Lynchburg, Virginia August 11 - 13, 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 Strangers With Cameras for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film The Darkness Looked Back will go on to represent Lynchburg against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

There's Always A Catch by Medium Sebastian

Required Elements

  • Character: Brian or Brianna Cutterson, Self Help Author
  • Prop: a bouquet of flowers
  • Line: ""You owe me a dollar.""

Audience Favorite

Deaf Blind Dates by Reel Buckaroo Productions

Honorable Mention
Reunited by Midnight Blue Pictures

Best Writing

Deaf Blind Dates by Reel Buckaroo Productions

Best Editing

The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

Best Directing

The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

Best Cinematography

The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

Best Sound Design

There's Always A Catch by Medium Sebastian

Best Musical Score

Best Acting

Best Special Effects

The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

Best Costumes

Girl in the Portrait by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Use of Character

There's Always A Catch by Medium Sebastian

Best Use of Prop

Sprite by Anharmonic Pictures

Best Use of Line

Deaf Blind Dates by Reel Buckaroo Productions

2017 Film List

  • Closer Than A Sister by Mirari

    Katie calls in backup when she suspects her best friend's boyfriend is cheating on her.

  • Deaf Blind Dates by Reel Buckaroo Productions

    Catherine is a deaf, 20 something stuck in a constant state of rejection from potential relationships. Will she ever find the one?

  • Dot by Bigfoot Pictures

    A hapless self-help author investigates the origin of meaning in the works of an eccentric artist.

  • End of the Road by MC Productions

    Road trip, this group of friends is about to discover the road isn't the only thing with turns in it!

  • Fish in the Sea by Justice Productions

    An aspring young author goes on speed dates to try to figure out love.

  • Girl in the Portrait by This is a Film About Something Productions

    A young woman begins experiencing flashbacks to a different life in a different time after encountering a portrait that looks exactly like her.

  • Paradox by Paradox

    Hilarity ensues who Detective has to accept that his daughter is growing up.

  • Reunited by Midnight Blue Pictures

    Wes seems to have ran into the girl of his dreams, but an unexpected trip might leave this relationship down a different road.

  • Soulmate by Vision

    Pieces of our memories in time become treasured moments and our moments are priceless artifacts that we collect in our heart.

  • Sprite by Anharmonic Pictures

    Dealing with a crush on childhood friend, a young girl tries to cope with the Sprite, who has been following her.

  • The Bridge by Team Atlantic East Motion Picture Co.

    A city girl is sent to live with her great grandmother in the country and learns about her family's past.

  • The Darkness Looked Back by Strangers With Cameras

    Troubled girl searching for money discovers a dark strength from within.

  • There's Always A Catch by Medium Sebastian

    There's Always A Catch In Life


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