International Halicarnassus Film Festival is located in Bodrum, Turkey. The International Halicarnassus Film Festival aims to reward the quality of short films of world cinema, filmmakers, and creators to offer support to produce new movies, films, and our industry to lead the aesthetic and technical development and contribute to the recognition. The committee includes directors, screenwriters, writers, and artists devoted to cinema and visual arts.

Bodrum Municipality is the lead of the festival supporters. The quarter festival screening venue is the Wanderheaven indoor or outdoor screening area and stage, depending on weather conditions. (www.wanderheaven.com). The festival and award ceremony is held in September every year.

Halicarnassus Film Festival is an IMDb-qualifying festival.

Events and details: https://www.hffestival.com/event/

Halicarnassus Film Festival consists of 2 parts: 3 - Months Session and International Halicarnassus Film Festival

For 3 - Months Sessions:

The winners are determined and announced by the decision of the Halicarnassus Film Festival Committee. The films selected for screening among the winning films are screened in Bodrum every three months.

Annual "International Halicarnassus Film Festival"

"3 Months Session Winners" will automatically participate in the International Halicarnassus Film Festival. The annual winner lists are determined and announced by the decision of the Halicarnassus Film Festival Committee. The annual International Film Festival takes place with the award ceremony and screening.

Awards & Prizes

Films in the below categories will be accepted.

BEST FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION FILM
BEST COMEDY
BEST DRAMA FILM
BEST HORROR / MYSTERY / CRIME
BEST SCI-FY / FANTASY / ACTION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Subcategories:
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR
BEST TRAILER
BEST POSTER
BEST CREATIVE
BEST EDITING
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SOUNDTRACK

Annual trophy-winning awards:

BEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR

Special certificates and surprise awards are given to other category winners. In addition, certificates are given to all producers and directors participating in the annual festival.


A) To submit a film, the filmmaker must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
B) Halicarnassus Film Festival accepts all film types. However, filmmakers need to apply the right category. If it is not in the right category the jury has a right to disqualify the film.
C) International registrations will be on https://filmfreeway.com/HalicarnassusFilmFestival
Entry fees are non-refundable.
D) Halicarnassus Film Festival does not accept non-proper content such as extremist content or sexually explicit movies.
E) Filmmakers/Producer can submit their films in multiple categories.
F) The deadline, notification date, and event date can be changed by Halicarnassus Film Festival.
G) The filmmaker agrees to give permission that Halicarnassus Film Festival can use parts of their film such as teaser, poster, trailer, and director photo for promotional purposes.
H) In case of selection for the Halicarnassus Film Festival event, the English or Turkish subtitles (srt. files) should be sent by the filmmaker.
I) Any film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
J) Halicarnassus Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
K) Selected films should provide higher resolution (at least 720p) of their films for screening.
L) For the official competition, not all the submissions will be selected. The jury decides the winners.
M) Not every submission is selected for monthly, annual, or special screening days. The jury decides the winners.
N) Halicarnassus Film Festival judges decide the winners. Halicarnassus Film Festival juries are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
O) By entering your film for consideration into the Halicarnassus Film Festival, you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The official submitter and all filmmakers associated with the film shall indemnify and hold harmless the Halicarnassus Film Festival and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening and loss of or damage to the data provided.

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  • Andrey Gil

    My greetings to festival HALICARNASSUS FILM FESTIVAL 2023. Thank you for your attention to our film and apprishiashan it ┬źLullaby for the cat┬╗. We were glad to participate in this festival and we congratulate all the participants and winners. Luck and success to all of you. Together we will win! Thank you very much. With great regards , director Andrew Gil ( UKRAINE)

    November 2023
  • We are absolutely happy to have been awarded as Best Short Comedy and to be entitled to compete in the September 24 annual edition. Thanks again

    November 2023
  • Eliane Germanos

    I wanted to express my deep appreciation for awarding "The Unsaid" for inclusion in your prestigious film festival competition. It's an honor to be a part of such a dynamic and diverse lineup of films.

    November 2023
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us well! Thank you so much!

    November 2023
  • Shadow C. LaValley

    Truly thankful and grateful to have our film be a part of this festival!

    November 2023