Cincinnati, Ohio July 21 - 23, 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 Average Joe Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film The Windows Are Always Clean In Portland will go on to represent Cincinnati against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Stakeout by M. Night Cinnabon

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Viral by Strong Brothers

Required Elements

  • Character: Dan or Dani Tildenson, Window Washer
  • Prop: Sunglasses
  • Line: ""I'll be right back." OR "I will be right back.""

Audience Favorite

Exactly What You Need by Delicious Grapes

Best Writing

Best Editing

Lacerated Consciousness by Dailey Double Productions

Best Directing

Best Cinematography

Best Sound Design

Lacerated Consciousness by Dailey Double Productions

Best Musical Score

Withered by Pulkit Verma Productions

Best Song

Exactly What You Need by Delicious Grapes

Best Actor

Ian Patrick Ashwell Job security by Team Lucid Dream

Best Actress

Tifani Ahren Davis The Windows Are Always Clean In Portland by Average Joe Films

Best Supporting Actor

Brian Knox The Plop by Refractv Media

Best Supporting Actress

Sydney Vollmer The Windows Are Always Clean In Portland by Average Joe Films

Best Ensemble Acting

Stakeout by M. Night Cinnabon

Best Graphics

Exactly What You Need by Delicious Grapes

Best Special Effects

Viral by Strong Brothers

Best Use of Character

Transformations by Pheel Good Films

Best Use of Prop

Exactly What You Need by Delicious Grapes

Best Use of Line

Job security by Team Lucid Dream

Best Use of Genre

Withered by Pulkit Verma Productions

Best Costumes / Makeup

Viral by Strong Brothers

2017 Film List

  • Exactly What You Need by Delicious Grapes

    Jaded on life, a window washer meets a salesman who gives him exactly what he needs, a pair of sunglasses that brings music and happiness into his life in an unexpected way.

  • Job security by Team Lucid Dream

    When a boss pushes an employee too far, everybody has a bad day.

  • Lacerated Consciousness by Dailey Double Productions

    How much pain can one person endure, before they hit a breaking point?

  • Lady Killer by Happy Medium Productions

    A woman with a goal gets interrupted.

  • Mate by Dear Uncle Kevin

    The story of a relationship told through a game of chess.

  • Stakeout by M. Night Cinnabon

    What's in the bag?

  • Steps by That's Cool Productions

    A young man hopes to woo a new co-worker but feels stuck...sometimes you just need to take the next step.

  • The Plop by Refractv Media

    Whodumpit?

  • The Secret Life of Betty Bialoski by W.H.O. / Synergy

    Do what you love, and love will find you!

  • The Windows Are Always Clean In Portland by Average Joe Films

    How much faith, do we have in the people we love?

  • Transformations by Pheel Good Films

    It's hard out there for a Rex.

  • Viral by Strong Brothers

    A team of Documentary Filmmakers are investigating a viral video from a man claiming to have had an extraterrestrial close encounter.

  • Washed Up by Reel Suite Productions

    An entitled wealthy man finds himself stranded in an unfamiliar place in need of help.

  • Withered by Pulkit Verma Productions

    Hidden repercussions of war!


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