REFF react film fest

React Film Fest was born from the need to create a showcase and a platform for all types of Shorts: narrative and artistic short films, commercials, video clips, pilot for web series, documentaries and short animation shorts.
The festival mission is, as its name goes, to create a great cinema and audiovisual feast; the artistic direction of the festival intends to give space and reward the art, creativity and the beauty not only with a statuette but with employment contracts, stages, workshops and distribution of the directors and of the works rewarded.
We want to promote knowledge and diffusion of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialog. This idea was born from the precise consideration that today, in Italy, there are not festivals that create opportunities for viral diffusion of young and talented directors who should be rewarded by the public - first of all - and thanks to the audience reactions to reach the necessary production opportunities and financing channels. The goal is to create a movement that change the rules of cinematographic game where it is too often difficult to find a place and we are convinced that the cinema festivals are still the best place to explore the independent work and makes it note. YouTube and Vimeo are so overcrowded that good short films are in underwater position. The priority of the REACT Film Fest is to show the best of the best. We provide to filmmakers the opportunity to share their short films with an enthusiastic and reactive audience which want to see new films, new faces and new arts.
REACT Film Fest wants to celebrate the Italian and international cinema and with an international competition reserved for audiovisual works that represent new aesthetic and expressive trends of the worldwide cinema, with particular regard to the beginnings, emerging and not yet established authors, minor and less known cinematography, but also works which compete with the genres and the current production with innovation intent and creative originality. The kermesse allows directors to submit their works to be judged by professionals and challenge with other talented directors. The discovery of new generations of filmmakers and the realization of their dreams are the main pillars of the REACT Film Fest.

Awards & Prizes
REFF Awards:

- Best Narrative Short
prize money for the production of a new short film in 2020 with two locations and two days of working with Carpa Production.

- Best Artistic Short
prize money for the production of a new short film of the maximum duration of 5 minutes in a maximum of three days of production in 2020 with Kimar multimedia and Carpa Production with production methods (equipments, camera operators, etc.) to be defined.

- Best Video Clip
prize money for the production of a new videoclip of a hit single of the new album in 2020 of one famous Italian singer .

- Best Animation Short
Prize money for a new Production and screening in the Lamezia comics 2019

- Best Pilot For Web Series
Prize money for the production of the first season for a maximum of six episodes of ten minutes with the Carpa Production and the Restart production in Rome.

- Best Drone Video
the winning director will be inserted in a production that requires a sequence of shooting with drone among the projects of the partners and media partner of the festival.

- Best Movie Phone
Prize money for a new Production for 2020.

REFF Extra:

- Best Actor
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Actress
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Director
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Make-Up
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Editing
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Sound Editing
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Photography
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Special Effects
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Screenplay
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

- Best Costume Designer
the winner will work in a new film that will be produced from the REFF in 2020.

REFF Special Awards

Critics Aword
Web Aword

Rules & Terms
Art 1 Organization
REACT Film Fest is organized by Carpa Production, new film production settled in Catanzaro and by Officina teatrale, Cultural Association with headquarter, also, in Catanzaro and it will hold in the archaeological site of the Parco della Biodiversità Mediterranea in Catanzaro during the month of June of each year.
REACT FILM FEST accepts short films of the following genres: narrative, artistic, documentary, animation, pilot for web series, commercials, drone and music videos with a maximum duration of 30 minutes and the obligation of English subtitles, penalty the exclusion from the competition.

ART. 2 Selection
After the selection, the director/producer/user will be notified through the web platform FilmFreeWay and will have the right to compete to prizes and to use the official logo of the Festival for advertising and promotional purposes.
When films will come out in any form (screening rooms, web, streaming, pay tv etc) producers and distributors of films in competition undertake to put a sign with the mention of the received award and the logo of the REACT film fest.
The director/producer/user is required to select the correct category of his work through the web platform FilmFreeWay to avoid the disqualification. Further categories are accessible only after the registration for a main category. The works included in more than one category can win multiple awards.

- 2.1 Conditions of admission to the selection
All works submitted must be of production and must not already be presented in any other form and duration, even how a work-in-progress, for the selections of previous editions of the Festival. Works already submitted in and out of competition with other international events, as well as those broadcast on the Internet, are not excluded from the selection.

- 2.2 Formats allowed
For officially invited movies to the Festival, the only formats allowed for screening are the following: Digital Cinema Package - DCP. .mp4 . .mov

- 2.3 Tuition fees
For each short film submitted to the REACT Film Fest is required the payment of a registration fee that will are not refundable. The payment have to be done on film free way platform. The fees are published on FilmFreeway.

- 2.4 Materials to be sent for selection
To be admitted to the selection, no later than 31 May 2018 is necessary:
• to subscribe online on the site;
• to pay the registration fee;
• to send an information sheet about the director and about the film with useful information on synopsis, director notes and production context of the opera at the following email address:;
• for all the works of different nationalities from the Italian one, it is required to register for the selection a version with English subtitles (including movies in original English version) penalty the exclusion from the competition.
• In case the director/producer/user was not in possession of a Film free way profile, it is possible to apply sending an email to the address with subscription document, proof of the registration fee payment and the file of the short film.
It urges the sending of informative material about the submitted work only in electronic format at the address:
Subscription must be done no later than 31 May 2018. The receipt of the subscription implies the legal acceptance of this regulation in all its parts and the invitation on the part of all recipients, the acceptance that is considered as definitive and irrevocable.
It is permissible a late subscription within 10 June 2018 with an increase of the registration fee, referred to in art. 2.3, of 30 %.

- 2.5 Program
The invitation of the work must remain absolutely confidential until the announcement of the winning five works from the REACT Film Fest within 15 June 2018, penalty the exclusion from the selection. The general program and the timetables of the screenings are the exclusive responsibility of the Artistic Direction.

- 2.6 Catalogue
All the necessary material for the catalogue of REACT Film Fest (synopsis, artistic and technical cast, biography and complete filmography of the Director, photos of the director and actors, b/w or color scenes of the film, short remarks of Director about the film) shall be sent as soon as possible and in any case not later than 10 July 2018 via ordinary mail or via e-mail to this address: and it has to have the indication "Material for catalogue".

- 2.7 Promotional material for printing
The holders of the submitted works will have to send promotional materials (press book, digital images of the film and of the director, video material, audio clips, etc.) for distribution to the press and to potential buyers in the quantities that will be indicated subsequently to the invitation. It will be completely at their own expense and doing another shipping before 10 June 2018.

ART. 3 Work’s rights
Presenting its work, the director/producer/user notes to grant the rights of the same to react Film Fest (including trailer / teaser / posters / sequences etc.) for promotional purposes. For this purpose, REACT Film Fest promotes the works in competition by loading the trailers / teasers / posters / sequences on the website and on its social media. The above-mentioned material will be provided to Caffeina media partner of the festival. The person or the company that presents the work ensures that he/it is authorized to engage the same for screening and accepts the present regulation in all its parts.

ART. 4 Forbidding
Are expressly forbidden:
• extremist or propaganda contents of religious or politics organizations;
• works that involve policy or which promote the policy.
• works with a poor standard of production (bad sound, lack of Subtitles / Captions for non-English films, video resolution lower than 720p HD);
• works with racial and pornographic content

ART. 5 Awards
REFF awards are represented by the works/sculpture of the artist Pierluigi Portale with the patronage of the Fine Art Academy of Catania and from the encounter among the winners, the world of distribution and cinema production through work contracts and collaborations. The works must have been selected in at least one category in order to benefit from the additional prizes. The partners offer the production of a new short film project of the winners; the new productions will have to be settled in Calabria; the best of each category will be included in work in progress productions; the distribution of winning short films and that are in production in the festival. The money prizes will exclusively be finalized to the production of new works of the winning directors. The production company has the headquarter in calabria. The prizes founds for the new productions are distributed by Calabrian public bodies and/or from the film commission Calabria, according to the cases, therefore, as it prescribes the law, the new short films will have, on pain of exclusion, to be shooted in Calabria and the 70% of the technical and artistic cast has to be Calabrian people.

5.1 Main categories:
Best Narrative Short
Best Artistic Short
Best Commercials
Best Video Clip
Best Documentary
Best Animation Short
Best Pilot For Web Series
Best Drone Video
Best Movie Phone

ART. 5.2 Additional awards
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Make- Up
Best Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Photography
Best Special Effects
Best Original Screenplay
Best Not Original Screenplay
Best Soundtrack
Best Costumes
Best Production Design

ART. 5.3 Special awards
Critic Award
Web Award

ART. 5.4 Awards students section
All students are admitted, provided that they are enrolled in an Higher Education Institute (trade or high school) or in an Italian, European and international universities. For students awards, instead, the partners provide internship opportunities.

Student category:
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Artistic
Best Video Clip
Best Short Animation

ART. 6 Juries and Awards
The Director of the REACT FILM FEST, regarding the selection of the proposed works and to the identification of the set of five works for each category, will be assisted by a staff of experts as well as by a group of international correspondents and consultants. They will be responsible for geographical areas and will be disclosed in March 2018. Each section will report its own decision.
Juries, that will be two, will operate each according to its own rules; where appropriate, the Director of the Festival will be able to assist to their jobs, supporting them with regard to regulations and practices.
Each of the two juries will be composed of at least 5 personalities from the world of cinema and culture of different countries, except who has collaborated in the creation of the submitted works or who may have an interest in their distribution.
It is excluded the possibility of conferring of ex aequo.
In addition, the same work may receive only one of the main awards provided by regulation. However, in special cases and heard the opinion of the Director of the festival, the Jury may derogate from this rule.
The Juries of the festival can remove the work from the competition at any time behind justified and manifest reason.
The Artistic Director proposes to the jury the assignment of two REFF lifetime achievement awards:
1. to a director (or a high professional figure) for the contribution offered from the set of its work to the development of the cinematographic art;
2. to an actor or actress, who have managed to shine interpreting the expressive needs of directors for which they have worked, giving a personal aesthetic, symbolic and authorial contribution to the art of acting.

ART. 7 Responsibility
The director/producer/user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless React Film Fest, from and against any and all claims, losses, damages and expenses (including legal fees and court costs) which may arise in the event of any dispute regarding copyright, trademarks, credits, advertising, screening. In any event, the Court of Catanzaro will have the jurisdiction over any disputes.

ART 8 Travel And Accomodation Expenses
Travel, room and board expenses shall be paid by the director/producer/user that will be able to have a discount on the list price of the affiliated hotels and restaurants.

ART 9 Exploitation of Works
The works are and will be used by the organization of the Festival exclusively for cultural purposes, without any intention of making a profit. The best sequences can be programmed by means of communication for the React Film Fest promotional purposes, before, during and after the Festival, also in collaboration with public institutions, media, schools, etc.
The Organization reserves the right to use the names of participants of the festival inside its own promotional activities. In order to further promotion, the submitted works will be screened during International Festival for the same purposes. The use excludes any commercial purpose. They will not be diffused to other uses without the express authorization of who owns the rights.
Who presents the work declares that it is the owner of the same and authorizes:
• maximum diffusion of the work (that is not subjected to any law or other allowances), providing his work to the bodies who request it.
• The vision of the videos by delegates, accredited journalists and observers, scholars invited by the organization of the Festival.
• The deposit in the archive of the organization of the Festival, of the submitted copies, intended exclusively for study, documentation and institutional activities.
The director/producer/User declares to be in compliance with the rules which concern the cine-television rights: participants will be directly responsible for any claims or claims for damages for having presented the work at the festival.

ART. 10 Acceptance
The sending of the opera includes the compliance with this Regulation. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors or other subjects that present the film guarantee to be legitimately entitled to submit the film to React Film Fest.
The Director of the REACT Film Fest has the right to settle all cases not provided by this Regulation and to derogate from the regulation itself in particular and well-motivated cases. For any dispute about the interpretation of individual articles of the Regulation is authentic the original Italian text and is under the jurisdiction of the Court of Catanzaro.

ART. 11 Historical Archive of Contemporary Arts
Authors and producers of films presented to React Film Fest are invited to make a gift of a copy of the work that will be deposited at the Historical Archive of Contemporary Arts of REACT Film Fest and destined solely for study and documentation purposes, excluding any commercial use in order to protect the interests of authors and producers. In addition, the authors and producers of all awarded films must deposit a copy of the work at least on high definition digital media, with the official logo, the indication of the relative section and of the won prizes to React Film Fest.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair

Director: Walter Nicoletti, David Cinnella
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Director: Daniele Tullio
Director: Nikita Diakur
Director: Julian Silverscreen & Katharina Potratz
Director: Linda Dombrovszky
Director: Till Mayer, Pirmin Styrnol
Director: Daniel Moshel
Director: Manolis Mavris
Director: Joschka Laukeninks
Director: arek Roehlinger
Director: Dániel Reich
Director: Gianni Saponara
Director: Nicolas Morganti Patrignani
Director: Luigi Pironaci
Director: Paul Philipp