Films will be privately judged by a panel of independent local dignitaries (scroll down to meet the judges) on the following elemental criteria:
Narrative (%50)/ Sound (%16)/ Editing (%16)/ Visuals (%18)
For every film, each judge’s score from each element is aggregated.
For example, Film ‘X’ could score for ‘Narrative’ from each judge:
Judge A) Narrative (34/50)
Judge B) Narrative (30/50)
Judge C) Narrative (37/50)
The total for ‘Narrative’ for Film ‘X’ is the aggregate of each judge’s score, 33.67.
This is repeated for Sound, Editing and Visuals, resulting in a total score (maximum score is 100).
NOTE: There is a more significant weighting for ‘Narrative’ as the competition encourages content that emphasises and rewards the cinematic art of storytelling.
The Wonders of World Heritage Category is to be awarded to the film that best creatively captures the wonder(s) of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.
The Ningaloo Coast was included on the World Heritage list in recognition of its:
- aesthetically striking coastal and terrestrial environment of Ningaloo Reef adjacent to Cape Range.
- lush and colourful underwater scenery and its contrast with the arid and rugged land.
- annual aggregation of whale sharks, one of the largest in the world.
- important aggregations of other fish species and marine mammals.
- high marine diversity, including an unusual diversity of marine turtle species.
- rare and diverse subterranean creatures.
- diversity of reptiles and vascular plants in the drylands.