Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 10 - 12, 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 Vikingship Productions for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film will go on to represent Milwaukee against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


Rank Place 0: Best Film of 2016

by Vikingship Productions

1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

Love, Life, & a Butter Knife by Nice Melons Films

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

Wading by Newborn Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Luke or Laura Coppersmith, Retired Circus Performer
  • Prop: a photo/painting of a deceased relative
  • Line: "What's the big idea?" or ("What is the big idea?")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Wading by Newborn Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Writing

Love, Life, & a Butter Knife by Nice Melons Films

Best Editing

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Directing

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Cinematography

No One Leaves the Circus by Sonder Pictures

Best Sound Design

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Musical Score

The Slip by Fire and Spice Media

Best Actor

Kevin Croak Love, Life, & a Butter Knife by Nice Melons Films

Best Ensemble Acting

Valentine by Rattitude Productions

Best Graphics

The Slip by Fire and Spice Media

Best Special Effects

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Choreography

Wading by Newborn Productions

Best Costumes

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

Best Use of Character

The Ringmaster by Scrumbags

Best Use of Prop

Travelling Circus by Don't Touch

Best Use of Line

Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

2016 Film List

  • A Clown's Will by Moonworks Entertainment

    A man's estranged mother leaves behind a unique last will and testiment.

  • Among the Willows by Good Land Media

    A young woman says goodbye to the land her family owned, and all the memories that still live there.

  • Arm's-Length by Blue Price Production

    Man goes back in time to share one last moment with his sister

  • Butterfingers by Talent Surge Media

    Tragedy stiles at the circus and the beach

  • CALLING by Ughfine I'll sign up, JARED

    With life's daily stresses, Laura is slides into a world where faces from the past take form.

  • Circus Man by Electric Crayon Studio

    A woman hs to deal with early childhood trauma in a unique way.

  • I Love You, Paul by Moleskin Productions

    A Happy Family Film

  • Ill-Fitting Jacket by Eight Black Lions

    A man of questionable integrity regales passerby with tales of increasing excitement and absurdity.

  • Jordan's Song by Cross Word Films

    Entering his teenage years, Jordan discovers that his true identity is not defined by his failures.

  • Love, Life, & a Butter Knife by Nice Melons Films

    A retired circus freak finds true love

  • No One Leaves the Circus by Sonder Pictures

    You cant escape fate

  • Quest for the Red Egg by Team Voltron

    A retired, depressed guy finds a treasure map, along the way, he fights against a wizard and wolfman

  • Rivalry Road by Established Heroes

    This is the story of how a simple game created one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports...

  • Screen: Righter by [Redacted] Films

    You can screen write, or you can screen righter.

  • Seeking A Hero by Red Guerrilla Media

    A hero's quest for answers

  • The Burial Plot by Ai Wisconsin

    When the words of writers come to life, one girls world becomes just a little peculiar.

  • The Losers, The Witches, & The Wizard by Chair on Stair Films

    Sometimes a unordinary story can appear at the most needed times.

  • The Ringmaster by Scrumbags

    A most magnificent, mysterious wanderer sheds his magical spotlight upon the downtrodden

  • The Slip by Fire and Spice Media

    A retired clown regrets a major life decision.

  • Travelling Circus by Don't Touch

    A time traveller gets stuck in 2016, doomed to repeat the mistakes of his grandfather.

  • Valentine by Rattitude Productions

    A man unloads tales of painfully awkward past Valentine's days.

  • Wading by Newborn Productions

    After 40 years Tom finally jumps in.

  • When the Circus Leaves Town by Brownboy Ai

    Retired juggler, Luke Coppersmith, finds out that life after the circus isn't so easy.

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