Action Film Category Description

By Mikel Fair



Action Film Category Description

This category is reserved for films with intense action, fighting, chase scenes, driving sequences, acrobatics, gun fights, martial arts, dangerous situations, or some element that fuels the audience with adrenaline. The judges are looking for tense moments, strong editing, great cinematography and good sound design.

  • The duration of video files submitted to the Action Film Category must be between six and thirty minutes in length including all credits. (06:00 - 30:00)
  • The duration of video files submitted to the Action Micro Film Category must be limited to five minutes and fifty nine seconds in length. (05:59)

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Judging Criteria For The Action Film Category

First and foremost, Action Films have to have energy! We are looking for Action Films that flood the viewer with adrenaline and energy. The edit, stunts, timing, sound effects, camera work and story situations should get the viewer excited about what is happening. The entire film does not have to be action packed from beginning to end, but if you’re submitting to this category, it’s because your film has an Action Sequence that is one of the creative cornerstones of your film. We are also looking for good acting and a level of production value that will screen well in a commercial movie theater.


The Judge's Scorecard For Action Films

This is how the scorecard looks for Round 1 of the Action Film judging process. If you would like to read more details about the three rounds of the judging process for all Film Festival Circuit Events, please consider purchasing the Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook.


  • Was there anything about this film that you really liked? (Limit 5 sentences)
  • Are there things about this film that you really did not like? (Limit 5 sentences)
  • Be honest, was this film boring to you? (Yes or No)
  • On a scale of 1-10, please rate the acting?
  • Were the characters and delivery of the dialogue believable? (Limit 5 sentences)
  • Is there anything about the music or sound effects that really stood out? (Limit 5 Sentences)


Please rate this film on a scale of 1-10

  • 9 or 10 - A very exciting film that I personally liked! I think that other people will enjoy this as well. I can't wait to tell my friends about it!
  • 7 or 8 - A good action film that I enjoyed.
  • 5 or 6 - It was OK. It didn't really blow me away. No intense scenes, but still pretty good.
  • 3 or 4 - There are some problems here and the film just doesn’t have any excitement.
  • 1 or 2 - Nothing about this film is exciting and it is not ready to screen at a film festival.


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Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair

From 1999-2015 I worked on location in the television and film industry as a location sound mixer, production manager and field producer. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Today, I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit LLC, a US based company that manages international film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Our team is passionate about showcasing new independent films, videos, series episodes, screenplays and teleplays of all genres.

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