1. Sending an entry to the Halal Film Festival (HFF) and implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.
  2. Entries can be of any duration. Shorter films are preferred (5 to 30 minutes). Films longer than 30 minutes should be accompanied by a shorter version.
  3. Films must be a combined by a trailer version of the film.
  4. Films can be narrative, story, animated, or experimental and can be entered by professional or amateur filmmakers.
  5. Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles.
  6. All music rights must be cleared before films are submitted. Consent of performers and/or persons appearing in the film must be obtained by film maker and must be available upon request.
  7. Films must be original work may have been previously entered in other film festivals.
  8. Films may be entered in more than one category.
  9. Entrants grant the Festival organizers permission to use the trailer version, for promotional purposes.
  10. Entrants are required to supply promotional materials, such as still images, for the purpose of promoting the films.
  11. Entrants grant the Festival organizers the right to copy the entry in part or in its entirety in any media format to facilitate the operation or promotion of the Festival.
  12. Selected shortlisted films will compete for our annual film awards and people’s choice award.
  13. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these Rules and Regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided at the sole discretion of the Festival organizers.



  1. You will be required to provide a HD high-resolution version of the film.
  2. HFF accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. We transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to our output settings:
  3. Maximum video bitrate: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4
  4. Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
  5. Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels
  6. Films will need to be in NTSC format.  NTSC (National Television System Committee) is a Color TV standard for the United States, Canada, Japan, and other countries of North and South America and Asia. To resolve the incompatibility problem of the NTSC and PAL video formats, it’s best to use software that can change PAL to NTSC and vice versa.



  1. Entries MUST be accompanied by a minimum of three (3) high-resolution images from the film to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the Halal Film Festival.
  2. The annual signature image is used on our marketing materials which include posters, banners, website, programs, newsletters and magazine ads.
  3. Preferred Format: Digital; 300 dpi jpeg and/or png format; minimum size is 4″ x 6″ landscape or portrait. Please include a press kit and director’s CV, if available.



Deadline – December 15th

Late Submissions – December 20th



  1. Documentary film:  Follow a true story of someone who has or is trying to embrace a halal lifestyle.
  2. Midnight:  Narrative stories that are classified in the major cinematic categories of science fiction, horror, comedy, and romance.
  3. PSA:  A public service announcement that brings to light a halal issue.
  4. Newscast:  The who, what, when, where, why, and how of a current issue surrounding the halal lifestyle.
  5. Shorts:  Everything from animations to monologues, as long as it’s less than 10 minutes.
  6. Youth-Led 18 and under:  Produced, directed, and acted by youth below the age of 18.



Winners will receive a $250, $500 and $1,000 cash prize, paid in US dollars.



Films are entered by both professional producers and up-and-coming filmmakers from all corners of the world. The Halal Film Festival committee narrows these submissions down to a shortlist of films and then decides upon 3 winners who receive cash prizes and recognition.

The shortlisted and winning films are then shown on our website, social media and youtube channel. Winners will be notified before the Closing Ceremony on December 31st.