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.

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.

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 Festival is an IMDB-qualifying film festival and FilmFreeway Gold festival. Best Istanbul Film 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 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 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 Festival team.
Best Istanbul Film Festival will make the final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

5) Terms

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.

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 Festival, the submitter agrees that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work and agree to hold harmless the Best Istanbul Film 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
  • Great festival, with high quality films. It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to participate and receive awards for two of my latest short films

    May 2022
  • Keith Harris

    Review for 'She's An Instagram Model' by Keith Orlando Harris. Thank you to the Best Istanbul Film Festival. This award was so important for me as it allowed my main actress who moved from Kazakhstan and is now living in Turkey a chance to hopefully work in Turkey in the entertainment field if she so chooses. To have this award proudly displayed on IMDb is an honor. Film Festivals like this can give people opportunities all over the world. The music video has now won 19 awards and is still going strong in film festivals. I'm truly grateful to the Best Istanbul Film Festival for giving my music video a chance to thrive. Thank you.

    May 2022
  • Thank you for choosing our movie as the winner.
    It was an honor for me.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    It is also an honor for us. Congratulations again.

  • Yolanda Belvis

    Muchísimas gracias al festival! Muy contentos con nuestro premio a mejor director de fotografía. Saludos desde España!!

    April 2022
  • Maria Aliaga

    It was a great honor participating in this festival!

    April 2022