The International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival accepts the titles with new perspectives and appreciates discoveries with fresh views. Every year festival deals with global topics and themes such as identity, borders, migration, cultural dialogue, environment, urbanism, dystopia and utopia, cultural exchange, by choosing a different focus subject every year. For 2021 festival highlights the topic of "isolation" to provide a platform for filmmakers and film lovers to share their works and ideas created during the lockdown. As a 'take away" event, the festival starts in Istanbul with a week program and continues throughout the year at different cities and places around the world.

One of the last physical cultural events of 2020, the festival team hopes to conduct it in the real venues and share the gained online experiences by realizing online events during the festival along with the traditional screening, workshops, exhibitions, and Q&A sessions.

The festivals priorities are, Multiculturalism Diversity of views and cultural diversity, Novelty and freshness Environment, New media and digital platform, Social issues and identities Minorities.

Initiated by Katadrom Arts and Culture and Social Politics Association based in Istanbul- ‘The 9th International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival’ will be held between the dates of 9th – 13th of March 2021 in Istanbul, to then continue its yearly tour across other cities around the world.

2021 theme is "Isolation"
Isolation by choice or yet, by force, “Surrendered to self preservation”, guided by voices and images; it’s the age of retelling those old stories of lifelines.

The Festival will screen more than 100 short features, short documentaries, short animations etc. of young filmmakers, students and teams who express different perspectives, concepts, and imaginations about "isolation" and festival's traditional thematic sections.

The programme of ICPFF consists of following sections:
“Isolation”; the main theme,
“Cultural Insights”; where the cultural perspectives and contrast of life will be focused, “Ridicule”; where the films that entreats the absurd and humorous sides of life will be screened,
“Purple Portraits”; where the stories and experiences of powerful women will be told, “Umbrella”; standing against all kinds of discrimination and exclusion,
“Swerve Away”; stories of lives that are changed with a sharp turn,
“So Far, So Close”; stories of late history, personal history and nostalgia,
“Hybrid Sensations”; where all the sensations turn upside-down.

The festival already left a mark for its innovative and groundbreaking character – a ‘take-away’ festival consisting of films screenings, panel discussions, photography exhibitions, and workshops.

Festival Date: 9-13 March 2021, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline:
Regular: January 4, 2021
Late Deadline: January 23, 2021

“Potluck Award”
“Potluck Award” is the total sum of the submission fees to the festival. The collected application fee is going to be given as the Potluck Award, to a fellow filmmaker.
In this way, filmmakers who submitted their film to the festival will be contributing to a fellow filmmaker.
The winning film will be announced on the Closing of the festival and through the festival’s social media pages and official website.

The winners of previous edition of the Changing Perspectives Film Festival Awards are
at the website

2020 winner:
Bastard/ Piç
Director: Daniel Guliyev

For the Detailed Regulations and Terms of the 2021 Edition, please visit:

The theme of 2021 – “Isolation”
Isolation by choice or yet, by force, “Surrendered to self preservation”, guided by voices and images; it’s the age of retelling those old stories of lifelines.
This year, the main theme of the festival will be “Isolation”. There will be a festival section about 10- 15 films, a photography exhibition and a panel discussion focusing on the main topic.
Besides 2021 thematic-focused programs, the festival will also screen films under its traditional sections: Exchange Experience, Cultural Insights, Ridicule, Umbrella. Purple Portraits...

Short films which do not exceed 20 minutes. – all with English subtitles – completed after January 1, 2020.

Films should be no longer than 20 minutes. (30 min for documentaries)
The films must be completed after January 1, 2020.
Films dealing with the topics mentioned above will be preferred
All films in a language other than English must have English subtitles

As Changing Perspectives Film Festival is a take-away Festival it should be accepted that films will be screened in different places apart from the festival during the year. (Max. 5 times)

Stay tuned for more details!

International Changing Perspectives Film Festival
Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association

Festival Office
Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association
Gümüşsuyu Mah. Kutlu Sokak No: 43/5
Beyoglu – Istanbul 34435 TURKEY

T: 90 212 252 49 24

Overall Rating
  • Ewa Maria Wolska

    Thank you sooo much for choosing my film! It's truly a wonderful festival withreally great communication:) Highly reccomended!!!

    July 2021
  • kayahan kaya

    Thank you for everything. Great organization and communication

    July 2021
  • Amir Zargara

    Thanks for having us :)

    July 2020
  • Enis Manaz

    very good communication and hospitality.

    March 2020
  • Homayoon Mobaraki

    Top notch festival!
    We were delighted being apart of such an excellent film festival. Thanks to the fantastic International changing perspectives short film festival team for putting on such a great festival. Great organization and communication i really mean it great communication . I would absolutely submit to this festival again. Highly recommended.

    March 2020