Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 6 - 8, 2018

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 Gaff Tape and a Prayer for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film The Cavendish Affair will go on to represent Pittsburgh against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

The Cavendish Affair by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Escape by BT Pictures

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Roaming by So Fresh Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Pete or Petunia Clark, Farmer's Market Vendor
  • Prop: Headphones/Earbuds
  • Line: ""I've got a secret." OR "I have a secret.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Pittsburgh's Greatest Mysteries by Blue Knight Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Cavendish Affair by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

Best Writing

Roaming by So Fresh Films

Best Editing

Roaming by So Fresh Films

Best Directing

Escape by BT Pictures

Best Cinematography

The Cavendish Affair by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

Best Sound Design

Saving Grandpa by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Actor

The Cavendish Affair by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

Best Actress

Roaming by So Fresh Films

Best Costumes

The Forgettables by The Asylum

Best Use of Character

CornCorp by Friendship Creative

Best Use of Prop

Germination GAP by Everything But the Name

Best Use of Line

Christmas In July by Hutchins Films

2018 Film List

  • Antione B. Famous by GRINDING HARD PRODUCTIONS

    Angie looses her son Butter, a promising basketball player to gun viopence.

  • Cheat Day by ShadowFrame Productions

    Cheat Day what is crack up to be

  • Christmas In July by Hutchins Films

    Christmas in July can get crazy

  • CornCorp by Friendship Creative

    Tourists in a post-apocalyptic society visit a museum dedicated to a simpler time before the crash.

  • CRITICAL MASS by Admit One Productions

    In a world with childlike androids, an investigation into a crime reveals a surprising discovery.

  • Dead Meat by Falling October Productions

    When a man is discovered in the back of a trunk, a group of coworkers have flashbacks to figure out the series of events that brought them there.

  • Dead Ringer by Beginnings

    One team does whatever it takes to get the film done when they lose their footage.

  • Don't Run by Everlasting Productions

    You can't keep running

  • Drift by BA Creators

    I've got a secret

  • Escape by BT Pictures

    Two cousins, with different outlooks on life, are forced to reconcile their differences and run into bigger trouble than their relationship.

  • Germination GAP by Everything But the Name

    Two Farm Vender's typical day at a market.

  • Hero in the Wings by Ghost Light Productions

    Sometimes life's darkest challenges bring out our brightest moments.

  • No Rules of Engagement by Popcorn Productions

    What started as an engagement announcement takes a turn when family members begin to reveal their own hardships, struggles, and secrets.

  • Pittsburgh's Greatest Mysteries by Blue Knight Productions

    Who is the Sauerkraut Man?

  • Roaming by So Fresh Films

    An estranged brother and sister set off on a journey set into motion by their recently deceased father.

  • Saving Grandpa by Carnegie Screenwriters

    An agent of Death tests a teenage girl's love for her grandfather.

  • Sh!t by Command Pictures

    When Summer meets her new boyfriend's mischievous family, she quickly realizes she is a fish out of water.

  • The Cavendish Affair by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

    A hapless bystander monkeys with a master spy's clandestine banana.

  • The Forgettables by The Asylum

    The original superhero's get together to bitch about how things are

  • The Lump and The Zump by Square Shoes Productions

    Rival coworkers compete for a promotion.

  • Victory Garden by Robot Monkey Studios

    An abandoned wife has lost her husband but acquired a green thumb as she grows vegetables for the farmer's market.

  • When It's Time by Elephant Trunk Films

    A man shares his connections to a stranger through a series of surprising tales.

  • Wilted by Black Moose Productions

    A teenage girl seeks our her dead mother to resolve her loss, but an unknown secret divides the family


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