I'm personally of the opinion that it shouldn't be about which films incorporate which judging criteria the best, and that it should be more holistic than that. Films shouldn't be made to tick boxes. On the other hand, 48HOURS is a pretty specific competition, so it probably has to do that to a degree. Maybe when picking finalists. Picking winners, though, I feel you have to go for the best short rather than the one that plays the "game" the smartest.
The main reason for deliberation, to me, is for judges to make their cases for the films they liked where other judges might have missed something. A bunch of opinions separately don't mean shit when judging art, but a conversation will usually come to an actual decision that means something. Also, with ranked balloting, a film that gets 50% first-place votes and 50% last-place votes will place lower than a film that everyone ranked, like, slightly above the middle, which feels stupid to me.
Obviously though, for international judging it's just going to have to be some kind of ranking system, because you're never going to coordinate all those busy people across all those time zones.
Not sure how much of this is too inside-baseball for the forums but whatever.
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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)