Brisbane, Australia 6 - 8 October 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 Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Contraband will go on to represent Brisbane against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Contraband by Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Flight 156 by Short Stack Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Required Elements

  • Character: Charlie or Charlotte Benson, a teacher
  • Prop: picnic basket
  • Line: "Line acceptable with contractions or with full words." ("We have absolutely no idea what we're doing, but let's go for it anyway.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Exercist by Now We Know Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Best Actor

Robert H. Wainwright Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Best Actress

Ellie Popov Flight 156 by Short Stack Productions

Best Supporting Actor

Adrian Williams-Brett Making of a Master by The Drones

Best Supporting Actress

Wendy Spencer Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Achievement in Production Design

Tony Speed and Matthew Davies Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Achievement in Screenwriting

Tony Speed Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post

Achievement in Editing

Owen Smith Flight 156 by Short Stack Productions

Achievement in Cinematography

David Aponas Flight 156 by Short Stack Productions

Achievement in Visual Effects

Jayden McDonald Wardrobe Malfunction by Creative Clones

Achievement in Hair, Make-Up and SFX Make-Up

Ebony Webb & Pernell Marsden Wardrobe Malfunction by Creative Clones

Achievement in Directing

Marve Murphy Contraband by Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji

Achievement in Sound

Marve Murphy Contraband by Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji

Achievement in Original Score

Lewis Porter Contraband by Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji

2017 Film List

  • A Shell Named Charlie by Film Freak Productions

    A boy fishing finds a talking shell and tries to show it off

  • Back To Baskets: The Charlie Benson Story by Gina Rinehart Gets Us Down

    Charlie Benson, never a sandwich short of a basket.

  • Basket Case by Nonsense and Mayhem Productions

    When the body of jerky-loving Professor Charlie Benson is discovered, a pair of young, inept detectives must interrogate his eccentric students to find out who the murderer is.

  • Contraband by Happy Birthday Cam Eggplant Emoji

    Best friends, Maddie and Ben, attempt a high-school heist with hopes of earning the respect of their classmates.

  • Flight 156 by Short Stack Productions

    When a light aircraft with a husband and wife crashes, it's up to one of them to save the other.

  • Girl Online by Project19

    In an online relationship a young man yearns for connection but all is not as it seems.

  • Glitch by Watchdog Films

    In this film we explore the Dichotomy between artificial intelligence and the world of a sex worker. It all culminates in a cycle where artificial intelligence robots developed feelings resulting in the murder of a teacher Mr Charlie Benson.

  • I Did It Highway by Bemarr co./collab production

    Due to Liza cancelling on our production, we now explore the journey of a bored teacher.

  • I Know What You Did Last Monopoly by Arcane Century Productions

    A group of friends must pay for what they did during a game of Monopoly that turned deadly.

  • Killed in Action by Raincoat Productions

    A recuperating police officer with PTSD is attacked in her home by a revenge-driven woman grieving for her child caught in the cross fire.

  • Kuf & Clab by Wolfgang Pictures

    Kuf and Clab, students from the planet Sumthia, embark on a research assignment to the primitive planet Earth, where a clash of interests and ideas threaten their friendship.

  • Lance Tanner by The Spicy Boys

    After more than 30 years on the streets, Detective Lance Tanner is about to deal with the hardest case of his career. And this time, it's personal.

  • Making of a Master by The Drones

    Two assassins bury the hatchet... and a body.

  • No Reasons. by L & D

    Travel Inside the mind of two detectives at the beginning of a mysterious case of disappearances.

  • Project Winter by SBAS

    Winter has come.

  • Roll by Prestige Worldwide

    A Dungeon Master narrates a not so friendly game of D&D with deadly consequences.

  • Sonny by Luminare Media
  • The Adventures of Screwball and Dumdumb by Reel Contenders

    Two bumbling criminals create carnage, while following a false lead, seeking to recover stolen proceeds.

  • The Care Package by Halestorm/Elizsim/Redcap

    Charlotte is looking for love and finds it in a very unusual place...

  • The Exercist by Now We Know Productions

    A young couple get more than they bargained for when they go to an exclusive fitness bootcamp.

  • The Happy Basket by El Telon Theatre Company

    in life it seems like bad things only happen to other people, but for the teacher Charlie Benson, life is about to take an unexpected turn after finding some unusual notes

  • The Little Team That Couldn't by Silent Megaphone

    The underdogs prove that they have heart and passion in their sport.

  • Three Fishes by VMP - Vision Media Post
  • three weeks. by We Film Weddings

    A terminally ill young woman wants to live our her life in peace- but her strangely positive best friend has other ideas.

  • Unreal Estate by Camel Media

    Buying a house is hard.

  • Wardrobe Malfunction by Creative Clones

    Please Visit Paddy O'Hare's Time Machine Repair

  • Waves by Dream Team

    A depressed university teacher reevaluates her life.

  • Welcome Back by The 99

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