Des Moines, Iowa July 20 - 22, 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 Slow AF for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Admission will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Admission by Slow AF

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Note to Self by DEFT

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Symphony of Flavor by white poison industries

Required Elements

  • Character: Michael or Megan D'Amato, chef
  • Prop: Headphones or earbuds
  • Line: "Why am I always last?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Peregrination by Gladhouse Studio

Honorable Mention
Symphony of Flavor by white poison industries

Audience Favorite: Group B

Note to Self by DEFT

Honorable Mention
Admission by Slow AF

Audience Favorite: Group C

Palle Amorevoli by Tiny Explosions

Honorable Mention
Acquired Taste by Fellow Kids

Best Writing

Admission by Slow AF

Best Editing

Note to Self by DEFT

Best Directing

Note to Self by DEFT

Best Cinematography

Admission by Slow AF

Best Sound Design

No Choice. by Sea Urchin Productions

Best Musical Score

Sonic Sight by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Best Acting

Eric Allan Note to Self by DEFT

Best Ensemble Acting

Admission by Slow AF

Best Graphics

American Eagle by Baseball Team

Best Special Effects

Big Shot by Keep The Change Films

Best Use of Character

Symphony of Flavor by white poison industries

Best Use of Prop

Admission by Slow AF

Best Use of Line

Note to Self by DEFT

Best Use of Genre

No Choice. by Sea Urchin Productions

Best Dialogue

Medium Stakes by One Genome Short Productions

Best Youth Ensemble

Alone Together by Valley Drama Family

2018 Film List

  • Acquired Taste by Fellow Kids

    A house-warming party with a strange duo threatens to bring the curtain down on Doug's relationship with her new co-worker.

  • Admission by Slow AF

    After dealing with the fallout of her addiction at work, a teacher finds her way back to the classroom.

  • Alone Together by Valley Drama Family

    Daniel spends his summer days going on adventures with his four best friends. They care about him deeply, which is why these adventures may have to come to an end.

  • Always Last by Dok Studios

    Why am I always last?

  • American Eagle by Baseball Team

    A businessman's normal life is turned upside down when his daughter is kidnapped by a notorious martial artist and her two goons.

  • Big Shot by Keep The Change Films

    When a superhero is selected for a big opportunity will the rest of his super friends see it as a happy occasion?

  • Bit & Pieces by Nameless Productions

    A chef and his friends try to prepare a lavish but violent dinner.

  • Child's Play by IDFW

    Two young women are sent on a wild adventure to acquire a reward like no other.

  • Clarence: Story of a Hitman by Silver Eagle Productions

    Clarence, the hitman, really wishes he could get better assignments.

  • Cutting Edge by Trans-iowa Canal Company

    Things heat up for a chef after she takes on one personal assistant too many.

  • D'Amato Domestic Goddess by Sliding Rock Productions

    Fantasy's can come true.

  • Fear Of Losing by Agic Production

    Sport and fear.

  • Food To Go by Specter Imagery & Films

    When the D'Amato family restaurant receive a complaint about the food, they give their complainers a special service of becoming their next food to go order.

  • Gene Pool by Bando Banditos
  • Isolation by One22 Studios

    After an enjoyable first date, a hopeful woman discovers a dark secret about the lonely man who has brought her back to his residency.

  • Last Call by Fried Ice

    Michael D’Amato is wrapping up cleaning at work before an unexpected visitor shows up. The visitor recounts his understanding of life. Michael connects this man’s conceptions when he realizes that he is the adopted father of one of his friends.

  • Love and Espionage by Molten Lotion

    a puppet gang lord is tricked into falling in love with an undercover cop.

  • Medium Stakes by One Genome Short Productions

    Lieutenant Kemp is assigned to baby-sit two detectives on high end stakeout.

  • No Choice. by Sea Urchin Productions

    A chef is forced to confront a past life when he receives a mysterious envelope

  • Note to Self by DEFT

    Michael receives a mysterious voice recording of himself and is thrust into a world of danger and forced to deal with past mistakes

  • Obscurity by WRINKLED SHORTS

    A glimpse of an obscurity that so many people struggle with every day.

  • Open Air by The FINE Group

    A young artist loses her inspiration and goes on a journey to find it again.

  • Pabulum by Feature Presentation

    Megan's obnoxious roommate is really getting on her nerves, but everything changes when an unexpected guest arrives.

  • Palle Amorevoli by Tiny Explosions

    Love strikes a win on the lanes.

  • Peregrination by Gladhouse Studio

    A pair of old men, stolen car, hot pursuit, what more do you need?

  • R.O.G.U.E by Conjunction Media

    The agents of R.O.G.U.E. step in when the Vice President starts making corrupt deals.

  • Scope by LightSmith Media

    A young woman returns to her Iowa roots in order to see her childhood through a different lens and uses the lessons she learned from her father to survive a life or death adventure.

  • Skip Day by Fake News

    After two high school students leave campus, a lunch lady and janitor give them a unique punishment

  • Sonic Sight by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

    There are infinite universes, this is the story of two. A world with music and a world without.

  • Soulmates by Team F.I.I.P.

    It feels like we have to be together.

  • Symphony of Flavor by white poison industries

    A failed chef makes one last attempt to win over his harshest critics.

  • The Big Tip by Diplodocus Pictures

    Kevin thought it would be just another night delivering pizzas. Boy was he wrong.

  • The Caterer by Bad Baby Productions

    She's just a caterer, but the fate of the world depends on her. Will she save us?

  • The Main Thing by Primitive Filmworks

    NA

  • The Setter by Two Creek Productions

    The world is set in motion.


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