Competition excitement at the Istanbul Film Festival

39th Istanbul Film Festival National Competition and National Short Film Competition to be held on 17-28 July. The new date of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival, which was postponed due to the pandemic, was determined as 9-20 October 2020.

The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The largest, most established, and most influential film festival in Turkey, Istanbul Film Festival will hold its National Competition and National Short Film Competition in cooperation with Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) between 17 and 28 July.

The screenings of 11 feature films and 12 short films will be held at the open air cinema to be set up at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) on 17-28 July. Every evening at 21.00, a feature film and a short film will be screened together. The screenings will be held with the participation of film crews.

Both competitions are within the Turkish Cinema section of the festival, organised under the sponsporship of Anadolu Efes for the 31st time.

The remaining screenings of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival will be held between 9-20 October. The programme of the festival, which will be held joined with Filmekimi, will be announced.


The competitions of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival will begin on 17 July. The award-winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony to be held at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum on Tuesday, 28 July.
The world premiere of the documentary İyi ki Yapmışım / Glad I did it!, directed by Selçuk Metin, a biopic on actor Metin Akpınar, will be held following the award ceremony with the participation of
Akpınar. Glad I did it! will be screened for the general public in October during the festival.

11 films completed in the 2019-20 season will be vying for the Golden Tulip in the National Competition of the festival.
The National Competition Jury will distribute awards in 9 categories: Golden Tulip Best Film, Best Director, Special Prize of the Jury, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, and Best Original Music.

The competition films will also be screened online on

National Competition films:

• Bina / The Antenna / Orçun Behram
• Plaza / Anıl Gelberi
• Nasipse Adayız / You Know Him / Ercan Kesal
• Körleşme / Going Blind / Hacı Orman
• Ceviz Ağacı / Silenced Tree / Faysal Soysal

• Aşk, Büyü vs. / Love, Spells and All That / Ümit Ünal
• Topal Şükran’ın Maceraları / Adventures of Sukran the Lame / Onur Ünlü
• Uzak Ülke / Faraway Land / Erkan Yazıcı
• Şair / The Poet / Mehmet Emin Yıldırım
• Bilmemek / Not Knowing / Leyla Yılmaz
• Soluk / Breath / Özkan Yılmaz

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