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The new dates are now May 25 to 29, 2021.

The International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival accepts the titles with new perspectives and appreciates discoveries with fresh views. Every year festival deals with global topics and themes such as identity, borders, migration, cultural dialogue, environment, urbanism, dystopia and utopia, cultural exchange, by choosing a different focus subject every year. For 2021 festival highlights the topic of “isolation” to provide a platform for filmmakers and film lovers to share their works and ideas created during the lockdown. As a ‘take away” event, the festival starts in Istanbul with a week program and continues throughout the year at different cities and places around the world.

One of the last physical cultural events of 2020, the festival team hopes to conduct it in the real venues and share the gained online experiences by realizing online events during the festival along with the traditional screening, workshops, exhibitions, and Q&A sessions.  

The festivals priorities are, Multiculturalism Diversity of views and cultural diversity, Novelty and freshness Environment, New media and digital platform, Social issues and identities Minorities.

Initiated by Katadrom Arts and Culture and Social Politics Association based in Istanbul- ‘The 9th International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival’ will be held between the dates of 9th – 13th of March 2021 in Istanbul, to then continue its yearly tour across other cities around the world.

2021 theme is “Isolation”

Isolation by choice or yet, by force, “Surrendered to self preservation”, guided by voices and images; it’s the age of retelling those old stories of lifelines.

The Festival will screen more than 100 short features, short documentaries, short animations etc. of young filmmakers, students and teams who express different perspectives, concepts, and imaginations about “isolation” and festival’s traditional thematic sections.

The programme of ICPFF consists of following sections:
Isolation”; the main theme,
Cultural Insights”; where the cultural perspectives and contrast of life will be focused,
Ridicule”; where the films that entreats the absurd and humorous sides of life will be screened,
Purple Portraits”; where the stories and experiences of powerful women will be told,
Umbrella”; standing against all kinds of discrimination and exclusion,
Swerve Away”; stories of lives that are changed with a sharp turn,
So Far, So Close”; stories of late history, personal history and nostalgia,
Hybrid Sensations”; where all the sensations turn upside-down.

The festival already left a mark for its innovative and groundbreaking character – a ‘take-away’ festival consisting of films screenings, panel discussions, photography exhibitions, and workshops

Festival Date: 9-13 March 2021, Istanbul, Turkey


The 2021 Changing Perspectives has got new dates! Given the uncertainty regarding cultural events in Turkey due to the Covid pandemic, the ICPSFF team saw no other option but to postpone the festival, which was supposed to happen in March.

The new dates are now May 25 to 29, when it is more likely that our event can take place in a safe way, for both our filmmakers and our audience.

Submission Deadline:
Regular:  January 4, 2021
Late Deadline:  January 18, 2021





Feature Films Included!
Along with short films, a selection of feature films will also be screened at the festival.

Besides 2021 thematic-focused programs, the festival will also screen films under its traditional sections: Exchange Experience, Cultural Insights, Ridicule, Umbrella. Purple Portraits…


For the Detailed Regulations and Terms of the 2021 Edition, please click ICPSFF RULES and REGULATION 2021.

Short films which do not exceed 20 minutes. – all with English subtitles – completed after January 1, 2020.

Films should be no longer than 20 minutes
The films must be completed after January 1, 2020.
Films dealing with the topics mentioned above will be preferred
All films in a language other than English must have English subtitles

As Changing Perspectives Film Festival is a take-away Festival it should be accepted that films will be screened in different places apart from the festival during the year. (Max. 5 times)


“Potluck Award”
“Potluck Award” is the total sum of the submission fees to the festival. The collected application fee is going to be given as the Potluck Award, to a fellow filmmaker.
In this way, filmmakers who submitted their film to the festival will be contributing to a fellow filmmaker.
The winning film will be announced on the Closing of the festival and through the festival’s social media pages and official website.

Stay tuned for more details!

International Changing Perspectives Film Festival
Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association




Festival Office
Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association
Gümüşsuyu Mah. Kutlu Sokak No: 43/5
Beyoglu – Istanbul 34435 TURKEY

T: 90 212 252 49 24

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