Selection Process

The selection committee consisted of film professionals as well as academics working in film departments. The main selection criteria used to select the winning films were:

  • Success in creatively exploring the themes of the Hope and Optimism Project, including, but not limited to, questions like the following: What do you hope for? Why is hope important? For individuals? For society? Is hope always a good thing? Is hope ever irrational? Harmful?
  • Artistic merit
  • Accessibility and appeal for a broad audience.
  • Adherence to Terms and Conditions