San Francisco, California August 18 - 20, 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 Let The Bright One In for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Simple Things will go on to represent San Francisco against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Simple Things by Let The Bright One In

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Muppo Invaders Must Die! by Empty Gestures

Required Elements

  • Character: Bryce or Brittany Felton, Substitute Teacher
  • Prop: An avocado
  • Line: ""That's a good question. A very good question." OR "That is a good question. A very good question.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Muppo Invaders Must Die! by Empty Gestures

Honorable Mention
Rug Burn by Murnane Productions x Soco Videography

Audience Favorite: Group B

Substitute 101 by HBIC Films

Honorable Mentions
The Trust by Burnt Repertoire
Avocado Toast by Tiny Rabbit

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Meme God by Flatwoods Superquik

Honorable Mention
Feeders by Heem Team

Best Writing

Love is the Pits by Jankhaus

Best Editing

Muppo Invaders Must Die! by Empty Gestures

Best Directing

Avocado Toast by Tiny Rabbit

Best Cinematography

When I Live My Dream by Alameda Entertainment

Best Sound Design

Muppo Invaders Must Die! by Empty Gestures

Best Actor

Nathaniel Kweku Draft Dodger by Broken Tow

Best Actress

Devin Irene Smith Simple Things by Let The Bright One In

Best Graphics

Helping Hands by WildTry

Best Special Effects

Draft Dodger by Broken Tow

Best Choreography

A.V. by Strangebird Films

Best Costumes

When I Live My Dream by Alameda Entertainment

Best Use of Character

Draft Dodger by Broken Tow

Best Use of Prop

Rug Burn by Murnane Productions x Soco Videography

Best Use of Line

A Blink of Night by Hedgehog Films

Best Use of Genre

The Meme God by Flatwoods Superquik

2017 Film List

  • A Blink of Night by Hedgehog Films

    At a solar eclipse viewing party, an avocado goes missing causing a whirlwind of events, exposing secrets of all the guests.

  • A.V. by Strangebird Films

    Evil Venture Capitalist will stop at nothing to get a briefcase, but is what's inside worth dying for?

  • Are You Safe? by GreenStreetMedia

    Being safe means growing up and learning to take care of yourself!

  • Avocado Toast by Tiny Rabbit

    A former student and their teacher have a meeting of the mind.

  • Awkward by Under Development

    Antisocial wedding guest meets a persistent suitor. Game on!

  • Bookstore by RAWMIX Productions

    No substitute for compromise.

  • Bravocado by Sweet Bark

    A terrible human directs a terrible sci-fi film.

  • Chronos Cowboy by Blatant Violation Films

    A underwhelmed substitute teacher from the future travels back to San Francisco 1967-2017 as part of his graduate studies program.

  • Clocktower by My Room Productions

    The haunted pasts of a detective duo complicate the search for a missing child.

  • Draft Dodger by Broken Tow

    Learning of his selection in the draft, a scared man child tries to impersonate a voice coach so as to avoid the feds.

  • ENIE by Spantzo

    The Widower found a new wife.

  • Feeders by Heem Team

    Hungry Yet

  • Helping Hands by WildTry

    What happens when an angsty teen meets an art thief?

  • It Speaks To Me by Who's Javi?

    Friends meet at an art gallery, but does the art speak to anyone or is it all just BS?

  • Jukka's First Day by The Junction

    Jukka's first day in America.

  • Love is the Pits by Jankhaus

    An oblong love story takes shape in interconnecting vignettes.

  • Muppo Invaders Must Die! by Empty Gestures

    A young girl trying to make friends finds aliens set on world domination.

  • Removed by Dragon Farm Productions

    A seemingly innocent dinner party turns deadly when the host mysteriously vanishes, leaving the beleaguered guests to wonder if someone among them is responsible.

  • Rock-a-bye Baby by Savianno Productions

    Nature Club students are dissappearing one by one.

  • Rug Burn by Murnane Productions x Soco Videography

    Romance strikes in an unexpected situation.

  • Run by RadioActive Studios

    She runs.

  • Simple Things by Let The Bright One In

    A man uses his home videos to relive a life with someone special

  • Static by Square Marden

    Time is all connected somehow, even when you think its unlikely. A couple is reunited through a telephone call, at different times.

  • Substitute 101 by HBIC Films

    A naturally nervous substitute applicant struggles to complete his final test.

  • SVU by Wineglass

    A detective and doctor try to solve a gruesome murder in a sleepy suburban town.

  • The Meme God by Flatwoods Superquik
  • The Trust by Burnt Repertoire

    A Substitute Teacher with a Finance Degree Interviews at a bank for a job, but finds that her new potential employer has some interesting terms of service.

  • The Warmer Substitute by Madras Mantle

    Story of a guy whose job is at stake due to a bad choice and his attempts to save it.

  • The Whole Truth Or Nothing by Film Antics

    Is honesty the best policy?

  • Torment Academy by Zero Production

    Andy, A low self-steemed guy has got fired by his unfavoarble boss. He sets out to take revenge on his boss, with his best friend Gary until tragic hits.

  • Tweet. Pray. Die. by Sweatflix

    After being impeached, the president seeks nuclear revenge. Only one woman can stop him and save the fate of the world.

  • Unqualified by The Justice League

    When a substitute teacher is rejected from his dream job, tensions rise with his best friend and hits a breaking point.

  • When I Live My Dream by Alameda Entertainment

    A 12 year old boy who goes into a dream world to avoid the horror of his real life because he feels like a fish out of water


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