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Documentary film director ."Istanbul International Short Film Film Festival" organizer. In 1973 he graduated from “Ankara Hacettepe University”. From 1973 to1977 he continued his studies at “ Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Français” and “ University of Sorbonne” in France. He participated as a jury member in national and international festivals. He is director of “ Istanbul International Short Film Festival. He has received many honorary awards. Currently, he lectures on cinema at various institutions and contributes to various newspapers and periodicals.


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Istanbul International Short Film Festival is the longest running and most experienced organization among the international short film festivals in Turkey.
Short film is a medium based on making best of limited time within the frame of cinema art and gives the directors the opportunity of expressing their talents in the most unique way. The In this perspective the Festival aims to support short film and to provide young filmmakers to present their work both on national and international platforms.
The Festival had been started by a group of young enthusiasts on national level and showcased only films produced in Turkey. In years it has attracted a big interest and became an international organization in 1988.
As an un-interrupted organization of 38 years, the Festival is a unique example of its kind.
The Festival is organized each November and through its one-week-course around 200 distinguished short films from Turkey and the world are screened to filmlovers. Experienced filmmakers, professionals share their experiences through Q&A's and workshops.
Until today, around 5400 short films have been screened, 1150 guests have attended the festival, 550 Q&A's and 33 workshops have been organized.
The international section consists of only film screenings; there is no competition within this section. Films are selected through a process of focused evaluation process from both the direct applications and also from the films provided by film centers of different countries. These films are being presented to the audience with Turkish subtitles in three different theaters where the directors are ready for an Q&A afterwards. 
Festival catalogues of each year provide an important reference for cinematic memory.
This organization is being run by an independent committee where Hilmi Etikan acts as the president and keeps it's respectable profile throughout the years.


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Next Festival Dates: 
12/14/2018 - 12/21/2018
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Film submission fee: 
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Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Hilmi Etikan
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Programmer Name: 
Yıldız Etikan
Festival Programmer Email: 
There's no competition part at the international section of the festival.
Entry is free.
In the program short films in the categories are ; fiction, animation, experimental and short documentary.
After filling the "ENTRY FORM" please send a copy of your film, preferably a MPEG2, MP4, H264 copy with English subtitles ( with DVD or SD MEMORY CARD or USB FLASH DRIVE ).
If your film is available on "Youtube" or "Vimeo" ( Download it should be possible ) please add the link and the password to the last part of  the application form.
This way you won't need to send your film by post. Please  don't forget, the film should have English subtitles or English dialogues.
Please send mail to the festival:
- English text dialogues ( if possible SRT file) for turkish translation.
- A still shot from your film
- A photo of film director
Short films which are no longer than 15-20 minutes will be preferred in selection.
Festival Organization
Hilmi Etikan Urla Merkez Postahanesi PK.20
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The short films (fiction, experimental and animation) with english subtitles. It is preferable that the duration of the films does not exceed 20 minutes.



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