1. Dates

The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and recognised as a specialised competitive event by FIAPF, will take place 10-21 April 2020.

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 39th Istanbul Film Festival consists of the following sections:

a) The International Competition, open only to films that fit the theme “new perspectives in cinema”;
b) Turkish Cinema 2019-2020, 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.

4. International 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 2019, or already released in 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 Competition will be supported by the Eczacıbaşı Group. The monetary award will be distributed as follows:

  • 10,000 Euros to the director of the film which wins the Şakir Eczacıbaşı Golden Tulip Award;
  • 50,000 Turkish liras to the Turkish distributor of the winning film;
  • 5,000 Euros to the director of the film which wins the Special Jury Prize.
5. Human Rights in Cinema competition

a) The Human Rights in Cinema award intends to honour an artistic or documentary film that promotes human rights in accordance with the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. This 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, an award which comprises a certificate and a cash prize of 5,000 Euros 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 Human Rights in Cinema 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 2019 and 31 January 2020;
  • 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 20 December 2019.) Films available on DVD or VOD or streaming services in Turkey are not eligible for inclusion in the programme. 

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 2020, 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 2020.
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
İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfi
Sadi Konuralp C. No.5
Beyoglu 34433 İstanbul, TURKEY
Phone: +90 (212) 334 07 20
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 or e-mail 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 39th 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.