Detroit, Michigan July 10 - 12, 2015

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 Courageous Lion Cinema for winning Best Film of 2015. Their film A Lab Rat Tale will go on to represent Detroit against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2016.


1st Place: Best Film of 2015

A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

2nd Place: Best Film of 2015

St Pete's Motel by Option Command Escape

3rd Place: Best Film of 2015

Doin' It by Play Nice

48HFP: Science Fiction Project November 6 - 8, 2015

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Required Elements

  • Character: Bill or Belinda Amberson, Hotel Employee
  • Prop: Headphones
  • Line: "Why am I always first?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Bye Bye, Dolly! by Detroit CD Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Our Little Secret by 52 Scripts

Audience Favorite: Group C

Doin' It by Play Nice

Audience Favorite: Group D

Out For Blood by Rising Suns

Best Writing

Doin' It by Play Nice

Best Editing

Nor by Must Go Faster

Best Directing

The Cleaner by 20th Century Focks

Best Cinematography

A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

Best Sound Design

The Cleaner by 20th Century Focks

Best Musical Score

A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

Best Acting

St Pete's Motel by Option Command Escape

Best Graphics

Sparrow by Digital Operations Group (DOG)

Best Choreography

A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

Best Costumes

P.I.E. Paranormal Investigations and Enforcement by White Alchemy

Best Make Up

A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

Best Use of Character

St Pete's Motel by Option Command Escape

Best Use of Prop

Our Little Secret by 52 Scripts

Best Use of Line

Jackson's Gateway by RATtale Films

BEST SCI FI

Real by Chicken Circle

BEST HOLIDAY FILM

Disengagement Day by Friends with Films

BEST ROMANCE

Doin' It by Play Nice

BEST DARK COMEDY

Our Little Secret by 52 Scripts

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE

Before Noon by Make-em-ups

BEST FAMILY FILM

Runaway Charlie by Hazel House

BEST COMEDY

Some Guy Named Bill by Silvertongue Studios

BEST HORROR

Nor by Must Go Faster

Best Film de Femme

The Cleaner by 20th Century Focks

BEST BUDDY FILM

P.I.E. Paranormal Investigations and Enforcement by White Alchemy

BEST DETECTIVE COP

Black Licorice by IATL Productions - iamthelaw.net

BEST INSPIRATIONAL FILM

Sparrow by Digital Operations Group (DOG)

BEST PERIOD PIECE

Out For Blood by Rising Suns

BEST THRILLER SUSPENSE

Jackson's Gateway by RATtale Films

BEST FISH OUT OF WATER

Notel by FIYARtv

BEST DRAMA

St Pete's Motel by Option Command Escape

BEST FANTASY

Musicmuffs by FTS

2015 Film List

  • "Re-Branding" by Detroit City Kitties

    A tyrannical manager forces his employee to do a grotesque task.

  • A Lab Rat Tale by Courageous Lion Cinema

    Game Over

  • Before Noon by Make-em-ups

    Being chased by a menacing stranger through Detroit, a man tries to escape before he is cornered.

  • Bill and Bill's Excellent Adventure by Team Ram Rod

    Bill Amerson's mundane life transforms after he finds the magical hat of an eccentric hippie

  • Black Licorice by IATL Productions - iamthelaw.net

    After wife is killed and hospitalization, cop goes on revenge rampage

  • Buddying Heads by Flying Monkey Films

    Young hotel worker is thrust into a conflict and finds himself fighting with his best friend.

  • Bye Bye, Dolly! by Detroit CD Productions

    A lesbian couple stuffs their dead grandmother to acquire their inheritance.

  • Dinner Party by Failed Attempt Productions

    Nobody likes the 5th wheel, especially the drug-addicted, alcoholic Fratstar that won't to grow up.

  • Disengagement Day by Friends with Films

    Two men compete to be the Best Man and create a national holiday in the process.

  • Doin' It by Play Nice

    A tale of American romance that reminds us all that love can be found, even in a cheap hotel

  • Donut Day by Unrated

    Donut miss this holiday!

  • Eye Level by Coulter

    Two down and out friends find inspiration in Detroit.

  • Hapier Time by Caffeine Induced Productions

    Two friends reminisce about seemingly sorrowful moments that turned into happier times.

  • Happy Place by Folding Chair productions

    A Man with a troubled life escapes to a better world with his headphone

  • Imbibe Confidence by MHT Studios

    Detective goes on a case of a missing hotel owner

  • Jackson's Gateway by RATtale Films

    A troubled young man is offered help from a specialist to aid in his sleep paralysis episodes.

  • Life is a Montage and It Doesn't Make Sense by Running Cam Productions

    Sometimes a Montage Can Save the Day

  • Living Room by The Veering Tangents

    Their dad is dead and no one knows what the fuck is going on.

  • Love Casualties by The Artistic Rebellion
  • Medium Rare by Metro Swarm Intelligence

    Stick the Fart Dragon with the Pointy End, Eat Magic Beans, Poison Everyone with Laughs

  • Milk by Rugged Productions

    An introverted girl and an accident prone hotel concierge go on a journey to buy milk together

  • Musicmuffs by FTS

    Music can create friends. Magic can create enemies...

  • Nor by Must Go Faster

    He's neither here nor there. He's everywhere.

  • Notel by FIYARtv

    In a new world Mr. Blank's particular set of skills are particularly problematic.

  • One-Two-Free! by eyeDeamotion

    Animals of the world sent into space by man, make a bid for freedom

  • Our Little Secret by 52 Scripts

    A Phone Sex Operator Risks Everything to Save His Job

  • Out For Blood by Rising Suns

    Detective in search of his daughters murderer.

  • Overblown by Local Nod Productions

    When it has been revealed that his business partner betrayed him, Charlie takes extreme measures.

  • P.I.E. Paranormal Investigations and Enforcement by White Alchemy

    Steampunk Paranormal Investigators

  • Real by Chicken Circle

    Everything's the same...until it isn't.

  • Runaway Charlie by Hazel House

    Domestic values of a young couple are tested in a heartwarming search for a rambunctious 3 year old.

  • Some Guy Named Bill by Silvertongue Studios

    Two friends, both with alterior motives, try to get the other to help write a screenplay

  • Sparrow by Digital Operations Group (DOG)

    A film about how we become to believe in ourselves.

  • St Pete's Motel by Option Command Escape

    Belinda looks after souls at St Pete's while they're making the transition to afterlife.

  • The Cleaner by 20th Century Focks

    Belinda seems to be no more than a maid at a rundown motel but on a chess table she is so much more.

  • The Donut Dream by Actorsloft

    It's Just A Donut!

  • The Dunn Inn by Bear Cubs 3

    Room with a lasting impressions

  • The Intervention of Belinda Amberson by Detroit Film Studio

    When Addiction gets out of Control

  • The Long Way Home by Team Donut Party

    A girl finds the strength to stand up to the bullies in her life.

  • Torgo by Holiday Park Productions

    An abominable snowman goes on an adventure in search of a magical train.

  • Wake Up Naked by Tuff Guy Cinema

    After waking up alone, a young man sets off into the night with only his dancing shoes to guide him,

  • We Have Reservations! by MASoiduts

    What happens when the 5 star hotel guest has to go somewhere else.....?

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