Madison, Wisconsin June 16 - 18, 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 Nice Melons Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film The Nightshade Chronicles will go on to represent Madison against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

What I Didn't Do by False Take Films

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

They Came At Night by KGB Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Wendell or Wendy Tancuzo, Executive Director
  • Prop: Tomatoes--more than one
  • Line: "What did I do?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Nic's Magic Pot by Film Underground

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

Best Writing

The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

Best Editing

Bloody Mary by M-stop Productions

Best Directing

The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

Best Cinematography

What I Didn't Do by False Take Films

Best Sound Design

They Came At Night by KGB Films

Best Musical Score

What I Didn't Do by False Take Films

Best Acting

The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

Best Graphics

Love is for the birds by Ocelot Rising Productions

Best Special Effects

They Came At Night by KGB Films

Best Costumes

Love is for the birds by Ocelot Rising Productions

Best Make Up

Bloody Mary by M-stop Productions

Best Use of Character

They Came At Night by KGB Films

Best Use of Prop

Soul Food by Thorazine Work Party

Best Use of Line

What I Didn't Do by False Take Films

Best Use of Genre

My Life's Design by Camp Createability

Best Student Film

Nic's Magic Pot by Film Underground

2017 Film List

  • Bloody Mary by M-stop Productions

    Lady Killer on the Loose

  • Cracked by Green Clock Films

    "A young girl competes with her older sister to gain her father's attention."

  • Fight or Flight by AGU GALI FILMS

    It's raining cops and dogs, and in the short film "Fight or Flight"- it's on!

  • Love is for the birds by Ocelot Rising Productions

    Recently single middle age crows journey to find true love.

  • Madison Animal Hospital by imagiNATE Productions

    A mockumentary following the life of a young vet.

  • My Life's Design by Camp Createability

    My Life's Design is seen through the eyes of a young man with autism who is struggling to make it in the workforce.

  • Need a Hero? by Riff-Raff Films

    Two young heroes long to help in anyway they can, when the call to adventure comes it tears the duo apart, as all is not as expected.

  • Nic's Magic Pot by Film Underground

    Life is drastically changed for a group of boys when they cross paths with a magical pot

  • Playing Ketchup by The No-Name's Production crew

    Bumbling detective takes on case involving a local gang.

  • Soul Food by Thorazine Work Party

    Souls housed by tomatoes torment a man to his breaking point

  • Tan-Cuz-O Is The Company Man by Ai Wisconsin

    Life is about getting it right.

  • The Big Bad by The RGBeasts

    My, what a big role you have! Auditions for the Big Bad Wolf in a retelling of Three Little Pigs don't go exactly as planned.

  • The Color Red by The Jazzy Bees

    Wendy and her father, Wendell, live on a tomato farm. Wendy hates tomatoes and just wants to make art. She ends up leaving home to follow that dream.

  • The Nightshade Chronicles by Nice Melons Films

    A man must solve the mystery of a missing person.

  • They Came At Night by KGB Films

    A man is awakened to an ongoing alien invasion.

  • What I Didn't Do by False Take Films

    It's not about what he did do, it what he didn't do.

  • Year of The Mighty by Friends & Film

    Joey returns to his former master to complete his training ahead of a championship showdown with the nefarious Wendell Tancuza.


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