Our main purpose is to introduce and reward independent filmmakers around the world and become a brand to open the way in the cinema industry.

We are an IMDB qualifying Film Festival.

We do special events (workshop, event, exhibition) every quarter. We will be happy to see you with us. Please check our website for more information, www.istanbulff.com

The next workshop: September 20, Poetry and novel workshop, Location: Istanbul, Acıbadem

Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival because; Istanbul, the only city in the world with land on two continents, has land in both Europe and Asia. Istanbul, the capital of many civilizations such as Rome, Latin, Eastern Roman, and Ottoman, is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival because; It is one of the five most populous cities in the world that embraces the art world and hosts unique works from past to present. However, this situation is not limited to the last century. Istanbul was among the most crowded and creative cities in the world in the 1500s.

The certificate and the laurel, which can be printed online, are sent free of charge to the award winners. Each winner has a right to purchase trophies if they wish.

Main Categories for Feature Film

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Drama
Best Feature Animation

Main Categories for Short Film

Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Horror/Crime/Thriller Film
Best Short Comedy Film
Best Short Drama Film
Best Short Animation

Sub Categories for Short Film

Best Director
Best Male Performance
Best Female Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Original Music
Best Editor
Best VFX
Best Student Filmmaker

Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival is an IMDB-qualifying film festival and FilmFreeway Gold festival. Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival's mission is to introduce and reward independent filmmakers around the world and become a tool to open the way in the cinema industry.

All winners will receive the award certificate and laurel via email. The Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival has a strong social media and high traffic website, the promotion of all winners will be ensured by the festival via social media and website.

1) Scope and General Info

Film types of all genres are accepted. Filmmakers may submit multiple projects.

We do not accept pornography, any non-proper content videos movies with intense propaganda or radical politics.

The short film and director's name will be shared on social media by Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival. You agree to utilize parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purposes.

2) Language

All foreign language short films should be submitted with English subtitles.

3) Runtime

Feature films must be under 220 min. Shorts must be under 40 min.

4) Review

We accept and review international short films.
All films are watched by the Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival team.
Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival will make the final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

5) Terms

By submitting, you hereby agree Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival may utilize your short film & press pack material for promotional purposes.

All films officially selected shall be screened at all functioning venues without a screener fee applied.

You agree to post the photos (selfie with trophy or certificate) you send to us on our social media and website. Screening pays will not be ensured.

The trophy and critique review are paid (not free) services.

6) Copyrights

By submitting Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival, the submitter agrees that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work and agree to hold harmless the Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, or attorneys' fees that may be held in connection with the Film entry or the Festival's use thereof.

7) Notification Date and Deadline

The notification date can be changed by the committee.
The deadline for the submissions can be extended by the committee.

8) Refund

We do not have a refund option.

9) Services

The trophy and critique review are paid (not free) services.

Overall Rating
  • An exceptional festival and it was an honor to participate. I am happy to have received the award, it is certainly among the best events on cinema. It was very nice to bring the Italian heart into your culture.

    September 2022
  • It is immensely encouraging getting a chance to have my work selected in your festival. I greatly appreciate how you also additionally provide a social media platform to showcase artists' work through Instagram, allowing for more opportunity to exposure and networking.
    I firmly believe that in the coming years, this festival will hopefully get to expand its venues on more stages around the world, allowing for more screening opportunities. As it is a blend of Europe and Asia, it would be amazing to get to visit one of your screenings.

    September 2022
  • Michaela Zoidl

    such warmhearted people behind Best Istanbul Film Festival, I have the impression they really appreciate films and watch them with their hearts. I have got silver for best short film and I am hoping that my film MAGIAS will be shown annually that the message of love can go around the world. Wonderful platform for artists with messages.

    September 2022
  • So grateful to be a part of this festival and to know that our work is not going unnoticed. thank you

    September 2022
  • Manfred Schreyer

    Thank you for the Award for my documentary “The American Experience 2021”. I am deeply honored!

    August 2022