Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 8 - 10, 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 Carnegie Screenwriters for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film Happy Birthday to Me will go on to represent Pittsburgh against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

Butterfly by Locust Street Entertainment

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

The Perfect Friend Request by Goat Milk Fudge

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Required Elements

  • Character: Lenny or Lani Saffron, Chocolatier
  • Prop: sticky note(s)
  • Line: "Maybe I just don't find you funny." ("Maybe I just do not find you funny.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Dark Chocolate by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

Audience Favorite: Group B

Anniversary Road by LPC Films

Audience Favorite: Group C

Real Gumshoes by Blue Knight Productions

Audience Favorite: Group D

Kickstand by EPOS Productions

Best Writing

Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Editing

The Three Chocolatiers: A Cotton Tail of Revenge by Reckless Amnesiac

Best Directing

Butterfly by Locust Street Entertainment

Best Cinematography

Anniversary Road by LPC Films

Best Sound Design

Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Musical Score

Dingamonius by Command Pictures

The Perfect Friend Request by Goat Milk Fudge

Best Actor

Matthew Weitz Kickstand by EPOS Productions

Best Actress

Jill Black Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Graphics

Dingamonius by Command Pictures

Best Special Effects

The day the ship stood still by Everything But The Name Alpha

Best Use of Character

The Flaming Saffrons by Beginnings

Best Use of Prop

Sweet Revenge by ShadowFrame

Best Use of Line

Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

2016 Film List

  • 19419 by Wooder Drinkers
  • 19421 by Straight to the Point Productions
  • 19430 by Gorlok Productions
  • Alice by Dolce Vita Films

    In the 1950s, a young woman named Alice lives as a shut-in under the shadow of her abusive family.

  • Anniversary Road by LPC Films

    It's a long road to this couple's anniversary...

  • Black & Blue by Willow Street Productions

    A young man grappling with the coming maturity in today's society.

  • Bowel Play by Team MGBGFilms

    A story of rivalry, revenge, and a whole lot of other crap.

  • Butterfly by Locust Street Entertainment

    A father gives up everything to provide for his daughter's dreams.

  • Chef's Choice by Falling October Productions

    During a wake, things heat up in the kitchen for a couple of caterers.

  • Chocolate For Life by Lion's Share

    A chocolatier that gives his customers free chocolate for life.

  • Cocoa cops by Everlasting Productions LLC

    Cops going crazy for chocolate

  • Conjured Confections by Sinister Dream Productions

    Magically delicious

  • Dark Chocolate by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

    A cherry young man is drawn in to a dark chocolate web.

  • Dchain Gang Unchained by Destiny's Adult

    I chipped my tooth on a bus.

  • Dingamonius by Command Pictures

    An all American Boy fights to live up to his father's name

  • Dinner and a Movie by USS Improvise

    Two awkward people go on a date and discover a new way to connect.

  • Driver's Seat by Nut Shot Warriors

    After a long night's drive, Angela finds the inspiration to regain control of her life.

  • Family Dilemma by We All We Got

    What could go wrong when a long lost friend comes uninvited to a family dinner?

  • FRANKLY by LZmotion

    A cocky detective tries to solve the disappearance of Mr.S

  • Gone by C-47

    A young girl unlocks the true reason for why her father left.

  • Happy Birthday to Me by Carnegie Screenwriters

    A young woman rewrites her future by delivering a life-changing message to the past.

  • Hostile Takeover by ColorNegative

    This time it's personal

  • Inheritance by Long Knuckle Studios

    Pressured by his adoptive family, a man is faced with a tough decision that will define his life.

  • Kickstand by EPOS Productions

    When cleaning out his parent's house, a man stumbles upon an item that takes him back to his youth.

  • Lani's Chocolate by Pyrite Production

    Love, Death and Chocolate

  • Life on Planet X by The New Century Mercury Players

    She succeeded in her mission to steal Christmas - will the worlds be able to steal it back?

  • Meeting the Chocolate Man by Dynamite Carrot

    A Journalist delves deeper into an interview involving a mysterious chocolatier

  • Melting Point by Blind Tiger Films

    Chocolatier and war veteran must make a choice between his new life and defending America.

  • Mohawk by Hutchins Films

    Our hero must take back what was stolen from him.

  • Promotion by Sliced Bread Productions

    Lloyd Stevens tries to get a promotion at a mysterious company.

  • Real Gumshoes by Blue Knight Productions

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  • Scenic TRIP by team NOT BECKY

    When the drugs go bad in nature.

  • Sweet Revenge by ShadowFrame

    Chocolate

  • Ten Two Letter Words by Children of the Corman

    If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me

  • The Big Hit by Square Shoes Productions

    After a body is discovered in the woods, police interview an unsuspecting shop owner.

  • The day the ship stood still by Everything But The Name Alpha

    In space chocolate is everything

  • The Flaming Saffrons by Beginnings

    Two middle age men put thier band back together

  • The Heirs by Ted City Yodelers

    The old man's vault

  • The Perfect Friend Request by Goat Milk Fudge

    Two woman lovers experiment go on a disastrous date with an artist.

  • The Pet by Unplanned Comedy

    Things Just Grow On You

  • The Sweet Divide by Steel Forest Productions

    A family must pull together during a time of struggle to keep their business afloat.

  • The Three Chocolatiers: A Cotton Tail of Revenge by Reckless Amnesiac

    Fucking Bunny

  • The Usual Sins by Everything But the Name Omega

    Missing band candy reveals a twisted web of lies and conspiracies.

  • The Way of the Kid by Well Known Strangers

    A simple goat farmer is forced to seek training after his goats are threatened

  • The Workout by Rewind Memories

    excercising your mind, body, and soul

  • Vices and Virtues by Carter Asylum Studios

    The adventures of a murderous couple with an incredibly low tolerance for nuisance

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