San Diego, California July 16 - 18, 2010

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 Amalgamated Grommets for winning Best Film of 2010. Their film The Fatal Heir will go on to represent San Diego against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2011.


1st Place: Best Film of 2010

The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

2nd Place: Best Film of 2010

Welcome Home Kurt by La Tolla Production

Required Elements

  • Character: Rita or Rick Hernandez, Doctor
  • Prop: a chair
  • Line: "I'm trying my best."

Audience Favorite: Group @

THE COHIBA by Cinemock Productions

Empty Chair by Rising Arts Studios

The Big Drop by Deo Volente Media

Audience Favorite: Group D

The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

Best Writing

David D. Dietrich, Richard Leroy, Maurice A. Smith, Tim Kressin, Dawn Dietrich The Big Drop by Deo Volente Media

Best Editing

Mike Small and Morgan Swift Welcome Home Kurt by La Tolla Production

Best Directing

Michael Bruggemeyer The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

Honorable Mentions
Jose Troconis Welcome Home Kurt by La Tolla Production
George Ye THE COHIBA by Cinemock Productions

Best Cinematography

Bill Bork The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

Best Sound Design

Tape 17 by That's Rad Productions

Welcome Home Kurt by La Tolla Production

Best Musical Score

Disco Detectives by S.K.Y. PRODUCTIONS

Best Actor

Ernesto Matamoros Empty Chair by Rising Arts Studios

Best Actress

Kacie Flowers The Hot Seat by Cane Toad Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

Best Graphics

Al's life by Influence Engines

Best Choreography

A Minor Detail by Team SDAFF

Best Costumes

The Serendipitous Adventures of the Amazing Darbo-Episode 6: Darbo Goes To Earth by something funky sounding

Honorable Mention
We Never Sleep by Digital Arts Collective

Best Make Up

The Serendipitous Adventures of the Amazing Darbo-Episode 6: Darbo Goes To Earth by something funky sounding

Best Use of Character

Roll Dogs by Sofa King Awesome

She's Not a Sherpa by Roundabound

Best Use of Prop

Al's life by Influence Engines

Best Use of Line

She's Not a Sherpa by Roundabound

2010 Film List

  • A Minor Detail by Team SDAFF

    A heist brings rival thieves to an unexpected showdown.

  • Al's life by Influence Engines

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  • Disco Detectives by S.K.Y. PRODUCTIONS

    A detective duo solves crimes. Awesomely!

  • Empty Chair by Rising Arts Studios

    A journey through the schizophrenic episodes of a man struggling to cope with the loss of his best friend.

  • Roll Dogs by Sofa King Awesome

    Two old friends New good times

  • She's Not a Sherpa by Roundabound

    Jason, a likeable underachiever, needs to convince his boss, an eccentric but charismatic businessman, to let him leave work early. But first he needs to get his attention.

  • Tape 17 by That's Rad Productions

    A young man traveling down a dusty stretch of highway finds more than he bargains for.

  • The Big Drop by Deo Volente Media

    Two hiesters plans are constipated by the swallowing of the object of thier hiest.

  • THE COHIBA by Cinemock Productions

    I'm trying my best

  • The Fatal Heir by Amalgamated Grommets

    Something smells rotten in this murder caper...

  • The Hot Seat by Cane Toad Productions

    A group therapy program changes lives through compassion and tough love.

  • The Serendipitous Adventures of the Amazing Darbo-Episode 6: Darbo Goes To Earth by something funky sounding

    The Continuing journey of an awkward alien.

  • We Never Sleep by Digital Arts Collective

    Pinkerton agents looking for bad guys

  • Welcome Home Kurt by La Tolla Production

    A Vietnam Vet copes with life back at home.


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