Rules and Regulations



In the fast consumption era we live in, we are at a time in which friendship, sincerity, gratitude, loyalty, and generosity are increasingly losing value. We are organizing the International Amity Short Film Festival with the purpose of thinking about friendship and multiplying its effects in our lives.



Any kind of short film form that directly or indirectly mentions the concept of friendship can apply to our festival. There is a need for different and unique perspectives in the age of the individualization and loneliness. We are inviting all the short film applicants that are up for rebuilding friendship in the short film language.



Film Acceptance Date: 10.08.2022

Application Deadline: 17.10.2022

Festival Date: 22,23,24 and 25 December 2022 / İstanbul



1. All the fictional, animation, and experimental short films that directly or indirectly points to the concept of “Friendship” and are made on and after 01.01.2020 can be submitted to the Main Competition section. Films must be under 20 minutes including credits. English subtitles are necessary.

2. All the documentaries which points to the humanitarian aids and responses to ease dangers of wars, natural disasters and epidemics on earth will be reviewed under this section. Two films will be awarded by Turkish Red Crescent. Films will be evaluated by the Festival Jury and the Red Crescent Team. Films those are made on and after 01.01.2018 can be submitted to the ‘Humanitarian Eye’ Documentary Competition section. Film must be under 30 minutes including credits. English subtitles is necessary.

3. Documentaries, Experimental, video-art and fictional short films that are not complying with competition regulations will be reviewed in the out-of-competition sections. Films must be under 30 minutes and year of production for the films is not important. Out-of-competition sections are as follows:

Forty Years of Gratitude Section

The theme of this section is parallel to the festival’s main concern ‘friendship’. Any kind of films that directly or indirectly points to the concept of friendship will be reviewed under this section.

Panorama Section

Awarded short films will be meet with Turkish audiences under this special section. There are not any theme limitations for this section. Turkish premiere is necessary.

  • Applicants may send film links to for consideration or apply on filmfreeway platform.
  • Applicants may apply with more than one film. However, one applicant can get only one award.
  • The application is open for filmmakers from all ages and nationalities.
  • Films that are previously participated and/or received awards in national or international film festivals are eligible for the festival.


4. Films that were submitted previously to International Amity Short Film Festival cannot be resubmitted.

5. Films that are broadcasted on any national or international network, put on the market in BluRay, DVD, and VCD formats, showed in digital platforms and VOD cannot apply for the competition; however, they can participate in the Forty Years of Gratitude section.

6. Filmmakers can submit their film by filling out the application form online at , Also, applicants may send film links to for consideration or apply on filmfreeway and festhome platforms. Completely filling out the form, signing, and submitting online means owner of the work accepted the conditions of the competition . Applications that have wrong or incomplete information or documentation will not be accepted. During the filling of the form, we may ask the participants to share a encoded/unencoded link of the film on platforms like vimeo/youtube/dailymotion etc. Those links cannot be open to the public.

7. The Festival Committee has the right to use a one-minute long section of the selected films for promotional purposes.

8. After the announcement of the films selected for competition and non-competition sections, the filmmakers cannot withdraw their films from the festival.

9. If the film crews of all the eligible films are invited to the award ceremony, it is mandatory at least for one person (director, actors, cinematographer etc.) to participate in the award ceremony. The award is primarily presented to the director; however, if the director is not available, it is presented to a person from the film crew who is acting as the representative of the director.

10. The producers of the films that is short-listed must have solved all kind of copyright problems regarding music, script, directing etc. If the film has multiple legal holders, it must be listed in the application. The Festival Committee may request the necessary permissions, copyrights, and certificate of consent documents.

11. The Festival Committee does not disclose the list of the applicant films in favor of legal holders and does not give information about the applicant films. The festival only shares the list of films with public that are in the screening category.

12. Filmmakers that are eligible to participate in the festival will be obliged to deliver the following materials and documents within 7 days after their names are announced to the address that the Festival Committee would provide.

  • An English subtitled copy of the film in HD format (preferably .mov or .mp4) as a digital file (via disc or Internet file transfer)
  • English time coded dialogue list for non-Turkish movies
  • 3 high resolution film stills as JPG
  • A high resolution photo of the director
  • Synopsis in Turkish and English (max. 100 words)
  • Credits
  • A short biography of the director in Turkish and English (max. 100 words)
  • Director’s statement in Turkish and English ( max. 100 words)

13. The Festival Committee reserves the right to exclude films that do not have necessary technical specifics for the screening.

14. All films shown during the festival will be archived as part of the International Amity Short Film Festival. If it is deemed necessary, it can be shown on various platforms to contribute and support short film production without a commercial purpose.

15. Members of the pre-selection jury, main jury, the festival committee, and their first-degree relatives cannot apply to the competition.

16. The Festival Committee reserves the right to amend the regulation when it is necessary. The decision-making authority regarding the matters that are not stated in the regulation is the festival committee.



1. The Festival Committee chooses the members of the pre-selection and the main jury among the national-international film critics, academicians, cinema industry, and well-established members of the culture and art scene.

2. Pre-selection jury watches the submitted films until the second week of October 2022, meet within the same month, and delivers the list of the films that are qualified to compete and to be screened to the Festival Committee.

3. The films that evaluated by the pre-selection committee and qualified to participate in the festival will be announced on the festival’s official web site and festival’s social media accounts in November. No announcement will be made regarding the films that are not qualified for competition or screening.

4. Awards of the festival will be announced at press conference.

İzleyeceğiniz filmlerin herhangi bir şekilde; bir karesinin, bir kısmının ya da tümünün ses ve görüntülerinin kopyalanması, kayda alınması, ve herhangi bir mecrada yayınlanması Fikir ve Sanat Eserleri Kanunu 71/1 maddesine göre suçtur!