Cincinnati, Ohio June 1 - 3, 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 Transit Films for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film The Passenger will go on to represent Cincinnati against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

The Passenger by Transit Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Michelle or Michael Runion, Auto Mechanic
  • Prop: a frisbee
  • Line: "Well, there's always tomorrow. OR Well, there is always tomorrow."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

Best Writing

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

Best Editing

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Directing

Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Best Cinematography

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Sound Design

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Musical Score

The Dance of Fury by Pulkit Verma Productions

Best Actor

Tommy Kowolonek My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

Best Actress

Afton Shepard The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Supporting Actor

Jeremy Greenwell Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Best Supporting Actress

Alishia Lee Sunny by Wicker Chair Cinematic [B3C02]

Best Ensemble Acting

Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Best Graphics

Sunshine Baby by Happy Medium Productions

Best Special Effects

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

Best Use of Character

Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

Best Use of Prop

Baby Flies by The Reel Deal

Best Use of Line

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Use of Genre

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

Baby Flies by The Reel Deal

BEST COSTUMES & MAKEUP

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Location

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Movie Poster Group A

Sunshine Baby by Happy Medium Productions

Best Movie Poster Group B

The Passenger by Transit Films

Best Original Song/Score

Sunshine Baby by Happy Medium Productions

Trailer Contest Winner

My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

2018 Film List

  • Alpha Bravo by JustAskHer Productions

    “You lookin’ for me, pretty-boy?”

  • Archive by DPMT7

    A conversation with the Revolution.

  • Atlas 2053 by Frankly Zoe Productions & The Atlas Tattoo & Piercing Company

    "When a young woman goes into a tattoo shop for a mandatory tattoo, her life changes forever."

  • Baby Flies by The Reel Deal

    Homeless man seeks revenge after being fired and losing everything.

  • Chiluminati by Local Favorite Productions

    One man's quest to repair his car leads him to uncover the truth of Cincinnati's seedy underbelly.

  • Failing Forward by StandUpSitting

    Due to circumstances beyond on his control a young artist misses the opportunity of a lifetime. Distraught and down, he uses those emotions to motivate himself to create an epic piece of art.

  • Frame by ONYX- B3C

    Photo contest reveals love in surprise ending

  • My Angel Larry by Strong Brothers

    A husband neglecting his family gets a visit from his gaurdian angel who shows him a grim future if he doesn't change his ways.

  • Over The Line by Whatevs

    A spy and his partner hit a bump in the road.

  • SLEDGE by paulmaxwell.inc

    On their way to get food, five teenagers investigate a frisbee thrown at them.

  • Sunny by Wicker Chair Cinematic [B3C02]

    Sunny is faced with the choice of retirement or saving the life of her goddaughter.

  • Sunshine Baby by Happy Medium Productions

    The story of the music that brought them together, and the song that tore them apart.

  • Tale of a dollar by Cine-Squad [B3C03]

    The perspective of money in the Black community.

  • The Dance of Fury by Pulkit Verma Productions

    Story of a woman defending herself from abuse in gracefully.

  • The Passenger by Transit Films

    A train passenger is stuck in a time loop, and uses romance to break the cycle.

  • The Woman with no Name by Bad Mime

    Just when Michael Runion thinks he's in the clear, a mysterious woman comes to collect what is hers.

  • Wrench in the Works by Pheel Good Films

    Sometimes one bad turn begets another.


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