Selected International Film Festivals

Istanbul International Film Festival

Istanbul Film Festival
Istanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı
Sadi Konuralp C.5 Sishane
34433 Istanbul
phone +90 212 334 07 20
fax + 90 212 334 07 02

Mr. Kerem Ayan

Year of Foundation 1984

Event Date from 15 May 2020 till 29 May 2020

Event Date !!! transformed (online) !!!

in Istanbul, Turkey

International Competition

Sections a) The International Competition, open only to films that fit the theme “new perspectives in cinema”;
b) Turkish Cinema 2018-2019, which includes the subsections National Competition, National Documentary Competition, and National Short Film Competition;
d) Non-competitive, informative sections. Fiction features and documentaries can be selected for these sections.
e) Thematic sections.

Terms of Entry Films for the main competition should provide new perspectives. Short films (running time under 60 min.) are not considered (except documentaries). Feature films and documentaries will not be considered for the program if they are already released or shown at a public screening in Turkey. Turkish premiers preferred. For the international competition, films must be produced in after 01 January 2018. Accepted submision material: DVD (PAL or NTSC) or online links (no time or IP restrictions).

Genre Art, Culture, Literature, Music

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP, 35 mm

Registration Deadline 21 December 2019

Fees none

Attendance Figures 85,000

Participants of the Film Industry around 50 Turkish buyers from TV, video, theatres and distribution companies. The second week of the Istanbul Film Festival is recognised as the international accreditation period. The International and national competitions take place during the second half of the Festival and the Festivals hosts approximately 200 – 250 guests from all over the world every year.

Prizes/Awards Golden Tulip Award (€ 10.000 to the director, € 10.000 to the Turkish distributor), FACE – the Film Award of the Council of Europe (€ 10.000), Special Jury Prize (€ 5.000), People's Choice Award, FIPRESCI Prize

German Films


International Competition
ROJO by Benjamin Naishtat (AR/BR/FR/NL/DE, Sutor Kolonko)

National Competition
A TALE OF THREE SISTERS by Emin Alper (TK/DE/NL/GR, Komplizen Film)
BROTHERS by Ömür Atay (TR/DE/BG, Fiction 2.0)
PASSED BY CENSOR by Serhat Karaaslan (TR/DE/FR, Departures Film)
SAF by Ali Vatansever (TR/DE/RO, 2Pilots Filmproduktion)

HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis (DE/FR/GB/PL/US, Pandora Film)

Best of the Fest
IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler (DE/IT, Pandora Filmproduktion)
I WAS AT HOME BUT (ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER) by Angela Schanelec (DE/RS, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec)
SYNONYMES (SYNONYME) by Nadav Lapid (FR/IL/DE, Komplizen Film)
YULI by Icíar Bollaín (ES/CU/GB/DE, Match Factory Production)

Young Masters
ORAY by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (filmfaust Filmproduktion, Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
SYSTEM CRASHER (SYSTEMSPRENGER) by Nora Fingscheidt (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film)
Volacano by Roman Bondarchuk (UA/DE, elemag pictures)

Documentary Time
AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, Filmproduktion)
CHRISS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel (CH/HR/DE/FI, Filmproduktion)
DREAM AWAY by Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke (EG/DE, Monokel, Fruitmarket)
MEETING GORBACHEV by Werner Herzog, André Singer (UK/US/DE, Werner Herzog Film)

Mined Zone

SAZ - THE KEY OF TRUST by Stephan Talneau
SYMPHONY OF NOW by Johannes Schaff (Pappel Studios, Endorphine Production)

Where Are You My Love?
BRIEF STORY FROM THE GREEN PLANET by Santiago Loza (AR/DE/BR/ES, Autentika Films)

No More Flowers
MY FAVOURITE FABRIC by Gaya Jiji (FR/DE/TK, Katuh Studio)

Number of Films Shown around 200 films

Media Coverage International and local journalists from TV, periodicals, Internet and newspapers

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Spezialised Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation The festival has a high standard of film culture and gets widespread coverage in the national media. It is very well attended by the public and is a good platform for testing foreign films. The extensive program consists of various sections and also offers a good survey of the year's production in Turkey. The Meetings on the Bridge attract international industry representatives interested in discovering projects from the region.

Services Shipment costs of the prints for both ways will be paid by the Festival only if the prints are sent from and returned to their sources. In case the print is shared with another festival, the Festival will pay for the return transportation charges only. Storage, customs, insurance and handling charges in Turkey are covered by the Istanbul Film Festival.
Electronic subtitles in Turkish are prepared by the Festival for all non-Turkish language films.

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