We organize this festival in order to create a new reason to produce and introduce films and any other work of art that concentrate on the world’s problems and riches, and to pioneer the creation of a free platform and reward these works. We live in an era where too much information, and input that cannot be considered as information flow at a disconcertingly rapid pace in every plausible channel. We organize this festival so that we could all seek what is more local and smaller, and more importantly the one that is true and genuine together.

The ecological problems are increasing and becoming more and more varied; however, we also witness hope-inspiring developments. We organize this festival in order to create a platform that nurtures this hope. We hope that through our festival, the residents of Bozcaada, farmers, producers, scientists, artists, and all our guests will be informed about the current technological developments, environmental disasters and innovations, the most recent documentary techniques and also about each other’s existence. We hope that our festival will contribute to nurture solidarity.

Fethi Kayaalp Grand Award (10.000 TL)
2nd Prize (7.5000 TL)
3rd Prize (5.000 TL)

Gaia Student Award (3.000 TL)

BIFED - Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary
Regulations - 2021


1. Dates
BIFED will take place between 13-20 October 2021 in Bozcaada. The Festival’s competition is open to films inspired of environmental issues and produced after January 1st, 2017. The deadline for all submission is May 1st, 2021.

2. Festival’s Mission
BIFED’s aim is to bring distinguished films on ecology (nature, human society, culture) from all around the world to Bozcaada, to unite the fields of arts and ecology and to award the most outstanding documentaries among the finalists.

Copies (flash discs, DVDs, cards, etc.) for the pre-selection process will not be returned, and they will be kept in the archive of BIFED. If requested, the copies will be returned at the film owner’s expenses.

3. Festival Sections/Awards
International Competition for Documentaries
International Student Competition for Documentaries (Gaia Student Award)
Panorama/Screening (non-competitive section with thematic focuses)

4. Material Requested
Submission form completed and undersigned by the copyright owner. The submission form is available on-line.
A copy of the submission form will automatically be sent to the Festival’s e-mail address. The submission of the submission form assumes the acceptance of all the rules hereby described. The films may be sent in the following ways:

A. Video links. Entrants may present password protected video-links by providing the link and password information in the submission form.

B. Entrants may ship the DVD or Flash disc by post/courier: (DVD PAL -zone 0/2- in English or Turkish version).
Please write the title of the film and the name of the film director on the DVD or Flash disc screener media.

All documents requested must reach the Festival office until May 1st, 2021 at the following address:

Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi
santralistanbul Kampüsü
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13
34060 Eyüp İstanbul
Tel: (0212) 311 7571

For materials shipped from outside Turkey, please enclose customs declaration: “Without commercial value, for cultural purposes only.” Any shipments made incorrectly will be refused. Customs charges will not be covered by the Festival committee. Submitted materials will not be returned; all the DVD’s or other media received will be kept in the Festival’s archive.

5. Films admitted to the Festival
The applicant documentaries for the competition will be evaluated by an international selection committee and jury consisted of the international artists and professionals in the field of film, arts, ecology and environment and will be accepted for BIFED 2021 for its final judgement. The authors accepted for the competition will be informed until July 15th, 2021. The decisions of the selection committee & the jury are absolute.
BIFED has the right for a second public non-commercial screening of the productions after the festival to promote its primary aims specified above.
Technical requirements for the screening format:
Video specs:
H264 codec
15000-20000 kbps bitrate
AAC or Dolby with preferably 320Kbps bitrate or LPCM Audio

The films have to include English subtitles either as an option (preferably) or embedded. Hearing impaired is not required. Additionally, the time coded dialog-list in English has to be submitted (.srt, .pdf…).

6. Costs
Registration is free of charge.
The shipping costs of all materials sent are to be covered by the entrants.

7. Translations
All films in foreign languages will be subtitled. Turkish films are required to be subtitled in English. All Festival documents will be published in both English and Turkish.

8. Juries and prizes
Official prizes will be assigned by a qualified international jury, composed of at least five members, appointed by the Festival’s Direction. Awards or mentions may be announced during the Festival.

9. Agreement
The official Submission Form to the Festival constitutes unconditional agreement to all the regulations herein. BIFED reserves the right to make decisions on matters not specified within the regulations.

BIFED – Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary
Bozcaada Belediyesi
Bozcaada - Çanakkale