I've always found the judging is a hot topic that people have very colourful opinions about - usually spoken behind closed doors or while you're walking out of the theatre to your mates.
This Lockdown competition directed a lot of that conversation online (conversation? Cat fighting?) and I figured instead of putting my two cents on the fb page I'd throw them here in hopes of attracting some veterans/top dogs who could shed some light on a question I have. It's a given in competitions such as this that the audience feedback ranges from 'I knew they'd win and they totally deserved it' to 'man so and so was ripped off!' And there's always a conspiracy theory going around about teams that have ins with the judges blah blah blah
Now, all you have to do to get answers to this stuff is go to the judging page, where they very clearly discuss favouritism, and give some general comments about how the process works and what judges are looking for, so that's good.
I'm just a little uncertain whether it's enough detail? I guess that's my question, any chance we could get a little more? particularly post the finals?
After seeing some of the comments bashing films they thought weren't good enough, I wondered whether there could be some benefit to having an article ready to post after the screening - highlighting the finalists and winners achievements, why they made finals, what made them stand out among the rest, comments from the judges. Everyone has their point of view, but I feel it would be particularly important for audiences to have the point of view of the judges given to them.
Last year AJ made sure to give feedback to every single film in ChCh once they were out of the competition, and this on it's own not only tied the community together and gave us some connection, but because it came from a judge, it gave a unique insight on why some films didn't quite make it even though they should have, and why the finalists did make it and deserved to.
Now I'm not suggesting you get a bunch of AJ's to go through and do thorough feedback on every film that's made, but particularly for finalists and shortlisted teams, the more information people have from the point of view of the judges, the less likely they'll kick over everyones sand castles.
Maybe things like this is just too much work to have prepared in time for finals? I know with this competition in particular the time frame was crazy tight so super mad respect to those who worked so hard to make it happen, perhaps this is a thought for future competitions?
Any insight or opinions would be nice to hear, more info the better!
My greatest thank you and big hugs to everyone involved in making this event happen every year, you're all legends!