Rules & Terms

Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival is an IMDB-qualifying film festival and FilmFreeway Gold festival. Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival’s mission is to introduce and reward independent filmmakers around the world and become a tool to open the way in the cinema industry.

All winners will receive the award certificate and laurel via email. The Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival has a strong social media and high-traffic website, the promotion of all winners will be ensured by the festival via social media and website.

1) Scope and General Info

Film types of all genres are accepted. Filmmakers may submit multiple projects.

We do not accept pornography, any non-proper content videos movies with intense propaganda or radical politics.

The short film and director’s name will be shared on social media by Best Istanbul and Art Film Festival. You agree to utilize parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purposes.

2) Language

All foreign language short films should be submitted with English subtitles.

3) Runtime

Feature films must be under 220 min. Shorts must be under 40 min.

4) Review

We accept and review international short films.
All films are watched by the Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival team.
Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival will make the final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

5) Terms

By submitting, you hereby agree Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival may utilize your short film & press pack material for promotional purposes.

All films officially selected shall be screened at all functioning venues without a screener fee applied.

You agree to post the photos (selfie with trophy or certificate) you send to us on our social media and website. Screening pays will not be ensured.

6) Copyrights

By submitting Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival, the submitter agrees that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work and agree to hold harmless the Best Istanbul Film and Art Festival from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, or attorneys’ fees that may be held in connection with the Film entry or the Festival’s use thereof.

7) Notification Date and Deadline

The notification date can be changed by the committee.
The deadline for the submissions can be extended by the committee.

8) Refund

We do not have a refund option.

9) Services

The trophy and critique review are paid (not free) services.