"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

Nominee and Award Archive

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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)
  • Speed film writing prior to Verse Assignment or any type of production prior to Production Start Time (N/A for Non-Speed Films)
  • Content rule violations as described in RULES, including swearing, use of explatives including "Jesus" or "God" in a disrespectful manner,  gratuitous sex or violence; excessively revealing costumes, etc.

(Rule-offending films will not advance. Producers have complete rules in their contract documents.)