REFF 5 was born from the need to create an upgrade of the festival as conceived before the pandemic to evolve it into a film exhibition that promotes cinema made by directors Calabrian nationally and internationally, promote the spread of the relationship between new ones technologies and use of the live show, continuing to be a showcase and platform for everyone short films for cinema and audiovisual arts and their hybridization.
The festival's mission is an exhibition of cinematographic and audiovisual art. The art director of the festival intends to give space and reward art, creativity and beauty to promote the knowledge and dissemination of art of the "short" in the performing arts in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The exhibition will have an approach completely innovative as there will be a section dedicated to the use of innovative technologies for cinema and audiovisual art as well as for project management. This idea comes from the precise consideration that Italy is lacking in exhibitions, festivals and reviews that create opportunities for diffusion of young and talented directors. Quality, technical first of all, is also the perceived one, thanks to the approval of the public who can direct and mark their destiny, making sure that they can take advantage of the best development opportunities and the exploitation of financing channels.
The main purpose is to create a movement that subverts the rules of the game and the market of these arts in which too often it is difficult to find a location, since it is our precise belief that the exhibitions of cinema are still the best place to explore independent work and get it noticed. Show best practices is the priority of REFF 5: we provide artists with the opportunity to share theirs artistic work with an enthusiastic and responsive audience that desires see and with a critical jury of journalists and industry experts who can bring to light new ones aesthetic and expressive tendencies, with particular regard for the beginnings, emerging and non-emerging authors still fully established, the minor and lesser known cinemas, but also works that are measure with genres and current production with intentions of innovation and creative originality.
The discovery of new generations of artists and directors and the development of the realization of their dreams are the backbones of the REFF 5.
The mission of the REFF since its inception has the objective of present a Calabria different from the usual clichés of the 'Ndrangheta and the underworld, a Calabria cultural with the specific intent of creating cohesion and territorial identity. By strengthening the idea of ​​a brand cultural "Calabria".
REFF 5 for this 5th edition will be disseminated in various museums and places of culture in the city of Catanzaro.
Like every year, REFF 5 organizes tributes to prominent personalities as a contribution to a better one knowledge of the history of cinema. This fifth edition is dedicated to GIANNI AMELIO, one of the most famous and important living Calabrian and Catanzaro directors.
The event is free for school students and citizens because it wants to spread culture
at all levels from the very young to the elderly with simple partnership and patronage agreements with the schools.

REFF Awards:
- Best Short
- Best Animated Short

REFF Golden Wolf
will be given the golden wolf is awarded to prominent personalities of cinema and culture for their careers

Art. 1 Organization
REACT Short Film Fest is organized by Gesto e Parola, a cultural association based in Catanzaro, too. It will hold in Catanzaro.
REACT Short Film Fest accepts the following genres: narrative shorts, animation shorts, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes and the obligation of English subtitles, penalty the exclusion from the competition.
The short film submission is done through the accredited platforms FilmFreeway.

Art. 2 Selection
After the selection, the director/producer/user will be notified through the accredited web platforms 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 platforms 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
Works already submitted in and out of competition with other international events are accepted, included those broadcast on Internet.
React short film festival reserves the right to refuse registrations.
The movies that have already participated to previous REACT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL editions and that have already been excluded are not accepted.

2.2 allowed formats
the only allowed formats for screening are:
• .mp4

2.3 Tuition fees
For every submitted short film to the REACT Short Film Fest contest a separate payment is necessary, the registration fee is not reimbursable.
The submission and the payment must be done through FilmFreeway.

The submission deadlines of the short films are divided as it are signed in filmfreeway platform.
The different deadlines also have an increase in the price. Prices, moreover, change by the short duration. For further information, they are published on the SUBMISSION page on the official site web that explains the short films costs according the short duration and the specific deadline.

For further information about the submission and the payment, you can send an mail to

2.4 Materials to be sent for selection
To be admitted to the selection, within the expiration dates, is necessary:
• to subscribe online on the platforms;
• 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);

In case the director/producer/user was not in possession of a FilmFreeway 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:
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.

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, 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 REACT Film Fest catalogue (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 via ordinary mail or via e-mail to this address: and it has to have the indication "Catalogue Material ".

2.7 Promotional press material
The owners of the invited works must send the promotional materials (press book, film and the director digital images, material video, audio clip, etc) for the distribution to the press and the potential buyers, in the quantities that will be indicated after the invitation. Shipping charges will be borne by the sender.

Art. 3 Work’s rights
Presenting its work, the director/producer/user notes to grant the rights of the work 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 person or the company that presents the work ensures that he/it is authorized to engage it 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 against the law

Art. 5 Awards
REFF awards are represented by the works/sculpture of an artist choosen each year from the Art Director.

5.1 Main categories:
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Animation Short
5.2 Special award
• De Seta Award
5.3 REFF Golden wolf

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.
Each section will report its own decision.
Juries will operate according to its own rules; where appropriate, the Director of the Festival will be able to assist their jobs, supporting them with regard to regulations and practices.
The 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.

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 Accommodation Expenses
Travel expenses shall be paid by the director/producer/user, while the room and board expenses for one person of one finalist team shall be paid by the Festival. For any accompanying person that will be able to use 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.

Overall Rating
  • Giovanni Palermo

    Un bellissimo festival in una cornice accogliente. Tre giorni di proiezioni di altissima qualità in una terra difficile come la Calabria, sono questi gli eventi che danno nuova luce al territorio.
    Corti da tutto il mondo, abbiamo visto alcune piccole perle di cinema.

    August 2018
  • REFF is an amazing festival in a magic location. Wonderful staff with great organization. I hope to submit my projects every years to live a fantastic experience

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Walter,
    We hope so, to host you again in our festival.
    See you very soon for your prize: a new production with your wonderfull staf...

  • Voglio raccontarvi la mia pessima esperienza. Un mese dopo il festival, vengo contattato telefonicamente dal direttore artistico che mi informa che il regista del corto vincitore, essendo straniero, ha rifiutato il premio che, per regolamento, passa di diritto a me, in quanto regista del secondo corto classificato. Il premio consiste nella produzione di un nuovo cortometraggio finanziato interamente dalla Calabria Film Commission. Da quel momento, inizia la collaborazione tra me, la sceneggiatrice e l'organizzazione del festival per la scrittura di soggetto e sceneggiatura. A marzo 2019 (entro la scadenza imposta dal festival) invio l'ultima stesura della sceneggiatura. Ad aprile ricevo le foto di una papabile location e, qualche giorno dopo, una chiamata dalla segretaria, che ha sempre fatto le veci del direttore: il progetto è rimandato all'edizione successiva del festival per mancanza di fondi. Così aspetto 7 mesi e ad ottobre contatto di nuovo il festival. Mi risponde una nuova segretaria. L'ex segretaria è stata licenziata perché "si è comportata male con gli organizzatori del festival, dicendo ai collaboratori cose non vere di sua spontanea volontà e iniziativa". Io in tutto ciò non c'entro nulla, sono problemi interni all'organizzazione, e chiedo spiegazioni sulla produzione del corto. A tal proposito, lei non sa dirmi niente e mi promette che mi telefonerà dopo aver parlato col direttore. Dopo 2 settimane, mi ricontatta e mi dice che "essendo passato un anno dal conferimento del premio, da regolamento io non ho più diritto al premio". Incredibile. A questo punto voglio parlare direttamente col direttore artistico che, a quanto pare, è sempre impegnato. Dopo 49 giorni dalla mia prima chiamata senza risposta, il direttore trova 1 minuto per inviarmi un messaggio vocale in cui mi dice, senza mezzi termini, che essendo passato più di un anno non si può fare più niente e che era mio interesse farmi sentire prima. Tento di chiamarlo nuovamente, invano. Capisco che qualcosa non va, così contatto la Calabria Film Commission e vengo a sapere che il finanziamento della Fondazione (quindi soldi pubblici) è stato utilizzato dagli organizzatori del festival esclusivamente per la produzione del corto animato "Le cinque monete d'oro", regia del direttore artistico del festival e prodotto dalla sua casa di produzione. Sono senza parole. Io e la sceneggiatrice siamo stati illusi e presi in giro, abbiamo dedicato tempo e denaro per un progetto finito in partenza. Complimenti! Ho voluto scrivere tutto questo per farvi capire il livello di serietà del festival.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nicolas,
    It was a pleasure to have you in our competition and we hope to see you again next year. Thank a lot for your beautiful short film and for your beautifull words on our stage and here on film free way. We surely keep in touch.