Drama Film Category Description


Drama Film Category

This category is reserved for films with real-life stories, people and situations of a more serious nature. Films that have strong acting and great writing. Films that bring out emotions in the audience are what the judges[...]

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Mockumentary Film Category Description

Houston Comedy Film Festival Website

Mockumentary Film Category Description

This category is reserved for comedy films that are presented in a documentary or testimonial format. This is a fun category for our judges to review, which[...]

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Comedy Film Category Description


Comedy Film: Submission Category Description

This category is reserved for films that make people laugh. The judges are looking for films that have funny moments, comedic situations, fun dialogue, humorous acting, and great characters. This[...]

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Animated Film Category Description

Action Film Category Description

Film Festival Judging Guide: Music Video Category

Film Festival Judging Guide: Action Film Category

Oregon Short Film Festival 2019

Film Festival Judging Guide Overview

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How Do Film Festival Judges Select Films?

Have you ever wondered what is the judging criteria for a short film competition? Or[...]

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How To Create A Compelling Directors Statement Or Writers Statement


Why Does Your Director's Statement Matter To Film Festival Judges And Attendees?

This article is from chapter 6 of the book, The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook. Have you ever watched a television show or movie and realized that it didn't[...]

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