"Speed Film" Judging Process

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

  • Multiple Programmers rate each film
  • The best Speed Films go to the Jury for Awards Consideration
  • 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 by the 168 Staff

2015 Jury Members

 The Jury for 2015 will be announced in May, 2015.

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Judging Criteria

Speed Film Point Scale and Criteria:

  • SCRIPTURAL INTEGRATION - 20 points
    Verse resonates beautifully throughout the piece, thought provoking, masterfully interwoven in the story.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 COMPLETE RULES for details.)