1. Date

The 39th 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 10-21 April 2020.

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 by Anadolu Efes 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 2019 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 DCPs (1998x1080px if flat, 2048x858px if scope) or video (Quicktime Uncompressed or H264 codec MP4 files)
c) Films available on DVD or VOD or streaming services in Turkey are not eligible for inclusion in 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 24 January 2020, 17.00 hours, along with the submission forms through the online Eventival system at https://vp.eventival.eu/iff/2020.

a) Online screener link hosted on vimeo.com or youtube.com (valid for at least 3 months)
b) Technical features and film info
c) Turkish and English synopses
d) Press book or electronic press kit
e) Film stills (high res)
f) Director’s photograph (high res);
g) (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 two weeks before the Festival, at the latest. The screening copies are submitted to the Festival Office at the İKSV (Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts) 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.

8. 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 24 January 2020, the copy will be valued by the insurance company on 500 US Dollars.

9. 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 as per FIAPF regulations.

The owners, producers and directors of the Turkish short films participating in the program of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival are considered to have accepted the rules of these regulations.

The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.

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