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Istanbul Film Festival to Celebrate its 35th Anniversary in 2016

film festivalLaunched as a film week 35 years ago by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Istanbul Film Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2016. In 35 years, Istanbul Film Festival becomes not only the longest-running film festival in Istanbul but also the largest-scale film event in Turkey.

Supported by Akbank for the 12th time in a row, Istanbul Film Festival will take place between 7 -17 April 2016.

On its 35th anniversary, the Istanbul Film Festival launches the National Short Film Competition with the intent of incentivizing short film making, supporting the development in this field, and bringing together the audience and short films of quality.

The pre-selection board is composed of Head of Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner Alice Kharoubi, director Fatih Kızılgök, and film critic Serdar Kökçeoğlu. The jury will select the Best Short Film which will be awarded 5,000 TL. FIPRESCI will also select a film to award the FIPRESCI Prize.

Filmmakers who want to attend the Istanbul Film Festival National Short Film Competition may apply with their films not exceeding 20 minutes and made after 1 January 2015. The deadline for applying to the National Short Film Competition is 29 January 2016. For detailed information about the online application process and regulations, please visit our website:

On its 35th anniversary, Istanbul Film Festival will bring together film lovers, all star performers, master directors and blockbuster films from all around the world. In conjunction with the National Short Film Competition, International and National Golden Tulip competitions, National Documentary Film Competition, FACE Human Rights in Cinema and Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Awards will also be given in the festival.