Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival is a pioneering showcase of avant-garde and experimental cinema in Turkey. Our goal is to bring the best in contemporary experimental cinema from around the world to live audiences in Istanbul. Our festival aims to advance artistic expression while creating a genuine networking platform for practitioners, film enthusiasts, and industry talent. In bringing audiences highly innovative films, made by filmmakers that have strong personal views on contemporary reality, we are inspired to daringly explore the boundaries of cinematic language.

The inaugurate IIEFF took place in November 2018 where more than 150 features and shorts from 50+ countries were showcased. Over the span of 5 days events ranged from premieres, retrospectives, tributes, audio-visual performances, and discussion panels. The scope of selected works infused fresh air into the Istanbul atmosphere during the running days of the festival. We look forward to bringing more great works to life on screen.

We support visionaries that prevail beyond cinematic confines. Our priority here is to showcase films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit. We hope to give gifted international artists and filmmakers an opportunity to show their talent in all facets and forms that their craft demands. Regardless of whether you are an emerging artist or an established professional, we would like to encourage you to submit your work. It is artists like you that keep the horizon of moving images sharp and in focus so art may endure.

Best Experimental Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Experimental Documentary
Best Experimental Animation
Best First Experiment
Best Fresh Air

Read rules & terms carefully before submitting your work!

Rules & Terms

1. You must own all the rights to all submissions.

2. All Submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2020.

3. If your film is in a language other than English, you must include English subtitles as this festival is for international audience

4. Multiple entries are allowed. More than one film may be submitted to the same category.

5. A selection committee will determine which films will be showcased at the festival. Your submission is not guaranteed to be shown.

6. The selection committee has the right to change the submitted category.

7. Works in progress are accepted but not recommended.

8. You can’t withdraw your work after the notification date.

9. Entry Fee is not re-foundable

If your film is selected for the fifth IIEFF;

1. By submitting your film you automatically apply for screening and consent to your film being screened at fith IIEFF

2. By submitting to the Festival you agree to be included in the Festival’s promotional material (newsletters, flyers, media, etc.).

3. You must send all the necessary materials for the screening before the date that determines by the selection committee. If you won’t send the necessary materials in time, the selection committee has the right to disqualify your film.

4. If your film has any dialog, narrator, or text; even if your film is in English, you must send subtitle file(.srt format) in English. If you won’t send the subtitle file in time, the selection committee has the right to disqualify your film.

Overall Rating
  • Richard Philpott

    I am utterly delighted that this Festival exists.
    Many claim to support 'experimental film' but very few have any understanding, exhibit true examples or value it meaningfully.

    November 2021
  • Leonardo Leal

    Glad to be part of the Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival.
    Thanks, all the best !

    November 2021
  • Honoured to have been a part of this festival!

    November 2021
  • Jerry King Musser

    An excellent festival. I have a personal appreciation for the festivals who allow a forum for truly experimental work. I'd certainly return here next year.

    November 2021
  • I wish I could have been there in person! Great communication, and grateful for a festival still showing truly experimental work

    January 2020