Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 9 - 11, 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 Nice Melons Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Sudden Title... will go on to represent Milwaukee against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Stakeout Stories by [REDACTED] Media

Required Elements

  • Character: Ben or Belinda Cartrell, Artist
  • Prop: A balloon
  • Line: ""You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Stakeout Stories by [REDACTED] Media

Audience Favorite: Group B

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Best Writing

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Best Editing

Opportunity Knocks by Ocelot Rising Productions

Best Directing

Stakeout Stories by [REDACTED] Media

Best Cinematography

Content Gods by Ghost Fire Films

Best Sound Design

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Best Musical Score

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Best Ensemble Acting

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Of The Same Roots by Liar Liar Productions

Best Choreography

Stakeout Stories by [REDACTED] Media

Best Use of Character

Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

Of The Same Roots by Liar Liar Productions

Best Use of Prop

A Day... by Cross Word Films

2017 Film List

  • A Day... by Cross Word Films

    A tale of latex esteem in the face of bully balloons with our hero discovering the value of being plain but not ordinary.

  • A Valuable Life Lesson by Swinging Doors Productions

    Hedgehogs and balloons do not mix

  • Colors by Strange Fascinations
  • Content Gods by Ghost Fire Films
  • Family Hike by The Back Burner

    And then there was...one?

  • Ghost Story by Electric Crayon Studio
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker by B.T.R.C.

    A woman thinks shes met a perfect match, but after a little scavenger hunt she sees he is not who he claimed to be.

  • Of The Same Roots by Liar Liar Productions
  • Opportunity Knocks by Ocelot Rising Productions
  • Pistols & Pooches by Ai Wisconsin

    Don't kill the dog.

  • Stakeout Stories by [REDACTED] Media

    One night on a stakeout...

  • Sudden Title... by Nice Melons Films

    Two men attempt to get rid of a body and get more than they bargained for.

  • Tegard by Moleskin Productions
  • The Cigarette Bastard Vol. 1 by VHS Samurai's
  • The Short End of the Stick by Established Heroes

    "Hey what's going on out here!"


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