Feature film is a full-length movie that is long enough to be principal film or the sole film to fill a programme. Most of the feature films are between 70 and 210 minutes long. A minimum length of 40 minutes is stipulated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute and the British Film Institute. The Screen Actors Guild stipulates 80 minutes or longer as the running time.
Great movies have a strong single-line story with some problem for the hero to overcome, some digressions from the main story to give a break for viewers 'to breathe', illustrations of essential predicaments of human life, some moral arguments, great ambitions or ideals, etc. interwoven into a single story. The main components of the making of a feature film are a condensed plot called synopsis, a narrative script and a shooting script in advance and a record of the actual shooting process as it takes place. The six elements of the feature film are defined as the script, characters, acting, timing, sound and visuals.
Feature films can be disseminated worldwide in several ways, including theatres, recorded copies, social media, TV channels, etc. and have plenty of opportunities for competing for awards and recognitions. A great feature film becomes the subject of talk of the whole world and people connected with the film become celebrities overnight.