Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival is a pioneering showcase of avant-garde and experimental cinema in Turkey. Our goal is to bring the best in contemporary experimental cinema from around the world to live audiences in Istanbul. Our festival aims to advance artistic expression while creating a genuine networking platform for practitioners, film enthusiasts, and industry talent. In bringing audiences highly innovative films, made by filmmakers that have strong personal views on contemporary reality, we are inspired to daringly explore the boundaries of cinematic language.
We support visionaries that prevail beyond cinematic confines. Our priority here is to showcase films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit. We hope to give gifted international artists and filmmakers an opportunity to show their talent in all facets and forms that their craft demands. Regardless of whether you are an emerging artist or an established professional, we would like to encourage you to submit your work. It is artists like you that keep the horizon of moving images sharp and in focus so art may endure.
The inaugurate IIEFF took place in November 2018 where more than 150 features and shorts from 50+ countries were showcased. Over the span of 5 days events ranged from premieres, retrospectives, tributes, audio-visual performances, and discussion panels. The scope of selected works infused fresh air into the Istanbul atmosphere during the running days of the festival. We look forward to bringing more great works to life on screen.
The festival divided into following four sections:
Competition: Official Selected works will be screened during the span of the festival. The best ones of the year in will be honoured by an independent jury in different categories and elements.
- Categories of the Competition
- Experimental Feature
- Experimental Short
- Experimental Animation
- Experimental Documentary
- First Experiment
- Music Videos
- Fresh Air
The Forum: consists of screenings, panels and performances curated by guest artists and in a partnership with affiliated organizations. It aims to create a socio-artistic platform on which the identity of experimental cinema can be discussed.
Expanded Cinema: is an exhibition carried out in parallel with the festival. It provides space where those who dare to go outside the scope of traditional cinema can find refuge.
eXparty: presenting participants new cinematic and music experiences that further our experimental development both as festival participants and industry professionals.