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Judging panels may include representatives from the NET Section and other Sections of the EDB, the EUO to Hong Kong and Macao, media professionals, and NETs. Entries will be assessed on originality, content, use of language, and technical quality.


As part of our regular review and renewal of the competition, prizes and awards may vary from year to year. The particular awards on offer each year will be clearly stated in the “Awards and Certificates” section.

Best Overall Film Awards

The assessment criteria for the Best Overall Film Awards in each category of the competition will include, although are not limited to:



Key messages, relevance to the theme, interest value and creativity.


Use of language – ‘character’ (Fiction)


The dialogue reflects character development in a narrative and the delivery is effective, i.e. intelligible and fluent with appropriate stress and intonation.


Use of language – ‘voice-over’ (Documentary)


The voice-over narration is appropriate and the delivery is effective, i.e. intelligible and fluent with appropriate stress and intonation.


Use of language – ‘subtitles’

The subtitles are legible, understandable, grammatically correct and in sync with the voice-over narration/dialogue.



Additional criteria are as follows:

Best Overall Film: Primary

There are five prizes in the Primary Division for the Fiction category. The top three prizes will be awarded trophies, certificates and book coupons. The two Merit prizes will be awarded Certificates of Merit.


There is also one prize for the One-minute Film category, which will be awarded a trophy, certificates and book coupons.


The core criteria are:


Innovation and originality, fluidity in storytelling and editing, entertainment appeal, quality of sound and cinematography.


Best Overall Film: Secondary

There  are three prizes in the Secondary Division, one for each of the three categories (Fiction,  Documentary, and One-minute Film).


The core criteria are:


Innovation and originality, full exploration of theme and execution of concept, entertainment appeal, quality of sound, cinematography and editing, fluidity in storytelling.


Adjudicators will also take into consideration:


Fiction: use of dialogue and action, character development

Documentary: interesting and varied input, narration

One-minute Film: relevance and clarity of message, impact



Other Awards

Technical Excellence: Secondary (Fiction / Documentary / One-minute Film)


Execution of shots, tight editing, creative camera techniques, effective use of light and sound

Best Actor: Primary and Secondary (Fiction)

Characterisation, interaction with other performers, interaction with camera, command of role


Best Ensemble Performance: Primary and Secondary (Fiction / Documentary)


Interaction, energy, enthusiasm, characterisation, ability to work as a whole to create a mood or tone

Best Poster Design 

Teams in both the Primary and Secondary divisions that submit a poster with their film entry are eligible for the Best Poster Design Award.


The poster design should include the title of the entry and the name of the school/team. It should reflect the message of the short film and the theme of the competition. The poster should have visual impact and should promote the students’ film. It should be submitted in portrait orientation in JPEG or PNG format with a minimum resolution of 150 dpi along with the film.


Popular Vote

6-8 film entries will be selected from the entire pool of entries based on their level of mass appeal. The public will vote for their favourite film on the EUO Facebook platform or the NET Scheme e-Platform. The Award will go to the entry that receives the most number of votes. 



Please note:

  • The judging panel may decide that an award not be given if there are not enough entries meeting the standards as defined by the criteria.
  • The decision of the judging panel are considered final and no correspondence will be entered into after the results are announced.
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