New Haven, Connecticut July 28 - 30, 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 Making Pretend for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film And All Points In Between will go on to represent New Haven against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

And All Points In Between by Making Pretend

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Big Shot by The North Remembers #TeamGND

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop by Wax Idiotical Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Grant or Grace Broha, Cheerleader
  • Prop: a wallet
  • Line: "Let me tell you something."

Audience Favorite: Group A

House of Fury by Connecticut FilmWorks

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Saddest Day by The Sad News Bears

Audience Favorite: Group C

Big Shot by The North Remembers #TeamGND

Best Writing

Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop by Wax Idiotical Films

Best Editing

And All Points In Between by Making Pretend

Best Directing

Chris Ireland And All Points In Between by Making Pretend

Best Cinematography

Brianna Marcosano The Saddest Day by The Sad News Bears

Best Sound Design

And All Points In Between by Making Pretend

Best Musical Score

Laura Brown Apples for Bullies by Jolly Bunny Films

Best Song

Yes It Do This is What I Do by CART ENTERTAINMENT

Best Actor

Ahmad Kamal Helmy G.R.C.E by Plan R Films

Best Actress

Jill Rodgers Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop by Wax Idiotical Films

Emily Santarsiero Break by Pie Crust Pictures

Best Ensemble Acting

Mama's Dream by Dutch Elm Disease

Best Special Effects

G.R.C.E by Plan R Films

Best Costumes

G.R.C.E by Plan R Films

Best Make Up

Big Shot by The North Remembers #TeamGND

Best Use of Character

tryout by Lagerheads

Best Use of Prop

Lost and Found by Local Scene

Best Use of Line

No Words by I thought this was a 5k

Best Use of Genre

Steeping by Happenstance Productions

Woman of the 48 - By Women in Film & Video New England

Kristin Brady G.R.C.E by Plan R Films

Abigail Friend Apples for Bullies by Jolly Bunny Films

Anna Marra The Talk by One Side Negleted

Best Youth Actor

Abigail Friend Apples for Bullies by Jolly Bunny Films

Best Drone Shot

Apples for Bullies by Jolly Bunny Films

Best Late FIlm

You Got Skillz by NewBreed Films

Best Fight

Steeping by Happenstance Productions

Best Shot of New Haven - by Baobab Tree Studios

Play On by eolnh

Lost and Found by Local Scene

2017 Film List

  • Absolution by Clear Lens

    A woman revisiting childhood regrets

  • And All Points In Between by Making Pretend

    After losing her wallet at the front of a bar, Shannon must trek through obstacles in order to retrieve it from a good-hearted bartender.

  • Apples for Bullies by Jolly Bunny Films

    A runaway girl and her violin find kindness in unexpected ways.

  • Big Shot by The North Remembers #TeamGND

    Face the Consequences

  • Break by Pie Crust Pictures
  • Breathe by hey daddy!! STUDIOS

    When a man is haunted by a mysterious death, he searches inside himself for answers.

  • Building Bridges by Johnny Red's Film Fanatics

    Following the death of their mother, two estranged sisters dealing with her estate build a bridge mending a relationship.

  • Cheer up Grant by CASAD films

    Grant Broha isn't making enough money as a cheerleader and needs to turn to a life of crime. Can an interview save him from his bad luck?

  • Competition by TremendousProductions.net

    A young man discovers and evil way to to have revenge on his own mother for abandoning him when he was a baby.

  • Connections by Perfect Pitch Productions

    A distressed young women finds herself experiencing the lives of those around her

  • Fab Four! by Derby Neck Library Productions

    A team of cheerleaders-for-hire try to share their glee and pizzazz in an unlikely location.

  • Fall From Grace by Steamed Cheese Productions
  • First Date by Shaken not Blurred

    A stagnant marriage is thrown into turmoil when the couple is caught spying on their daughter's first date.

  • Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop by Wax Idiotical Films

    Aaron helps Jill with feelings.

  • G.R.C.E by Plan R Films

    An astronaut tries to find his way home across the stars.

  • House of Fury by Connecticut FilmWorks

    Real estate can be a dangerous game. How far will two realtors go to make the sale?

  • Lost and Found by Local Scene

    Walking through New Haven searching

  • Mama's Dream by Dutch Elm Disease

    Ron has no idea how much his sister Grace's gambling debts are going to cost him—but he's about to find out.

  • My Future Love by Red Wine with Fish

    Finding love for Charlie takes longer than he ever expected.

  • No Words by I thought this was a 5k

    After receiving devastating news, Grace is faced with the toughest decision of her life.

  • Play On by eolnh
  • RAGING LEATHER by Dada & The Human Tripod

    A raging kingpin has a thing for wallets

  • Should've Taken the Spaceship by Wakanda's Children
  • Steeping by Happenstance Productions

    Keep your friends close and enemies closer... do you know which is which?

  • Stella's Silence by Eldritch Media

    A family takes in a foster child, but she doesn't come alone.

  • The Answer Is Not In Your Phone by So You Think You Can Film

    when the boss makes a last minute deadline, a young man learns to rely on himself instead of technology to make it happen

  • The Bad Man by Meat Sweats

    A wimpy mama's boy accepts what appears to be a simple assignment, but he may not have what it takes to complete it.

  • The Saddest Day by The Sad News Bears
  • The Talk by One Side Negleted
  • This is What I Do by CART ENTERTAINMENT
  • tryout by Lagerheads

    Cheer leading hopefuls get more than they bargained for when they're trained by a living legend.

  • We Need to Talk by Sick Flow Media Group

    Sometimes girls just need to talk...

  • What We Fight For by Foxtrot Uniform

    A stranded soldier's resolve to return home to his daughter.

  • You Got Skillz by NewBreed Films
  • Zombie Lover by Classic Stanley

    Skepticism is the vermin of relationships.


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