San Jose, California June 15 - 17, 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 FISH EYE FILMS for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film The sampler will go on to represent San Jose against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Planet Office by Metonymous Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Ed or Edwina Griesman, Dance Instructor
  • Prop: a paint brush
  • Line: "Can you keep a secret?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

DANCE DADS by BEYOND FOREVER STUDIOS

Honorable Mentions
BFC by The Ensemble
Silent Therapy by Dragon Farm Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Planet Office by Metonymous Films

Honorable Mentions
The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS
The day the Earth stood still and then danced a little bit by Stubborn Media
Ed, Joy, & Dr. Malloy by Ovation Pictures

Best Writing

The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

Honorable Mention
The Painting by Noobs

Best Editing

Mark Garoutte Père Malfait by RadioActive Studios

Best Directing

Angelo Leotta Planet Office by Metonymous Films

Honorable Mention
Christopher Dyer Rouja by Dirt Dog Productions

Best Cinematography

The Painting by Noobs

Best Sound Design

The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

Best Musical Score

Quit Your Day Job by (Don't) Quit Your Day Job

Honorable Mention
Silent Therapy by Dragon Farm Productions

Best Actor

Jose Rowe Symphonic Pitch by Kids With No Money

Honorable Mention
Luis "Dr. Rev" Leon The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

Best Actress

Gretta Stimson DANCE DADS by BEYOND FOREVER STUDIOS

Honorable Mention
Hayley Gagner Third Date by Loose Leaf Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

Ed, Joy, & Dr. Malloy by Ovation Pictures

Honorable Mention
Close Quarters by The Skeleton Crew

Best Graphics

Silent Therapy by Dragon Farm Productions

Best Special Effects

Quit Your Day Job by (Don't) Quit Your Day Job

Best Choreography

Bare Knuckle Love by Someday Pictures

Best Costumes

Glitch by Sprockets and Bits

Best Use of Character

Glitch by Sprockets and Bits

DANCE DADS by BEYOND FOREVER STUDIOS

Best Use of Prop

The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

Honorable Mention
Stroke of Genius by That's All Fowlkes

Best Use of Line

Ed, Joy, & Dr. Malloy by Ovation Pictures

Honorable Mention
The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

Community Player Award

Christopher Dyer Rouja by Dirt Dog Productions

The Producers Award

Norman Luce Silent Therapy by Dragon Farm Productions

2018 Film List

  • A Better Place by Human Specimen

    College student, Nicholas Jimenez struggles with his past as strange habits begin to affect his confidence and success in school.

  • Bare Knuckle Love by Someday Pictures

    Two foster home teens are trying to escape their troubled home lives resulting in the big fight that could set them free.

  • BFC by The Ensemble
  • Boon or Curse by Artstreet Creations
  • Close Quarters by The Skeleton Crew

    A couple deals with the aftermath of their break up while still living together in close quarters.

  • DANCE DADS by BEYOND FOREVER STUDIOS

    A look inside the competitive world of child dancing and the fathers who support it.

  • Ed, Joy, & Dr. Malloy by Ovation Pictures

    When a married couple seeks counsel to deal with their issues, stemmed from conflicted pasts, they uncover a paradox of complicated truth.

  • Gaming the Spies by Team Thalia

    They're washed out and headed towards certain death...but if they game the system they may win freedom.

  • Glitch by Sprockets and Bits

    Robot maid develops big issues

  • Halfway There by Hyde Hooligan Films

    Two feuding sisters have to deliver a secretive letter in order to gain access to their inheritance.

  • Père Malfait by RadioActive Studios

    A girl is on a quest for knowledge. Will she succeed where others have failed?

  • Planet Office by Metonymous Films

    Office workers resort to animal instincts to get ahead in the workplace.

  • Private Listing by BaumBay Productions

    A woman house sits and it all goes wrong

  • Quit Your Day Job by (Don't) Quit Your Day Job

    Charlie's monotonous day at her job Spellcaster Support is disrupted when her ex calls in with a dire issue.

  • Rouja by Dirt Dog Productions

    A young woman on vacation vents her frustration on unsuspecting men with a simple ruse.

  • Silent Therapy by Dragon Farm Productions

    A group of strangers reluctantly sign up for an unusual style of therapy to cope with their broken parts.

  • Spectrum by TinyBig Production

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  • Stroke of Genius by That's All Fowlkes

    Art is a struggle.

  • Swing Dancing by Mangled Web

    Three young couples discover more than a few surprises in their new dance class.

  • Symphonic Pitch by Kids With No Money

    Ed has a dream of composing a symphony, but he must pitch it to the most resistant producer of all time.

  • Take On M by BK Productions

    A Production Assistant(Randy) recounts his day to his girlfriend(Rey, a body pillow) as she challenges his acceptance with social acceptance.

  • The day the Earth stood still and then danced a little bit by Stubborn Media

    What started out as a calm sports viewing between friends takes an unexpected turn when a TV cable is unhooked and summons a particular being from another dimension.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guise by Waves and PiXels Films

    A man's dark past catches up to him.

  • The Painting by Noobs

    A young woman reluctantly returns home with a specific purpose in mind, but leaves with more than she expected.

  • The sampler by FISH EYE FILMS

    Can you keep a secret?

  • Third Date by Loose Leaf Productions

    Android woman struggles with dating pretense in Silicon Valley

  • To Live & Die In San Jose by Almost Professional Productions

    Lies, jealousy, murder... just another day in Silicon Valley.


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