Cincinnati, Ohio June 24 - 26, 2016

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 Drive Media House for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film Lessons in Accidental Magic will go on to represent Cincinnati against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

Reverie by Synergy Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Virginia or Vince Young, Chili Contest Winner
  • Prop: a chalkboard
  • Line: "Did you enjoy yourself last night?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Secret Ingredient by Fish in Glass Box

Honorable Mention
Game of Cones by Raw Toast Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

Honorable Mention
Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Best Writing

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Reverie by Synergy Films
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

Best Editing

Reverie by Synergy Films

Honorable Mentions
Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House
Game of Cones by Raw Toast Productions

Best Directing

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Reverie by Synergy Films
The Grand Search by Red and Black

Best Cinematography

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Reverie by Synergy Films
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

Best Sound Design

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Monsters are Real by Pirate Koala
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

Best Music

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Monsters are Real by Pirate Koala
The Grand Search by Red and Black

Best Actor

Matt Williams Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
Reverie by Synergy Films
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

Best Actress

Brittany Belland Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios
Monsters are Real by Pirate Koala

Best Graphics

Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

Honorable Mentions
GAIA by Karma
Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Best Special Effects

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios
Reverie by Synergy Films

Best Costumes

The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

Honorable Mentions
Strawed & Feathered by MoundShroud Creations
Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Best Use of Character

Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

Honorable Mentions
Reverie by Synergy Films
Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Best Use of Prop

The winner stands alone by Pulkit Verma Productions

Honorable Mentions
Strawed & Feathered by MoundShroud Creations
Breach by The Suspects

Best Use of Line

Reverie by Synergy Films

Honorable Mentions
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios
Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

Best Use of Genre

Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

Honorable Mentions
The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios
Monsters are Real by Pirate Koala

Best Collegiate Film

Half Way by OMS

Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

Honorable Mentions
The winner stands alone by Pulkit Verma Productions
Reverie by Synergy Films

2016 Film List

  • 19180 by Reel Grit Entertainment
  • 19182 by JustAskHer Productions LLC
  • Abaddon by 1106 Films

    An evil demonic detective is searching for souls of his latest victims.

  • An Ordinary Murder by caterva

    Diana realizes that she might be the only person in her world who doesn't think murder is a hobby.

  • Breach by The Suspects
  • Father's Day by EPOS Productions

    As tragedy strikes, will a guardian don his cape once more and become who he was born to be, a hero?

  • GAIA by Karma

    Travelling Through dark matter to parallel universe

  • Game of Cones by Raw Toast Productions

    Two rival cousins have childhood sports showdown at a family reunion.

  • Group Chaos by DaileyDoubleProductions

    In the midst of of flaws and chaos during group intervention, one woman differs from the rest.

  • Half Way by OMS

    A story of how non-traditional families can come together.

  • Just Chili? by Pheel Good Films

    The winning recipe sometimes requires a secret ingredient.

  • Kinesis - origins by Kanonbawls

    A young teen shares with her parents that she is a mutant with superpowers.

  • Lessons in Accidental Magic by Drive Media House

    A young man tries his hand at cooking and magic in an attempt to win a girl's affection.

  • Monsters are Real by Pirate Koala

    Pray for the hunter, when the hunter becomes the prey.

  • Narkilleptic by Average Joe Films

    An interview with the infamous serial killer... Well, aspiring.

  • Reverie by Synergy Films

    Remembering the past keeps us in the present.

  • Strawed & Feathered by MoundShroud Creations

    Will her ropes be undone? Will his crutch be needed? Will his field be free?

  • The Adventures of Sir Fireheart by Blue Dragon Studios

    Sir Fireheart encounters another obstacle in his quest for the Scepter of the Gods.

  • The Date by Demonic angel

    Daya goes on a terrible date.

  • The Grand Search by Red and Black

    A silent film about following a map to the "100 grand"

  • The Secret Ingredient by Fish in Glass Box

    Steve is hell-bent on winning the chili cookoff - can he arrive in time to beat the repeat champion?

  • The winner stands alone by Pulkit Verma Productions

    The ugly side of winning

  • Wish by Keeneyclicks

    What would you wish for?

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