Judging

Films will be judged and the finalist/winners announced on the website prior to the festival starting.

Films must be no longer than 15 minutes from opening to closing credits. Films made from the 1st December 2015 can be entered until midnight 31st January, 2018. Films cannot be entered after this date. For more information please check terms and conditions.

Apart from the female only and secondary school kids’ program, our categories are open to everyone. The Setting Sun Award categories are:

  • Best Short Film
  • Best Film Feature Length (narrative or documentary)
  • Best Short Film West (filmed in the West or made by a Westie)
  • Best Short Film Cultural Diversity 
  • People’s Choice
  • The Rouge Program (female only)
  • Best Short Feature
  • Best Documentary 
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Animation
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Acting Performance Overall
  • Best Short Film Secondary  
  • Best Short Film  Tertiary Student

Films will be evaluated for the following:

  • story – well told, fluent, good theme or subject, good structure, good dialogue;
  • engaging and entertaining for audience;
  • production values – camera technique, special effects, lighting and sound;
  • creativity and originality.

FEATURE FILMS: To be considered a feature length film, your film must be at least 60 minutes long and  have at least 51% Australian financing, and preferably not have had a Victorian screening, if so it must be limited. Please contact the office to discuss.

Best Cultural Diversity will be determined by the judges.  The Cultural Diversity Award seeks to recognise a film that through its use of subject, actors, story, or themes, directly or indirectly explores or promotes cultural diversity. For example, race, age, religion, gender or sexuality. The judges are a small group of media and film teachers, and industry professionals experienced in judging and making films. Judges will shortlist films individually before choosing the finalists and the winner in each category.  Judges will watch the shortlisted films separately and rate them out of ten. The film with the highest points in its category wins. The Finalists in each category will listed on the website.

People’s Choice

Voting for the People’s Choice award will occur on the Opening Night when the finalists are shown.