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.

16th Akbank Short Film Festival

16 March - 26 March 2020

Akbank Sanat
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13 JAN MON
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14 JAN TUE
1

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15 JAN WED
2

18:30

Who Am I? Anayurt Oteli

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

16 JAN THU
2

18:30

Nietzsche's Critique of the Writing of History and Praise of Active Forgetfulness

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

17 JAN FRI
2

18:00

Writing About Art

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

18 JAN SAT
6

11:00

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Toy Sculpture Workshop (For 7-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children (For 4-6 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

14:15

Sculpture Hands & Arms(For 9-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Run Mikha Run

Akbank Sanat

16:00

Memory, Art ve Museum

Akbank Sanat

19 JAN SUN
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20 JAN MON
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21 JAN TUE
1

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

22 JAN WED
2

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Puzzle / Paheli

Akbank Sanat

23 JAN THU
1

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

24 JAN FRI
2

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Tanu Weds Manu

Akbank Sanat

25 JAN SAT
4

11:00

Family Mosaic Workshop(Ages 4-12)

Akbank Sanat

14:15

Colorful Cups (For 6-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Like Stars On Earth / Taare Zameen Par

Akbank Sanat

16:00

Popular Culture and Contemporary Art in Turkey

Akbank Sanat

26 JAN SUN
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27 JAN MON
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28 JAN TUE
2

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Yinon Muallem Quartet

Akbank Sanat

29 JAN WED
1

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

30 JAN THU
1

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

31 JAN FRI
2

18:00

Istanbul Biennial: Conceptual Framework and Curatorial Strategies

Open Dıalogue Istanbul

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

01 FEB SAT
1

15:00

Preventive Conservation: Packing, Shipping, and Storage Management

Akbank Sanat

02 FEB SUN
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