Minneapolis, Minnesota June 1 - 3, 2018

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 Outer Rim Productions for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film When the Rain Comes will go on to represent Minneapolis against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.

1st Place: Best Film of 2018

When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

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Required Elements

  • Character: Sonny or Sunny Swenson, Illustrator
  • Prop: a tie
  • Line: "I wish I knew."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Adulthood by Above-the-Line Entertainment

Audience Favorite: Group B

Audience Favorite: Group C

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Best Writing

Wisht by Red Panda Media

Best Editing

Smorgasbord by North 119 Productions & Call 811

Best Directing

Best Cinematography

When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

Best Sound Design

When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

Best Music

Diamond in the Rough by UJAMAA POP OFF FILMS

Best Ensemble Acting

When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

Best Graphics

From Russia with #Likes by Yakuza Matata

Best Effects

When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

Best Costumes

From Russia with #Likes by Yakuza Matata

Best Use of Character

Sonny & Me by Steven Squared

Best Use of Prop

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Best Use of Line

The Smell by Chunky Milk Productions

2018 Film List

  • A Day at the Diner by Distant Calling Pictures

    Amazing what difference a day makes

  • A Day in the Life of Jose by Brothers Grams

    An desperate director interviews an e-sports player

  • A Hard Daze Drive by JK Productions

    CIO Elizabeth calls her old friend and PI, Dana Dewald, to investigate the leak within her company that lead to a flash drive being found on a dead man.

  • A Song For Autumn by Film Underground-MN

    Two roommates discover something about each other.

  • A Song For Swenson by Double Dog Dece Productions
  • Adulthood by Above-the-Line Entertainment

    Sunny and Zack have to teach their childhood friend how to be an adult after he awakens from a 20 year coma.

  • Andre and The Magic Sword by Almost Always

    Pirates with magic swords are turning people to stone. Only one hero will rise against the darkness.

  • Arrhythmia by Camp Coffee

    A woman discovers the repercussions of history repeating itself

  • Baggage by Scrumptious Productious

    A man returns to his hometown on vacation, where he meets a strayed partygoer who offers him a day away from his depressing life.

  • Body Not Included by Ninjakitty Airlines

    Life for murder mystery theatre troupe goes terribly wrong when a real body appears.

  • Diamond in the Rough by UJAMAA POP OFF FILMS

    Don't Judge until you really know a person. Infact, don't judge at all!

  • Drawn to You by Meatball Sub Productions

    Girl tries to get the attention of stranger through her illustrations.

  • From Russia with #Likes by Yakuza Matata

    She might be clever, but likes aren't forever.

  • Haunts Being by Sugar Water Productions

    On the brink of madness, one man struggles with his identity.

  • Hella Haunted by Northern Nights Productions


  • Hera by Meep Mop Productions

    When you're on a time crunch to save your job...never fear, Hera, the Goddess of Rock is here!

  • Hero Maker by Screenwriters' Workshop

    A successful comics illustrator decides to pack it in, but his “family” has different plans for him.

  • How Far by Just Ask Productions

    A man travels back in time to accept a horrible tragedy from his past.

  • I Wish I Knew by Feathered Hat Productions

    Veteran WWII soldier learns to live with PTSD while coming back to America while dealing with being a minority.

  • Life of the Party by Duck Duck Goth

    Valerie questions reality as she reconnects with her lost friend Jonah.

  • Lonesome Rider by You & Me Films

    A lonesome rider tries to escape her grief in the wild woods.

  • Miss Fortune by Collision Pictures

    After visiting a psychic, a woman's world begins to spiral out of control.

  • Oneirataxia by Jump The Shark
  • Papai by Hey Rube!

    A woman discovers she has family connections far beyond Minnesota.

  • Sarae by Freydis- Jesse Gallegos, Ben B, Sam B

    Sarae muses on her life at home and the difficult choice she must make.

  • Smorgasbord by North 119 Productions & Call 811

    Sunny Swenson just started a new job. Retirement may come faster than he hoped.

  • Sonny & Me by Steven Squared

    Children's author, Kaylee Goddard, brings her fiance to her childhood home to finish her next book, but an uninvited guest soon shows her that some family traditions should change...

  • Survival Games by Dragonsmith Studios

    A group of people get stuck in a death game for the fate of their planet.

  • The Book Club by Postponed Productions

    Two hit men get in over their heads when their targets aren’t who they thought they were.

  • The Final Cassie Dean Story by Fancy Mustard

    An overbearing author works with an illustrator to put together the latest addition to her long-running series of detective novels.

  • The Flare by Kouhi Films

    A depressed superhero takes the day off to pay a visit to his therapist.

  • The Long Road Home by The Quails

    On a journey home a man must come to terms with what he's done after a robbery gone wrong.

  • The Smell by Chunky Milk Productions

    What's that smell?!

  • The Spy Who Doodled Me by Metro State Film Club

    A lovable illustrator's world is turned upside down after spying out of his window.

  • The War of Art by Mutually Assured Productions

    When a career shaping opportunity presents itself, a pair of hyper-competitive artists spend more time sabotaging each other than they do working.

  • When the Rain Comes by Outer Rim Productions

    A storm is coming and a family must do what they can to survive.

  • Who Knew by Grey Spark Productions

    A young women returns to her hometown after many years to find the people and places she once knew have changed. Who knew what she would have to face when fates are reconnected.

  • Wisht by Red Panda Media

    A full time genie decides to leave his job after discovering that giving people what they want, doesn't necessarily make them happy.

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