Ismailia International Film Festival


Years running: 24 (since 1999)

Ismailia International Film Festival

International Film Festival For Documentary And Short Films.


Ismailia International Film Festival for documentary and short films takes place every year in Ismailia (Egypt) to promote an intercultural dialogue for a deeper understanding of others by presenting their creative works to the audience and to encourage filmmakers of documentary and short films. Films deepen our understanding of others’ different social visions, values, and thoughts. 

The Ismailia International Film Festival For Documentaries and Shorts remained committed to showcasing important and significant documentaries and shorts in a celebration of cinema, creativity, and the undeniable influence of film.

Non – Competitive Sections: out of competition, Special Screenings, Tribute, other sections or screenings.

The Festival organizes encounters and debates between film-makers and the audience, journalists and professional. In addition the festival organizes film workshops in collaboration with other film festivals and professionals that provide opportunity for the young filmmakers to advance their experience and knowledge.


  • The best film Prize in each competition (a sum of $3000 + Golden Tablet and a certificate is awarded to the director).
  • The jury prize is given to a film in each competition and is of the sum of $2000.
  • The jury has the right to give a mention or more to a film or any branch of the films participating in the five competitions [maximum five]
  • All films screened in the competitions will receive a participating certificate.


Participation is restricted to films that have been completed during the year that proceeds the year the festival takes place until the closing date.

Material required by the festival:

  • The film's synopsis, photos and posters.
  • The Directors bio-filmography and photo.
  • A complete press kit [articles, flyer, clipping, etc]
  • In the case of sending photos by e-mails or CD the size mustn't be less than 6 X 99 – resolution DPI or 1063 X 709.
  • The film participation in other festivals and the awards.

Formats: 35 mm, DCP, SP Beta, Digibeta, Blue Ray and DVD

Original version with English subtitles.

Prints are insured as long as they are in the festival possession.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organizers: The Ministry of Culture - Egyptian Film Center - Ismailia Governorate.




Official Website



Egyptian Film Center (Ismailia International Festival for Doc.& Short Films )
City of Arts - Pyramids Ave
Giza- Egypt 12111

Phone: +202 358 54 701

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 15, 2020
  • Deadline
    January 20, 2021
  • Event Dates
    8 — 14 April 2021
Categories & Fees

Short Documentary Films competition (maximum 52 min.).

  • Deadline — free

Long Documentary Films competition (more than 52 min).

  • Deadline — free

Animation Films (Cartoon, Puppets, Computer Graphics)

  • Deadline — free

Short Feature Films competition (Maximum 60 min.).

  • Deadline — free
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