Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival is an event organized by HIF Corp. The purpose of LATFF is to promote awareness of Turkish Cinema in the West Coast, to provide future networking relations among young filmmakers, and to give the creative crew members (Director, Writer, Producer and Director of Photography) the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival has only one competition section for short films. Festival screens internationally awarded Turkish feature films beside the short film competition. Every year, Festival collaborates international film festivals and screens international short films during the Festival.

LATFF's advisory board is made up of important American and Turkish scholars and film industry professionals. Our board includes scholars from two prominent film schools in the United States, Barbara Boyle who is the Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Special Initiatives for the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Kathy E. Smith who is the Chair of the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts at USC. Elvis Mitchell, a well-known film critic and LACMA film curator is another American industry professional on our board. The board members from Turkey include internationally awarded independent film director, Derviş Zaim; recipient of the Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival, director Semih Kaplanoğlu; well-known Turkish actress, Belcim Bilgin; World Film Critics Association (FIPRESCI) Vice President, Alin Taşciyan; and Hollywood-based award-winning composer, Rahman Altin.

Awards & Prizes

Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival gives 1 Best Film Award, Golden Egg for the best short film and 2 Special Jury Award and 1 Audience Award.

The “Best Film” award will be given to the director of the film. A sum of 5000 Turkish Liras (TL) will be awarded for the “Best Film” category. If the jury deems it necessary, it may award two “Jury Special Awards.” A sum of 1500 Turkish Liras (TL) will be awarded for the “Jury Special Awards.”

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES

1- Only fiction films are eligible for entry. Animations can apply.
2- The films must have either been filmed in Turkey or at least one member of the creative team (director, screenwriter, producer) must be a Turkish citizen.
3- The films cannot be longer than 15 minutes.
4- One cannot submit more than two films.
5- Previously submitted films cannot be re-submitted.
6- Only the films completed after January 1st, 2015 can be submitted.
7- Those wishing to enter the competition must fill out the application form on https://filmfreeway.com/festival/latff
8- Submission deadline is January 25th, 2017.
9- Uploaded film must have,
-English subtitles if the film is in Turkish,
-Both English and Turkish subtitles if the film is in a different language.
10- The Festival Organization will invite directors of the finalist films to Los Angeles and cover all accommodation costs. For any transportation costs the Festival Organization will provide a sum of 1000 Turkish Liras (TL) for maximum one director of each film.
11- The “Best Film” award will be given to the director of the film. A sum of 5000 Turkish Liras (TL) will be awarded for the “Best Film” category. If the jury deems it necessary, it may award two “Jury Special Awards.” A sum of 1500 Turkish Liras (TL) will be awarded for the “Jury Special Awards.”
12- Any and all copyright responsibility belongs to the filmmaker.
13- The finalist films will be announced on our website www.latff.org no later than mid-February 2017.
14- The finalist films will be screened only in the following formats: 70mm, 35mm, 16mm, Bluray and DCP.. Correspondence regarding film screenings and screening format will take place with the official representatives of the films once the pre-selections are made.
15- All submissions following the above rules will be considered as valid submissions.
16- Including this item, the entry requirements consist of sixteen (16) items.