Buffalo, New York August 18 - 20, 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 Partially Submerged Elephants for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Ride of Your Life will go on to represent Buffalo against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

The Never-Ending War by Phantom Bandit

Required Elements

  • Character: Lloyd or Laurie Tantallon, Unpublished Author
  • Prop: An extension cord
  • Line: "Who said that?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Best Worst Day Ever by Future Self Productions

Honorable Mention
Deep End by Rebels Are We

Audience Favorite: Group B

Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

Honorable Mention
Doctormentary by Shoebox Cinema

Best Writing

Doctormentary by Shoebox Cinema

Best Editing

Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Directing

Deep End by Rebels Are We

Best Cinematography

Allasso by Indie Riot

Best Sound Design

The Darkest Part by Wurlitzer Films

Best Musical Score

Deep End by Rebels Are We

Best Acting

Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Graphics

The Best Worst Day Ever by Future Self Productions

Best Effects

Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Use of Character

Guardians by Buffalo Above

Best Use of Prop

The Never-Ending War by Phantom Bandit

Best Use of Line

Guardians by Buffalo Above

2017 Film List

  • Abby Singer by Rivers INKD

    "You guys are unprofessional idiots." "But charming unprofessional idiots."

  • Adventures of an Unpublished Author by Chaparral Group

    Strange in the suburbs.

  • Allasso by Indie Riot

    A man goes back in time to save the murdered woman he's been writing about. Can he change to what's already come to pass?

  • Borrowed Time by Bottom Dog Films

    A mundane existence drives a young waiter to take a risk through a sketchy time travel service.

  • Crewed Up by Pizza Dog Studios

    On the set of the film Wrestling with the Holidays, the antics of the crew behind the scenes are more compelling than what’s happening in front of the camera.

  • Deep End by Rebels Are We

    Driven young woman pushes her body to the limits to win a swim meet.

  • Doctormentary by Shoebox Cinema

    The story of a man, his psychiatrist, and Elvis.

  • Freak of Nature: 10 years later by Team BM-VM

    Anniversary retrospective of the worst movie ever by the worst interviewer ever.

  • Guardians by Buffalo Above

    Recently deceased angel Gave, struggles to come to terms with his new life and uncover the mystery of who his first assignment will be.

  • Land Shark: Fishing Trip 2 by Fuzzylogic Inc

    Lloyd retells the story of his uncle's disastrous fishing trip ten years ago and find him and his friends in the middle of a fight for their lives!

  • Mr. Imagination by SWG Productions

    A down on his luck author and crackpot pseudo martial artist develop an unlikely relationship.

  • Nathaniel's Nightmare by The Destroyers

    A wuss named Nathaniel gets busted with drugs while out on a drive. The next few weeks of his life are changed forever.

  • Nuttin Butt Trouble by Bring Back McPizza

    Two platonic best friends who happen to be adult film stars agree to never sleep with one another and must break their vow when the chance to get out of their contracts arises.

  • Plot Twist by Dark Labs

    An unpublished author seeks the help of an alien.

  • Read Me by The Perlicue Lens

    A young publishing agent gets more than she bargained for when she stays at a mysterious Air BnB and discovers the disturbing truth behind all of the fiction.

  • Ride of Your Life by Partially Submerged Elephants

    A woman goes on a carnival ride and discovers she in for more than she expected.

  • Sir-vival by Struggling Film Students

    When two capable women are trapped with a very incapable man, can they survive the apocalypse they are in?

  • Stuck by Crowley Webb

    Two men discuss the disappearance of a young girl.

  • The Best Worst Day Ever by Future Self Productions

    This is what happens when everything goes wrong on your best day ever.

  • The Darkest Part by Wurlitzer Films

    An author recounts the last case of his detective career.

  • The Never-Ending War by Phantom Bandit

    A young volunteer has an unexpected encounter with a veteran suffering from PTSD.

  • To Mary by Fighting Mongoose

    An unpublished writer isolates himself to meet his *deadline.*

  • Writers Block by Buffalo hump

    A wannabe writer attempts to find inspiration


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