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The International Amity Short Film Festival—which we aim to traditionalize—based on the notion of “Being a friend to a fellow human; one’s own body; and to everything else, visible or not”, intends to share with the audience all sorts of film forms that points directly or indirectly to the relationship between humanity and the universe that is build on the friendship. In the broadest sense, by using one of the most effective form of the contemporary arts—cinema, we would like to create an awareness about the concept of “Friendship” through various conferences, interviews, workshops, competitions, and film screenings within the festival with the purpose of rereading, rethinking, and multiplying its reflections in our lives.

Best Film
Second Film
Third Film

Fethi Gemuhluoğlu Friendship Technical Support Award



In the fast consumption era we live in, we are at a time in which friendship, sincerity, gratitude, loyalty, and generosity are increasingly losing value. Fethi Gemuhluoğlu has widened horizon of the intellectuals around him with his broad and profound perspective that brought in the concept of friendship. We are organizing the International Amity Short Film Festival with the purpose of thinking about friendship and multiplying its effects in our lives.


Any kind of short film form that is based on Fethi Gemuhluoğlu’s “Being a friend to humankind; to an idea; to a neighbor; to a geography; to history; to one’s own body; and to everything else, visible or not” philosophy, and directly or indirectly mentions “the relationship of humanity and the universe that is build on friendship” can apply to our festival. Since he established a correct and solid relationship with our impeded cultural and aesthetic heritage, there is the need for different and unique perspectives in the age of the individualization and loneliness that comprehends the friendship concept of Fethi Gemuhluoğlu. We are inviting all the short film applicants that are up for rebuilding friendship in the short film language.


Film Acceptance Date: 01.08.2019

Application Deadline: 15.10.2019


1. All the fictional, animation, and experimental short films that directly or indirectly points to the concept of “Friendship” and are made on and after 01.01.2017 can enter into the competition section. Documentary, feature-length, and short films made prior to 2017 will be reviewed in the section called Forty Years of Gratitude if they comply with the theme.

2. All the fictional, animation, and experimental films with English subtitles that are not exceeding 20 minutes including the credits can participate in the competition.

3. Applicants may apply with more than one film. However, one applicant can get only one award.

4. The application is open for filmmakers from all ages and nationalities.

5. Films that are previously participated and/or received awards in national or international film festivals are eligible for the festival.

6. Films that are broadcasted on any national or international network, put on the market in BluRay, DVD, and VCD formats, showed in digital platforms and VOD cannot apply for the competition; however, they can participate in the Forty Years of Gratitude section.

7. Filmmakers can submit their film by filling out the application form online at / Completely filling out the form, signing, and submitting online means owner of the work accepted the conditions of the competition . Applications that have wrong or incomplete information or documentation will not be accepted. During the filling of the form, we will ask the participants to share a encoded/unencoded link of the film on platforms like vimeo/youtube/dailymotion etc. Those links cannot be open to the public.

8. The Festival Committee has the right to use a one-minute long section of the selected films for promotional purposes.

9. After the announcement of the films selected for competition and non-competition sections, the filmmakers cannot withdraw their films from the festival.

10. If the film crews of all the eligible films are invited to the award ceremony, it is mandatory at least for one person (director, actors, cinematographer etc.) to participate in the award ceremony. The award is primarily presented to the director; however, if the director is not available, it is presented to a person from the film crew who is acting as the representative of the director.

11. The producers of the films that is short-listed must have solved all kind of copyright problems regarding music, script, directing etc. If the film has multiple legal holders, it must be listed in the application. The Festival Committee may request the necessary permissions, copyrights, and certificate of consent documents.

12. The Festival Committee does not disclose the list of the applicant films in favor of legal holders and does not give information about the applicant films. The festival only shares the list of films with public that are in the screening category.

13. Filmmakers that are eligible to participate in the festival will be obliged to deliver the following materials and documents within 7 days after their names are announced to the address that the Festival Committee would provide.

• An English subtitled copy of the film in HD format (preferably .mov or .mp4) as a digital file (via disc or Internet file transfer) or as BluRay DVD (2 copies)

• English time coded dialogue list for non-Turkish movies

• 3 high resolution film stills as JPG

• A high resolution photo of the director

• Synopsis in Turkish and English (max. 100 words)

• Credits

• A short biography of the director in Turkish and English (max. 100 words)

14. The Festival Committee reserves the right to exclude films that do not have necessary technical specifics for the screening.

15. It is suggested that the film owners should participate in the test screenings.

16. All films shown during the festival will be archived as part of the International Amity Short Film Festival. If it is deemed necessary, it can be shown on various platforms to contribute and support short film production without a commercial purpose.

17. Members of the pre-selection jury, main jury, the festival committee, and their first-degree relatives cannot apply to the competition.

18. The Festival Committee reserves the right to amend the regulation when it is necessary. The decision-making authority regarding the matters that are not stated in the regulation is the festival committee.


1. The Festival Committee chooses the members of the pre-selection and the main jury among the national-international film critics, academicians, cinema industry, and well-established members of the culture and art scene.

2. Pre-selection jury watches the submitted films until the first week of November 2019, meet within the same month, and delivers the list of the films that are qualified to compete and to be screened to the Festival Committee.

3. The films that evaluated by the pre-selection committee and qualified to participate in the festival will be announced on the festival’s official web site in November. No announcement will be made regarding the films that are not qualified for competition or screening.

4. It is mandatory to give all the specified awards.


Films that will rank in the competition will be awarded as follows:

First Place Award and Festival Trophy
Second Place Award and Festival Trophy
Third Place Award and Festival Trophy

Fethi Gemuhluoğlu Friendship Technical Support Award

Overall Rating
  • Damien Megherbi

    I've been to this festival for my film ARTHUR RAMBO and it was wonderful. We had very nice guides to visit the town, we saw so good films. Thanks !!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure to have you Damien!

  • mohammad poustindouz

    one of theme best festival and i,m sure this festival be best

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mohammad for your encouraging words!
    We hope to continue our work this year at the 2nd festival.

  • Thank you so much for the honour of having our film screened at Amity! Communication was superbly good. Hospitality was excellent. We had fun in Istanbul! Thank you once again. We hope to be back again.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was our honour to have you. Thank you for your kind words. We expect to meet again soon!

  • Amir Gholami

    It was very good festival

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Amir, hope to see you soon at the festival!