Judging criteria: what judges want to see

by Oct 28, 2022Weekly Blog Posts0 comments

IS YOUR PROJECT DIFFERENT?

It is so easy to get caught up in your film. We all think our projects are the best on the planet, but when it comes to the judges, they have very specific criteria that they judge on so you want to make sure you hit all of the sweet spots to ensure the best score possible for your project.

 

FILM

Creativity of concept
The overall concept of the film is very important. Film Festivals are at the forefront of what is on the cutting edge of film and your concept needs to reflect this.

Direction
The direction of your film is very important as this is the director’s point of view on your story.

Sound/Music
This is a very technical category but very important. How are the sound levels? Is it very quiet in spots and so loud that it is crackly?

 Nowadays, it is possible to make a very high production value film with a low budget.

These are just some of the general guidelines that all festivals judge on and make note of these throughout the entire process of making your film and ask yourself, are these guidelines being met? Are there ways I can meet expectations? This will make your entire process so much easier.

SCREENPLAY

Creativity of concept
The overall concept is very important. Is this something new and exciting that you have not seen before? Or it is a story you have seen over and over again?

Structure
How does the story come together?

Characters
How were the characters portrayed? Were the characters flat or complex and developed?

These are just some tips to get you ready before submitting your finished project. You can read more about this and other topics on how to improve your festival submissions in our E-Book, the Film Festival Submitter’s Guide!

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