Awards & Prizes


All films regardless of eligibility for winning are screened at the SATO48 Film Festival, during which the Selection Committee, consisting of a diverse individuals selects top 10 films, based on Academy Awards criteria, to be adjudicated by a panel from around the world in their respective category and field. The award winners receive a statue and cash. The awards are based on the a set of criteria for each of the categories.

Our current set of awards are:
Best Film/ Best Interpretation of the "Inspiration Package": The inventive & interpretative use and integration of the Inspiration Package elements.
Audience Favorite: Is selected by the audience and filmmakers attending the festival and online, rather than by the Selection Committee or International jury.
Cinematography: Effective use of light & shadow and the contribution to telling the story.
Direction: Effectiveness of actors, camera placements & movements and composition on the screen.
Editing: Effectiveness of scene transitions, tempo, mood changes and continuity of telling the story.
Performance - Lead & Supporting: Emotional effectiveness and believability in portraying the character.
Poster: Convey clear communication that has readability typography legible from afar. Includes the logo of the event. Composition, contrast balance, that combine visuals with information. Engaging and easy to follow yet creates connection as well as an enduring emotion.
Production Design/ Art Direction: The overall "look" of the picture, effective use of color, texture, types of props, set pieces and locations.
Screenplay: The structure, plot, character development, dialogue and ending effectiveness of the film.
Song or Music: Effectiveness of the soundtrack and/or music and must be original by an identifiable creator/s
Sound: Effectiveness of everything heard (which is NOT music), quality of the sound of dialogue, background sounds and special audio effects (if applicable)

Prizes (alphabetically):

Prizes are open for public participation to satisfy a desire to recognize filmmakers beyond the Award categories. Each year the prizes can change.

SATO48-2021 Filmmakers compete for 8 Prizes.
Every Prize includes $100 cash.
Read carefully — some Prizes require Sponsor to be notified.

Comedy — Sponsored by SpringVegas Sketch Show
The criteria for this Prize are:

Credits Design
The criteria for this Prize are:
Opening and/or Closing credits
Overall design
Support of Film content

Freelance — Sponsored by Freelance by Jen
The criteria for this Prize are:
Demonstrating the greatest example of pulling together a hot mess
Prize includes Freelance by Jen’s “Behold, My Greatness!” Package
Package includes professional portfolio of your choice valued at $300

Most Star Quality — Sponsored by Acting for Real
The criteria for this Prize are:
First-time Lead or Supporting actor in a SATO48 project
1st Prize includes 8 hours of private coaching (and $100)
Runner-Up receives 4 hours

Off The Wall — Sponsored by Hines Family
The criteria for this Prize are:
A "Wow! I've never seen that before," moment
Creativity, uniqueness, and originality in script, cinematography, acting, editing, special effects, set design, music, and/or sound design
An aspect overlooked in the standard Award categories

Pop Culture Reference — Sponsored by Fanatics and the Fan
The criteria for this Prize are:
Dialogue, sound, visual, Easter egg
Includes additional $100 and a few more nerdy awesomes
NOTIFY location of call outs:

Ozarks on Film - Sponsored by Exploring the Ozarks
The criteria for this Prize are:
Filmed in a notable and unique location in the Ozarks, e.g, (in)famous business, historic site
Location plays an integral part in the plot, or its history/uniqueness is revealed in the film
NOTIFY: with 100 words or fewer explaining why location should win, timestamp where location is featured

Positive Portrayal of a Pet or Animal — Sponsored by Becky Meadows
The criteria for this Prize are:
Integrated into story, not a "walk-on"
Fulfills an unmet need
No harm

Story Arc — Sponsored by Sooner Than Later Studios
The criteria for this Prize are:
Compelling story driven by character transformation in pursuit of a goal
All levels of production value compete equally
Prize includes story consultation for Filmmaker project
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