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.

Every two months we have a loop. Annually, we will form a special event for every two-month winners.

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

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. You agree to post the photos (selfie with trophy or certificate) you send to us on our social media and website.


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
  • Thank you for giving such a great honour, Awards & hospitality.
    It was a great experience at Best Istanbul Film Festival.
    Very well organized, conducted & great communication.
    So, I highly recommend it to all filmmakers. <3

    Thanks & regards
    Sourabh Lakshkar
    An Indian Girl (Writer-Director)

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, we were honored. We are determined to continue like this. We have an endless belief in art and all directors who raise our family like you. We congratulate you again and again. Best wishes ...

  • Tim Luna

    We were very honored that our short film The Taxi Dead was chosen for the program 2020. Unfortunately, we couldn't be there ourselves, but felt well informed and were able to follow the course of the festival online. We had a great communication. Thanks for the support.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your nice comments. We are honored. It really made us happy and honored that you are a part of our family... Congratulations and thanks again.

  • olaf crato

    Great People, awesome festival. Thank you!

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Great directors, great movies. We thank you very much and congratulations again.

  • A truly amazing experience with this film festival. Professional, friendly and all around wonderful! Thank you for everything.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Great experiences for us too. Nice movies and directors. Again and congratulations and thanks.

  • Mark Shaba

    Echoing the thoughts of many people, the festival team are communicative, friendly & passionate about supporting independent filmmakers. Thank you for the award of 'Best Student Filmmaker', it's much appreciated!

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your nice comments. We are honored. It really made us happy and honored that you are a part of our family.. Congratulations and thanks again.