Awards and Judging Criteria

Audience at the 2014 IWM Short Film Festival Award ceremony

Awards

There will be awards in the following categories:

  • The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary
  • Best Creative Response
  • IWM Special Category: Making a New World*
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Use of IWM Archive
  • Audience Vote Award

 

*This special category encourages creative responses exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

Winners in five of the categories are decided by panels of judges. The judging panel will be made up of professional filmmakers, key people from the wider film industry, and IWM Film curators.

Judging will take place shortly before the start of the festival. Winners in these categories will be publically announced at an awards ceremony at the beginning of the festival.

Audiences attending the screenings will be invited to rate the films they watch on a scale from one to five. The film with the highest average score will be announced the winner of the Audience Vote Award after the festival.

 

Judging Criteria

IWM tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people's lives.

Submissions should use or be inspired by IWM’s collections, or should be based on our subject matter in its broadest sense.

Production values, while important, are not the most important consideration when judging the films – we welcome submissions from first time, student and amateur filmmakers.

Originality of subject matter is a key factor – the judges will be looking out for less well known content and stories.

 

Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary

The judges will be looking for:

  • A factual approach or using factual accounts
  • Historical accuracy
  • Balanced approach to the subject matter
  • Challenging or imaginative approach to the subject matter
  • Films don't have to be in a standard documentary format
  • Coherence

 

Best Creative Response

The judges will be looking for:

  • Artistic merit
  • Compelling ideas and concepts
  • Challenging of more formal ideas of filmmaking in content and structure
  • Clever or imaginative use of archive material
  • Quality of script and plot

 

IWM Special Category: Making a New World

Film must cover themes linked to IWM's upcoming 2018 season Making a New World, which explores how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Originality/uniqueness of the conceit/concept
  • Creative, challenging and innovative response to subject matter
  • A powerful story or message
  • A daring, bold and visually compelling aesthetic 

 

Best Use of IWM Archive

Film must contain collections held by the IWM, such as film, photographs, sound, art, exhibits.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Historically accurate use of archive material
  • Innovative and creative use of archive material
  • Employment of rare or unusual archive material
  • Intelligent and sensitive use of archive material
  • Archive material key to the success of the film
  • A film that broadens or deepens understanding of the subject

 

See our How to Enter page for more information on how to obtain material from the IWM Archive and make use of our special free archive package.

 

Best Student Film

All films indicated on the entry form as being made by students, in full or part-time education, will be entered into this award. Films must have been made whilst the filmmaker was a member of an educational institution.

 
Audience Vote Award

Audiences attending the screenings will be invited to rate the films they watch on a scale from one to five. The film with the highest average score will be announced the winner of the Audience Vote Award after the festival.

 

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