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
  • It's a huge honor for me to submit my work in this amazing festival, love to submit more work. Thank you once again for the award.

    July 2021
  • Lee Dorje

    Great Festival and Great Experience!! Thanks to all the lovely crews from BIFF!

    August 2021

    Sono molto felice che il mio film sia stato selezionato e poi vincitore della sezione "SHORT FILM / Luglio", di questo importante festival internazionale. La qualità dei film selezionati è molto alta e questo mi inorgoglisce ancora di più, per il semplice motivo che tutto ciò é reso possibile da veri professionisti. Grazie mille al BEST ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL.

    July 2021
  • André Ruiz

    excelente festilval!! gracias por ser mi primera experiencia como director!

    July 2021

    DR Sami’s Diaries (Echolalia) is our first short film under SAMI Productions, and we will always be indebted to Best Istanbul Film Festival for celebrating filmmakers like us. It is a fabulous festival, a fabulous group of people who truly care about supporting independent filmmakers. Amazing Communication from the get-go. Looking forward to coming back with our next project and wishing all the best.

    July 2021