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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04 NOV MON
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18:00

Jazz On Campus Middle East Technical University

Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi

05 NOV TUE
2

18:00

Jazz On CampusKayseri Erciyes University

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

06 NOV WED
2

18:00

Kampüste Caz Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli Universty

Mersin Üniversitesi

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

07 NOV THU
2

17:00

Jazz On CampusAdana Çukurova University

Adana Çukurova Üniversitesi

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

08 NOV FRI
3

18:00

Jazz on CampusGaziantep University

Gaziantep University

18:00

Contemporary Art and Art Theory

Open Dıalogue Istanbul

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

09 NOV SAT
4

13:00

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

Akbank Sanat

14:00

Family Mosaic Workshop(Ages 4-12)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Le Concert / The Concert

Akbank Sanat

16:00

Aesthetics 1

Akbank Sanat

10 NOV SUN
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11 NOV MON
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12 NOV TUE
1

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

13 NOV WED
1

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

14 NOV THU
2

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Morometii 2 / The Moromete Family 2

Akbank Sanat

15 NOV FRI
1

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

16 NOV SAT
5

11:00

Colorful Cups (For 6-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

13:00

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

Akbank Sanat

13:00

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6-12 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Akbank Sanat

16:00

Cultural Policies and Art

Akbank Sanat

17 NOV SUN
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18 NOV MON
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19 NOV TUE
1

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

20 NOV WED
3

Exhibition Regular Insanity

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Soojin Suh Chordless Quartet

Akbank Sanat

21 NOV THU
3

Exhibition Regular Insanity

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Pup-o, ma!

Akbank Sanat

22 NOV FRI
2

Exhibition Regular Insanity

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

23 NOV SAT
2

Exhibition Regular Insanity

Akbank Sanat

13:00

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

Akbank Sanat

24 NOV SUN
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