Selection Phases

PRE-SELECTION, NOMINATION, AND VOTING

The process to determine the winners of the Fénix Film Awards® is divided into three stages: Pre-selection by country, Nomination (Phase I and Phase II), and Voting. Pre-selection and nomination for all categories will be established exclusively by the members of cinema23’s Pre-selection and Nomination Committees and by the corresponding Technical Councils.

The final voting is conducted by a Voting Committee comprising professionals in each area. Each member of the Voting Committee votes in the category in which his or her professional endeavors take place and in the Fiction Feature category (see table below).

 

A) PRE-SELECTION PROCESS

Each member of the Pre-selection and Nomination Committee will make an initial selection from the eligible features (see Film Eligibility) in accordance with the number of film premieres in his or her country (number of films premiered per year). Each country has a Pre-selection and Nomination Committee. In addition, there is a special committee, Group 23, which is made up of international experts who offer a complementary perspective to the pre-selection process.

The pre-selection process is carried out by means of a weighted voting system, which assigns points of greater value to the first-place work.

Number of pre-selected features

FEATURE FILMS

Group [A]: Countries that premiere over 50 fiction features per year
Each member of the Pre-election and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list of films, ranked in order of preference, that fulfill the criteria established for fiction features. In accordance with the points obtained, the six top-ranked films from each country will be selected and will continue on to the nomination process.

Group [B]: Countries that premiere between 16 and 49 fiction features per year
Each member of the Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list of films, ranked in order of preference, that fulfill the criteria established for fiction features. In accordance with the points obtained, the four top-ranked films from each country will be considered for the nomination process.

Group [C]: Countries that premiere between six and 15 fiction features per year
Each member of the Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list of films, ranked in order of preference, that fulfill the criteria established for fiction features. In accordance with the points obtained, the first-ranked film from each country will be considered for the nomination process, as well as the second-, third- and fourth-place films in the overall group.

Group [D]: Countries that premiere up to five fiction features per year
Each member of the Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list, ranked in order of preference, of no more than two films, and, in accordance with the voting, one film per country will continue on to the second round. There may be fewer films pre-selected if no productions exist in certain countries.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Group [A]: Same countries considered in fiction feature
Each member of the documentary Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list, ranked in order of preference, of eligible documentaries. In accordance with the points obtained, the two top-ranked film from each country will be considered for the nomination process.

Group [B]: Same countries considered in fiction feature
Each member of the documentary Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list, ranked in order of preference, of eligible documentaries. In accordance with the points obtained, one documentary per country will be selected for the nomination process, as well as the first-place films in the overall group.

Group [C]: Same countries considered in fiction feature
Each member of the documentary Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will submit a list, ranked in order of preference, of eligible documentaries. In accordance with the points obtained, one documentary per country will be selected for the nomination process.

Group [D]: Same countries considered in fiction feature
Each member of the documentary Pre-selection and Nomination Committee for each country in this group will vote for one documentary from his or her country.

 

B) NOMINATION PROCESS

FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

PHASE 1

The pre-selected films from each country must be viewed by all members of all Pre-selection and Nomination Committees, as well as by Group 23, in order to draw up a pre-nomination list in each category, by means of a weighted voting process (in order of preference through points).

Eligible features that have had significant commercial (box-office) exposure in more than three countries will be considered in this phase.

For the Fiction Feature category, the seven top-ranked films will constitute the nomination list.
For the Documentary Feature category, the five top-ranked films will constitute the nomination list.

In the other categories, the pre-nomination list continues on to PHASE II.

 

PHASE II

This phase applies to the following categories: Acting (Female), Acting (Male), Directing, Screenplay, Fiction Cinematography, Documentary Cinematography, Art Design, Costume Design, Sound, Editing, and Original Music.

A Technical Council* established for each category will rank, in order of preference, the titles/persons selected in PHASE I. The five titles/persons with the greatest number of points will constitute the final nomination list.

Casting vote: Those eligible features that have received awards in the official competition of class-A festivals around the world will enter directly (by category) into PHASE II of the nomination process for review by the Technical Councils.

Class-A festivals: Berlin, Cannes, Shanghai, Mar del Plata, Moscow, San Sebastián, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Venice, Warsaw, Cairo, Tokyo, Goa and Tallinn.

*Technical/Expert Council: these councils consist of nominees from the previous year’s Fenix Awards, plus five other individuals invited to participate.

 

C) VOTING PROCESS

The final voting for the awards will be conducted exclusively by the Voting Committee, made up of members of cinema23, who will vote solely in the categories that correspond to them, as shown in the following table. The winner will be determined by simple majority.

The nominations will always be presented in alphabetical order.

 

 

FILM ELIGIBILITY

  • Those films produced in Iberoamerica, or, failing this, those films with:
         – at least one Iberoamerican country as a co-producer.
    – at least 60 % of those responsible for the areas or categories considered for nomination have nationality of any country of Ibero-America.
  •  Publicly premiered in a film hall, whether at a commercial screening or at a film festival anywhere in the world, between May 23, 2016 and May 31, 2017.
  • Market screenings are not considered as premiere.
  • At least 60 minutes in duration.
  • Filmed or captured in any format and projected on 35mm or digitally.
  • Animated features will not be accepted.
  • Films released on television or online are not eligible.
  • Works produced for promotional, institutional, advertising, or television purposes are not eligible. Works formatted for television or any other non-film platform will not be considered.