San Diego, California June 8 - 10, 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 Poole Party Productions for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film What's in the box? will go on to represent San Diego against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

What's in the box? by Poole Party Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

In Time by Bad Cat Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Fernando or Fernanda Huerto, Lifeguard
  • Prop: a cardboard box
  • Line: "That's (That is) outside my comfort zone."

Best Writing

Apparition Hunters by First Drafts

Best Editing

No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

Best Directing

Mark Anthony Gadia No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

Best Cinematography

Rich Varville Beaver Creek by RSVP Films

Best Sound Design

by Tea and Bag Production Company

Best Musical Score

Unison Colthurst, Jason Haury, Jordan Liberman, Shirley Coggon Holidays of Our Lives by Snarky Films

Best Acting

Randy Davison Host by Kilna Companies

Best Actress

Rachel Bishop Holidays of Our Lives by Snarky Films

Best Ensemble Acting

No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

Best Graphics

Gold Rush by Team Groovy

Best Effects

In Time by Bad Cat Films

Best Special Effects

In Time by Bad Cat Films

Best Costumes

Honorable Mention The Heist of the Century by Axiomatic Twist

In Time by Bad Cat Films

Honorable Mention Gold Rush by Team Groovy

Best Make Up

In Time by Bad Cat Films

Best Use of Character

Apparition Hunters by First Drafts

Best Use of Prop

48 1/2 by Dumpster Fire Films

No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

Best Use of Line

Beat Tim by Spenceroo22

Best Titling

Beat Tim by Spenceroo22

Holidays of Our Lives by Snarky Films

Best Dance Fight

Beat Tim by Spenceroo22

Best Fight Choreography

No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

Best Puppetry

Holidays of Our Lives by Snarky Films

Best Student Film College Age

48 1/2 by Dumpster Fire Films

Best Student Film High School or Below

The Heist of the Century by Axiomatic Twist

Honorable Mention
La Pasion y el Amor by 14 & Under and My Sister Bri

Best Youth Ensemble

Beat Tim by Spenceroo22

Rising Star Actor

Samuel Hendricks La Pasion y el Amor by 14 & Under and My Sister Bri

Rising Star Actress

Lola Su Welch Zoey by LLively

Spotlight Award

Rebound by Slappy Salamanders

2018 Film List

  • 48 1/2 by Dumpster Fire Films

    Film with in a film with in a film etc etc.

  • Apparition Hunters by First Drafts

    A sibling ghost hunting duo investigate the mysterious legend of Fernando Huerto...a former lifeguard turned ghost serial killer.

  • Beat Tim by Spenceroo22

    A timid junior life guard finds the strength to beat his nemesis.

  • Beaver Creek by RSVP Films

    A young teen artist, avoiding his crazy family while on a camping trip, makes a new friend through an unconventional bond.

  • Gold Rush by Team Groovy

    A botched bank heist leaves a seven member gang wondering went wrong while as greed and murder prevail.

  • Holidays of Our Lives by Snarky Films

    An office deals with a co-workers obsession with holidays.

  • Host by Kilna Companies

    A troubled couples night takes a turn when their red neck neighbor pays a visit.

  • In Time by Bad Cat Films

    There and back again.

  • La Pasion y el Amor by 14 & Under and My Sister Bri

    Filled with love, deceit, dreams, and tragedy, La Pasion y el Amor is the story of a lifeguard who follows his true passion and a girl whose life is turned upside down because of it.

  • No Contest by Almost Good Films X Jabronie Pictures

    The worst Halloween Costume party ever... or is it?

  • Rebound by Slappy Salamanders

    A group of friends connected through basketball must learn how to cope with loss.

  • The Heist of the Century by Axiomatic Twist

    A group of young gangsters carry out a bizarre heist in 1950s America

  • What's in the box? by Poole Party Productions

    How a simple work commute for a lifeguard turns into a more than ordinary day.

  • Zoey by LLively

    After the murder of his wife and child, a despairing father is given visions and clues by his dead daughter to finding out who killed them.


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