168 Film Project Award Categories

The filmmakers, actors, and crew participating in the 168 Film Project are eligible to compete for awards in various categories1. Award-eligible films are judged by active film industry professionals. Winners are announced during the 168 Film Festival's gala awards ceremony.

Overall Awards

  • Audience Favorite
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Director
  • Best Editor
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Score
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Scriptural Integration
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Evangelista

Best Film Awards

  • Best Alumni Film
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Documentary
  • Best International Film
  • Best "KidVid"
  • Best Speed Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Write of Passage Spotlight Film
  • Best Proof of Concept Film
  • Runner Up Best Film
  • "Best of the Fest" (Grand Prize)

About Scriptural Integration (SI):

SI is how skillfully and artistically the story uses the verse as a foundation. This is what sets 168 apart from all other film competitions. All films (except Write of Passage Spotlight) are eligible for the SI award.

First, the story must be respectful to the Bible. The verse should act like a synopsis. Are all of the verse story points addressed? Secondly, a higher rating is scored for representation of the verse’s meaning in the context of the passage. Subtlety is encouraged and symbolism need not be obvious (i.e. one character represents Jesus or Israel, etc). The best films communicate the spirit and the letter of the verse in a wondrous way. We place a high value on redemption, despite the darkness of a particular verse.

Evangelista Award Eligibility

The Evangelista Award honors the writer for creating the tool that best facilitates initiating a discussion of the Gospel of Jesus and the Method of Salvation. Directness, simplicity and a minimum of distraction are core values. Evangelista has raised the bar for Gospel Films. All films except Write of Passage Spotlight are eligible.

Write of Passage Spotlight Film Eligibility

Write of Passage Spotlight Films use pre-existing scripts and are not eligible for screenwriting, Scriptural Integration or Evangelista awards.