Des Moines, Iowa July 22 - 24, 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 One Genome Short Productions for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film Paid in Full will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Required Elements

  • Character: Timothy or Tiffany Sporeka, Vice-President
  • Prop: a photo of Mom
  • Line: "I just can't believe it." (or "I just cannot believe it.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Honorable Mention
Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Paved by Shrieking Tree

Honorable Mention
Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

Audience Favorite: Group C

Collide by Team First To Enter

Honorable Mention
It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

Audience Favorite: Group D

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Honorable Mention
Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Writing

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Best Editing

Paved by Shrieking Tree

Best Cinematography

Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Best Sound Design

Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Musical Score

Collide by Team First To Enter

Best Actor

Sid Juwarker Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Best Graphics

Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Special Effects

Saved by the partridge bunch by Baseball Team

Best Choreography

Butch by Silver Screeners

Best Costumes

Vicar by Divergent Cinema

Best Use of Character

Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

Best Use of Prop

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Best Use of Line

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Most Inappropriate Yet Creative Use of a Pizza Cutter

It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

Miracle on Slice by Owl Mode

Buddies by Spoken Wheel House

2016 Film List

  • A World All Their Own by Poplar Production

    2 Warriors of 2 different worlds must overcome differences to vanquish the evil of the realm.

  • Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

    Two feuding criminals are caught off guard by a baptismal congregation

  • Break by Wilkinson Films

    Sam has the perfect job.

  • Buddies by Spoken Wheel House

    Two unusual buddies discover if their friendship will survive, or if they will.

  • Buried Love by Gate 13 & Company

    Love and passion comes a bashin'

  • Butch by Silver Screeners

    Butch Lawson is an adventurous bounty hunter always there to save the day.

  • Butcher(ed) by Swordfish Creative

    A man will go to extreme lengths to ensure his name is pronounced right.

  • Catastrophic by Honorable Mention

    The only thing worse than getting older, is losing your job over it.

  • Chotchkie Dogs by Primitive Filmworks

    None

  • Collide by Team First To Enter

    A man realizes that there is an intruder in his house...

  • Daemonis Igni by Clue

    Two idiots make up a story so that they can get free plums

  • Dead End by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

    Expect bumps in the road.

  • Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

    A young college student walks into an interview and discovers something unexpected.

  • Eagle Eye by Trans-Iowa Canal Company

    When a "private" eye isn't enough.

  • Half Hearted by Jump The Shark

    Two men set off on a journey to seek different outcomes after a confrontation

  • Holiday Takeout by Gladhouse Studio

    A Mother's disappearance has n explosive consequences for the rest of her family..

  • Hoods by Junctionladdes

    These woods are not as empty as they seem...

  • Hygge by DEFT

    An Open Door Policy

  • Indelible by Sliding Rock Productions

    The indelible effects of events on a man's life.

  • It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

    A man crash lands on a women-only Earth.

  • Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

    A magic man with a magic pizza.

  • Miracle on Slice by Owl Mode

    Deep Dish Diplomacy

  • Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

    One man goes through hell to say the check is in the mail.

  • Paved by Shrieking Tree

    A man becomes one with the open road.

  • Practice Date by Feature Presentation

    Craig turns to hologram technology to practice dating, but things don't go according to plan

  • Pyknosis Park by OK, Great

    This is a short tale of missed communications and unfulfilled expectations.

  • Rapid by Pepper 1 Productions

    Cheating Kills

  • Relative by TEAM

    A daughter loses patience with her inattentive father who claims to be a time traveller.

  • Saved by the partridge bunch by Baseball Team

    Family band member has strange face

  • Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

    A simple couple's simple story of love and their first romantic moment.

  • Slice of Justice by Pineapple Shirt Productions
  • Snap, Crackle, Cop by The Monkey Bunch

    Veteran cop Tom Hardy (yes, that Tom Hardy) teams up with a rookie cop to save the Vice President.

  • Sticks and Stones by Floating Anchor Cinema

    A girl from an emotionless world learns the effects of both love and hate.

  • Thanks for the Holidays by Team F.I.I.P.

    Everyday is a Holiday!

  • The Adventure Cereals by WelchFilm

    Commander Crisp Kidnapped

  • The Bear in the Box by 5th Ace Films

    What others think of me matters very little. What I myself say and do matters much.

  • The Chamberlain by Clyde's Revenge

    Desperate man sees life's possibilities

  • The Fastest Horse in the West by Jackson Galactic

    Colt with a Colt cleans up the Wild West.

  • Things to Do by Slightly Off Center

    Tim has things to do, and may find help from other-wordly sources

  • Tiffany's Garden by Extempore Pictures

    After querying of a garden, Lily learns of an adventure about her father and a beautiful fairy.

  • Vicar by Divergent Cinema
  • VIEWER by Krewe De Ten

    A Vice President of a drone company unwitingly records an assasination and fights for survival.

  • VP of Fulfillment by white poison industries

    A man who hates his job tries to find a better opportunity

  • Wanted: Sidekicks by Dok Studios

    I just can't believe it

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