"Speed Film" Judging Process

The judging process is serious business.  We take the time to ensure correct results:

  • The 168 Programming Committee rates all films
  • With ratings in hand, deliberation begins on the "Award Eligible" Speed Films which go to the Grand Jury
  • In case of a tie, the Scriptural Integration (how well the story is founded on the verse) determines the winner
  • Non-Speed Films are judged in their categories in house

This Year's Nominees

2015 Jury Members

Michael Warren

Michael Warren has written or produced over 800 episodes of prime time, network television. He was Executive Story Consultant for six seasons on HAPPY DAYS with Ron Howard and Henry Winkler and Executive Producer of PERFECT STRANGERS with Bronson Pinchot (1986). During his fifteen years at Warner Brothers, he was the co-creator and Executive Producer of STEP BY STEP with Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers and FAMILY MATTERS with Jaleel White (Urkel). Michael was also Executive-producer of HANGIN WITH MR. COOPER and THE LOVE BOAT with Gavin MacLeod.


Dave Allen Johnson

Dave Alan Johnson has created, produced, written, or directed nearly a half billion dollars worth of entertainment. He was Co-Creator/Executive Producer and Writer/Director for TV Series, SUE THOMAS: F.B.EYE, and DOC (PAX Television). He served as Executive Producer for MOM’S NIGHT OUT (Sony Affirm) and OCTOBER BABY as well as Writer and Executive Producer of CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER for Hallmark. He has collaborated with Steven Spielberg to Co-Create and Executive Produce ABC hit drama, HIGH INCIDENT. Dave recently directed and produced films for his new venture (Salt Entertainment Group) with Steve McBeth (Founding President of Disney Interactive). Salt’s first two films, COFFEE SHOP and VANISHED, will be released in early 2016.


Megan Mascena Gaspar

Megan Mascena Gaspar is a Post Producer on New Girl for Fox-TV, Fresh Off The Boat for ABC and the new Fox show The Grinder starring Rob Lowe. She has worked on the TV Shows Weird Loners, Ben & Kate, Sons of Tucson, Journeyman, Windfall and JAG. Megan produced independent film 2 Minutes Later and the short film Will You. Megan serves as a Vice President for the Producers Guild of America. She is a mentor for the Diversity Workshop, a member of the Events Committee and Woman’s Impact Network. Megan co-founded and volunteers for Silverlake Aid, which runs a food pantry for low-income individuals and families. She is an Elder at Silverlake Community Church.


Trey Haley

Trey Haley is an Executive Producer (BLACK COFFEE with Darrin Henson and Lamman Rucker), Director and President of Tri Destined Studios, where he is responsible for production and business development. Trey works extensively with New York Times Best Selling author, Carl Weber. Their soon-to-be-released feature films include THE PREACHER’S SON, THE CHOIR DIRECTOR and thriller, THE MAN IN 3B with Billy Dee Williams. Trey has directed indie action thriller NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, (with Christian Keyes, Luke Goss and LisaRaye McCoy) and WHERE IS THE LOVE? (with Lamman Rucker, Denise Boutte and David Banner for Up Network), NOTE TO SELF, (with Christian Keyes, Richard T. Jones and Latoya Luckett) and WE ARE FAMILY (with High School Musical’s Monique Coleman and Ron Reaco Lee from BET’s Let’s Stay Together). 

Gary Skeen Hall

Gary is Sr. Vice President of Post Production for Twentieth Century Fox Television where he oversees post-production for all scripted network and cable series. His production responsibilities include past and present hits like 24, THE SIMPSONS, BONES, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and HOMELAND. Gary has written and produced for 21 JUMP STREET, THE A-TEAM and PENSACOLA: WINGS OF THE GOLD. In addition to working in the television industry, Hall has also worked as a police officer for LAPD for over 30 years, with multiple commendations for bravery and service. He has worked such assignments as gangs, narcotics, homicide and on several special assignments including the infamous “Night Stalker" case. Hall is currently assigned to patrol duty.

 Joan Considine Johnson

Joan Considine Johnson is an award-winning film and television writer/producer. Most recently, she co-wrote the action-adventure feature VANISHED – LEFT BEHIND: THE NEXT GENERATION, coming in 2016, and the Christmas movie THE STAR. For television, she was written animation (OLIVIA, RUGRATS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, TIMON & PUMBAA), sitcom (SOMEONE LIKE ME) and drama (DOC, SUE THOMAS: F.B.EYE). A graduate of Ohio University, Joan is a recipient of the Walt Disney Writing Fellowship and was chosen for the Warner Brothers Writing Program, the AFI TV Writing Workshop and the Hanna-Barbera Animation Scriptwriting Program. Joan loves God, her husband (writer Gary R. Johnson), her family and dogs.


Jason Scott Jones

Jason Scott Jones is a producer, author, activist, and human advocate. He uses the media to assist those in extreme need, including the homeless, at risk pregnant women and those facing genocide and ethnic cleansing. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (HERO). Jason was a producer on BELLA, People's Choice winner at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. He served as associate producer of THE STONING OF SORAYA M, winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award (2009) and NAACP Image Award (2010). He produced the TV movie MOTHER MARIANNE: PORTRAIT OF A SAINT (2012). His short films include Eyes to See (2010) and Crescendo (2011). The Race to Save Our Century is his first book.

Joshua Weigel and Rebekah Weigel

Joshua and Rebekah began their filmmaking journey in the 168 Film Project and have become an award-winning team, beginning with their 168 film, STAINED (directed by Joshua), which won Best Film and 7 other awards at the 168 Film Festival (2008). Later they co-wrote and produced the popular short film, THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS, which opened the door to work with former New Line Cinema executives Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky, Executive Producer of THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Together, they will produce the feature version of BUTTERFLY written by the Weigels, with Joshua directing. THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS has become one of the most popular short films ever made, having been translated by fans into 25 languages and winning 35 film festival awards, including the Clint Eastwood Filmmaker Award at the Carmel Int’l Film Festival. THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS feature film will star Nick Vujicic, the world-renowned motivational speaker, who was born without limbs. The Weigels live in Los Angeles with their five children.



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Judging Criteria

Speed Film Point Scale and Criteria:

    Verse resonates beautifully throughout the piece, thought provoking, masterfully interwoven in the story.This is a full 20% (20 points) of a film’s total score. It is how skillfully, artistically, and ingeniously the producer uses the verse as a foundation to the story. It is not simply jamming the verse into the story or reading it at some point. Judges will rate the verse on face value, asking “Are all of the verse’s story points addressed?” Extra credit is given for representation of the verse’s context. Judges will watch for subtleties and symbolism (i.e. one character represents Jesus or Israel, etc.). The best films will communicate the spirit and the letter of the verse in a wondrous, positive way. Jurors are encouraged to study the verse before or after viewing the film. SI is independent of other scores, so a beginner film may have a very high SI score, and an expert film may have a low SI score.
  • STORY/SCREENPLAY - 10 points
    Story is inventive, fresh and masterfully woven. Dialog is excellent.  Characters are compelling and distinctive.
  • DIRECTOR - 10 points
    Story is told in a unified, unique & cohesive, clear, distinctive style & tone, Relational dynamics are believable.
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY - 10 points
    Visually stunning. Camera movement and shot selection is excellent.
  • EDITOR - 10 points
    Rhythmic, moving, engaging arrangement of pictures and sound
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN - 10 points 
    Outstanding set design transports us to the world of the characters.
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE or SCORE EFFECTIVENESS (if not original) - 10 points
    The music perfectly complements the story and overall message.Original scores vie for special awards. Producers must note whether the music qualifies for Original Score in the Film Information Database, and composer must sign a certificate to be eligible for this award
  • SOUND DESIGN - 10 points
    Consistent levels, beautiful transitions between words and music, absence of distracting noises (buzz, hum, hiss, etc.) .
  • ACTING - 10 points
    Relational dynamics are strong & believable. Actors aptly reach our center of caring for them.
  • TOTAL SCORE 100 POINTS.  The top-scoring films advance....

Criteria for Non-Speed films vary according to their type.

Disqualifying Criteria include:

  • Late or incomplete submission (including all required paperwork)
  • Exceeding designated program length (credits/logos are included in total length)
  • Writing prior to Verse Assignment or any type of production prior to Production Start Time
  • Swearing, gratuitous sex or violence; excessively revealing costumes
  • Use of expletives, including "Jesus" or "God" in a disrespectful manner

(Rule-offending films will not advance. See RULES PAGE for more details. Producers have complete rules in their contract documents.)