Houston, Texas October 6 - 8, 2017

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 The Media Department for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Reunion will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Reunion by The Media Department

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Smile by Lit Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Jason or Jacinda Calmes, Know-It-All
  • Prop: an umbrella
  • Line: "Wait, that doesn't look right." -OR- "Well, that doesn't look right."

Audience Favorite

Umbrella Killer by Powderkeg Productions

Honorable Mentions
Reunion by The Media Department
Smile by Lit Films

Best Writing

Umbrella Killer by Powderkeg Productions

Honorable Mention
First Blood by Alpha Flight Films

Best Editing

Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mentions
First Blood by Alpha Flight Films
Smile by Lit Films

Best Directing

Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Smile by Lit Films

Best Cinematography

Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Smile by Lit Films

Best Sound Design

Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Pet Peeve by Two Cent Productions

Best Musical Score

Smile by Lit Films

Best Actor

Nolan LeGault Transubstantia by GraveTexan Films

Best Actress

Julie Oliver-Touchstone Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

Honorable Mention
Rochelle Gomes Freaky Attraction by Run-N-Gun

Best Ensemble Acting

Smile by Lit Films

Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

Best Special Effects

Reunion by The Media Department

Best Set Design

Honorable Mention
Sunday Dinner by Six Crates

Best Make Up

Intruder Alert by InOurSity Films

Best Use of Character

First Blood by Alpha Flight Films

Best Use of Prop

Smile by Lit Films

Best Use of Line

Reunion by The Media Department

Best Use of Genre

B-Movie Mask On by Guerrilla Film Squad

Honorable Mention
Psychological Horror Back Inside by Headless Hearsemen Productions

Most Disturbing Film

Back Inside by Headless Hearsemen Productions

Honorable Mention
Transubstantia by GraveTexan Films

Scream Queen

Amanda Garcia Faul Transubstantia by GraveTexan Films

Funniest Death Scene

Umbrella Killer by Powderkeg Productions

Honorable Mention
Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

Best Genre Mash-Up

Horror Film w Kids + Sci Fi Horror Reunion by The Media Department

Honorable Mentions
Gothic/Vampire + Parody/Spoof First Blood by Alpha Flight Films
Religious Cult + Dark Comedy Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

Best Film Title

Freaky Attraction by Run-N-Gun

Honorable Mentions
Smile by Lit Films
Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

Creepiest Villian

Freaky Attraction by Run-N-Gun

Honorable Mention
Mask On by Guerrilla Film Squad

Best Location

Stay by Enligh10 Media

2017 Film List

  • Annoy Me to Death by The Night Owls

    A man on the brink of psychosis becomes addicted to a mysterious substance while members of his community mysteriously go missing.

  • Back Inside by Headless Hearsemen Productions

    Ryan's descent into a postpartum psychosis begins after a voice in the closet tells him to give his newborn son it.

  • Chronic Cravings by Silly Monkey Productions

    Meat is murder.

  • Dead Wrong by River City Slashers

    A young woman gets caught up in an evil plan

  • Don't Drink the Kool-Aid by Team Late

    Regular guy stumbles into a religious cult - but tries to resist the kool-aid.

  • First Blood by Alpha Flight Films

    A young Vampire’s journey into manhood.

  • Freaky Attraction by Run-N-Gun

    Freaks want love too.

  • Intruder Alert by InOurSity Films

    No one likes unwanted guests!

  • Mask On by Guerrilla Film Squad

    Four friends rent a house for a vacation retreat, but what was supposed to be a cheap hotel alternative turns out to be a death trap.

  • Pet Peeve by Two Cent Productions

    A woman's patience is pushed to its limits.

  • Reunion by The Media Department

    What's Wrong with Dad

  • Smile by Lit Films

    While trying to wrap up work and head home, Sam comes across something unexpected.

  • Stay by Enligh10 Media

    A man goes to interesting lengths to spend more time with his love.

  • Strange Forces by Curio Filmworks

    What if you got a special desire with your psychic power?

  • Sunday Dinner by Six Crates

    A young man comes to dinner to impress his girlfriend father

  • The Confession by Wobbly

    Serial killer seeks absolution and finds his purpose.

  • The Run by The Lake in the Woods

    A man goes for a run in the woods.... and never comes back.

  • Transubstantia by GraveTexan Films

    As a couple celebrates the news of their pregnancy, another couple celebrates their transcendence.

  • Umbrella Killer by Powderkeg Productions

    A veteran detective teaches a rookie the ropes while as they hunt a serial killer who always manages to stay a step ahead.


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