THE SCREENING PROCESS

A four-person screening committee watches all submissions, checking for rule violations and rating for quality. (These ratings are consulted only during the screening process, not for award judging.) Every film is watched by at least two committee members, and most by all four. After the close of the submission period, the committee selects which films to exhibit at the festival. A fifth committee member checks the content-questionable films against the City of Tyler's content guidelines for City-sponsored events.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

After the screening committee has selected the exhibiting films, a separate three-person judging panel watches each film and each judge assigns a rating. After all films have been watched and rated, the ratings are averaged and the highest-scoring films in each award category are selected as the winners. If there is a ratings tie, the judges break the tie with a vote.

THE JUDGING PANEL

The panel is confidential until the judging period has closed.