Minneapolis, Minnesota 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 Feathered Hat Productions for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Contractions will go on to represent Minneapolis against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Contractions by Feathered Hat Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Two Rivers by Collision Pictures

Required Elements

  • Character: Chris or Christy Bowdoin, Sales Person
  • Prop: Headphones or Ear Buds
  • Line: "He said he would be here."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Living History by Kalal Productions

Honorable Mentions
Two Rivers by Collision Pictures
Enigma Lake by Ninjakitty Airlines

Audience Favorite: Group B

Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

Honorable Mentions
Dissonance by Know Idea Productions
Middlemen by 48 Hour First Place Festival: Now Aspartame-Free

Audience Favorite: Group C

Barely Camping by Above-the-Line Entertainment

Honorable Mentions
Elevator Music by Red Panda Media
Carl the Car by The Quails

Best Writing

Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

Best Editing

Two Rivers by Collision Pictures

Best Directing

Kara Nothem Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

Best Cinematography

Contractions by Feathered Hat Productions

Best Sound Design

Two Rivers by Collision Pictures

Best Musical Score

Dissonance by Know Idea Productions

Best Actor

Noah Gillett Dissonance by Know Idea Productions

Best Actress

Sara Richardson Two Rivers by Collision Pictures

Best Graphics

Barely Camping by Above-the-Line Entertainment

Best Costumes

Barely Camping by Above-the-Line Entertainment

Best Use of Character

Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

Best Use of Prop

Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

Best Use of Line

Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

2017 Film List

  • Back Stabber by Jump The Shark
  • Barely Camping by Above-the-Line Entertainment

    Before their friend moves away, three roommates go on one last camping adventure.

  • Big Shoes to Fill by Northern Nights Productions

    A high school grad realizes that he wants more than his family's legacy.

  • Carl the Car by The Quails

    A man must overcome his shortcomings after he receives a magical talking car.

  • Channel 84 by Meep Mop Productions

    When a female TV news anchor and her female producer disagree about the best way to increase ratings at their small local station, a dark comedy turns even darker...

  • Clean Competition by Postponed Productions

    Two salesmen take door to door sales to a whole new level.

  • Contractions by Feathered Hat Productions

    2 young women start a 21st century family

  • Crossroads by Digital Demise

    Struggling man trying to connect with the world around him, but he's held back by his Asperger syndrome.

  • Dissonance by Know Idea Productions

    After finding something disturbing inside or him, and other around him acting strangely, a man begins to learn the terrifying truth.

  • Door to Door Failsman by Chunky Milk Productions

    An unsuccessful salesman does his best, but fails to impress.

  • Dream Sell by Distant Calling Pictures

    Some Dreams are Hard to Sell

  • Dueling Salesmen by Jetpants Protocol

    The battle for employee of the month is on between two rival telemarketers.

  • Elevator Music by Red Panda Media

    New apartment neighbors, Josh and Christy, share an unspoken romantic connection. Impeded by his shy and awkward demeanor, Josh struggles to break out of his headphones, and muster up the courage to talk to her.

  • Enigma Lake by Ninjakitty Airlines

    A young girl, with a passion for dinosaurs, must prove to the grown-ups that monsters do exist.

  • Flare by Paradise

    A saleswoman finds herself infatuated by a mysterious woman in the woods who has lessons of love to teach her.

  • Fun Powder by Martinez Digital Media

    Three friends go on a much needed road trip. It is supposed to be a fun and relaxing time at the lake but what they discover in the back seat of their car changes the course of their trip and friendship.

  • Gilmer's Folly by Guy Manly Films

    Making a Movie is hard; especially when you deal with this GUY

  • Hotline by Crashdown Productions

    When her work as a hitman bleeds into her love life, a young woman must choose between the stable life she's always wanted and the life of crime she's come to embrace.

  • I only work Malone by Metropolitan State Film Club

    In a society of civil unrest there's one detective who is here to bring the happy.

  • Idiocy Struck by Hickory Productions

    Boredom overcomes two cowboys as they wait for their friend to pick them up.

  • Islands by Northern Lights

    Some people are swimming in the undercurrents that others are drowning in.

  • Living History by Kalal Productions

    A revolutionary era man unexpectedly finds himself in 2017, and reflects upon what he believes the founding fathers would think of America today.

  • Logged On by Multiname Studio

    Lee and Mai video chats online only to learn the pair notorious burglars break in and murder Mai on-stream, but little did they know Mai's vengeful spirit lingers on and waiting.

  • Middlemen by 48 Hour First Place Festival: Now Aspartame-Free

    4 recent high school graduates deal with the harsh realities of growing up and capitalism.

  • Motor X Vacuum Cleaner by Bearclaw Productions

    A salesman finds himself plunged into a magical world on a quest to stop a "dark lord."

  • Muse by Fire Flint Films

    Hopeful to finally catch her big break in the music industry, Terra goes is introduced to a talent agent, willing to risk his career on his instincts.

  • My Crazy Ex-Roommate.mp4 by Waning Gibbous

    Crazy roommate gets robbed under her nose and hires an incompetent detective to try and solve the case.

  • My, Myself, and AI by JK Productions

    Dr. Gull runs a logic test on a girl infected with AI.

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Fence by RFC

    A mentally unstable head of a local Lawn and Garden Association calls an emergency meeting upon discovering garden sabotage.

  • Second Life by JMC Films

    Losing his wife has kept Mr. Chris down and lonely until the new neighborhood kids help him get a second life.

  • That Witch by Fetching Fables

    A young woman's boyfriend goes missing and she seeks out the assistance of a witch to help locate him.

  • The Price of Friendship by Hey Rube

    A tale of betrayal, friendship, and betrayal.

  • The Speechwriter by Sugar Water Productions

    President finds himself without a speechwriter while the nation is on the verge of war.

  • Transitions by Good Lizard Pictures

    Friendship has many strains.

  • Two Rivers by Collision Pictures

    Sylvia has decided to leave her husband, but he has different plans.

  • Zero Occurence by Scary Door Productions

    Using unethical business practices and time travel, Chris Bowdoin seeks to sell unnecessary insurance policies to the unwitting, but one tough customer is going to take a little more TIME to close.


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