Topic: Judging Guide

Film Festival Judging Guide Overview

By Mikel Fair

The Film Festival Judge's Handbook Is Coming Soon!

Film Festival Judge's Handbook ebook



How Do Film Festival Judges Select Films?

Have you ever wondered what is the judging criteria for a short film competition? Or the criteria to judge a movie in general? We've taken the time to publish the judging guides that we use to train our judges at eight different film festivals. We want the process to be fair and consistent for all film, web series, music video and screenplay submissions. Please learn more by reading or downloading any of the guides below.

Austin Comedy Film Festival Submissions Are now Open!

All Film Festival Circuit Judging Guides By Category


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Which Film Festivals Use These Guides?

  1. Austin After Dark Film Festival
  2. Austin Comedy Film Festival
  3. Austin Micro Film Festival
  4. Houston Comedy Film Festival
  5. Nevada Short Film Festival
  6. Oregon Documentary Film Festival
  7. Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
  8. Oregon Short Film Festival
  9. Portland Comedy Film Festival
  10. Reno Comedy Film Festival

Film Festivla Submitter's Handbook ebook and AudioBook

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.

Topics: Judging Guide

Are you new to the Film Festival submission process?

Film Festival Circuit events have reviewed over 5,000+ submissions since 2008. Our judges see issues repeated daily that weaken the presentation of films, videos and screenplays during the evaluation process. The Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook was written to help filmmakers and screenwriters build a successful strategy and avoid common costly mistakes when submitting to Film Festivals.

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