Kaş International Short Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers for the third time to the picturesque Mediterranean town of Turkey, Kaş. Looking over the endless turquoise Mediterranean Sea, an immersion of culture, art, and nature meets with carefully selected short films in the laid-back atmosphere of Kaş.

Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the General Directorate of Cinema, as well as the Municipality of Kaş, our third edition will take place in June 2024, followed by Q&A sessions with the finalists, and the award ceremony at the impressive 2000-year-old ancient theater with the backdrop of the Greek island Kastellorizo. A good variety of workshops, moderated panels, and screenings will be available for everyone and free to join. Kaş has always been an attractive location for filmmakers and artists throughout history, therefore with an international art event, we are looking forward to boosting Kaş’s already established art scene with great opportunities to mingle and network with international contacts.

Followed by Kaş, selected finalist films will be screened at the extraordinary movie theatre of Kadıköy Sineması, and the winning films will be screened at one and only Karaca Sineması, Izmir. Everyone is invited and the entrance will be free, as always.

We accept submissions from all around the world, and we especially encourage underwater films to submit for the special underwater film category. Kaş is famous for its bustling and pristine underwater life, just as the fascinating wrecks. There's a great interest and awareness for underwater life in this charming town, so it is the right place to promote your underwater productions whether it's fiction or documentary.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime, and our team will respond to you shortly.

Our judging panel consists of a pre-jury, underwater films jury, and the main jury; who are all sector professionals coming from every field of the film industry: directors, producers, academicians, actors, screenwriters, documentarists, and so on. 

All the finalists will be invited to Kaş and offered a 4-night stay with breakfast included. There will be a special dinner with the other filmmakers. Q&A sessions will be held with the attending filmmakers at the event. More awards and events are TBA in April and May 2024.

National Short Film Competition

• Best Film Award

• Best Cinematographer Award

• Best Director Award

• Best Acting Award (Gender-Neutral)

• Best Editing Award

• Best Screenplay Award

• Best Production Design Award

• Jury Award

International Short Film Competition

• Best Film Award

• Jury Award

International Underwater Short Film Competition

• Best Film Award


National Student Short Film Competition

• Best Film Award


• For the international, national, and student films competition, films produced in 2022 and after will be accepted.

• For the national student films competition category, filmmakers who are currently attending secondary school, high school, and bachelor's degree may apply OR the directors born in 1998 or later may apply (the submitter MUST present the director's ID upon submitting the film).

• For the underwater film category, films produced in 2020 and later will be accepted. The film must either have underwater shots, or the context be related to underwater (especially for the animated and experimental films). Submissions that do not fit the criteria will be disqualified.

• Max. film length is 20 minutes including the credits. Any submission exceeding this limit will be disqualified.

• PLEASE do not submit your films for more than one category, otherwise the jury members won't rate them in an accurate way. If you've already submitted for more than one category, simply withdraw from one of them and leave the one that you like to be considered.

• The submission deadline for each category is March 5, 2024, but as the application fee increases over time, early submissions are strongly encouraged.

• A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their film from the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

• All films submitted to FilmFreeway must be in the form of an online screener or Youtube/Vimeo link. If a link is password protected, then the password must be valid through March 5th, 2024, otherwise, your submission will be considered INVALID and will be DISQUALIFIED with a no-entry-fee refund. You will be reminded once if a password is invalid before being disqualified.


• We are all volunteers working to make this festival come true. We kindly ask you not to ask for fee waivers.

• If the movie is not English-speaking, subtitles must be provided by the submitter (including the national submissions).


• Filmmakers are responsible for every aspect of copyright on their own materials.

• Selected films will be privately reviewed by the judging panel before the awards, and before public screening.

• Once a film submission gets a Nominee status, the submitter receives a congratulatory e-mail with the festival's 2024 Nominee laurel.

• Accepted filmmakers will be notified via email, phone or text. Filmmakers must confirm their participation by the given deadline, otherwise, they might lose their spot in the line-up.

• All the finalists will be invited to Kaş, and either the director or the producer will be offered accommodation for 4 nights. Breakfast included. There will be an additional special dinner with the filmmakers.

• Kaş International Short Film Festival reserves the right to change the date of the events.

• The festival does not cover the travel expenses of those who are arriving out of Turkey.

• Selected films must acknowledge that Kaş International Short Film Festival reserves the right to promote the films on the festival’s website and social media using both images and video that you provide.

Overall Rating
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  • Always a pleasure to be part of your festival! Your team is friendly and the festival is well-organized. We had our film 'ICE MERCHANTS' in the lineup, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with you. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!

    January 2024
  • Umut Beşkırma

    I had a wonderful time in this festival with my movie “The Dark Spot on the Road ”. The communication of the festival team and their professional pov to filmmaking made me feel very safe. The technical quality of the screenings, as well as the sensitivities regarding transportation and accommodation, made me very happy as a festival guest. Thanks to the festival, I also had the opportunity to make networking. The atmosphere of Kaş, where I have been for the first time, is also worth seeing! Kaş Short Film Festival is an organization that I would like to join again… I'm glad we shared our film!

    December 2023
  • Wonderful setting. Excellent and clear communication. Very friendly and helpful organisers. So grateful and pleased to be a part of this outstanding Festival! Delighted that our film "The Syrian Cosmonaut" was able to come away with a beautifully crafted award :)

    Charles Emir Richards

    November 2023
  • It's a great festival, the organization is great compared to many big and old festivals. There is a very professional team. It will be a festival that will grow much bigger and we will hear its name much more. We love you, Kaş Film Festival.

    September 2023
  • kasım ördek

    Although it was only the second year of organizing the festival, it looked as if the city and the people had been living the festival for years. It will be a festival that will be talked about a lot both in Turkey and abroad in the coming years. The whole team was amazing. Bravo Kaş..

    September 2023