Judging criteria
Filmediting
The shots must fit together well and flow smoothly without being jarring, awkward, or confusing. There must be rhythm to the cutting that breathes life into each scene. Shots must be arranged in a comprehensive manner that upholds the story.
Soundtrack
Music synchronised to the visuals of a film should, not only compliment the images, but also help convey the emotion of each scene.
Sound Design
The way the film sounds must enhance the telling of the story in a manner that augments each scene and joins or decouples it to the next while complimenting all scenes and helping to move the story from chapter to chapter in a fashion that is both believable and persuasive.
A great film must have a brilliant story that is both intriguing and unusual. It must be unique or told in a way that is out of the ordinary. Some element of the film must keep the audience on edge and make them eagerly anticipate a resolution. The film must also present some new concept or idea that has hardly been explored by its predecessors.
 
Directing
The quality of direction exhibited in the work, the seamlessness with which the actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward are executed must result in the visual telling of a highly plausible, believable, engaging and breathtaking story.
Acting
The actors must convince the audience that they are the characters they portray. The character must take on personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable.
Cinematography
The quality of direction exhibited in the work, the seamlessness with which the actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward The cinematographer must light the film in a manner that best captures the scenes in order to best illustrate the story being told. Throughout, the film visuals must maintain a professional quality and stimulate the audience. executed must result in the visual telling of a highly plausible, believable, engaging and breathtaking story.

The South African International Film Festival

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