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 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 - Judges create a shortlist from the region's entries - Judges watch the shortlisted film - Judges then select shorts for each City Final - The City Finalists are screened at the finals event in each region.

National Finals - The best shorts from around the country become the final pool. - From this final pool, the Grand Finalists are chosen to compete in the Grand Final along with PJs Wildcards (City Winners do not automatically make the Grand Final) - Peter Jackson selects his wildcards from the shorts - The Final Pool is judged by an international panel. - The Grand Champion is chosen and all award-winners are announced at the Grand Final event

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