San Jose, California April 7 - 9, 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 Square Marden for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Perfect will go on to represent San Jose against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Perfect by Square Marden

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Required Elements

  • Character: Tommy or Tina Pepperbridge, Motivational Speaker
  • Prop: A pair of sandals
  • Line: ""No. That's not what I said." OR "No. That is not what I said.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Honorable Mention
Stop at the Top by Wooden Projector Studio

Audience Favorite: Group B

Perfect by Square Marden

Honorable Mention
Informant Number 3 by FISH EYE FILMS

Best Writing

Kevin Miller & Christian Pizzirani Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Editing

Perfect by Square Marden

Best Directing

Christian Pizzirani Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Cinematography

Perfect by Square Marden

Best Sound Design

Perfect by Square Marden

Best Musical Score

Jules by Bay Area Natives

Best Actor

Chris Fung Stop at the Top by Wooden Projector Studio

Devon Lee Grover Nebubr by Dragon Farm Productions

Best Actress

Brooke Silva Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Ensemble Acting

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Graphics

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Special Effects

Nebubr by Dragon Farm Productions

Best Choreography

Jules by Bay Area Natives

Best Costumes

In or Out by Alchemy Talkies

Best Use of Character

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Best Use of Prop

Eardrop by Stubborn Media

Best Use of Line

Self Help by Anteater Film

Best Use of Genre

Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

Producer's Award

Stop at the Top by Wooden Projector Studio

2017 Film List

  • A Fairy's Tales by Once Upon A Thyme productions
  • Again by Got Moved Productions
  • Cheaters Never Win by Burning the Ships
  • Eardrop by Stubborn Media
  • In or Out by Alchemy Talkies
  • Informant Number 3 by FISH EYE FILMS
  • Jules by Bay Area Natives
  • Kalopsia by No Smoking
  • Motive by Dirt Dog Productions
  • Nebubr by Dragon Farm Productions
  • Perfect by Square Marden
  • Pivot by Film Antics
  • Security is as Security does by Sonic Boomerangs
  • Self Help by Anteater Film
  • Stop at the Top by Wooden Projector Studio
  • Succeeding is Believing by Ovation Pictures

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