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awards & prizes


Best Film

Best Interpretation of the "Inspiration Package"

The inventive & interpretative use and integration of the Inspiration Package elements.


Audience Favorite

Is selected by the audience and filmmakers attending the festival and online, rather than by the Selection Committee or International jury.



Effective use of light & shadow and the contribution to telling the story.



Effectiveness of actors, camera placements & movements and composition on the screen.


Effectiveness of scene transitions, tempo, mood changes and continuity of telling the story.

Performance - Lead & Supporting

Emotional effectiveness and believability in portraying the character.



Convey clear communication that has readability typography legible from afar. Includes the logo of the event.  Composition, contrast balance, that combine visuals with information.  Engaging and easy to follow yet creates connection as well as an enduring emotion.


Production Design/ Art Direction

The overall "look" of the picture, effective use of color, texture, types of props, set pieces and locations.



The structure, plot, character development, dialogue and ending effectiveness of the film.


Song or Music

Effectiveness of the soundtrack and/or music and must be original by an identifiable creator/s



Effectiveness of everything heard (which is NOT music), quality of the sound of dialogue, background sounds and special audio effects (if applicable)


Family Film Project

Sponsored by James Bacon

To be eligible, the team must meet ONE of these criteria:

1.Directed by an adult immediate family member (either parent, grandparent, legal guardian and/or a stepparent, etc)  “with one or more of their Children/grandchildren (age 18 or younger, stepchildren and/or legally adopted children) acting as main character(s) in the film.


2. Directed by the Child with at least one adult immediate family member as defined above acting as a main character in the film.


3. Both a Child and one adult immediate family member as defined above acting in main roles of the same film.


Costumes/ Makeup

Sponsored by Hines Family

The criteria for this prize are as follows:

  1. Creative use of materials to transform the actor.

  2. The actor's costume/makeup should play an integral part of who the character is and their role in the movie.  The film would not be the same if the costume/makeup did not exist.

  3. Additional consideration will be awarded if the actor is shown with and without costume/makeup.  This can be within the film or in its credits.


Outstanding Movie Set Design

Sponsored by LaBrie Family

The criteria for this prize is as follows:

  • Created a set piece or pieces for your SATO48-2023 Film.


The Al LaBrie Prize celebrates a family tradition of participating in SATO48 for nearly a decade and in particular their father, Al LaBrie, who instilled in his family a love of the arts. A builder by trade, Al also wrote plays, designed sets, and saw the value in creativity. If you created a set piece or pieces for your SATO48-2023 Film, OPT-IN for The Al LaBrie Prize.

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