Film Awards Criteria (2022)

2022 Criteria

Updated June 8, 2022

Submissions Were Due June 13

The Event Planning Committee has voted, and the GSCA Executive Committee has provided feedback as well, and we are moving forward with the following revised plan. We will present awards for each year the ceremony was not held (2020 and 2021) as well as 2022, using the standard eligibility period we have used in the past

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  • Films released between June 1, 2019–May 31, 2020, are eligible for the 2020 awards categories
  • Films released between June 1, 2020–May 31, 2021, are eligible for the 2021 awards categories
  • Films released between June 1, 2021–May 31, 2022, are eligible for the 2022 awards categories
  • If a film is released within 60 days of the eligibility period, between April 1–May 31 of its eligibility year, the film can choose to defer to the following year.

Click here for a list of films based on their eligibility for 2020, 20201, and 2022.

Please note that distributors must submit film titles for each category in which they wish to compete. No film is automatically eligible for any category. The deadline to submit is June 13.

Important Deadlines

  • June 13: Film award submission forms due
  • June 27: Film files due for virtual screening
  • June 27: Materials for ballot due
  • July 6-20: Films available virtually to voters for awards consideration
  • July 6: Ballot sent to member key contacts
  • July 20: Award ballots due
  • July 20: Materials for awards ceremony due from distributors (film awards and marketing/education recognition)

​Click here for a list of materials we need to include your film on the ballot and in the awards ceremony

Award Categories

Film award categories, and criteria for each are listed below:

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  • Best Film, Short Subject
  • Best Film, Feature Length
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Visual Effects
  1. Distributors must submit film titles for each category in which they wish to compete.
  2. No film is automatically eligible for any category.
  3. Distributors may submit as many titles as they wish, as long as the films submitted meet the category's eligibility requirements.
  4. There is no fee to submit films for awards consideration.
  5. Please submit only one film title per form and indicate the categories in which you want the film to compete.
  6. Films submitted for 2022 Awards consideration have the option to be available on Filmocracy to allow voters the opportunity to view all the films before casting their ballot. Films will be due to the GSCA on June 27.
  7. Once you have submitted your film, GSCA will contact you to get a link to the film's trailer. You may also submit links to footage highlighting the specific categories in which you have submitted (for example, a clip highlighting cinematography to include with the Best Cinematography category). These links will be included on the ballot for voter consideration. GSCA will also provide information on the materials you will need to submit so we can include your film in the awards ceremony.

The ballot for the 2022 Film Awards will be sent to the voting contact at each member organization in early July. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala at the International Conference in Chattanooga in September.

Best Film, Short Subject

One film will be awarded the Best Film, Short Subject. To be eligible, short films:

  • Must be 60 minutes or under in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.

Best Film, Feature Length

One film will be awarded the Best Film, Feature Length. To be eligible, films:

  • Must be over 60 minutes in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.
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Best Film for Lifelong Learning

One film, which best represents the development and presentation of giant screen film experiences from a lifelong learning point of view, will be awarded the Best Film for Lifelong Learning. To be eligible, films:

  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.

Criteria below set by the Lifelong Learning Committee will guide voters in their selection:

  • The film conveys useful information and/or dispels misconceptions and encourages reflective/critical thinking
  • The film introduces new roles and perspectives
  • The film uses familiar starting points but stretches viewer interests and extends their knowledge
  • The film is entertaining and compelling
  • The film motivates viewer interest in the film's topic
  • The film provides a variety of experiences to meet the needs of viewers of different ages and from different backgrounds
  • The film provides effective educational resources for further learning
  • The film aspires to be meaningful to multinational audiences and languages

Best Visual Effects

One film will be awarded the Best Visual Effects. To be eligible, films:

  • Must be 60 minutes or under in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA

Voters should consider overall achievement of the visual effects within the film where the visual effects are a visible, essential, and integral part of the story, and the artistry, skill, and fidelity with which the visual illusions are achieved.

​Best Cinematography

One film will be awarded the Best Cinematography. To be eligible, films:

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  • Must be 60 minutes or under in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.

Best Sound Design

One film will be awarded the Best Sound Design. To be eligible, films:

  • Must be 60 minutes or under in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.

Voters should consider the audio elements of the soundtrack that do not include music composition but do include location recording, sound effects, foley, dialogue, and final mix.

Best Original Score

One film will be awarded the Best Original Score. To be eligible, films:

  • Must be 60 minutes or under in run time.
  • Films are eligible for the GSCA Film Awards one year. If the release of a film (first playing of film in a public performance) falls within 60 days of the deadline for eligibility, the distributor has the option of allowing the film to be on the ballot for the current year or the following year.
  • Both the film's producer and distributor must be current members of GSCA.

Voters should consider the instrumental music created expressly for the film, which underscores the action and supports its dramatic needs. A great score is one that provides dramatic power, humor, thematic beauty, emotional impact, and/or any other musical attribute of significance to the film.

Questions?

Please contact Kelly Germain if you have any questions: kelly@giantscreencinema.com

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FAQs

What makes a film award winning? ›

An award-winning film needs to stand out, check off the right festival requirements, and entertain an audience. Short films are special because unlike feature films, you don't need a large budget and acclaimed actors to harness a judge's consideration.

What makes a good movie criteria? ›

Films will be judged on originality, creativity, plot, pacing, structure, characters, cinematography and entertainment value as well as on effectiveness of the message and the ability of the film maker to reach an audience.

Are awards good indicators of film quality? ›

Among these indicators of movie quality are box office revenue, production budget, award nominations, award wins, and review ratings. All of these variables are related with the concept of quality, making them possible indicators of quality.

How do you rate a movie criteria? ›

Rated G: General audiences – All ages admitted. Rated PG: Parental guidance suggested – Some material may not be suitable for children. Rated PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Rated R: Restricted – Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

What are the criteria to win an Oscar? ›

To be considered for the general-entry Oscar categories - such as Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director - Academy rules previously stated that a film must have been released within the period of eligibility at a cinema in Los Angeles County.

What makes a film eligible for Oscar awards? ›

To be eligible for an award in a given year, a film must be publicly exhibited for paid admission for at least one week at a commercial theatre in Los Angeles county between January 1 and midnight of December 31 of that year.

What are the 8 elements to a good film? ›

Terms in this set (8)
  • Theme. Central idea of a film. ...
  • Screenwriting. Narrative Structure, what makes it good.
  • Visual Design. What the scene is made up of. ...
  • Cinematography. Various points of view the camera can take.
  • Editing. Joining shot to shot an combining the video. ...
  • Sound and Music. What we hear?
  • Acting. ...
  • Directing.

What are the 5 elements of film? ›

Elements of Film is a way to compose every scene in a film and constitute the essence of film. There are five elements of film which is narrative, cinematography, sound, mise-en-scene, and editing. These five elements help determine the film and a way to judge a film.

How do critics judge movies? ›

A critic will analyze a film for visual, auditory, and plot perfection, while the general audience only regards the movie as a form of escapism and entertainment. This is a key difference between critics and their audience counterparts.

What do critics consider when rating a movie? ›

Film criticism usually offers interpretation of its meaning, analysis of its structure and style, judgement of its worth by comparison with other films, and an estimation of its likely effect on viewers. Film theory (e.g. feminist, postmodernist, etc.) often informs the critical analysis of a film.

What makes a movie best picture worthy? ›

These films also meet a similar criteria: mass appeal. Oscar voters love critically and commercially successful movies. Of every best picture winner, 82% have a critic's rating above 80, and 78% have an audience rating above 80 as well. This is a perfect representation of how the Academy votes for best picture.

How do you win an Oscar for a short film? ›

1. The picture must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a run of at least seven consecutive days with at least one Page 2 screening a day prior to public exhibition or distribution by any nontheatrical means.

What makes a film a masterpiece? ›

A “masterpiece” is a film that “[captures] a moment in time and emotion that sticks in the hearts and minds of the culture, and where any alteration would make the movie 'less,'” reasoned Wolfe.

What are the principles of film? ›

Terms in this set (5)
  • Function. Story lines or characters that serve a function effect the outcome of the whole movie.
  • Similarity and Repition. Are there repeated scenes or lines that reinforce the meaning of the film?
  • Difference and Variation. ...
  • Development. ...
  • Unity and Disunity.

Which is the most important element of filmmaking Why? ›

But as filmmakers, our overriding concern should be movement. Movement also has a double meaning: 1) the physical movement of the camera or objects within the frame and 2) moving our audience emotionally.

How do you analyze a film? ›

Step 3: After You Watch the Movie
  1. Plot: What was the movie about? ...
  2. Themes and Tone: What was the central goal of the movie? ...
  3. Acting and Characters: Did you like how the characters were portrayed? ...
  4. Direction: Did you like how the director chose to tell the story? ...
  5. Score: Did the music support the mood of the movie?
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What are the 5 most important elements in filming? ›

With that in mind, here are the 5 most powerful elements of cinematography that you should be incorporating in all of your projects:
  • Exposure. One of the first things to consider when creating a shot is the exposure. ...
  • Composition. ...
  • Camera Movement. ...
  • Camera Angles. ...
  • Color.
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What are the 3 main elements of film sound? ›

The Importance of Sound in Film

Films are produced using three types of sounds: human voices, music and sound effects. These three types of sounds are crucial for a film to feel realistic for the audience. Sounds and dialogue must perfectly sync with the actions in a film without delay and must sound the way they look.

What are the 4 elements of film? ›

the genre of a film: plot, setting, characters, and theme.

What does it mean to be 100% on Rotten Tomatoes? ›

The percentage is based on the film's reviews aggregated by the website and assessed as positive or negative, and when all aggregated reviews are positive, the film has a 100% rating.

What is the highest award for a film? ›

Academy Awards, popularly known as "Oscar" — the award of the American Academy of cinema — is the most famous and prestigious award in filmmaking industry, both domestic and international. The first award ceremony "Oscar" was held in 1929.

What is better a Golden Globe or an Oscar? ›

The Ceremonies

The Oscars definitely edge out the Golden Globes for the bigger Hollywood ceremony. After all, winning an Oscar is a much higher recognition for talent.

What is the best award a movie can get? ›

Perhaps the most well-known award in American cinema, the Oscars are handed out every year to actors, directors, producers, and film professionals who worked on the previous year's best films. The Academy Awards ceremony was inaugurated in 1929, and the event's broadcast now draws more than a billion viewers worldwide.

What awards are given to movies? ›

Movie Awards
  • The Academy Awards.
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  • National Society of Film Critics Awards.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
  • National Board of Review Awards.
  • Golden Globe Awards.
  • Annual Directors Guild of America Awards.
  • MTV Movie Awards.

What are the types of awards? ›

Awards and Prizes of World
  • Nobel Prize. Nobel Prize is the most coveted and prestigious international award for intellectual achievement in the world. ...
  • UNESCO Human Rights Awards. ...
  • Oscar Awards. ...
  • Dada Saheb Phalke Awards. ...
  • Bharat Ratna. ...
  • Arjuna Award. ...
  • Padma Vibhushan – Second highest Civilian award in India. ...
  • Param Vir Chakra.

What is the hardest award to win? ›

The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used in the American entertainment industry to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in the acting categories, the highest accolades recognized in American film, television, and theater, respectively.

How many types of awards are there? ›

In India, people are awarded for their excellence in various fields from film-making to service to the nation. Indian awards can be classified mainly into four types, namely, Civilian, Military, Leadership, and Literature awards. There are also other Indian awards granted for bravery, sports, etc.

Which is bigger Grammys or Oscars? ›

The Oscars are now the most-watched award show, followed by the Grammys. While the Oscars have many sub-categories just as the Grammy's do the Oscars win out in ratings and popularity due to it being less confusing and more accessible to the public.

Is Oscar or Emmy more prestigious? ›

The Oscars are considered one of the most prestigious award shows in the world, and they are presented each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Emmy Awards are also highly acclaimed, but the awards are distributed to distinguished individuals, shows, and series in the television industry.

What actor has the most Oscars? ›

Katharine Hepburn won four Academy Awards (all for Best Actress), more than any other actor or actress in the history of the award.

Why are awards given? ›

An awards ceremony makes people feel that their work is valued. It shows approval and gratitude for each person's good job, and it makes people aware that good work will be rewarded. It shows others, such as the general public and other staff members, that you're aware of outstanding accomplishments.

Which movie won all 5 Oscars? ›

In the past 90 years, only three films, It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) have won all five Oscars from the forty-three films that secured nominations in all five prestige Academy Award categories.

What are the 5 major film awards? ›

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. At the Academy Awards, the so-called "Big Five" awards are those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay (either Best Original Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay).

What is the importance of film awards? ›

Film awards are more than shiny trophies on a shelf representing the recognition of hard work and talent from fellow professionals. They can have a huge impact on which films gets financed, how much actors and directors get paid for subsequent projects, and can impact whole film industries in certain countries.

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