Akbank Short Film Festival was held for the first time in 2004. It has developed further over the years into one of the leading arts and culture events in Istanbul with an increasingly diverse programme. The festival aims to encourage short film production, to deliver the films to audiences, to support new filmmakers, to champion short film internationally, to provide a debate platform for short film within a festival culture and to establish a festival for cinema-lovers to enjoy.

In addition to the national and international short film competitions, the festival includes various workshops, interviews and master classes and thus acts as an experience-sharing platform between cinema professionals and festivalgoers. Akbank Short Festival, which takes place in Akbank Sanat every year for ten days, is free of charge for all the events. The festival is composed of “Festival Shorts,” “World Shorts,” “Short to Feature,” “Experiences,” “Documentary Film,” “Perspective,” “Special Screening” and “Forum” sections. Films that have competed at world’s leading film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice are presented to audiences every year. The “Forum” section, which was opened for the first time in 2017, aims to support short films from the scriptwriting stage, organizes trainings for project development and a short film screenplay contest for production support.

So far the festival has featured valuable artists such as Abbas Kiarostami, Reha Erdem, Jessica Woodworth, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Jafar Panahi, Ahmet Uluçay, Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Coşkun Aral, Barış Pirhasan with master classes and film screenings.

Every year, with "Akbank Short Film Festival in Universities" event, the festival reaches various cities of Turkey other than Istanbul. The award winning films are screened to the students of universities in Turkey.

14th Short Film Festival

19-29 March 2018

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12 FEB MON
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13 FEB TUE
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Seminar Series on Philosophy Memory and Sociology

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

14 FEB WED
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Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

15 FEB THU
4

ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Polyphony of the 70s and the research period that follows

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Hungarian Cinema The Boys of Paul Street / A Pal Utcai Fiuk

Akbank Sanat

16 FEB FRI
3

ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

18:30

States of in-between-ness/liminal states of the contemporary: the problematic of method and staging

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

17 FEB SAT
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Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Sculpture Hands & Arms(For 9-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

18 FEB SUN
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20 FEB TUE
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Cognita Mindfulness Workshop“Negative feelings are fleeting, let them go by”

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Hungarian CinemaThe Fifth Seal / Az Ötödik Pecset

Akbank Sanat

21 FEB WED
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

22 FEB THU
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

23 FEB FRI
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Akbank Sanat

18:30

Architecture Seminar Series“Anatomy of a City”

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

24 FEB SAT
7

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Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

I Am a Work of Art (Ages 6-14)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:30

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6 - 14 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

25 FEB SUN
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18:00

25. Akbank Jazz Festival - Jazz On CampusManisa Celal Bayar University

Manisa Celal Bayar University - Süleyman Demirel Kültür Merkezi

26 FEB MON
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11:00

Dance AtelierAntien van Mierlo

Akbank Sanat

27 FEB TUE
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Dance AtelierAntien van Mierlo

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Hungarian Cinema The Toth Family / Isten hozta örnagy úr

Akbank Sanat

28 FEB WED
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Dance AtelierAntien van Mierlo

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

01 MAR THU
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Dance AtelierAntien van Mierlo

Akbank Sanat

02 MAR FRI
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ExhibitionStrange Fruit

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Dance AtelierAntien van Mierlo

Akbank Sanat

03 MAR SAT
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Akbank Sanat

04 MAR SUN
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