Zabut is a Festival of animated short-films that will be held in Santa Teresa di Riva (Messina, Italy). Zabut Festival aims to have the ambition to achieve an international appeal, to propose a path of strong cultural innovation and to become a reference point for fans, insiders and audience of animation film. Zabut shows special interest to the soundtracks of animation films and to “drawing” and aims to create an archive/museum of operas by directors, animators and designers selected by the Festival Committee.
The event is organized in four evenings. In the first three evenings will screen the films selected by the Committee, and will be gave to the audience the chance to vote and be an active part of the event. In the last evening will occur the award ceremony of the winner films awarded by a jury of three professionals among filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonist, distributors, journalists, musicians. There will be also performances of artists who will create live soundtracks of animated silent short-films carefully selected.

1. ZABUT 2022 Best Film Award + 1000 € (VAT included)
2. Best Original Soundtrack Award + 400€ (VAT included)
3. Audience Award

To participate in the competition, complete the participation form within the FilmFreeway online platform The registration is free. Deadline for submission: March 31th 2022.
Film running time must be no more than 17 minutes (all credits included).

Each author can submit up to three films.
Films selected for the previous editions of the Festival will be automatically excluded.
Only films realized by using traditional animation and/or digital animation techniques and produced after January 1st 2020 will be accepted.
Foreign films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in Italian. Alternatively, the Italian (preferred option), or English, or French dialogue list must be provided. Italian films with dialect dialogues must be subtitled in Italian.
Music videos are not eligible to apply for the contest.
All the participants should furnish the following information and materials:
1. Film;
2. Synopsis (max 600 characters);
3. Name, skype contact, email address, phone number of the Author(s) of the film.
To the selected authors it may be asked to provide additional materials (e.g. storyboard, drawings..).
Film selection will be at discretion of the Festival Committee.
The list of the selected films will be notified by May 31th 2022 by email to the authors/producers of the films. It is strictly forbidden to the authors/producers/distributors selected to give communication, by any means (social, website etc.), before the date of the press conference, which will be communicated through the festival official channels.
The list of the selected short-movies will be posted, before the event starts, on the Festival website www.zabut
If the selected films have original soundtracks, they will compete for a dedicated award.
All the material sent to the Festival will not be returned and will be collected in the Festival archive.
A jury of professional filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonists, distributors, journalists, musicians, will assign the ZABUT 2022 awards.
By participating in this announcement, authors authorize the Taglio Di Rema Association to the screening of the selected works during the Festival, on TV and/or streaming, and the events connected to it, also to reproduce extracts from the works (max 5 sec) for promotional purposes and for the creation of the trailer of the Festival, and to the use of other material (additional) eventually furnished by the authors.
The short movie submission by FilmFreeway ( implies the automatic and the whole exception of this regulation.

1. ZABUT 2022 Best Film Award + 1000 € (VAT included)
2. Best Original Soundtrack Award + 400€ (VAT included)
3. Audience Award
Monetary rewards will be paid only upon presentation of an invoice or a fiscally valid receipt.
The payment of prizes and shipments will be held by March 2023
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.

Overall Rating
  • Sofia Gutman

    The Zabut film festival was a great opportunity to showcase my film. The film reached a wide public and I had a very good expirience with the festival team. Thank you very much

    August 2022