Houston, Texas October 5 - 7, 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 Lit Films for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Burn will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Burn by Lit Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Allison by Dark Monday

Required Elements

  • Character: Al or Allison Trahan, Dancer
  • Prop: a teddy bear
  • Line: "Show us what you got."

Audience Favorite

Umbrella Killer II: President's Day by Powderkeg Productions

Burn by Lit Films

Best Writing

Honorable Mention
Burn by Lit Films

Best Editing

Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mention
Allison by Dark Monday

Best Directing

Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
Allison by Dark Monday
When We Dance by MVA

Best Cinematography

Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
Allison by Dark Monday
When We Dance by MVA

Best Sound Design

Allison by Dark Monday

Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mention
Umbrella Killer II: President's Day by Powderkeg Productions

Best Musical Score

Umbrella Killer II: President's Day by Powderkeg Productions

Honorable Mention
Burn by Lit Films

Best Actor

Mario Wanza II Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
Christian Roule When We Dance by MVA
Karega Ani The Session by MTI Film Crew

Best Actress

Taylor Nieland Burn by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
Brandi Barbee Allison by Dark Monday
Kristi Spencer Haunted Waters by The B-Rollers

Best Ensemble Acting

Umbrella Killer II: President's Day by Powderkeg Productions

Honorable Mention
When We Dance by MVA

Best Choreography

The Warehouse by Next Level Film Group

Best Costumes

Best Set Design

Allison by Dark Monday

Best Make Up

Dancer in the Woods by Blinkshot Production

Honorable Mention
Jesse's Girl by InOurSity @ Nine30

Best Use of Character

Best Use of Prop

Bearly Alive by Encrypted Nonsense

Best Use of Line

Allison by Dark Monday

Best Use of Genre

The Warehouse by Next Level Film Group

Honorable Mention
Haunted Waters by The B-Rollers

Best Practical Effects

The Warehouse by Next Level Film Group

Honorable Mention
Allison by Dark Monday

Best Genre Mash Up

Honorable Mention
Dancer in the Woods by Blinkshot Production

Best Location

The Warehouse by Next Level Film Group

Best Songs

The Session by MTI Film Crew

Diversity in Voice Acting

Edward Ramirez & Ruben Ybarra The Muppet Massacre from Hell by Alpha Flight Films

Most Improved

Surprise Twist Ending

Bearly Alive by Encrypted Nonsense

2018 Film List

  • Allison by Dark Monday

    A young woman with dangerous powers is trailed by a mysterious man who threatens to open up her hidden past.

  • Bearly Alive by Encrypted Nonsense

    A young woman has been wronged and her obsession with stuffed bear might be more than what it seems.

  • Beneath the Marsh by Perfect Time to Panic Productions

    On campus, there are serial killers below ground ... and above.

  • Burn by Lit Films

    Tied up and locked in a room, a man attempts to break free and save his wife.

  • Dancer in the Woods by Blinkshot Production

    Alison and Jake wander into the woods to discover the legend of the Dancer in the Woods.

  • Dark Rider by A Thing Made By Us

    A man joins a mysterious rider investigating the death of a saloon girl found in an old west corral.

  • Haunted Waters by The B-Rollers

    A woman betrayed and murdered rises from the turbulent sea seeking justice.

  • Jesse's Girl by InOurSity @ Nine30

    Loves a Curse

  • Subject #3 by Take Two

    A found media card documents a scientist's experiment that takes an unexpected turn.

  • The Muppet Massacre from Hell by Alpha Flight Films

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times before... never trust a muppet.

  • The Session by MTI Film Crew

    a couple's studio session gets turned down by her childhood friend.

  • The Visit by Bamn Entertainment

    Masked man visits a couple in their home, who will come out alive?

  • The Warehouse by Next Level Film Group

    People are dying to get into this commercial real estate property ... literally!

  • Umbrella Killer II: President's Day by Powderkeg Productions

    When Detective Todd Smallpenis's would-be fiancee turns out to be someone he never expected, he and his partner Jason Calmes get on the case, mortal wounds and all.

  • When We Dance by MVA

    Mr. Trahan is a U.S. Veteran with PTSD who struggles every day with alcoholism, a teenage daughter, and post-war inner demons.


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