İstanbul International Spring Film Festival (IISFF) is an annual film festival & film competition with a public screening event held in Beşiktaş / İstanbul.

We invite submissions of films from all around the world which demonstrate excellence in cinematography and other aspects of filmmaking. We urge filmmakers from all over the world to join us: We are OPEN FOR OPEN MINDS!

All submitted projects are evaluated by a team of experts from the film industry. First, a preliminary jury of 25 people from the film industry will asses the works applying for the competition, after the preliminary assessment, the finalist will be subjected to a second and final assesment by a 9 people main jury.

The main jury includes prominent names from cinema, theater, and literature to different branches of art in Turkey.

Each year, IISFF will award the best projects through public screenings at ZUBEYDE ANA KULTUR VE SANAT MERKEZI in İstanbul.

Each candidate can compete in multiple categories in order to increase their chances to receive an award.

Producers of all the ranked films will be invited to our closing ceremony and the winners will receive a trophy and a certificate of achievement in HQ format. They will also receive our official Laurel, will be listed on our website and will be able to upload their achievement on IMDb.

Our closing ceremony will be held at Zübeyde Ana Culture and Arts Center of the Beşiktaş Municipality with the participation of prominent names and domestic/international press.

​Names of all the ranked films will be included in our press releases.

İstanbul International Spring Film Festival is looking for short films as well as feature films, documentaries, student films, animations and trailers.

We accept films of any genres and language with a maximum length of 300 minutes for feature films and 40 minutes for short films and other types. Non-Turkish films must have English subtitles.

We do not accept:​

1. Amateur videos.
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations.
3. Pornography.
4. Films with a poor production standard (poor sound, no subtitles/captions for non-Turkish films, video resolution less than 1080p HD).
5. We don’t accept scripts.
6. We don't accept excerpts/scenes from films: The entire film should be submitted.

By submitting your film, take note that:

İstanbul International Spring Film Festival (IISFF) is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt (trailer/teaser/poster/stills) from any film submitted for promotional purposes. The films will not be available online.

If we think that the categories submitted are not to a standard of a IISFF, they will be removed.

The competition reserves the right to reject applications and the jury can remove the movie from the competition at any time.

Entry fees are non-refundable. The individuals or corporations submitting their film hereby warrants that their film is authorized for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Where there is wind there is still wind, and this experience, many years later, will become that experience.

    April 2024
  • Roque Corcuera

    amazing reception!! the jury are great people and there were very warm with me and mi family

    April 2024
  • Mehmet Sarica

    Filmimize gösterdikleri ilgi ve alakadan dolayı teşekkür ederiz. Umarız büyüyerek devam eder festival.

    March 2024
  • Behlül Uçar

    It was a great honor to be a quarter-finalist. Thanks a lot.

    March 2024
  • Ibrahim Albuainain

    Great Arrangements and nice festival!

    March 2024