Madison, Wisconsin April 29 - May 1, 2022

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 Gold Team for winning Best Film of 2022. Their film Guys Be Like will go on to represent Madison against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2023.


1st Place: Best Film of 2022

Guys Be Like by Gold Team

2nd Place: Best Film of 2022

Little Hummingbird by False Take Films

3rd Place: Best Film of 2022

Pandemia by Studio 88

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August 26 - 28, 2022

Required Elements

  • Character: Jim, Jimmy or Jackie Jaden, Gym Teacher
  • Prop: A single flower petal
  • Line: ""Who died and made you king?" OR "Who died and made you queen?""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Little Hummingbird by False Take Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Writing

Guys Be Like by Gold Team

Best Editing

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Directing

Pandemia by Studio 88

Honorable Mention
Guys Be Like by Gold Team

Best Cinematography

Little Hummingbird by False Take Films

Pandemia by Studio 88

Best Sound Design

Guys Be Like by Gold Team

Best Musical Score

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Costumes

Long Day on a Lonely Planet by I'm Busy! Films

Best Make Up

Severance Payback by Elephant Productions

Best Poster

Pandemia by Studio 88

Best Trailer

Pandemia by Studio 88

Best Use of Character

Jim Jaden: Gym Teacher by Penny Show Productions

Best Use of Prop

Little Hummingbird by False Take Films

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Use of Line

One Last Clue by Welded Souls

Best Use of Genre

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Acting Ensemble

Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

Best Individual Performance

Julia Dailey Pandemia by Studio 88

Best Student Film

Recalling Wartime by Cardboard Man Films

Spirit Award

Jack Hill and TJ Hill Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

2022 Film List

  • ACE by B23 Productions

    king of the table

  • Amass by Golden Hour Apple Box Films

    We all amass something

  • COME TO THE WOODS by Colorful Cat Cinema

    Come to the woods, come to the woods.

  • Control by Cedar Cabins Productions

    Take control

  • Debt by Team M

    Don't get caught.

  • Early Retirement by The Porchetta Paradox

    These were supposed to be her golden years...

  • Family by The Swag Masters

    A family with. an unexpected change

  • Flowers from the Future by Film Underground

    Forgive him, or you'll become him.

  • Guys Be Like by Gold Team

    People online are never what they seem.

  • In Sight by Wordle in 48

    What do we see in each other when we actually see one another.

  • Jim Jaden: Gym Teacher by Penny Show Productions

    Jims Jaden (Plural)

  • Knolls & Gnomes by Suburban Film Club

    Where adventure and intrigue fill every corner of the world

  • Let Me In by RedWax Productions

    Jackie Jaden admitted to killing her husband. But, did she?

  • Little Hummingbird by False Take Films

    Even with a clipped wing, a hummingbird can still learn to fly

  • Long Day on a Lonely Planet by I'm Busy! Films

    Hope Lies 10 Light Years Away

  • My Dear, Emily. by Frame Rate

    "I love you, I loved you then..."

  • No Good Deed by Living Storm Productions

    Good manors hold family secrets

  • One Last Clue by Welded Souls
  • Pandemia by Studio 88

    It was already forever ago

  • Petal to the Mettle by Cannes can Wait... Again
  • Recalling Wartime by Cardboard Man Films

    Their wounds are deep and their friendship is strong.

  • Severance Payback by Elephant Productions

    Firing someone can be a bloody business.

  • Table Two by Left Lane Productions

    You still with me?

  • Thanksgiving Carol Time by Hill Bros Home Videos

    A Thanksgiving Story

  • The Talk by Vermillion Films

    Everyone has to grow up sometime

  • Thicker Than Water by Crashing Divas
  • Til Death Do us Pint by Thorazine Work Party II
  • Whistle by Glass Acorn Films

    If you blow a whistle in the woods and no one is alive to hear it, does it still make a sound?


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