Once again, the Istanbul International Short Film Festival, a celebration of short films from all over the world, is set to kick off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Istanbul at the French Cultural Center in Taksim.
Now celebrating its 23rd edition, the festival, which runs through Nov. 30 at a number of central venues, including the Dutch Chapel, the French Cultural Center and the German Culture Center, not only opens up the way for a magical and informative cinematic journey for İstanbul audiences but also provides a dynamic networking platform for young directors on both a national and international scale.
The guest speaker at the opening reception this year will be Turkish director, screenwriter and author Ümit Ünal, who will be delivering a speech on the “Art of Cinema and Short Film.”
A total of 870 film applications from countries, including Belgium, France, Greece, the UK, Brazil, Hungary, Iran, Bulgaria, Poland, Australia, Thailand, the US, Spain, Italy, India, Canada, Germany, Armenia, Austria, Lebanon, Moldova, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Holland, Romania, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Argentina, Israel, Algeria, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sweden were received for consideration for this year’s festival. This has now been whittled down to 156 films, each of which will be screened twice over the festival period.
The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 30 where the award-winning films will be shown again. All festival screenings are free of admission.
For more information see http://www.istanbulfilmfestival.com.