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.

View Films by Strand:

Box office and information

Istanbul Latest Reviews

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.
The Captain
The Captain
In the dying days of the Second World War, a young German soldier steals a captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer he gathers a group of deserters and proceeds to kill and plunder his way through a beaten Nazi Germany.
Mug
Mug
Jacek enjoys his existence as a cool misfit in his Polish backwater. After a terrible accident on the site where the world’s largest statue of Jesus is being constructed, he is celebrated as a national hero and martyr.
Black Tide
Black Tide
An alcoholic cop investigates the disappearance of a teenager who is the same age as his son.
The Heiresses
The Heiresses
When Chiquita is sent to prison for debt, her introverted girlfriend Chela is left to her own devices. Chela offers rich women a taxi service in her old car. As she explores the outside world she also starts to focus on her own desires.
Doubtful
Doubtful
When a screenwriter is sentenced to community service, he finds his work with juvenile offenders offers him an unexpected outlet.
A-Z of Istanbul Film Festival 2018 reviews >>>

Istanbul Film Festival Features

An emotional journey
Annemarie Jacir on fathers and sons in Wajib
The public Eye
C'est La Vie! star Haïdara on the art of comedy, her rising career and fighting racial stereotypes
Keeping up appearances
Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses
The magic of discovery
James Crump on Bill Cunningham and Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
Style illustrated
James Crump on Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
Horse sense
Chloé Zhao and Brady Jandreau on The Rider
News

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

Abertoir
Thrills and chills await with Abertoir the 13th!

Dunoon Film Festival

Seville Film Festival
15th edition of the festival celebrating European film

DOC NYC
America's largest documentary film showcase

French Film Festival
The UK's longest running Francophone film festival

In the Archive


Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.