The 37th edition of the festival runs from April 6 to 17. The festival hosts 198 feature films, as well as 12 short films, in 18 different categories, and in addition to the screening of a total of 210 films by 218 directors from 43 countries, there will be Q&As and festival talks with guest filmmakers, concerts, and other special events. Golden Tulips are presented to the winners in the International and National Competition sections.

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Styx
Styx
A storm in the middle of the ocean, a boat full of refugees that is about to sink and a woman all by herself...
Piercing
Piercing
A man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse.
Pig
Pig
Hasan, a blacklisted filmmaker, starts to sulk when he isn't bumped off by a serial killer.
Ava
Ava
A youngster in Iran begins to rebel.
The Workshop
The Workshop
An exploration of group dynamics in a young people’s writing workshop.
Woman Up!
Woman Up!
An ambitious woman treads a dangerous path as she attempts to crash the corporate boys’ club.
The Reports On Sarah And Saleem
The Reports On Sarah And Saleem
A man and a woman from two disparate worlds meet at nights just to have sex. However, when they get caught, the extra-marital relationship between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man causes tensions in the socio-politically divided Jerusalem.
Holiday
Holiday
The sugar baby of a mob boss flirts with a stranger on the Turkish Riviera.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
Maria By Callas
Maria By Callas
The most famous soprano in the world, a true diva, recounts her life 40 years after her death.
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