Des Moines, Iowa July 19 - 21, 2019

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 Illustrate for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film Happy Hiltons will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

Happy Hiltons by Illustrate

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

subtext by Igor's Sophomore Slump

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

Buddy by Milk Chocolate Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Ray or Rihanna Hilton, Bookkeeper
  • Prop: A Waterbottle
  • Line: ""Something isn't right." OR "Something is not right.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

red flag by Tiny Explosions

Honorable Mention
Hell Shack by Swag Daddy Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Movie Night by Redemption: Take 2

Honorable Mention
Deadly Politics by Feature Presentation

Audience Favorite: Group C

Buddy by Milk Chocolate Productions

Honorable Mention
One Million XP by DEFT

Audience Favorite: Group D

subtext by Igor's Sophomore Slump

Honorable Mention
Breathless by One22 Studios

Best Writing

Buddy by Milk Chocolate Productions

Best Editing

One Million XP by DEFT

Best Directing

subtext by Igor's Sophomore Slump

Best Cinematography

One Million XP by DEFT

Best Sound Design

Hell Shack by Swag Daddy Films

Best Music

Something Wrong: A Musical Epic About the Dying Earth by Continuity

Best Acting

Speed Date by Nine Muses Films

Best Graphics

Star Code by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Best Choreography

Prismatic by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

Best Costumes

Star Code by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Best Use of Character

subtext by Igor's Sophomore Slump

Best Use of Prop

luv-chucks by One Genome Short Productions

Best Use of Line

Happy Hiltons by Illustrate

2019 Film List

  • 3 Months by Retro Neon Film

    Faced with only three months left to live after a cancer diagnosis, a woman unexpectedly meets a stranger that completely changes her outlook on life.

  • A Perfect Pair by Bewildered Productions

    The close friendship between a pair of women is threatened when the news of a significant life change is withheld from the other. The two must put things into perspective in order to face the road ahead.

  • A Simpleton Plan by 1 Bad Idea Compounded
  • Breathless by One22 Studios

    A couple's romantic camping getaway takes a turn.

  • Buddy by Milk Chocolate Productions

    Murder. Mystery. Tennis balls.

  • Dead Giveaway by Film Dorks

    Death has never been this funny.

  • Deadly Politics by Feature Presentation

    With seven world leaders killed in the last three weeks, U.S. agents work around the clock to find the assassin and save the President.

  • Familiarity by Gladhouse Studio

    A surprise visit from a distant relative alters not only the direction of a car salesman's life but the future of the entire world.

  • Final Notice by ZigZag Productions

    A bookkeeper is uniquely skilled at getting past due invoices paid.

  • Freeze by Mom Said No Entertainment

    After a scientist finishes her latest invention, a device that freezes time, she and a friend begin testing it and things go horribly awry.

  • GameTime by PenSanity Films

    ""Something isn't right." OR "Something is not right.""

  • Happy Hiltons by Illustrate

    A couple and their nephew embark on a family vacation, experiencing ups and downs

  • Hell Shack by Swag Daddy Films

    Three buds. One haunted shack.

  • luv-chucks by One Genome Short Productions

    Finding love as an assasin is hard.

  • Movie Night by Redemption: Take 2

    A young couple sits down for a movie on Halloween night but are interrupted by a mysterious intruder.

  • One Million XP by DEFT

    One man will stop at nothing to get to the next level.

  • Playing for Keeps by Hag House Studios

    The stakes are high, as two siblings hatch a plan to take down the neighborhood's cocky champion of a popular card game.

  • Prismatic by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

    A colorful man is transported to a reality where spontaneous expression is discouraged.

  • red flag by Tiny Explosions

    There's someone for everyone.

  • Run, Dummass, Run by Bad Baby Productions

    There's a lot of money in Guinea Pig Fighting.

  • Scare B&B by Owl Mode

    not your normal B&B

  • Something Wrong: A Musical Epic About the Dying Earth by Continuity

    A group of spunky teenagers defy their teacher to save the Earth with the power of theatre.

  • Speed Date by Nine Muses Films

    A surprise connection from the past at a speed dating event threatens more than just a young woman's happy Valentine's Day.

  • Star Code by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

    When attempting to prank their teacher, two teens begin to realize they've involved themselves in more trouble than they bargained for.

  • subtext by Igor's Sophomore Slump

    A detective trades one mystery for another.

  • Sunny Side Down by Bad Brain Productions

    Young successful men are popping up dead and Detective Richard Nelson is trying to figure out why; the answer may be closer than he thinks.

  • The Campian Report by Ascending Phoenix Productions

    Rihanna Hilton is a bookkeer for the local paper; The Campian Report. She wants to be a reporter but everyone doesn't think shes up for the task, or at least till she finds financials that my change that.

  • The Day After by Molten Lotion
  • The Debate by Know Your Roots

    The stupidity of debates using snack foods.

  • The Fall of Ray by Prog Media

    We all suck a bit.

  • The Great Battle by Sea Lion Productions

    The story of LARPing from people who almost participate

  • The Terrace Room by Hoffman

    Silent film about a degenerate who asks a local bookie for money in a tight spot only to gamble and ultimately lose the money by getting robbed. He then pawns his things to pay back the bookie but doesn't have enough so they rough him up until his girlfriend comes to his aid and pays off the bookie.

  • Together Forever by Primitive Filmworks

    A love story....with blood.

  • Waterway by Sliding Rock Productions

    One world has water problems and come to us, but we also have issues with water also.

  • Wingman by Conjunction Media

    When a man notices a grave that never gets flowers, he decides to give her some. But she's not who he thinks she is.

  • XON by Team F.I.I.P.

    We're doing our part, are you?

  • Yours to Lose by Twin Sun Pictures

    Will the band Fuck Maryland ever make it big, or will their singer hold them back?


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