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.

19th Short Film Festival

20 March - 30 March 2023

Akbank Sanat
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23 JAN MON
1

18:00

Seminar Strategic Planning & Project Development II

Online Platform – Zoom

24 JAN TUE
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25 JAN WED
1

18:30

Seminar The Limits Of Design Or Limitless Design

Akbank Sanat

26 JAN THU
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27 JAN FRI
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28 JAN SAT
4

12:00

Theater Hurricane Boy

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Theater Peter Pan and Neverland

Zorlu PSM, Turkcell Platinum Stage

15:00

Workshop Physicalization Of The Character

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Concert Akbank Sanat 30th Anniversary ConcertsAlper Maral & Mert Topel

Akbank Sanat

29 JAN SUN
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30 JAN MON
1

18:00

Seminar Managing Relations

Online Platform – Zoom

31 JAN TUE
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01 FEB WED
2

18:00

Seminar Politics, Contemporary Art and Curation

Online Platform – Zoom

18:30

Seminar NFTs and Crypto Art

Akbank Sanat - Multi Purpose Hall

02 FEB THU
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03 FEB FRI
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04 FEB SAT
1

15:00

Workshop From Sound To Script

Akbank Sanat

05 FEB SUN
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06 FEB MON
1

18:00

Seminar Collection Management

Online Platform – Zoom

07 FEB TUE
1

20:00

Dance “MOD” Contemporary Dance Performance

Akbank Sanat

08 FEB WED
1

18:30

Seminar "Kula" Play: Fading Memories of the Common Past of the Sephardic Jews of Istanbul

Akbank Sanat

09 FEB THU
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10 FEB FRI
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11 FEB SAT
2

11:30

Theater Hurricane Boy

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop The Creation Of The Director

Akbank Sanat

12 FEB SUN
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