Cleveland, Ohio October 13 - 15, 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 Cosmic Octopus for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Grassman will go on to represent Cleveland against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Grassman by Cosmic Octopus

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

The Cure by eMpTy-Light-Pack/Cinevid

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Michael or Michelle Bogdan, world traveller
  • Prop: a basketball
  • Line: "Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Son of A Witch by Downpour Creative

Audience Favorite: Group B

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Writing

Grassman by Cosmic Octopus

Best Editing

Secondary Vector by No Ticket Productions

Best Directing

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Cinematography

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Sound Design

Reparations by Cold Robot Studios

Best Musical Score

Maple Harvest by White Midnight

Best Actor

Terry Giancaterino The Cure by eMpTy-Light-Pack/Cinevid

Best Actress

Kira Walker The Sleeping by Shadow Monsters

Best Supporting Actor

Bill Alexander The Cure by eMpTy-Light-Pack/Cinevid

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Zazueta Maple Harvest by White Midnight

Best Ensemble Acting

Grassman by Cosmic Octopus

Best Special Effects

Secondary Vector by No Ticket Productions

Best Use of Character

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Use of Prop

The Cure by eMpTy-Light-Pack/Cinevid

Best Use of Line

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Use of Location

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Best Use of Genre

Domestic Silence by Fat Lucy Films

Best Costumes / Makeup

Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

Scream Queen

Smart Phone Zombies by Muhlbach Cinema

Most Blood Splattered

Secondary Vector by No Ticket Productions

2017 Film List

  • Cleave by Dark Horses Productions

    "We all have a dark side"

  • Domestic Silence by Fat Lucy Films

    Two skeptics who dream of discrediting the supernatural may have found their worst nightmare.

  • Goodbye by Three Scrooges

    A group of teens find out it's important to follow the rules of the game. As one by one they pay the price for forgetting to say goodbye.

  • Grassman by Cosmic Octopus

    A trio of investigators venture into the forest to prove true the legend of the Ohio Grassman.

  • Making Contact by The Brutal Flowers

    Aliens are real and they come when you're asleep.

  • Maple Harvest by White Midnight

    We harvest maple syrup differently in the off seasons.

  • Psynsory by le Black Square Productions

    A new man in town agitates a local with unusual psychic abilities which leads to his life becoming a living nightmare.

  • Reparations by Cold Robot Studios
  • Secondary Vector by No Ticket Productions

    A group sets out in search of an elusive creature but finds themselves hunted instead.

  • Smart Phone Zombies by Muhlbach Cinema

    When the human race become addicted to their smart phones, it is up to Gary, and the flip phone resistance to take them out.

  • Son of A Witch by Downpour Creative

    A young male witch seeks revenge on a group of hunters who killed his mother.

  • The Cure by eMpTy-Light-Pack/Cinevid

    A group of research personnel are invited over to a former colleague's home to discuss his most recent finding.

  • The Sleeping by Shadow Monsters

    Married couple rents cabin in a remote area and the invasion begins.

  • Touching Parallels by Suffering Spinach

    Sometimes the scariest thing is what could have been.

  • We Need to Talk about Karen by Frolicking Films

    Michelle's stay at her brother's house takes an unusual turn when her niece begins behaving peculiarly.


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