San Diego, California May 19 - 21, 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 Kanari Storm for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film That's Final will go on to represent San Diego against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

That's Final by Kanari Storm

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Westmire by Family Business Films

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Pass/Fail by FourLazyGuys

Required Elements

  • Character: Jerry or Jennifer Larson, Restaurateur
  • Prop: a roll of aluminum foil
  • Line: "After all this time it still works."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Capri Sunday by RISING STARZ PRODUCTIONS

Audience Favorite: Group B

Finest City Showdown by Jabronie Pictures x Almost Good Films

Audience Favorite: Group C

Pursuit by Forth Dimensions

Audience Favorite: Group D

Audience Favorite: Group E

Westmire by Family Business Films

Best Writing

Francisco Infante Expired by Matchkids

Best Editing

Sean Dejecacion If I Die by FESTIVAL CITY FILMS

Best Directing

Patrick Flaherty The Original Hack - The Legend of Ricky and Dwayne by Modern Sector

Best Cinematography

Han Wu Volcano Tunnel by ROUND2

Best Sound Design

Mark Maisonneuve Pursuit by Forth Dimensions

Best Musical Score

Farwell to Arm by Snarky Films

Best Actor

Marc Sylwestrzak as Albert Impromptu by Fleche and Blood Films

Best Actress

Nicolette Shutty as Charolette Pass/Fail by FourLazyGuys

Best Graphics

Esteban Robinson Pass/Fail by FourLazyGuys

Best Special Effects

Kyle Erwin The Rock Monster of Lingendar by Crowned Prince Productions

Mike Smith and Lindsey Joell Convolution by IntelleXual Entertainment

Best Choreography

Fernando Jay Huerto and Eric Nguyen Finest City Showdown by Jabronie Pictures x Almost Good Films

Best Costumes

Shelly Edwards Farwell to Arm by Snarky Films

Best Make Up

Maria Martiz and Lily McKillip The Rock Monster of Lingendar by Crowned Prince Productions

Best Use of Character

Cause to Play by Fafe Media

Best Use of Prop

Farwell to Arm by Snarky Films

Best Use of Line

Expired by Matchkids

Dynamic Duos Award

Isabella Cuda and Gage Magosin Capri Sunday by RISING STARZ PRODUCTIONS

Hank Connell and Dustin Roller The Original Hack - The Legend of Ricky and Dwayne by Modern Sector

Jocelyn Hughes and Steve Valencia Cooking with Knives by This is Happening

Rising Star Award

Madeline Harris Hit and Beer Run by Dumpster Fire Films

2017 Film List

  • A Real Connection by Helium Films 48
  • Aluminum Fields by Light the Tunnel
  • Amurica by Tea and Bag Production Company
  • Answers to Issac Asimov by 4th Hallway Film Studio
  • Anthology of Gimps by Anti-PC
  • Art is Subjective by Kino Karina
  • Arthur's Treasure by what In The World Productions
  • As the Apple Turns by Trigger Warning
  • Back to One by RAWMIX Productions
  • Barricade by Future Loon Productions
  • Before I Die by Sid Films
  • Capri Sunday by RISING STARZ PRODUCTIONS

    Marriage is hard, especially when you're eleven. The ultimate young couple struggles to make their tumultuous romance survive distrust, infidelity and a cootie outbreak.

  • Cause to Play by Fafe Media
  • Changing Harmonies by 100X35 Films
  • Convolution by IntelleXual Entertainment
  • Cooking with Knives by This is Happening
  • Covet by Team Mix A Lot
  • Damn the Hoes by The Syndicate
  • Distrait by Claysburgh Productions
  • Do Unto Others by Guerrilla Aesthete Productions
  • Expired by Matchkids
  • Falling Up by KSR Films
  • Farm 2 Table by Alpha Soup
  • Farwell to Arm by Snarky Films
  • Finest City Showdown by Jabronie Pictures x Almost Good Films
  • Five Days by Rocketiship Media
  • Flashback by Naevous Films
  • Getting Nowhere by state of flux
  • Goosed by Metal Pixel Foundry
  • Hell Hath No Fury by Team Groovy
  • Hit and Beer Run by Dumpster Fire Films
  • If I Die by FESTIVAL CITY FILMS
  • Imaginary by Ascension Films
  • Impromptu by Fleche and Blood Films
  • Just for the Night by Reactant Films
  • Kicking Back by Operation Kino
  • Like Fish by Lonely Astronaut Productions
  • Mercurial by Oso and Eule Productions
  • Pair by Team Stage Right
  • Pass/Fail by FourLazyGuys

    Will love be too much to save artificial intelligence from extinction?

  • Pierce's Choice by Pitaya Productions
  • Pursuit by Forth Dimensions
  • Remembrance by Five Angry Cats Productions
  • Retirement Plan by Dreadfully Punk
  • Seven Days by Bad Cat Films
  • Star Audition by Team FoxForce
  • Stratagem by THAT's MONEY PRODUCTIONS
  • Swords of the Heart by Fine City Productions
  • That's Final by Kanari Storm
  • The Backup by Bad Betsy
  • The Coastworth-Higgins of San Junipero by Team Grooveko
  • The Council by Two Burritos and a Microphone
  • The Frequenters by Mercury Cinema
  • The Original Hack - The Legend of Ricky and Dwayne by Modern Sector
  • The Perfect Woman by 180 Degree Films
  • The Rock Monster of Lingendar by Crowned Prince Productions
  • The Roll Call by Dragon Lords
  • Together in the End by Logan Squared Productions
  • Volcano Tunnel by ROUND2
  • Westmire by Family Business Films
  • Winner Chicken Dinner by City Band Productions

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