Austin, Texas June 2 - 4, 2017

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Studio E for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Goodbye, Meemaw will go on to represent Austin against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Fiona Does Stuff by Gotta Start Somewhere

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Death Rhymes With Orange by Pup 'n' Suds

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October 13 - 15, 2017

Required Elements

  • Character: Frank or Fiona Ruark, Musician
  • Prop: Turkey baster
  • Line: "Let's make a plan."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Corey's Choice by Brandon Reich Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

Best Writing

Fiona Does Stuff by Gotta Start Somewhere

Best Editing

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

Best Directing

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

Best Cinematography

Reflections by Locker Room Etiquette

Best Sound Design

Death Rhymes With Orange by Pup 'n' Suds

Best Musical Score

Trip the Light Fantastic by Closed Stacks

Best Song

The Ballad of Frank Ruark by Sarah Spurger & Alan Nguyen Franksgiving by UT's Finest

Best Actor

Austin Klein as Frank Ruark Franksgiving by UT's Finest

Best Actress

Kelly Hasandras as Fiona Master Baster by CAKE

Best Ensemble Acting

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

Best Graphics

Fiona Does Stuff by Gotta Start Somewhere

Best Special Effects

Trip the Light Fantastic by Closed Stacks

Best Choreography

One Shot by emulsion = emotion

Best Costumes

Death Rhymes With Orange by Pup 'n' Suds

Best Set Design

Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

Best Use of Character

Trip the Light Fantastic by Closed Stacks

Best Use of Prop

Master Baster by CAKE

Best Use of Line

Canal by Ten House Productions

Best Use of Genre

Franksgiving by UT's Finest

2017 Film List

  • All Water is Connected by Strawberry Moon Pictures

    After discovering wildly talented, but eccentric and elusive new musician, “Qi” (a.k.a. Frank Ruark), while on safari in the Amazon, reclusive producer Bill Shears finds himself in a financial dilemma. Expecting to have seen a hefty signing advance from the record company weeks ago, and with Qi’s contract deadline fast approaching, Shears has desperately turned to alternative means for maintaining his bank account.

  • Anthromorphasize by Lil Bit Films

    A lonely violinist name Frank meets an unexpected fan only to find that she may be more then what he expected/

  • B minor by Owen O'Neill Productions

    A man is trapped in a loop of B minor, what does it take to break out of it?

  • Becoming Lisa by Black Budget Films

    Live a little... Change a little

  • Canal by Ten House Productions

    Wyatt and his musician friends try unorthodox methods of treatment after he wakes up and realizes he's lost one of his senses.

  • Corey's Choice by Brandon Reich Films

    Corey causes his dad, Frank loads of trouble, and finds himself in jail after hanging with the wrong crowd, and missing his dad's award ceremony.

  • D&Demons by Bad HERO Productions

    D&Demons...it's just a game.

  • Dat Elixir Life by The Night Shift

    Who will win this battle of musical sorcery?

  • Death Rhymes With Orange by Pup 'n' Suds

    A costume party becomes a night of terror when an uninvited guest infiltrates the group.

  • eclispsed by Cinema Squad

    Eclipsed-Tired of living in the shadows

  • F. U. Glory Days by pictureSafe

    A middle-aged former wrestling champ goes back to college to relive his glory days.

  • Fine Lines by ViralSpider

    A double agent rethinks his priorities

  • Fiona & Charlie Save the World by Forgotten Door Studios

    Two old friends with little in common team up to save the world.

  • Fiona Does Stuff by Gotta Start Somewhere

    At the audition for the hit televised show, America Does Stuff, a young musician confronts a panel of tough judges.

  • Franksgiving by UT's Finest

    The disgruntled musical ghost of Friendsgiving exacts revenge on an unsuspecting group of coworkers.

  • Goodbye, Meemaw by Studio E

    Dysfunctional family tries to say goodbye to lingering Grandma.

  • Grilla Warfare by Per Chance

    As Fiona finished applying her war paint she knew the battle would be won.

  • Interrogation by Inside The Box

    A detective, that's been trained by the very best, tries every way he knows to break case.

  • Junk by ZDTravis

    A valuable package is intercepted and stolen, but it may not be what it seems.

  • Livin by Austin Blackmagic User Group

    Dream big

  • Master Baster by CAKE

    A fabled story about two buddies, a magical turkey baster, and redemption.

  • My Masterpiece by Good Stuff Guys

    Some kids making a movie where they shouldn't find themselves in the middle of a sabotaging gone wrong.

  • Objectophilia by SHEAKIN

    After her husband's mysterious disappearance, a woman's romance becomes material.

  • One Shot by emulsion = emotion

    Abby, a young woman, thrown into an intense situation caused by her roommate being shot.

  • Reflections by Locker Room Etiquette

    There is a time for everything and everything has its time.

  • Sex chateau? by Evil Grin Gift Box

    It's a film

  • Stuck IN Time by Team El Guapo

    An attempt to change the past is foiled by a group of adventurous women.

  • The Side Quest by Error Domain

    A washed up "adventurer" and an amateur anthropologist go on an unlikely quest for untold treasures.

  • Trip the Light Fantastic by Closed Stacks

    A sentient, cosmic orb joins a musician for a late-night jam session


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