Detroit, Michigan July 14 - 16, 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 NovelFilms for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Rose will go on to represent Detroit against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Rose by NovelFilms

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Flyboys by Clean Slate Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Instant Replay by Skwaaa

Required Elements

  • Character: Jared or Jalynne Draybeck, Author
  • Prop: A postcard
  • Line: "Maybe, just maybe, it will happen again."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Flyboys by Clean Slate Productions

Honorable Mention
Rose by NovelFilms

Audience Favorite: Group B

Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

Honorable Mention
Instant Replay by Skwaaa

Audience Favorite: Group C

Johnny Karate by On the DL

Honorable Mention
Retroflux by Action Axis

Audience Favorite: Group D

Midnight Light by Twin Fins Productions

Honorable Mention
Slapjacket by Play Nice

Best Writing

Check the House by Gatorfly

Best Editing

Instant Replay by Skwaaa

Best Directing

Midnight Light by Twin Fins Productions

Best Cinematography

Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

Best Sound Design

Little Miss Hysteria by Chicken Circle

Best Music

Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

Best Acting

Midnight Light by Twin Fins Productions

Best Special Effects

Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

Best Choreography

Check the House by Gatorfly

Best Costumes

Little Miss Hysteria by Chicken Circle

Best Use of Character

Instant Replay by Skwaaa

Best Use of Prop

Foreword by Rebel Pictures

Best Use of Line

The Sweetheart Strangler by Multiversal Pictures

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE

Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

BEST COMEDY

Slapjacket by Play Nice

BEST SCI-FI

Rose by NovelFilms

BEST ROMANCE

Loved by Detroit CD Productions

BEST DRAMA

Everything But This by Fire Water Collective

BEST SLAPSTICK

Real Cops by Little Miss It Shoulda Been You

BEST WESTERN

Little Miss Hysteria by Chicken Circle

BEST HORROR

Escape Room by DEaD JaMmeR

BEST THRILLER/SUSPENSE

Chapter 18 by Love Gone Viral

BEST COMING OF AGE

Act Your Age by The CFC

BEST SPORTS FILM

Hot Dog by Friends with Films

BEST MUSIC FILM

Punk by Good Guacamole Media

BEST DETECTIVE-COP

Check the House by Gatorfly

BEST TIME TRAVEL

Instant Replay by Skwaaa

BEST FISH OUT OF WATER

The Ol' Dress Up Like A Baby Trick by J & H Productions International

BEST SILENT FILM

OH MISS FUZZLES by No. Go Away.

BEST FABLE

The Tortoise and The Eagle by Natural 20 Films

BEST MUSICAL

The Sweetheart Strangler by Multiversal Pictures

BEST MYSTERY

Do Not Play by Sabaoth Films

BEST MOCKUMENTARY

Flint...Unleaded? by Detroit City Kitties

BEST FILM DE FEMME

Left to Write by Curiosity List

BEST BUDDY FILM

Midnight Light by Twin Fins Productions

BEST MARTIAL ARTS

Johnny Karate by On the DL

2017 Film List

  • Act Your Age by The CFC

    An aging, best-selling author struggles to accept that she is considered over the hill.

  • Anyone, wake me up! by NOXTROM Film Studios

    Inherent to the opioid epidemic, a man is trying to get in touch with an opioids addictions professor, but is facing his worst nightmare.

  • ARENA by GO Great Lakes Productions

    A jilted fighter finds himself thrown into the timeless arena of lost love.

  • Blowing Smoke by Team Swagalicious
  • Chapter 18 by Love Gone Viral

    An author uses an unconventional experiment as part of their writing process.

  • Check the House by Gatorfly

    2 detectives are lead to a house due to a mysterious clue only to find they've been involved the whole time

  • Crown Vic by L. I. V. I. N.

    fear the man in the casquette

  • Do Not Play by Sabaoth Films

    When a married couple finds a cassette tape with the warning, "do not play", their relationship is put to the test as they seek the mystery within.

  • Dumped by Perrydise Films

    Jared is trying to escape his crazy girlfriend by faking his own death. While doing this he witnesses The Mob dumping a body. Now, Jared needs to talk his way out of being killed by The Mob.

  • Escape Room by DEaD JaMmeR

    Two couples get more of an adventure than they bargained for in the ultimate escape room challenge.

  • Everything But This by Fire Water Collective

    A woman has not seen her father since a child. He now mails her his autobiography.

  • Flint...Unleaded? by Detroit City Kitties

    Follow residents of Flint, MI as they tell their own stories of shame, denial, anger, and overt alcoholism over the water crisis.

  • Flyboys by Clean Slate Productions

    Two wacky drug smugglers impersonate pilots to receive a deal at an airport but are stalked by two bumbling security guards.

  • Foreword by Rebel Pictures

    A famous author is struggling to finish his next novel and discovers a postcard he has mailed to himself from the future warning of an upcoming danger.

  • High Noon by IATL Productions

    A sophisticated woman must return to help her unrequited lover.

  • Hot Dog by Friends with Films

    Disgraced dog trainer finds a new dog and a new avenue for competition.

  • Indomitable by Sumof4studios

    A woman recounts her past and looks to the future.

  • Instant Replay by Skwaaa

    If at first you don't succeed, try again; and again and again. The cities' newest hero "Replay" learns this the hard way.

  • Intelligent Design by Actors Loft

    Free will is not an accident.

  • Johnny Karate by On the DL

    Johnny is young boy who is obsessed with martial arts. Unfortunately this is also the reason he gets picked on by the neighborhood bullies. On one fateful day, he hears about a martial arts master and finds a mentor to his martial arts journey. Will Johnny ever become the martial arts master he desires to become?

  • Know Your Limits by Outerstate Productions

    How far would you go for a story?

  • Kotu by Melanin Media

    Maybe just maybe it will happen again

  • Left to Write by Curiosity List

    An aspiring author seeks inspiration from others, her city, but most importantly herself.

  • Little Miss Hysteria by Chicken Circle

    All she wanted was for someone to believe her; all they wanted was for her to stop.

  • Loved by Detroit CD Productions

    In a society where love has been outlawed, romance of a rebellious sort wreaks havoc on a halfway house for teens.

  • Midnight Light by Twin Fins Productions

    When two estranged friends meet after years of separation, the trials of time and chance threaten to destroy a lifelong bond.

  • Offline by Studio 1410

    Adjustment to life when technology goes offline.

  • OH MISS FUZZLES by No. Go Away.

    This charming dog gets into all kinds of adventures!

  • One Hit Wonder by 11-16 Productions

    Troubled author has tasted success and is chasing it again by trying to write a new erotic novel, however is interrupted in the strangest of ways.

  • Postcard Of Love (And Anxiety) by MHT Studios

    An agoraphobic author will fight His fears to leave His home after receiving a postcard from a long lost love.

  • Punk by Good Guacamole Media

    A music fan armed with a stolen ukulele tries to bring back punk rock

  • Real Cops by Little Miss It Shoulda Been You

    Ding dong, who's there? The law!

  • Retroflux by Action Axis

    A man's desperate decision to change his future may not be the future he wishes it to be.

  • Roadmap by Who Shot First Productions

    An author takes a inspirational journey to honor her father

  • Rose by NovelFilms

    A woman's Journey to find beauty in the brokenness

  • Self-Help by Metro Swarm Intelligence

    The stress of touring may be getting to a self-help author.

  • Sempai by FireByrd Films

    A young boy's imagination comes to life using visual martial arts to represent a generational battle as told by his grandfather

  • Shallow by Nice Shirt Media

    Two friends fall into a situation that will change their lives for a whole 3-minutes.

  • Slapjacket by Play Nice

    A demanding boss demands his staff work overtime, causing chaos in the cubicles

  • Stag Night by Basilica Films

    A female protagonist infiltrates her boyfriend's stag night outing, but is ill prepared for the nights events.

  • Taste This by Long Story Shorts

    Waitresses at a coney island enjoy just another average night on the job.

  • The Bunnymoon is Over! by Force Omega

    Gonna Catch That Dream . . .

  • The Fast And The Mysterious by Holiday Park Productions

    En route to a family wedding, 2 brothers pick the wrong hotel to stay at and must solve a mystery to make it through the weekend.

  • The Ol' Dress Up Like A Baby Trick by J & H Productions International

    Andy and Jalynne have a surprise bundle of joy—and the surprises keep coming!

  • The Sweetheart Strangler by Multiversal Pictures

    Lured to their uncle's idyllic lakeside cabin, two young lovers are stalked by a jazzy murderer.

  • The Tortoise and The Eagle by Natural 20 Films

    What happens when you let your dreams take you too far away from your reality?

  • Voiceless by Failed Attempt Productions

    An author that find his own solutions from his problems through work.


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