Chicago, Illinois August 25 - 27, 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 Kalopsia Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Hammersmith: Hurdle of Dreams will go on to represent Chicago against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.

1st Place: Best Film of 2017

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Ryan or Rachel Hammersmith, Pest Control Professional
  • Prop: A Manila envelope
  • Line: "Where did you find that?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Hammersmith & Son by Up-and-Coming Puppy Mill

Honorable Mention
Namiram by Nine Helm

Audience Favorite: Group B

Religio by Alley Cake Films

Honorable Mention
Mite by Young Urban Productions

Audience Favorite: Group C

Honorable Mention
War of the Nutters by Angry Tree Films

Audience Favorite: Group D

Karen Wins by Kick A Rock

Honorable Mention
Knock Knock by Reel Stuff

Audience Favorite: Group E

Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

Honorable Mention
Jeanie by Big Foot Media

Best Writing

Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

Best Editing

Best Directing

Best Cinematography

Best Sound Design

Religio by Alley Cake Films

Best Musical Score

Tinder Two Step by 812 Productions/Subjective Truth Pictures

Best Actor

Nick Wilson Hammersmith: Hurdle of Dreams by Kalopsia Films

Best Actress

Karin Anglin Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

Best Graphics

Karen Wins by Kick A Rock

Best Special Effects

Jeanie by Big Foot Media

Best Choreography

Tinder Two Step by 812 Productions/Subjective Truth Pictures

Best Costumes

Trypt by [REDACTED] Media

Best Use of Character

Hammersmith & Son by Up-and-Coming Puppy Mill

Best Use of Prop

War of the Nutters by Angry Tree Films

Best Use of Line

Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

2017 Film List

  • About a Bing; About a Boom by McCalhoun, Danbury, and Wine RFD.

    It's about a bing bada boom

  • All About the Cheddar by West Endians, Inc.

    Once their cheddar supply runs dry, three mice brave the outside world to feed their cheese addiction.

  • AVA by SGS Releasing

    A woman's cyborg maid turns on her.

  • Barbershop Shit by Good Land Media

    We are all trying to look good for something in this life. It can be something petty or it can be for someones death

  • Calender Girls by WeeCookies Productions
  • Choices by Under Produced

    Ryan Hammersmith, a pest control professional, struggles to find himself in a life full of choices.

  • Concession by Perfunctory Pictures

    Teen grapples with accepting parent's significant other.

  • Demigoddess by Neon 35

    Estee, a girl who loves her friend follows her to work at a porn set.

  • Devised Incidentals by Concise Impression

    A quiet and peaceful evening in suburban Chicago reveals itself to be anything but.

  • Eert Yenom by CLA_Pro.

    Three friends wrestle with an odd occurrence between a pest control agent and a hostile pedestrian.

  • Exterminatus by Smoking Dog Productions

    Ryan thinks he's going to have another easy day fighting bug invaders to Earth, but after an unusual encounter, he finds himself becoming one of them.

  • Eyes of Deception by Cheevies Film Productions

    A pest control professional takes things a little too far with his travel agent, putting his marriage on the line.

  • Fantastic Pests and How to Control Them by Second Shift Media

    Two time traveling siblings posed as pest control specialists search for an important document in an attempt to stop an evil elf.

  • Fazed Aspirations by Oligo Productions

    Two old friends meet after years and reflect on their life choices and asperations.

  • Finger Food by CB Entertainment

    A love struck vegetarian must compromise his core values to make the right impression and survive the most important dinner of his life with his future cannibal in-laws.

  • Hammersmith & Son by Up-and-Coming Puppy Mill

    A mother and son come to terms with their relationship and their commitment to their pest control company.

  • Hammersmith: Hurdle of Dreams by Kalopsia Films

    An ambitious filmmaker will risk it all to see his Action/Adventure come to life!

  • Hiding in the Spotlight by Falling Light Entertainment

    Detective who can't let a case go, reopens it with surprising results

  • High Speed by Bouncing Tiger Studios

    When a former race crew turn to a life of crime, they get in deep with the Japanese Yakuza.

  • In & Out by Dario Hill Productions

    There's always more room out than in...

  • Intrusion by Spoken Wheel House

    Two strangers discover the twisted connection between them when inadvertently placed in an awkward encounter - a woman they're both very interested in, and an increasingly creepy trail of evidence against her.

  • Jeanie by Big Foot Media

    One man's journey navigating relationships and reality.

  • John and Jaclyn by S.A.F Films

    Without friends, what do you have?

  • Karen Wins by Kick A Rock

    Karen is tired of being pushed around at work. It's time to fight back!

  • Knock Knock by Reel Stuff

    When trouble comes knocking, the last place you want to be is home.

  • Little Things by Sundog Studios

    A man, distracted by work, meets an unexpected visitor during a relationship crisis.

  • Lovebug by Back 40 Productions

    A woman who feels non-plussed with her marriage tries to spice up her love life in a potentially controversial way when a pest control specialist shows up at her front door.

  • Making a Bad Day Great by Midwest Madhat Productions

    Sometimes all you need to get over a bad breakup is a great friend.

  • Mite by Young Urban Productions

    A young female exterminator learns to fight the greatest pest of all: sexual harassment.

  • Mr & Mrs Hammersmith by Mines Entertainment

    Where did you find that?

  • Namiram by Nine Helm

    Following an accident, a woman wakes from a coma with the memories of a life supposedly not her own.

  • Pest by Backfire Films

    An overwhelmed cafe owner receives unexpected help with unexpected consequences from a sinister version of herself.

  • Pest Motel by GhostFire Entertainment
  • Raid by Shrieking Tree

    A merry band of insects sets out to get revenge on their exterminator nemesis.

  • Rattus by Team S'mores

    A group of eccentric exterminators are hired to take out a "rat."

  • Reality Refined by Ugly Sweater Entertainment

    A man gets a chance to re-write his failed reality.

  • Religio by Alley Cake Films

    Two detectives investigate a missing persons case in an abandoned church.

  • Somewhat Complicit by (555) 555-5555
  • Step into the Light by Chicago Film Department 7

    Step into the light

  • Tahara by B.T.R.C

    A man who had no vision of his life is forced to change his ways.

  • The Bar, the Bug, and the Boy by Time, A Flat Circle

    An exterminator has his morals put to the test when faced with an unusual pest.

  • The Box by BearCat Productions

    A mystery box shows up at a birthday party. The women wonder what's in the box.

  • The Goodbringer by Reggie's

    A spate of car burglaries spurs a suburban man into action, becoming a cowboy in order to track down the punk who's behind the crimes.

  • The Journey by Soldier Bear Entertainment

    It's not the end goal, it's the journey...right?

  • The Keith by 72 Hour Squad

    When Diane, a high school girl unhappy with her nonexistent love life, becomes host to an akuen entity, she must overcome her insecurities to change her situation.

  • The Recovery by Ledbetter Productions

    They're not negotiators. But they want Sara's hoodie back.

  • Throwin' Shade by Visual Disturbance Productions

    Exterminator Ryan Hammersmith wraps up his last job, only to find bigger pests than he is used to.

  • Time Sensitive by The Revenge Enthusiasts

    Three female college students debate the risks of traveling through time when they learn that they might hold the key to engineering a functional time machine.

  • Tinder Two Step by 812 Productions/Subjective Truth Pictures

    Love and Uncertainty in the age of online dating!

  • To Die Four by Lesser James

    True love is just around the corner.

  • Trypt by [REDACTED] Media

    We'll get you there, anytime anywhen.

  • Two Rules by Aspire Productions

    After running from an unseen threat for weeks, Rachel's group has grown tired of the secrets and a mysterious death triggers a dangerous coup.

  • War of the Nutters by Angry Tree Films

    After receiving a large inheritance, a loving cat owner seeks assistance for her possible homicidal companion.

  • Whispers in the Wind by BSPfilm

    Awoken by strange sounds in the night, a determined homeowner, in over his butt, teams up with a professional.

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