Houston, Texas 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 Fat Kids Back at it Again for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film The 5th Session will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

4F by Veritatem

Required Elements

  • Character: Elena or Ethan Shell, Landscape Designer
  • Prop: a flashlight
  • Line: "What time is it?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Honorable Mentions
Knock Knock by Flip of a Switch
Party Bro Detective by Second Rodeo Productions
Succubus by CampFire
Dog Day Morning by Cloud Castle

Audience Favorite: Group B

4F by Veritatem

Honorable Mentions
Tulpa by InFocus
The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Audience Favorite: Group C

Shear Luck by Rival Studios

Honorable Mentions
Larry's Security Services by The Green Dress
Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Audience Favorite: Group D

Elephant Boy by Friendship Studios

Honorable Mentions
Target: Unknown by Seldom Scene Productions
One Bad Day by The Media Dept.

Best Writing

4F by Veritatem

Honorable Mention
Happy Endings by 80C

Best Editing

Honorable Mention
Shear Luck by Rival Studios

Best Directing

The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Honorable Mention
Happy Endings by 80C

Best Cinematography

The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Honorable Mentions
Knock Knock by Flip of a Switch
Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Best Sound Design

Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Best Musical Score

Honorable Mention
Shell Casing, Episode 12: Captive by Blueprint

Best Actor

Joel Orr Happy Endings by 80C

Jesse Groth Olson 4F by Veritatem

Honorable Mentions
Sam Flash Larry's Security Services by The Green Dress
Charles Hutchinson The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Best Actress

Tiffany Heath Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Lauren Charmain Haworth Happy Endings by 80C

Honorable Mention
Chelsea Woods Hands of God by Boathouse Martha Films

Best Ensemble Acting

Day of Reckoning by Irony Coast

4F by Veritatem

Best Graphics

One Bad Day by The Media Dept.

Honorable Mentions
Day of Reckoning by Irony Coast
Just Go With It by The Brash Menagerie

Best Choreography

The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Honorable Mentions
Target: Unknown by Seldom Scene Productions
Happy Endings by 80C

Best Costumes

Elephant Boy by Friendship Studios

Honorable Mention
Good Old Fashion by Houston MediaTech

Best Set Design

Honorable Mention
Just Go With It by The Brash Menagerie

Best Use of Character

Shear Luck by Rival Studios

Best Use of Prop

Timelight by Telegram Sir!

Best Use of Line

Target: Unknown by Seldom Scene Productions

Honorable Mentions
Champion by Prima Nocta
Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Best Use of Genre

Elephant Boy by Friendship Studios

Honorable Mentions
Day of Reckoning by Irony Coast
Shell Casing, Episode 12: Captive by Blueprint

Best Practical Effects

Target: Unknown by Seldom Scene Productions

Honorable Mentions
The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again
4F by Veritatem

Best Visual Effects

One Bad Day by The Media Dept.

Honorable Mention
Shear Luck by Rival Studios

Best Location(s)

The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

Honorable Mentions
Ethan? by The Artist Factory
Champion by Prima Nocta

Funniest Credits

4F by Veritatem

The Big Stink by Tw15t'd (Twisted 15)

Best Credits

Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

Honorable Mention
Good Old Fashion by Houston MediaTech

Best Newcomer

Succubus by CampFire

Elephant Boy by Friendship Studios

Honorable Mentions
Supers Anon by Casablanca
Hands of God by Boathouse Martha Films

Cutest Film

Dog Day Morning by Cloud Castle

Honorable Mention
Timelight by Telegram Sir!

Best Genre Mashup

Princess Alainna and the Empty Shell by 6 actors in search of a DP

Honorable Mention
DownSwing by The Crunchy Bunch

2016 Film List

  • 4F by Veritatem

    A clerical error pushes Ethan Shell to the brink as he attempts to avoid a mistaken draft notice.

  • 66 Durwood Rd by Last Minute Films

    In the search of her partner, Detective Sterling may have come across then what she is looking for.

  • A Bite Between Sisters by H2-OH! Productions

    A woman calls a ghost cleansing team to her home.

  • Affiliated by L110 Studios

    girl got involved with the wrong people

  • Brittle Road by Hitchhikers

    2 friends who go on the road, and learn to accept the fun, and freedom of what the roads offer.

  • Champion by Prima Nocta

    The best athlete in history is not a good person and neither are his friends

  • Day of Reckoning by Irony Coast

    Traditional Holidays? That's so last century. We want new holidays and we want them now!

  • Dog Day Morning by Cloud Castle

    You get what you pay for

  • DownSwing by The Crunchy Bunch

    Apocalyptic world meets golf. And one man, Ethan Shells, just wants his girl back.

  • Dreamscapes by Perfect Time To Panic Productions

    A young girl finds fantasies inspired by toys.

  • Elena's Heart by TAKE FIVE

    Struggling to win her heart, two men must compete for the woman of their dreams.

  • Elephant Boy by Friendship Studios

    Boy dreams of finding himself as an elephant.

  • Ethan? by The Artist Factory

    Real, unreal...Perceptions are challenged in this mystery!

  • Fight, My Girl by Green room

    Advice given to a little girl by her father comes in handy when she is kidnapped. Emma recalls all t

  • Flash of Light by GuerillaGarde Films

    Sibling rivals are unexpectedly brought together over the death of their father.

  • Garden of Truth by High Velocity Productions

    Two women on a journey of pain and reclamation... Truth conquering justice...

  • Girl's Night by Visual Monster Productions

    Elena's bestfriend, Ashley, is caught cheating with her boyfriend.

  • Good Old Fashion by Houston MediaTech

    the struggles of prohibition between a mob bar owner and a police detective

  • Hands of God by Boathouse Martha Films

    A young camp counselor hears the voice of God, and sets out to do His work, axe in hand..

  • Happy Endings by 80C

    I'll wait for you until you realize you can nerve forget me.

  • Just Go With It by The Brash Menagerie

    Because of his wife’s desire for change, a home improvement show turns a man’s life upside down.

  • Klipped by Canned Films

    Run, because you're next!

  • Knock Knock by Flip of a Switch

    When one of your visitors might be your killer, do you answer?

  • Larry's Security Services by The Green Dress

    Martial Arts Master on the down-and-out springs back to discover his mojo.

  • Normal Human Woman by Team Sassy Pants

    An alien crash lands in the wrong place and has to find a way to get to Invader Con.

  • One Bad Day by The Media Dept.

    Superheroes may cause more harm than good; one day, we will have had enough.

  • Orchids of Sylvia by Rebel Horizon Films

    A young woman tries out an experimental dating service, with disastrous results.

  • Out of Tune by Fable Productions

    Leaving home for the first time, a girl drives down the barren highway in an attempt to find herself

  • Party Bro Detective by Second Rodeo Productions

    'Party bro' Chad Handcock suddenly finds himself a detective when

  • Princess Alainna and the Empty Shell by 6 actors in search of a DP

    A romantic fable

  • Requisite by MVA Film Group

    Kidnapping with a twist

  • Rough Draft by MEGA Productions

    After finding out some life changing news, Olivia works on her bucket list

  • Running Out of Time by Cocaine and Cardio

    Detective Marner and his partner try to put a stop to a crazy killers spree.

  • Shear Luck by Rival Studios

    With the help of his daughter, a former superhero comes out of retirement to save the world

  • Shell Casing, Episode 12: Captive by Blueprint

    The season finale of the televised adventures of Ethan Shell, a retired assassin seeking his freedom

  • Snuff House by $-log Boyz

    A psychotic killer lures in his prey at the Snuff House.

  • Succubus by CampFire

    A young woman fights her inner demon.

  • Supers Anon by Casablanca

    An unsuspecting gardener wanders into a support group for special people.

  • Target: Unknown by Seldom Scene Productions

    Meet Your Deadline

  • The 5th Session by Fat Kids Back at it Again

    Joshua helps his friend Ethan overcome horrible memories by guiding him through a recurring dream.

  • The Big Stink by Tw15t'd (Twisted 15)

    Two friends find themselves knee deep in a big stink of mystery

  • The Closure by OSBP Studio

    A man re-visiting his past in search of answers!

  • The Last Place You Look by Anxious Platypus Productions

    Why Neil Won't Go to Parties

  • The Protected by Freelancers

    The Protector must defend the Guardian from demonic forces.

  • The Stakeout by Cone Man Running Productions

    Not your typical buddy cop movie....

  • Time Crisis by Cinestar Interactive

    Two minutes at a time.

  • Timelight by Telegram Sir!

    A boy trying to pass his school exam meets a girl with a timely solution.

  • Trigger Happy Holiday by B-SIDE STUDIOS

    What if you found a 6 foot bunny in your house?

  • Tulpa by InFocus

    Travis overcomes a traumatic experience using Tulpa.

  • VooDoo Doll by The Rat Pack

    Woman mistakenly believes boyfriend is having affair and uses voodoo doll to wreak havoc.

  • With Our Backs to the Future by Lucky Punk Productions

    A boy meets with a strange man to fix his past.

  • Wrong House by Slang Slinging Productions

    Two unsuspecting burglars chose the wrong house to rob.

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