The Finalists were the result of a broad consensus. Many films were a favorite of one or two of us, but the selected films were ones that were liked by most of us. We felt that process reflected the broadest appeal.
As some have observed about the Oscars, it's too bad that we can't just leave it at the nominees, but there has to be a winner. That's not to say that your work hasn't had an impact on others and a beneficial effect on your filmmaking ability. We hope that the site will be a source of constructive criticism and even a means for future collaboration among like minded people pooling their talents for new projects. Learn about the Festival here