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To submit your film to ZABUT, please read carefully our eligibility requirements below. If you fill the Entry form that you may find in the section “Entry”, you will fully accept the current regulation.

For any further information contact us through the section “Contacts” on our website www.zabutfestival.it


Film submission to the Zabut International Animated Short Film Festival, that will be held in 27-29 July 2018 in Savoca (Messina-ITALY) is free.

Film running time must be no more than 20 minutes (all credits included). Each film submitted must be accompanied by the relative Entry Form filled in each part. Each author can submit up to three films.

Films selected for the previous editions of the Festival will be automatically excluded. Deadline for submission: 15th April 2018.

Films must be uploaded on a file sharing website (e.g .dropbox, wetransfer, 4shared, etc..) and the relative information must inserted in the corresponding box in the Entry Form.

Foreign films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in Italian (preferred option for the ones in foreign languages). Alternatively, the Italian dialogue list must be provided. Italian films with dialect dialogues must be subtitled in Italian.

For the registration to be considered valid, all the participants must furnish, by fulfilling the entry Form, the following information:

  1. film;
  2. synopsis;
  3. name, skype contact, email address, phone number of the Author(s) of the film;
  4. if the soundtrack iS an original composition made expressly for the film, name, e-mail address, phone Number of the composer;
  5. from three to five preliminary sketches or storyboards or drawings having minimum resolution of 300dpi and minimum printing size of 50cm. Screenshots or advertising posters are not considered valid. The material of the selected films will be printed by the Festival Committee and will be shown during the event.

Film selection will be at discretion of the Festival Committee.

The list of the selected films will be notified by 31th May 2018 by email to the authors/producers of the films. The list will be also published on the Festival website www.zabutfestival.it concurrently with the press conference that will be held at the beginning of July.

All the material sent to the Festival will not be returned and will be collected in the Festival archive. The ZABUT 2018 awards will be assigned by a jury of professional filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonist, distributors, journalists, musicians. Its composition will be notified on the Festival website www.zabutfestival.it concurrently with the press conference at the beginning of July.

By participating in this announcement Authors authorize the Taglio Di Rema Association to the screening of the selected works during the Festival and the events connected to it, and also to reproduce extracts from the works (max 5 sec) for promotional purposes and for the creation of the trailer of the Festival.



  1. Zabut 2018 Best Film ( Plate + 1000€ VAT and tax charges included)
  2. Best original Soundtrouck (Plate + 400€ VAT and tax charges included)
  3. Audience Award (Plate)

The money prizes will be paid only after the sending of the receipt or invoice fiscally recognized.

The payment of prizes and shipments will be held by March 2019.


Film producers/authors must agree to include in future promotion material the mention of any award received at the Zabut Festival together with the official ZABUT LOGO.