New York Istanbul Short Film Festival aims to gather emerging talent from all around the globe.

NISFF is looking for independent projects from all genres, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry.

The festival committee is dedicated to serving our movie enthusiasts with great respect therefore every season an academic jury will evaluate all films.

Important note: New York Istanbul Short Film Festival is an IMDB Accredited!

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Animation Film - Newly Added Category
Best Thriller Short Film
Best Comedy Film - Newly Added Category
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Ultra Short Film - Newly Added Category
Best Experimental Film - Newly Added Category

Best Director
Female Director Award
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Low Budget
Best Poster Design
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects

- Award Certificate and Official Statue (Official Statues $139 including delivery fee within the USA and Turkey)
- Filmmaker Meet and Greets (to the extent permitted by the pandemic)
- 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

NYC - IST | New York Istanbul Short Film Festival is a film festival open to all organizations - producers/agencies - independent – directors.

All participants who will send movies to NYC - IST | New York Istanbul Short Film Festival (NISFF) 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 is selected, all commercial or private property including all trademark or copyrighted materials shown or recorded is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

(NISFF) reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling to end 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 2015.

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

4- Short films up to 40 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. (NISFF) 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 (NISFF) Guidelines and all Terms and Conditions, as well as the Disclaimer and Rights below.

13. The jury can choose an ideal film for the categories when it deems it necessary. In this case, it is not considered that the award-winning film meets the relevant category requirements. It is sufficient that the film has the cinematographic and technical potential to win the award. Best Lead Actress, Best Lead Actor, and Low Budget are among these examples.

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

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

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

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

18. Online screenings of the winners of The Best Short Film and The Best Feature Film will be streaming on (NISFF) YouTube Channel. The Award Ceremony will be held in Turkey. (to the extent permitted by the pandemic)

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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 movie 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.

--- Disclaimer ---

The applicant agrees to have read and understood the rules and regulations for (NISFF) 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 (NISFF) The winners of the festival may obtain an official winners plate.

Overall Rating
  • What an honour for our short film "Decisions" to be selected for your Festival! Thank you so much for this opportunity, to participate in this extraordinary event.

    April 2023
  • Thanks for the presentation of our works:

    The first independent filmstudio in Hungary

    March 2023
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the NISFF. They are always professional and prompt with notifications about the outcome of the festival selections.

    February 2023
  • Jim Zounis

    It was such a great honor to have our short selected as a Finalist in the New York Instanbul Short Film Festival. Thank you all.

    February 2023
  • Thanks for the jury to honour my Tamil short film “KAYAMAI” by officially selected at your film festival. It is my pleasure being a part of NISFF.

    February 2023