Austin, Texas October 2 - 4, 2020

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 HELP YEAH for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film Thou Shall Not will go on to represent Austin against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Ithaca Two Step by Defyne

Required Elements

  • Character: Lloyd or Lorelei Hart, a student
  • Prop: hand sanitizer
  • Line: ""I don't think that's what it means. OR "I do not think that is what it means.""

Best Writing

The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films

Honorable Mentions
Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms
Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Best Editing

Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Honorable Mentions
Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms
Ithaca Two Step by Defyne

Best Directing

Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Honorable Mentions
Ithaca Two Step by Defyne
Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

Best Cinematography

The Will by CREW-TANG

Honorable Mentions
The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films
Abandoned by Ten House Productions

Best Sound Design

Escape by Maganific Productions

Honorable Mentions
Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop
Abandoned by Ten House Productions

Best Musical Score

Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

Honorable Mentions
The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films
The Will by CREW-TANG

Best Actor

John Harper Reynolds The Will by CREW-TANG

Honorable Mentions
Lucas John Potter Ithaca Two Step by Defyne
Sean Kent Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

Best Actress

Che Berck Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Honorable Mentions
Kelly Hasandras Heavy Metal by CAKE
Becky Booker Ithaca Two Step by Defyne

Best Ensemble Acting

Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

Honorable Mentions
Escape by Maganific Productions
Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Best Graphics

Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop

Honorable Mentions
The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films
A Fistful of Purity by Six Squared Entertainment

Best Special Effects

Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop

Honorable Mentions
Ithaca Two Step by Defyne
Abandoned by Ten House Productions

Best Choreography

Match Point by Steinbock Duheimer

Honorable Mentions
The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films
The Will by CREW-TANG

Best Costumes

Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Honorable Mentions
The Will by CREW-TANG
Heavy Metal by CAKE

Best Set Design

Abandoned by Ten House Productions

Honorable Mentions
Escape by Maganific Productions
Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

Best Use of Character

Ithaca Two Step by Defyne

Honorable Mentions
Abandoned by Ten House Productions
Have I Ever? by locker room etiquette

Best Use of Prop

Heavy Metal by CAKE

Honorable Mentions
Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop
A Fistful of Purity by Six Squared Entertainment

Best Use of Line

Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

Honorable Mentions
Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH
Abandoned by Ten House Productions

Best Use of Genre

Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop

Honorable Mentions
A Fistful of Purity by Six Squared Entertainment
Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

2020 Film List

  • A Fistful of Purity by Six Squared Entertainment

    Two estranged compatriots search for an unknown salvation.

  • A Glass of Wine Then? by Austin Media

    Finding herself in in a subtly strange environment, a student must search for answers.

  • Abandoned by Ten House Productions

    A firsthand account of how unsettling it can feel to be left alone.

  • Bone Aire's 3: Change of Hart by Tornado Boyz Produxions

    Change is the only constant for Lloyd Hart.

  • Captain Conner and the Agents of H.O.N.O.R. by Forgotten Door Studios

    Captain Conner and young Agent Blackbird must recover Item 262 or all is lost!

  • Clown'n Around by ShipWreck Studios

    When we're all clowns, we're all funny.

  • Continuum by CM9 Films

    A man changes the future of mankind

  • Dystopia by Ripsellers

    Dystopia: The end is here

  • Escape by Maganific Productions

    There is always a way out, even when it seems like there is no escape

  • Exodus Hart by 3 Generations

    I don't think it that's what it means

  • Future Overcrowded by Entropy Workshop

    Stuck in the future a student wanders a desert wasteland devoid of life and full of strange occurrences.

  • Hart Break by NeverStop FIlms

    Father trying to recover with son from past mistakes.

  • Have I Ever? by locker room etiquette

    A group of friends engage in a sociopolitical discussion over a "friendly" game of cards.

  • Heavy Metal by CAKE

    They come from different parts of the periodic table but they have one thing in common....METAL.

  • Ithaca Two Step by Defyne

    A law student sticks out his thumb and takes a trip.

  • Match Point by Steinbock Duheimer

    Tennis student plays match against their coach

  • Mated for Life by Studio E

    Together forever. Like a pair of...

  • Mixed Messages by Team El Guapo

    Guy dials into the wrong recipe help line

  • The Antidote 1.6.18 2 by Fuel The Revoluxion

    What can you really do with 48 hours?

  • The Tragedy of The Big L by Barrio Films

    The tragic story of one lucky guy.

  • The Will by CREW-TANG

    A college student inherits his late parent's home, and they are still around to drive him nuts.

  • Thou Shall Not by HELP YEAH

    After defying the odds and breaking convention, a woman's world falls apart when her lifelong dream is suddenly ripped away.


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