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Judging panels may include representatives from the NET Section, other Sections of the EDB, the EUO to Hong Kong and Macao, RTHK and other media professionals as well as 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 will include, though are not limited to:



Relevance to the topic and creative response

Use of language - ‘character’ (Fiction)


The dialogue reflects character development in a narrative and is intelligible and fluent with appropriate stress and intonation.


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


The voice-over/narration is intelligible and fluent with appropriate stress and intonation.

Use of language – ‘subtitles’

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


Additional criteria are as follows:

Best Overall Film: Primary

There will be 5 prizes in the primary section. The first 3 will be awarded trophies and certificates. The 4th and 5th prizes will be awarded certificates of merit.


The core criteria are:


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


Best Overall Film: Secondary

There will be 5 Best Overall Film: Secondary prizes. One for each of the two genres (fiction and documentary) in each of the two categories (Junior and Senior Secondary) plus one for the pilot One-minute Film category.


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


Other Awards

Technical Excellence: Secondary (Fiction / Documentary)


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)


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

Best Poster Design: Overall

Teams 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 JPEG format along with the entry forms and 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 and the NET Scheme e-Platform. The Award will go to the entry that receives the most number of votes. 

Please note: The decision of the judging panel will be considered final and no correspondence will be entered into after the results are announced.

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