Madison, Wisconsin July 12 - 14, 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 Film Underground for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film A Travelers Guide to the West will go on to represent Madison against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

A Travelers Guide to the West by Film Underground

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Kindred Spirits by The RGBeasts

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

Robyn by False Take Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Rob or Robyn Sarvis, Travel Specialist
  • Prop: a sponge
  • Line: ""He told me to ask you.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Finding Oasis by KGB Films

Honorable Mention
Tape by No Chance at Production

Audience Favorite: Group B

A Spy Walked Into A Bar: A Musical in Three Parts by Vermillion Team

Honorable Mention
Found Objects: A Story of Obsession by Left Lane Productions

Best Writing

The Man in Room 228 by Gautsch Vision

Best Editing

Robyn by False Take Films

Best Directing

Brown Bear Way by Boss Ladies

Best Cinematography

Robyn by False Take Films

Best Sound Design

Kindred Spirits by The RGBeasts

Best Musical Score

A Travelers Guide to the West by Film Underground

Best Ensemble Acting

Brown Bear Way by Boss Ladies

Best Effects

LARA by Surging Films

Best Use of Character

One Too Many by Thorazine Work Party

Best Use of Prop

Found Objects: A Story of Obsession by Left Lane Productions

Best Use of Line

A Spy Walked Into A Bar: A Musical in Three Parts by Vermillion Team

Best Use of Genre

Those Things by Nice Melons Films

Best Individual Performance

Liz Leonard It's Time by Makeshift Media Group

Best Make-up / Costume

The Man in Room 228 by Gautsch Vision

Kindred Spirits by The RGBeasts

Best Original Song

"Stab Him in the Balls (Like a Bunch of Times)" A Spy Walked Into A Bar: A Musical in Three Parts by Vermillion Team

Best Student Film

Julia by The Jazziest Bees

2019 Film List

  • 48 Hours is not Enough by The Porchetta Paradox

    The Porchetta Paradox risk everything to win this year's 48-hour Film Project competition. But cheating isn't easy, and not everything is what it seems.

  • A Spy Walked Into A Bar: A Musical in Three Parts by Vermillion Team

    What does the terrorist Dante want with Travel Agent Rob Sarvis? We don’t know, but we hope he’s wearing a cup!

  • A Travelers Guide to the West by Film Underground

    A boy discovers a dark secret from his family's past.

  • Brown Bear Way by Boss Ladies

    A desperate father searches for his missing daughter around his seemingly peaceful neighborhood. But everything is not as rosy as it may seem.

  • Dark Times by Cedar Cabins Productions

    You can't escape your past

  • Finding Oasis by KGB Films

    The Vices News team gets an exclusive visit to the Sound Lab of the most successful and eccentric sound producer in the business, "The Oasis"

  • Food by Fueled by Red

    Mother Nature begins to adapt to uncontrolled climate change. New life forms begin to emerge. This new life is often hostile. Toxic. Anything edible becomes a precious commodity, fiercely guarded. In a struggle to survive, humanity also begins to adapt.

  • Forty Eight Hours by MGAV

    After being accused for the disappearance of a client, Rob Sarvis must prove his innocence before he is detained. But why did they disappear and why is Rob to blame?

  • Found Objects: A Story of Obsession by Left Lane Productions

    A young couple stumbles upon a discarded case and it's items inside. A local interviewer questions the people about the new phenomenon and how it affects their community.

  • It's Time by Makeshift Media Group

    An injured soccer star loses her way

  • Julia by The Jazziest Bees

    Julia tries to escape her current toxic relationship and begins a brand new romantic journey.

  • Kindred Spirits by The RGBeasts

    He's a medium with extra large problems.

  • LARA by Surging Films

    After a strange occurrence, two friends and a couple rookie cops set out to find a missing girl.

  • Larp Quest: The Exile of Azamul by Friends & Film

    When a pampered prince from an alternate dimension crashes at their place, a pair of roommates finds their friendship put to a mythic test.

  • Murdermaid by RedWax Productions

    A mermaid takes on vacation experiences adventure in the far away land of Madison, Wisconsin.

  • My Day with Death by Fish Tank Pictures

    1 Man. 1 Celestial Being. 1 Unforgettable Road Trip.

  • One Too Many by Thorazine Work Party

    A case of mistaken identity comes between a man and his horse.

  • Piss take 2 by Dos Muchachos

    They are in love and have to pee

  • Rearranged by Living Storm Productions

    A guilt-ridden woman approaches a specialist to resolve her emotional angst via a trip to a fantasy realm filled with symbols of her manifested traumas. With the travel specialist's assistance, she cuts through her layers of angst, and is able to achieve self-acceptance.

  • Robyn by False Take Films

    A detective's mental health deteriorates as he tries to let go of a case he can't solve.

  • Silent Courage by Camp Createability

    A period piece about how autistic people were treated in the 1940's and a doctor who thought they should be treated as humans.

  • Tape by No Chance at Production

    A struggling travel agent navigates a gallery of strange people and circumstances while trying to keep her world on its axis.

  • The Man in Room 228 by Gautsch Vision

    What Could Go Wrong?

  • The Road to Success by Rising Sun

    Desperate daughter picks up drunk father from bar in hopes of him opening up.

  • The Rub Down by Bring the Accordion

    In a sponge controlled world, Rob Sarvis begrudgingly helps Connor, one of the last humans left, in avoiding his demise.

  • Those Things by Nice Melons Films

    A man on the run from creatures hides in a barn.

  • Timeshare by Heartbeat Studios

    Love shows up in the most unlikely places...even in a dark basement!

  • You Never Take Me Anywhere by Smoking Monkey

    Two married dullard buddies are at an impasse in their mundane relationship, living a dead-end life in a dilapidated Airstream, until they discover a way out.


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