Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival aims to gather emerging talent not only from Turkey but also from around the world as well. In this fifth season, projects are accepted from Turkey, European and Worldwide territories. GBISFF is looking for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry.

Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival is an IMDB accredited film festival since 2021.

The festival, which will be held three times a year, accepts films in various categories from Turkey and International. An academic jury will evaluate all submitted films. The grand finale (event) will be held annually and open to public.

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Best Short Film
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Animation Short Film
Best Horror/Thriller Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Low Budget Film
Best Science Fiction Short Film

Best Director
Best Female Director
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Trailer

- Award Certificate and Official Statue (Optional)
- All selected projects will be evaluated for finals. Selection laurels will be provided for nominated films. All laurels can be accessed on our site and

Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival is a film festival open to all organizations - producers / agencies - independent – directors.

All participants who will send movies to Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival (GBISFF) agree that they understand and comply with all the Rules, conditions, guidelines and disclaimers listed below related to the festival.

Participants agree that the films and other materials they send to the festival can be used and / or published on the website, in digital and printed event programs, and for any promotional purposes deemed appropriate by the festival.

If a film selected, all commercial or private property including all trademark or copyrighted materials shown or recorded are the responsibility of the filmmaker.

(GBISFF) reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling to end of the festival.

1- All submissions and payments must be received by deadline dates listed on FilmFreeway platform.

2- Films to be sent must be completed after 2010.

3. All films to compete must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

4- Short films up to 50 minutes and feature films up to 160 minutes are accepted for the festival.

5. All Entry fees are paid through the FilmFreeway platform and are non-refundable.

6. We only accept the movie as a digital copy or as a YouTube / Vimeo link. If there is a password, don't forget to send it. We cannot accept movies with poor film quality. Films that are not in English, in another language but without English subtitles and with low video resolution will not be accepted.

7. All movies must be ready to show in HD format.

8. The selected films will be announced according to the notification date published on the FilmFreeway platform. Movies selected for Official Finalist Screening must provide a download link or full quality 720p or 1080p online screening file no later than one week before the festival screening.

9. The announcement of the winners on the platform will be according to the official date.

10. The decisions of the election boards and juries are final.

11. Participants are obliged to obtain the release forms and permissions of all licenses and copyrights required to present their work. (GBISFF) is not responsible for any claims that involve business copyright, trademark, credit, or copyright infringement. Films accepted within the scope of copyright disputes can be shot from the festival.

12. Before attending our festival, please carefully read the (GBISFF) Guidelines and all Terms and Conditions, as well as the Disclaimer and Rights below.

13. Movies containing pornography will be disqualified. Funds will be non-refundable.

14. Applicants will not receive a notification that their films have not been selected.

15 (GBISFF) reserves the right to make changes to the Rules. The winning films will be announced on the festival website.

16. (GBISFF) may make changes the films categories. Once accepted and approved, movies cannot be released from the festival.

17. Official statue's shipment is free nationwide. Please see shipping rates on our official web site.

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A filmmaker can submit their films and works online through online film festival partner's; or submit entries via film form available on the festival website.

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The filmmaker or institution sending the film must have full rights and take responsibility for the content.

Only your film will be placed online, if you wish. There must be an express acceptance of you; Otherwise, only the poster or trailer will be posted online.

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The applicant agrees to have read and understood the rules and regulations for (GBISFF) participation. The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/right holder to enter this film in the (GBISFF) The winners of the festival may obtain an official winners plate.

Overall Rating
  • Marlene Hochman

    During this extremely challenging time when The Toy Museum of NY's programmed has been postponed due to COVID, it was a wonderful surprise to hear from your festival. We were delighted to be included and it put a smile on our faces. We hope our film brought joy to your audiences and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Marlene! We're waiting for your next work.

  • Lauren Speeth

    We were so honored to have “The Power of Environment receive an Official Selection all the way in Istanbul – we’d hoped to make a film that worked internationally, and your confirming that was such an uplift for us. Thank you also for continuing with your festival and staying in such good contact, rising above the challenging times. Much appreciated !

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Lauren, your comment is very valuable to us. See you again in our new seasons.

  • A great festival we enjoyed being a part of thoroughly. Caravan of Dreams, Elizabeth Bishop, Vibhas Kendzia

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Elizabeth, many thanks for your kind words.

  • Jude Morrell

    A huge thank you for choosing my film ‘Cuba’ as the winner of the Best Documentary Short film in this year’s Golden Bridge Istanbul Film Festival. It was a wonderful experience and my best wishes for many more fantastic festivals.
    I would love to visit one day!

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Your comment is very valuable to us. See you again in our new seasons.

  • Fabio Teriaca

    Great organization and festival.. really happy to be part and winner with my short movie.. congratulation

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Fabio! You are so kind.