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    Judging Criteria

    Films will be screened and judged on the following criteria:


    • Did the film ask a question about important resources of this area, environmental challenges we face, best management practices for farmers or landowners, including within municipalities, or significant environmental history of the Sauk County area?

    • Did the film explore the human element in the question presented?

    • Did the film present an answer, lesson, or solution related to the thematic question?

    Technical Quality:

    • Did the film display good quality lighting, sound, imagery, and editing that contributed to the delivery of a clear message?

    Creativity & Originality:

    • Did the film present the subject matter in an original manner?

    • Did the film present the subject matter in an entertaining and engaging manner?


    • Best of Fest: Restoring the Sauk Prairie

    • Best Cinematography & Production: Of Connection & Renewal: The Historic Apple Trees of the Badger Ammunition Plant

    • Best Interpretation of Conservation Theme: Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs

    • Fan Favorite (Voted on by attendees on November 9th)

    • Honorable Mention: Fight for Flight

    • Honorable Mention: Treasures from the Tides

    • Honorable Mention: Bracelets for Birds