MELECH 23 is back hunting for the top films from across the world to screen in Jerusalem, Haifa, online and of course in Tel-Aviv.

Our IMDb Qualifying awards showcase brings in sold out audiences who adore new indie work. This year we're focusing on incredible narrative Features & Shorts and excellence in cinematography & performance. If you have a film that aligns with these aspects - enter now.

This Year we have many Showcases: ISRAELI AWARDS, INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, COURTS MÉTRAGES, and our highly demanded DIGITAL SHOW at special locations in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa + Steaming Online.

We are an inclusive festival and welcome people of all walks of faith, ethnicities and orientations. We believe art brings us together as humans, and we are excited to celebrate new and emerging artists. We accept submissions of shorts, pilots, features, screenplays and many more.

Enter Melech today.


ISRAELI AWARDS, INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, COURTS MÉTRAGES, and our highly demanded DIGITAL SHOW at special locations in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem + Steaming Online.

Best Short Film, Best Animation, Best Screenplay, Best Series, Best Short , Best Director, Best Performance, Best International Film, Best Jewish Film, Le Meillieur Court-Métrage (Best French Film), Best Arabic Film, Best Non-Jewish Film, Best Israeli Film, Best Picture + Many more!

MELECH Film Festival Israel is The definitive IMDb Awards show of the Middle East.


The following is an explanation of the rules and regulations (“Rules & Regulations”) governing the submission of a film, trailer, feature, short, music video, web series, reality show pilot, demo reel, short animation, sizzle reel, documentary, short screenplay (hereafter called the “Project”) for consideration of the 2022 / 2023 MELECH Tel-Aviv International Film Festival’ (hereinafter called the “Festival”). All information contained in this document shall herein supersede any prior information regarding submission to the Festival.

By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions found on this page, the person submitting the Project (hereafter called the “Applicant”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”) whose consent is required to submit the Project to the Company, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations set forth below:

There will be many submissions, but only those selected will be shown. The submitter accepts that by submitting and paying the submission fee, their submission might not be selected. They accept that in some festivals only award-winning films are shown.
Once submitted the Festival reserves the right to play the Applicant’s work at a live screening and/or screenings with no screening fees or ticket remuneration for the Applicant. This is non-negotiable.
Works submitted that do not meet criteria or fail to adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations are not the responsibility of the Company or Festival. These submissions may lead to automatic disqualification and loss of submission fee. In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must submit via FilmFreeway located at or on the Festival’s Home page. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is not submitted through this platform.

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Company will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Company disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.

Full Ownership:
It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims or issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories or libel, defamation, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of rights or publicity, theft or trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of expressed or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Company expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to submitted Project, including any content materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

Submission content:
All of the above types of content will be considered for screening. We will consider content of all types so long as the content is not purely pornographic in nature. Media containing hate speech, homophobia, transphobia and other un-artistically motivated discriminatory content will be immediately disqualified. Gratuitous violence, vulgar language and other similar content will be screened to determine if artistic and within the scope of the Festival, at the Festival’s sole discretion. We encourage all types of art and do not wish to discourage any Project, within reason.

By submitting the project the applicant agrees that the festival may award them a finalist, official selection or category winner and thus the festival may show the project or extracts of the project in Festival-related advertising both online and in print, in perpetuity. The applicant needs to be aware that by submitting the project they transfer all the necessary rights to the festival so that the festival has all legal rights to show imagery from and extracts of the project for all such purposes, in perpetuity. The promotion may include online and social media campaigns like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube campaigns as well as print campaigns like poster advertisement or print media campaigns.

Festival Rights:
Company and Festival expressly deny and are not responsible for any promises of offers for distribution. This is merely an avenue or channel for Applicant to submit Project for exposure and viewing pleasure of audiences. The Company is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Company or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Festival, Company and its affiliates reserve the sole and exclusive right to change the dates and times of viewing of Officially Selected Projects or dates of Festival. Applicant acknowledges and accepts Company, Festival and its affiliates have no control over natural disasters, acts of nature, and circumstances of emergency that might cause change in dates and times. Good faith efforts will be given by Company, Festival and its affiliates to inform Applicant of any date or time changes in advance, if possible.

Company reserves the sole and exclusive right to choose which works will be shown, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected. Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • This truly is an amazing film festival with excellent communication via email, and on their website, for the notification placements of all selected works. I wasn't able to be there in person, but I wish I had been because of the great caliber of projects and talent selected. My short screenplay, "The Letter" won 1st Place and I'm so thrilled and thankful to the entire MELECH team and the judges for this great honor and achievement. And it's definitely a memorable one because after a year and a half, MELECH was the script's final film festival submission—marking its 21st and final win! Toda Raba, MELECH! I will definitely submit again in the future!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Michael you're too kind!

    We loved your work so so so much. Please let this win inspire you to continue your writing.

    Love from Melech

  • monica levy

    An excellent arrangement of films and a wonderful opportunity to have your work seen by an appreciative audience of excellent people!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Monica,

    Was wonderful to have you with us! Come again next year <3

    Love from the Melech Team

  • Alejandro Salvat

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but our representative had an amazing time and saw some great films. It was a full house with very interesting people from the Tel Aviv film scene. It was our pleasure to be part of this festival with our film Bygone and an honor to win an award!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    We loved showing your film Alejandro!

    Bygone is an incredible work and deserved best SCI FI! Thanks for sending some of your team to the screening and we hope you'll keep making great work!

    Love from Melech

  • Matthew Margo

    MELECH Tel-Aviv is an exceptional film festival that has a proud Israeli identity, while warmly reaching out to films and screenplays from all religions and countries. Communications were flawless and the way the festival was managed and judged built a special momentum and excitement. If a Film festival has the right to call itself "MELECH", this is the one!

    I'm also grateful and delighted that your Judges placed "Rough Cut" first in the TV category. Thank you so much MELECH Team!

    Shalom from New York,


    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Toda Raba!!

    What an incredibly generous review - thank you Matthew. This means a lot - and we certainly love what we do, that you once again and well done on Best TV screenplay!!!!

    Love from Israel

  • Kate Weare

    We really loved being part of this special Israeli Festival! Very high quality, innovative films as well as smart curation, and just lovely people with good communication skills. We wish we could have attended the screenings in person and deeply appreciate winning the award for “Best Choreography” for our film Landfall. We will definitely be applying again with our next film. Thank you to everyone at MELECh-Tel Aviv Festival!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Wow what a stellar review!!

    Thank you so much Kate - toda raba - your film was well recieved by the audience and we so appreciate you taking the time to submit your work and that you enjoyed our festival.

    Much love from Melech <3