Judging

The judging is always something that competitors want to all know the nitty gritty about and it's very understandable with what's at stake. Please take heart, that we here at 48HOURS HQ, play the fairest and most just game in town.

There is never any favouritism at any stage of the competition. Just ask all our friends who have failed to make the finals over the years.

The judging process works like this:

Audience Favourites - Audiences vote on their favourite film in each heat - Audience winners are announced on Facebook and the website.

City Finals - City Managers create a shortlist from the region's entries. Judges watch the shortlisted films. Judges then vote on these to decide the winners.

National Finals - The best shorts from around the country are shortlisted by the National Managers. Judges watch the shortlisted films. Judges then vote on these to decide the winners.

Sir Peter Jackson Wildcards - Sir Peter Jackson will be personally selecting three special wildcard films for the National Final.

There are between five and ten judges per region.

Shorts are judged on the following:

  • Originality and execution of the story
  • Entertainment value
  • Adherence to genre (ok to reinvent genre too)
  • Innovative use of the required elements
  • Innovative story and scriptwriting
  • Developed characters
  • Production values
  • The films ability to stand out from the crowd