Every two months we have a loop for the festival. 12 months later, we will form a special event for every two-months winners.

We are an IMDB qualifying Film Festival.

To introduce and reward independent filmmakers around the world and become a tool to open the way in the cinema industry.

Best Istanbul Film 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 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.

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

By submitting Best Istanbul Film Festival, the submitter agrees that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work and agree to hold harmless the 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.


We accept and review both International short films.
All films are viewed by Best Istanbul Film Festival.
Best Istanbul Film Festival will make the final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.


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


By submitting, you hereby agree Best Istanbul Film 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.


We do not accept pornography, any non-proper content videos.

The short film and director name will be shared on social media by Best Istanbul Film Festival

Screening pays will be not ensured.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks you so much to have supported my movie . Wish you a long way successful with your festival and see you soon maybe with a new project .
    My best regards
    Galiam Bruno Henry

    November 2020
  • Hasan Dogan

    Magnifique festival. Très aimable accueil de la part des organisateurs. Ils sont vraiment réactifs à des questions. On sait qu'ils ont pris le temps et visionné notre film. J'enverrai mon prochaine film à ce festival sans aucune hésitation.

    Wonderful festival. Very friendly welcome from the organizers. They are really responsive to questions. We know they took the time and watched our film. I will send my next film to this festival without any hesitation.
    Hasan DOGAN

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    We are proud to be a big family, to be a part of it. Thank you very much, congratulate you again. We look forward to your new projects impatiently. Regards.

  • A well-organized festival with high-quality films.
    Recommended from our side to other film-makers.

    Chris & Maurice Micallef

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    We congratulate you again. We hope that luck and success will always be with you in your next cinema life. Love and respect:)

  • Martin AgRam

    A way for Tomás (Un camino para Tomás) was chosen as the best short drama film at the festival. We are grateful that the story of Tomás has been liked and received so much, that they have been interested in a drama about nightmares, dreams, hopes and existential dilemmas typical of the human condition. Thank you very much on behalf of the group of actors, the Punto 8 Entertainment team and La Banda del Bisonte.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We congratulate you and your team again. Also, thank you very much for your nice comment. We wish you good luck and success in your future cinema life.

  • Amazing festival!!. It was an honor for me to take part in this festival! A wonderful experience, I look forward to the next one. Excellent communication, clearly run by professionals! Highly recommend it. Congratulations to all festival team.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your nice comments. We are honored, we congratulate again and again with all our sincerity. With our love and respect .