New Haven, Connecticut July 27 - 29, 2018

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 Jester Pictures for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Manifest will go on to represent New Haven against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Manifest by Jester Pictures

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Betaloop by Connecticut FilmWorks

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

The Best Children's Book Ever by Straight Outta Storrs

Required Elements

  • Character: Maureen or Martin Nutmeg, Liar
  • Prop: A Children's Book
  • Line: "Where have I heard that before?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Betaloop by Connecticut FilmWorks

Audience Favorite: Group B

Manifest by Jester Pictures

Best Writing

The Best Children's Book Ever by Straight Outta Storrs

Best Editing

Wicked Children by Good, Bad and the Fugly

Best Directing

Jarek Zabczynski Manifest by Jester Pictures

Best Cinematography

Synth by Wax Idiotical Film

Best Sound Design

Betaloop by Connecticut FilmWorks

Best Musical Score

Synth by Wax Idiotical Film

Best Song

Jo Broni Jingle Greasetown by Jabroni Studios

Best Actor

Terrence Riggins Wake Up! by Stepping Out

Best Actress

Linda Manning Wake Up! by Stepping Out

Best Ensemble Acting

Drums, Lies & Videotape by Dada & The Human Tripod

Best Special Effects

Betaloop by Connecticut FilmWorks

Best Costumes

Drums, Lies & Videotape by Dada & The Human Tripod

Best Make Up

The Nutmeg Crew by NEWBREED FILMS

Best Use of Character

NUT Meg by Clear Lens

Best Use of Prop

The Best Children's Book Ever by Straight Outta Storrs

Best Use of Line

Synth by Wax Idiotical Film

Best Use of Genre

The Best Children's Book Ever by Straight Outta Storrs

Best Iconic Shot of New Haven

A Slice of Chaos by Bounce Lounge Productions

Best Youth Actor

Oliva Davis A Childe of Frailness by Jolly Bunny Films

My Crew Rocks!

Anthony Vitale Now and Zen by Dutch Elm Disease

Women of the 48

Amie & Lisa Tedesco Reception by Cinema Sisters

2018 Film List

  • 5150 Greengrove drive by Misfit Island Media

    and old broken man trys to break into his old home to find a momento of his daughter

  • A Bad Movie by Pie Crust Pictures

    An aspiring actress attends an unsettling audition.

  • A Broken Vow by The Sad News Bears

    Vicky, and her companion, raise the stakes during a heated card game.

  • A Childe of Frailness by Jolly Bunny Films

    Why do we go on?

  • A Race to the Bottom by Perfect Pitch Productions

    What happens when you fall off the corporate ladder?

  • A Slice of Chaos by Bounce Lounge Productions
  • Angels Between Us by Mapleway

    Couple can't conceive because man is unwilling.

  • Betaloop by Connecticut FilmWorks

    A vintage video camera sends a couple on a journey to pursue a mystery from the past.

  • DialedUp by Default Productions

    A boy who is addicted to videogames learns that life can be fun without technology

  • Drums, Lies & Videotape by Dada & The Human Tripod

    Drum for Peace , Drum for Love , Drum for fun

  • Everyone Bleeds by The West Haven Film Collective
  • Fifteen by I Thought This Was A 5K

    Jessica learns an important lesson with a glimpse of her future.

  • Greasetown by Jabroni Studios

    A rag-tag bike shop staff help a mysterious visitor find a missing bike. But is the mission all it seems to be?

  • I Spy, Butterfly by CASAD Films

    A has-been spy makes it his mission to save a missing girl.

  • Its TIme by Nutmeg T-Films Prodcution

    The spy who loved me

  • Manifest by Jester Pictures

    In the midst of chaos a young couple struggles with their reality and hopes for a positive future.

  • Now and Zen by Dutch Elm Disease

    This is the story of what happens when a father and son, due to extreme circumstances are forced to live under the same roof.

  • NUT Meg by Clear Lens

    To overcome her fears she must first . . . ?

  • Reception by Cinema Sisters

    Start-ups are hard, even when you’re a superhero.

  • South Street by Film Squad

    A team of Detectives investigate a murder to learn that conspiracy and betrayal are all around them.

  • Synth by Wax Idiotical Film

    A lot like blade runner

  • The Best Children's Book Ever by Straight Outta Storrs

    A supposedly innocent lie drives a girl to her breaking point, as she tries to write the best children's book ever.

  • The Chase by Robo Drill Films

    Missing laptop creates a frenzy in the city of New Haven, CT.

  • The Nutmeg Crew by NEWBREED FILMS

    The Boss wants to know why they never made it to the drop off.

  • The Road by Platinum Gear Productions

    A man makes a decision that changes his life for ever.

  • The Warrior, The Guardian & The Liar by everyoneleavesnewhaven
  • Tru Color by The Lineage Group Films

    Where have I heard that before

  • Wake Up! by Stepping Out

    A shoe lace becomes undone, a woman who has heard it all before doesn’t listen. Without giving away more, run, don’t walk, to see this film. However, we recommend slip-on shoes.

  • Waves by Fix it in Post

    Childhood friends return to their summer home in many years.

  • Wicked Children by Good, Bad and the Fugly

    Childhood lessons come back to haunt a group of friends who are not living by the basic rules

  • wwweb of Lies by Team Cyclops-Snowman

    A teenage girl compares her life to her "friends" on Facebook, and when it falls short, she goes to extreme measures to get her posts more likes and comments.


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