture and urban planning at the universities. The film directors and producers will be deemed to have accepted this condition from the beginning.
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: 7 June 2021
10. Application Deadline: 6 August 2021
11. Announcement of Results: Films to be screened will be announced on 11 August 2021 while the winners will be announced in the awards ceremony on 9 October 2021. 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.

15. Awards:
Sami Yılmaztürk Jury Special Prize (National Category): 6000.- TL
Documentary Category:
First Prize: 6000.- TL
Second Prize: 4000.-TL
Third Prize: 3000.- TL
Animation Category:
First Prize: 6000.- TL
Second Prize: 4000.-TL
Third Prize: 3000.- 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.
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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mükemmel bir festival. Askerdeyken öğrendim Sami Yılmaztürk Jüri Özel Ödülünü aldığımı. Buna rağmen ekip arkadaşlarımla kurdukları iletişim ve sorunsuz ilerleyiş takdire şayan. Umarım pandemiden uzak bir yarında, herkesin içinde bulunduğu bir festivalde yeniden buluşuruz. Yeni projemle yeniden görüşmek üzere :)

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Teşekkürler Furkan Karabay.
    Selma Erdem

  • Kajsa Andersö

    A great festival. Due to the pandemic, the festival was unfortunately held online. But it was a very interesting and inspiring program, high quality. Very nice communication and cooperation all the way.
    I am honored that my film was selected. I can really recommend the festival and would love to participate again.

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Kajsa Andersö,
    Thank you for your nice evaluations and wishes.
    Best regards,
    Selma Erdem
    Festival secretary


  • When the whole country(Bangladesh) was in lockdown during covid 19, some children used to come on the roof of our house to fly kites. I used to spend time with them. I always do something with my mobile camera to keep myself busy and worry free. I did it again. I made the movie Log Out with children flying kites. I also saw the bad condition of their family. I was surprised to see that the children are still happy.
    So I submitted my film to the Istanbul Urban and Architect Film Festival through Filmfreeway.
    Log out was selected out of 6 films from 51 countries. My Zero Budget film won 3rd prize in the documentary category.
    If I hadn't been on the platform of Freeway, I wouldn't have known about these festivals. I did not get this honor and did not get a chance to show the film.
    I thank the Istanbul Urban and Architecture Film Fest authorities. Thanks to FilmFreeway.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Saiful Jarnal,
    We thank you for conveying warm feelings to all of us from Bangladesh during these difficult days.
    Thanks to Filmfreeway for all its services and facilities.
    Selma Erdem

  • Paddy Cahill

    This is the premier international festival for architectural films run by a great team of people who are excellent communicators all through the process. We're delighted to have been part of the festival.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Paddy Cahill,
    Thank you very much for your comments about our festival. Our festival took place with your support.
    All of artists and film crews have a share in this success.
    Selma Erdem

  • A great festival, great communication! Thanks a lot for showing Stalking Chernobyl - Exploration After Apocalypse!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Iara Lee,
    Thank you for the opportunity to show your movie and for your comments.
    Selma Erdem