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International Competitions

National Competition

National Documentary Competition

National Short Film Competition

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

1. Dates

The 36th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and recognised as a specialised competitive event by FIAPF, will take place 5-15 April 2017.

2. Aim

The aim of the Festival is to encourage the development of cinema in Turkey and to promote the commercial distribution of films of quality in the Turkish market.

3. Programme

The programme of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival consists of the following sections:
a) The International Golden Tulip Competition open only to films that fit the theme “new perspectives in cinema”;
b) Turkish Cinema 2016-2017, which includes the subsections National Golden Tulip Competition, National Documentary Competition, New Turkish Cinema, and National Short Film Competition;
d) Non-competitive, informative sections. Fiction features and documentaries can be selected for these sections.
e) Thematic sections.

4. International Golden Tulip Competition

a) Fiction, documentary, or animated films (fitting the theme new perspectives in cinema) in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) format and a minimum duration of 60 minutes can be selected for the competition.
b) The final decision for selection and scheduling will be taken by the Festival Directorate. Producers, directors, distributors, film institutes, and embassies may propose titles.
c) All films in the competition will be screened at the Festival in their original versions, with English and Turkish subtitles.
d) Films will not be considered if released before 1 January 2016, or already released in Turkey, excluding entries from Turkey.
e) Films in the competition will be judged by an international jury composed of directors, writers, producers, actors, critics, film historians, and others known for their involvement in cinema.
f) The jury presents the “Golden Tulip Award” to the director of the selected film in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı as the Grand Prize of the International Competition. This prize cannot be shared. The jury may also give the “Special Jury Prize” for a specific contribution by a director. This prize cannot be shared.
g) The International Golden Tulip Competition will be supported by the Eczacıbaşı Group with a total monetary award of 25,000 Euros. This amount will be distributed as follows:
   – 10,000 Euros to the director of the film which wins the Şakir Eczacıbaşı Golden Tulip Award;
   – 10,000 Euros to the Turkish distributor of the winning film;
   – 5,000 Euros to the director of the film which wins the Special Jury Prize.

5. Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) competition

a) The FACE award intends to honour an artistic or documentary film that promotes human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law.
The FACE award is offered to a film that investigates social changes and individual dramas.
b) The jury, upon judging the films, will present to the director of the winning film, FACE, the Film Award of the Council of Europe which includes a sculpture in bronze (created by Freddy Ruhlman, entitled "Spirale de l'élévation") and a cash prize of 10,000 Euros partly financed by Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.
c) Films that meet the following conditions are considered for the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) competition, selected by the Festival directorate from among the films featured in the festival programme, thus announced, and judged by an international jury:
– Human rights-themed fiction or documentary films released between 1 January 2016 and 31 January 2017;
– Films on DCP and of minimum 60 minutes length.
– Films which have participated to or have received awards in other festivals are eligible.

6. Participation to the Festival

Films can also be selected for non-competitive sections of the Festival. Producers, directors, distributors, film institutes, and embassies may propose titles. (The deadline for application is 23 December 2016.)

7. Insurance

The Festival is responsible for the insurance of the prints selected, from the moment they are received by the Festival to the moment they are collected by the forwarding agent.
Should a print be lost or damaged, the Festival’s responsibility could be engaged only to the extent of the value indicated by the producer on the submission form. If the entrant does not send the submission form to the Festival until 1 February 2017, the print will be valued by the insurance company on USD 2,500.

8. Transport for confirmed titles

a) Film copies confirmed to be screened at the Festival must arrive in Istanbul for checking, translation and press screenings by 15 March 2017.
b) Both way shipment costs of the prints will be paid by the Festival only if the prints are sent from and returned to their sources.
c) In case the copy is shared with another festival, the Istanbul Film Festival will pay for the return transportation charges only. The films must be sent prepaid by the other festival. No collect shipments are accepted unless authorised by the Istanbul Film Festival. Storage, customs, insurance and handling charges in Turkey will be covered by the Istanbul Film Festival.
d) Films will be returned within two weeks after the closing of the Festival. The consignee will be notified of the shipping details. The Festival is not responsible for storage fees at the airport.
e) Copies and air waybills should be sent directly to the Festival’s address below:

Istanbul Film Festival
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Sadi Konuralp C. No.5
Şişhane 34433 İstanbul, TURKEY
Phone: +90 (212) 334 07 25
Fax: +90 (212) 334 07 02
E: film.fest@iksv.org

f) The DCP copies must be sent to the Festival in their original hardcover cases clearly labelled with the title of the film. The entrant should send a notice of dispatch by airmail, e-mail or fax to the secretariat of the Festival indicating the title, date and way of shipment.

9. Rights

The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify films not meeting the technical specifications or legal qualifications required and sufficient for public screening.
Participation in the 36th Istanbul Film Festival implies the acceptance of these regulations.
All issues not covered by these general regulations will be resolved by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in accordance with the international regulations of FIAPF for film festivals.
The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.

NATIONAL COMPETITION

1. Date

The 36th Istanbul Film Festival will be held 5-15 April 2017.

2. Aim

The aim of the National Golden Tulip Competition is to encourage the realisation of highly qualified films of art in Turkey, to support the development thereof; to make sure that the qualified products of the cinema of Turkey reach the viewers; to provide for these films to be screened for international film critics, festival directors, representatives of distributors and televisions; and thus contribute to the foreign promotion of the cinema of Turkey.

3. Awards

a) The jury, upon evaluation of the films participating in the National Competition, selects the Best Film and Best Director to present them with the Golden Tulip Award. The jury also gives the Special Jury Prize, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, and Best Music awards.

  • In the appraisal for the Best Film and the Best Director, the jury may present both awards to different films as well as giving both to the same film.
    A monetary prize of 150,000 TL and the Golden Tulip Award are presented to the producer of the Best Film. This award is given to a single film, and cannot be shared.
  • The jury also presents a director deemed appropriate, the Best Director Award and 50,000 TL given by Türk Tuborg A.Ş. This award is also given to the director of a single film, and cannot be shared.
  • The jury, along with the main awards, bestows a Special Jury Prize in memory of Onat Kutlar. This award cannot be shared; it is given to a single film. A monetary prize of 50,000 Turkish Liras is given to the producer of the selected film.
  • In principal, the Jury evaluates leading parts for the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. However, these awards can be given to supporting parts of extraordinary performances. The Best Actress and Best Actor thus selected are bequeathed an honorary plaque and a monetary prize of TL 10,000 each.
  • Those selected by the jury in the Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, and Best Music categories will be bequeathed an honorary plaque each.

b) Debut fiction films from Turkey featured in the festival’s International Golden Tulip, National Golden Tulip and Turkish Cinema sections are eligible for the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize. The director of the film to win this award will be given 30.000 Turkish Liras through CMYLMZ Fikirsanat.
c) The FIPRESCI Prize: The jury comprising of members of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) evaluates the films participating in the National Competition and selects the best film.
d) The directors, producers, and distributors of the winning films agree to mention the prize they are awarded in press documents and promotional materials as well as during any further distribution of the winning film (on the credit titles).

4. Conditions of Participation

For the films to participate in the National Golden Tulip Competition, the following conditions are envisaged:

a) Turkish fiction, animation, or documentary feature-length films realised after 1 January 2016 can participate to the Festival. For a film (or a co-production) to be deemed “Turkish production”, it must possess at least one of the below qualities:

i. The local producer's share should be at least 51%; or,
ii. The technical and artistic contribution of the local producer should obtain at least 14 points out of a possible 22 with regards to the below National Film Technical and Artistic Contribution Chart:

ITEM

POINTS

Director

3

Scriptwriter

3

Original score composer

1

Lead actor 1

3

Lead actor 2

2

Character actor

1

Artistic director

1

Director of photography

1

Editor

1

Sound Engineer

1

Location

1

Laboratory

1

Language used (Turkish)

3

b) The films should be at least 60 minutes long, their exhibition formats need to be digital (DCP, Full HD or BluRay), and they should be fit to be commercially screened in movie theatres.
c) Films which have won a Best Film Award at another festival within a "National Competition" in Turkey are not eligible for the competition. Films which have participated to any other Istanbul festival are not eligible for the programme.

5. Application

The producer(s) applies to participate in the festival as the legal owner of the film. If there is more than one legal owner, then the submission form must include the signatures of all legal owners or their written consent in attachment. The owners can apply to the festival with as many films as they wish.

In order for the films applying for the Festival to be promoted and to be included in the Festival catalogue, below documentation should be submitted until 31 January 2017, 17.00 hours, along with the submission forms through the online Eventival system at https://vp.eventival.eu/iff/2017.

a) Online screener link (valid for at least 3 months)
b) Technical features
c) Turkish and English synopses
d) Press book or electronic press kit
e) Film stills (high res)
f) Director’s photograph (high res); short bio and filmography;
g) Short director’s statement
h) Posters (3)
i) (in case the screening copy is not subtitled in English) Dialogue list for subtitle translation or English subtitle list
j) Trailer or excerpt in 16:9 quicktime format and an online link to the trailer to be featured on the Festival website.

The submitter confirms the veracity of the information provided in the submission form. The director or submitter commits to refrain from withdrawing the film from the festival after the programme is announced at the festival launch press conference in March.

6. Screening and Copies

Turkish films are screened with English subtitles. If the owner of the film cannot supply an English subtitled print of the film, the Festival will prepare electronic subtitles.
The last day for delivery of the copies of the films the participation of which in the competition are finalised is one week before the Festival, at the latest. The screening copies are submitted to the Festival Office at the İKSV (Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts). The films are taken back from the same place within a week after the Festival ends. The DCP copies must be sent to the Festival in their original hardcover cases clearly labelled with the title of the film.

7. Jury

The films to be included in the competition are determined by the Turkish Cinema Advisory Committee from among the submissions. The final judgment with respect to the inclusion of a film in the programme and its inclusion in the Golden Tulip National Competition is entered by the festival directorate. The festival reserves the right to not disclose information regarding the selection of films. 
In order for the competition to be held, at least 6 films should be eligible. If the number of films determined until 31 January 2017, the deadline for submission, does not reach six, then the competition is not held; the films which have applied are screened at the Festival out of competition.
Films to be screened for the Golden Tulip National Competition are evaluated by a jury determined by the Turkish Cinema Advisory Committee of the Istanbul Film Festival. The jury comprises film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, film critics, film historians, academics, and prominent people in branches of art connected to cinema, from Turkey and abroad.
The President of the Jury is appointed by the Festival Directorate. The jury designates its own working system. Members of the jury should view the films in competition, the screening arrangement of which is determined by the Festival Directorate, within the duration of the Festival, in formal screenings in movie theatres or in private screenings, individually or collectively. The Festival Directorate keeps an observer with no voting rights at the decision-making session of the jury. The President of the Jury, before the decision is announced, submits to the Festival Directorate the minutes signed by all members.

7. Insurance

The Festival is responsible for the insurance of the prints selected, from the moment they are received by the Festival to the moment they are collected by the forwarding agent.
Should a print be lost or damaged, the Festival’s responsibility could be engaged only to the extent of the value indicated by the producer on the entry form. If the entrant does not send the entry form to the Festival Office until 31 January 2017, the print will be valued by the insurance company on 2,500 US Dollars.

8. Authority

The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify films not meeting the technical specifications or legal qualifications required and sufficient for public screening.
The Turkish film owners, producers, and directors of the Turkish films participating in the program of the Istanbul Film Festival are considered to have accepted the rules of these regulations. The authority of any resolution concerning subjects not separately established in the regulations belongs to the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts.
The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

1. Date

The 36th Istanbul Film Festival will be held 5-15 April 2017.

2. Aim

The aim of the National Documentary Competition is to endorse and encourage documentary filmmaking and documentarists in Turkey, to support the development thereof; to make sure that the qualified products of documentary cinema of Turkey reach the viewers; to provide for these films to be screened for international film critics, festival directors, representatives of distributors and televisions; and thus contribute to the foreign promotion of the cinema of Turkey.

3. Awards

a) The jury, upon evaluation of the films participating in the National Documentary Competition, selects the Best Documentary. The jury may also give a “Special Mention” for a specific contribution by a director. These awards are given to single films, and cannot be shared.
b) A monetary prize of 10,000 Turkish Liras is given to the director of the Best Documentary.
c) The directors, producers, and distributors of the winning films agree to mention the prize they are awarded in press documents and promotional materials as well as during any distribution of the winning film (on the credit titles).

4. Conditions of Participation

For the films to participate in the National Documentary Competition, the following conditions are envisaged:
a) Turkish documentary films realised after 1 January 2016 are eligible for participation to the Festival. For a film (or a co-production) to be deemed “Turkish production”, it must possess at least one of the below qualities:

i. The local producer's share should be at least 51%; or,
ii. The technical and artistic contribution of the local producer should obtain at least 14 points out of a possible 22 with regards to the below National Film Technical and Artistic Contribution Chart:

ITEM

POINTS

Director

3

Scriptwriter

3

Original score composer

1

Lead actor 1

3

Lead actor 2

2

Character actor

1

Artistic director

1

Director of photography

1

Editor

1

Sound Engineer

1

Location

1

Laboratory

1

Language used (Turkish)

3

b) The exhibition format of the films need to be digital (DCP, Full HD or BluRay).
c) Participating documentary films need to be at least 30 minutes-long.
d) Documentary films made for TV are eligible as long as they have not been aired previously.
e) Productions intended for commercial or touristic promotion are not considered as documentary films.

5. Application

The producer(s) applies to participate in the festival as the legal owner of the film. If there are more than one legal owners, then the submission form must include the signatures of all legal owners or their written consent in attachment. The owners can participate in the festival with as many films as they wish.

In order for the films applying for the Festival to be promoted and to be included in the Festival catalogue, below documentation should be submitted until 31 January 2017, 17.00 hours, along with the submission forms through the online Eventival system at https://vp.eventival.eu/iff/2017.

a) Online screener link (valid for at least 3 months)
b) Technical features
c) Turkish and English synopses
d) Press book or electronic press kit
e) Film stills (high res)
f) Director’s photograph (high res)
g) Director’s statement
h) Posters (3)
i) (in case the screening copy is not subtitled in English) Dialogue list for subtitle translation or English subtitle list
j) Trailer or excerpt in 16:9 quicktime format and an online link to such.

The submitter confirms the veracity of the information provided in the submission form. The director or submitter commits to refrain from withdrawing the film from the festival after the programme is announced at the festival launch press conference in March.

6. Screening and Copies

Turkish films are screened with English subtitles. If the owner of the film cannot supply an English subtitled print of the film, the Festival will prepare electronic subtitles.
The last day for delivery of the prints of the films the participation of which in the competition are finalised is one week before the Festival, at the latest. The screening copies are delivered to the Festival Office at the İKSV (Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts) building. The films are retrieved from the same place within a week after the Festival ends. The DCP copies must be sent to the Festival in their original hardcover cases clearly labelled with the title of the film.

7. Jury

The final judgment with respect to the inclusion of a film in the Documentaries section of the festival and inclusion in the National Documentary Competition is entered by the Turkish Cinema Advisory Committee and the festival directorate. The festival reserves the right to not disclose information regarding the selection of films. 
In order for the competition to be held, at least 6 films should compete. If the number of films determined until 31 January 2017, the deadline for submission, does not reach six, then the competition is not held; the films which have applied are screened at the Festival out of competition.
Films to be screened within the National Documentary Competition are evaluated by a jury determined by the Festival Directorate. The jury comprises film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, film critics, film historians, academics, and prominent people in branches of art connected to cinema, from Turkey and abroad.

The President of the Jury is appointed by the Festival Directorate. The jury designates its own working system. Members of the jury should view the films in competition, the screening arrangement of which is determined by the Festival Directorate, within the duration of the Festival, in formal screenings in movie theatres or in private screenings, individually or collectively. The Festival Directorate keeps an observer with no voting rights at the decision-making session of the jury. The President of the Jury, before the decision is announced, submits to the Festival Directorate the minutes signed by all members.

8. Insurance

The Festival is responsible for the insurance of the prints selected, from the moment they are received by the Festival to the moment they are collected by the courier.
Should a print be lost or damaged, the Festival’s responsibility could be engaged only to the extent of the value indicated by the producer on the entry form. If the entrant does not submit the entry form to the Festival Office until 31 January 2017, the print will be valued by the insurance company on 2,500 US Dollars.

9. Authority

The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify films not meeting the technical specifications or legal qualifications required and sufficient for public screening.
The authority of any resolution concerning subjects not separately established in the regulations belongs to the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts. The Turkish film owners, producers and directors of the Turkish films participating in the programme of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival are considered to have accepted the rules of these regulations.
The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.

NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

1. Date

The 36th edition of the Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts and recognised as a specialised competitive event by FIAPF, will be held 5-15 April 2017.

2. Aim

The aim of the National Short Film Competition is to encourage the realisation of highly qualified short films of art in Turkey, to support the development thereof; to make sure that the qualified products of the cinema of Turkey reach the viewers; and thus contribute to the foreign promotion and development of the cinema of Turkey.

3. Awards

a) The jury, upon evaluation of the films participating in the National Short Film Competition, selects the Best Short Film. A monetary prize of 5,000 TL is presented to the director of the Best Short Film. This award is given to a single film and cannot be shared.
b) The jury, along with the main award, can bestow a non-monetary Special Mention to honour an extraordinary artistic or technical aspect of a film.
c) The jury comprising of members of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) evaluates the films participating in the National Short Film Competition and selects the best film to award it with the FIPRESCI Prize.
d) The directors, producers, and distributors of the winning film agree to mention the prize they are awarded in press documents and promotional materials as well as during any further distribution of the winning film (on the credit titles).

4. Conditions of Participation

For films to participate in the National Short Film Competition, the following conditions are envisaged:
a) Turkish animation, fiction, documentary or experimental short films realised after 1 January 2016 can participate to the Festival. For a short film (or a co-produced short film) to be deemed “Turkish short film”, the director or the producer of the film must be a Turkish citizen.

b) The films should at most be 20 minutes long; their exhibition formats need to be 24 fps, 1998x1080 px, and in Quicktime uncompressed format.
c) Competing films are not paid any contribution or screening fees.

5. Application

The producer(s) applies to participate in the festival as the legal owner of the film. If there is more than one legal owner, then the submission form must include the signatures of all legal owners or their written consent in attachment. The owners can apply to the festival with as many films as they wish.

In order for the films applying for the Festival to be promoted and to be included in the Festival catalogue, below documentation should be submitted until 31 January 2017, 17.00 hours, along with the submission forms through the online Eventival system at https://vp.eventival.eu/iff/2017.

a) Online screener link hosted on vimeo.com or youtube.com (valid for at least 3 months)
b) Technical features
c) Turkish and English synopses
d) Press book or electronic press kit
e) Film stills (high res)
f) Director’s photograph (high res); short bio and filmography;
g) Short director’s statement
h) (in case the screening copy is not subtitled in English) Dialogue list for subtitle translation or English subtitle list

The submitter confirms the veracity of the information provided in the submission form. The director or submitter commits to refrain from withdrawing the film from the festival after the programme is announced at the festival launch press conference in March.

6. Screening and Copies

Turkish films are screened with English subtitles. If the owner of the film cannot supply an English subtitled copy of the film, the Festival will prepare electronic subtitles. The last day for delivery of the copies of the films the participation of which in the competition are finalised is one week before the Festival, at the latest. The screening copies are submitted to the Festival Office at the İKSV (Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts) on DVDs or sent via downloadable links.

7. Jury

Competition films are determined by the Istanbul Film Festival Short Film Advisory Board from among submitted films. The final judgment with respect to the inclusion of a short film in the National Short Film Competition is entered by the festival directorate. The Festival reserves the right to not disclose information regarding the selection of films. 

Films to be screened for the National Short Film Competition are evaluated by a jury determined by the festival directorate. The National Short Film Competition Jury comprises film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, film critics, film historians, academics, and prominent people in branches of art connected to cinema, from Turkey and abroad.

The jury designates its own working system. Members of the jury view the films in competition, the screening arrangement of which is determined by the Festival Directorate, within the duration of the Festival. The Jury, before the decision is announced, submits to the Festival Directorate the minutes signed by all members.

7. Insurance

The Festival is responsible for the insurance of the copies selected, from the moment they are received by the Festival to the moment they are collected by the forwarding agent.
Should a copy be lost or damaged, the Festival’s responsibility could be engaged only to the extent of the value indicated by the producer on the entry form. If the entrant does not send the entry form to the Festival Office until 31 January 2017, the copy will be valued by the insurance company on 500 US Dollars.

8. Authority

The festival directorate reserves the right to disqualify films not meeting the technical specifications or legal qualifications required and sufficient for public screening.
The authority of any resolution concerning subjects not separately established in the regulations belongs to the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts.
The owners, producers and directors of the Turkish short films participating in the program of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival are considered to have accepted the rules of these regulations.
The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.