Chicago, Illinois July 13 - 15, 2018

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 Alley Cake Films for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Knockout will go on to represent Chicago against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Knockout by Alley Cake Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Happy Hour by Maplight Filmworks

Required Elements

  • Character: Alex or Alexis Tacaro, Vetrinarian
  • Prop: A sleeping bag.
  • Line: "You ask a lot of questions."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Proverbs by John by Northwoods Revolution

Honorable Mention
Pitch Day by Red Ink Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Happy Hour by Maplight Filmworks

Honorable Mention
Bada Boom by Are We Rolling?

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Cold War by Ugly Sweater Entertainment

Honorable Mention
Reel Life by Kick A Rock

Audience Favorite: Group D

Competitive Bird Watching by Make It Up Media

Honorable Mention
Knockout by Alley Cake Films

Audience Favorite: Group E

Erroneous Signal by Playa Peligrosa

Honorable Mention
Adopt by Team S'mores

Best Writing

Knockout by Alley Cake Films

Best Editing

Knockout by Alley Cake Films

Best Directing

Something Different by BearCat Productions

Best Cinematography

Happy Hour by Maplight Filmworks

Best Sound Design

Versailles Was a Stinking Palace by Aunty Whiskers & gulla0

Best Musical Score

Something Different by BearCat Productions

Best Actor

Jon Owens The Cold War by Ugly Sweater Entertainment

Best Actress

Lauren Powell Happy Hour by Maplight Filmworks

Best Graphics

What Lies in the Woods by Back 40 Productions

Best Special Effects

The Human Within by Demo Duck

Best Choreography

Versailles Was a Stinking Palace by Aunty Whiskers & gulla0

Best Costumes

Versailles Was a Stinking Palace by Aunty Whiskers & gulla0

Best Use of Character

Competitive Bird Watching by Make It Up Media

Best Use of Prop

The Cold War by Ugly Sweater Entertainment

Best Use of Line

Seven Thirteen by Lost In Post

2018 Film List

  • #NOT ME by Chi- Legacy

    Stranded Women gets help... maybe... maybe not.

  • A Dark Dog's Tale by (555) 555 - 5555

    The lives of a two police officers, a retired middle age man, his best friend, and a whacked out veterinarian all intertwine in a tale of escalation after a dog goes missing.

  • A Fight for Power by Team Reel Mamas Chicago

    Amir prepares for a Karate match against his bully while mourning the loss of his late father.

  • A Girl and a Dog by Cans or Cahns Productions

    A young woman is trapped in the afterlife, unable to move on until her close friends forgive her accidental mistakes. A spirit guide helps her communicate with them in the hopes of finding peace so she can leave this world.

  • A Spy’s Best Friend by Team Name

    Sometimes man’s best friend is unexpected.

  • Adopt by Team S'mores

    A father struggles to handle the truth after finding out why his adopted son was suspended from school.

  • Aidez moi by Bon Vie Cinema

    A teenage girl decides to change the future for a better tomorrow.

  • Assigned by Peridot Films

    She was the chosen one, the assigned one.

  • Bada Boom by Are We Rolling?

    A simple man is hired onto a film set as a boom mic operator.

  • Chipped by 31219 Productions

    A girl and her dog...and their vet.

  • Chival Disagreement by Wabash and Jackson

    A fantasy Knight trapped in the real world , encounters an old enemy and is surprised to find how the real world has changed him.

  • Competitive Bird Watching by Make It Up Media

    A rare bird has a group of competitive bird watcher's all atwitter.

  • Daddy's Ditty by Angry Tree Films

    Setting up for their father’s memorial three siblings bicker over what jingle best represents his legacy.

  • Dead Poodle by Serf Bums

    Secret military experiment using artists as super subversive soldiers of social disruption.

  • Draco by END Studios

    Three children band together to protect the city from a mad veterinarian, a mysterious stranger, and a giant lizard.

  • Erroneous Signal by Playa Peligrosa

    It's one thing to be prepared, its another to actually recognize a threat.

  • Happy Arbor Day by Old Man Productions

    Man goes on an Arbor Day Vacation every year for 10 years and murders happen. Is he the Arbor Day Murder?

  • Happy Hour by Maplight Filmworks

    Rolling off a bender, a freelance writer's afternoon takes a turn for the worse after receiving a note from her friend.

  • Hiccup by Mayhaven Studios

    A man getting a drink at a bar gets more than he was bargaining for.

  • Hounded by Time, A Flat Circle

    A peeping tom lets the wrong woman borrow his car.

  • Hover by Centerseat Production

    New kids on the block in the sweltering 98 degrees finds the other kids only like thingsin one direction, but in time they grow in sync.

  • In the dark by Broken Lamp Productions

    A government spook questions a mysterious man about his identity and his intentions.

  • Kin-dread by Van Bishop

    A man pressured into the unusual "family business" has a life or death choice to make.

  • KINESTRA by Don't Pay

    Alexis Tacaro lives a normal life... but is it her's?

  • Kinfolk by Morning Run

    The estranged members of a family folk-singing group reunite, only to find themselves under siege by forces beyond their control.

  • Knockout by Alley Cake Films

    A young woman goes against the grains of her family to pursue her boxing passion.

  • Let Loose by F.A.M Forward Arts Movement

    A woman’s desire to go braless is met with an unexpected source of resistance

  • Maggie by Clumzo Productions

    A young veterinarian goes camping for the weekend with her dog.

  • Musa Isa by Musa’s Papusa’s

    Oliver searches for his lost cat.

  • Nocturnal Nightmares by The Leftovers

    A man who is haunted by how he has treated animals in the past.

  • Of Mice and Murder by Entertainment Buffet

    A crime boss seeks revenge after his mouse is killed.

  • Pitch Day by Red Ink Productions

    Nervous about pitching his new ideas, a shy professional must prove his worth when he is tasked with creating the next big holiday.

  • Portrait by Emulsion

    The ARTIST has a way with the ladies. His motives are questionable but he may not be alone.

  • Preach Punch by Fuzzy Planet Films

    After 20 years Alex and Alexis Tacaro conclude a year’s-long search for their former sensai, Preach.

  • Proverbs by John by Northwoods Revolution

    Working with John means you'll get the advice he thinks you need, even if you don't want it. When John is in danger his employees risk it all to save him, learning a few more lessons along the way.

  • Recompense by Sixth Floor Cinema

    What do you do with a rabid dog?

  • Reel Life by Kick A Rock

    The writer from a popular soap opera draws inspiration from his own life.

  • Road Rage Racing by Filmmakers in action

    Road Rage Racing

  • Run by Fumo77

    Can she run fast enough to escape?

  • Seven Thirteen by Lost In Post

    A woman explores experiences of her husband in order to solidify the memories of her past.

  • Shield 2048 by Saint Nick's 2.0

    Exploring the dangers of Strong AI, unintended consequences, and the powerful qualities human possess, to survive and eventually perservere!

  • Something Different by BearCat Productions

    Wanting something more from life, a chance meeting sends two women on a quest for love in this romantic musical.

  • Stacey by Rogue Ruckus

    Dr. Alex Tacaro makes an unexpected house-call.

  • Study Break by Good Film Stuff

    A desperate student reaches out to the Internet for help but gets less than he bargened for.

  • The American Dream by The Gatelys

    A struggling lazy actor who loves to sleep finds success through the aide of an eccentric veterinarian harnessing his vices to achieve what all Americans desire.

  • The Broken Hoe Boogie by Hoe Cake Production

    A Thelma and Louise type mother and daughter find themselves unwittingly starting a #(hashtag) movement and discover superpowers to lead them to become folk superheroes.

  • The Cold War by Ugly Sweater Entertainment

    A couple battles over one of a relationship's most precious resources

  • The Grift by Hela's Hand Productions

    Upon meeting the very much alive version of a corpse they just found, two detectives work to discover the truth, but are they both playing on the same team?

  • The Grind by Surging Films

    "A young woman struggles with critics, a budding romance, and doubters as she pitches the final inning of a local baseball game."

  • The Human Within by Demo Duck

    After an unusual date with a veteranarian, a young man beings to act less like himself and more like an animal.

  • The Pick-Up by Free Spirit Media

    A busy veterinarian is driven to work by a friendly rideshare driver. What's the worst that could happen?

  • THE UNBORN CURSE by Majestic3

    A young woman encounters a mysterious old woman who warns her she struggles with love due to a curse placed upon her now she must find out when and why in order to break the curse and have true love.

  • Versailles Was a Stinking Palace by Aunty Whiskers & gulla0

    A hero tries to escape a war torn world but must first overcome captivity by a diluted society.

  • Wake Up Call by Aspire Productions

    When a normal every day guy discovers he might be a Russian sleeper agent, he seeks help from people who have every reason to be running from him!

  • What Lies in the Woods by Back 40 Productions

    When a young couple goes for a long, scenic hike in the forest, they learn more about each other than what lies in the woods.

  • Wilderness Woman vs. The Toymonster by Flashlight Pictures

    WILDERNESS WOMAN, disguised as veterinarian Dr. Alexis Tacaro, has finally managed to track down THE TOYMONSTER, a murderous villain who creates havoc and destruction using explosives made from old toys.

  • Woman's Best Friend by Hyasite

    A vengeful Veterinarian takes matters into her own hands when it comes to animal abuse.


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