San Diego, California May 17 - 19, 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 Big Shoes Production for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film There's Something Wrong with Hanner will go on to represent San Diego against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

One Plus One Night Stand by Kanari Storm

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

Follow Me by To Be Heard Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Hanner or Hannah Arp, Math Teacher
  • Prop: a 'For Sale' sign
  • Line: ""Next time you won't be so lucky." OR "Next time you will not be so lucky.""

Best Writing

Christine Gatlin, David Raines, and Marianne Bates One Plus One Night Stand by Kanari Storm

Best Editing

Mason Beals There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

Best Directing

Mason Beals There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

Best Cinematography

Mason Beals There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

Best Sound Design

Mason Beals There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

Best Musical Score

Marie Haddad SHADOW ± LIGHT by state of flux

Best Actor

Zachary Downing Stay by Slappy Salamanders

Best Actress

Diane Rachel There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

Best Supporting Actor

Sidney Franklin One Plus One Night Stand by Kanari Storm

Best Supporting Actress

Marianne Bates One Plus One Night Stand by Kanari Storm

Best Choreography

Follow Me by To Be Heard Productions

Best Costumes

Follow Me by To Be Heard Productions

Best Set Design

First / Last by Bad Cat Films

143 by Kilna Companies

Best Make Up

The Ouiji Spot by Look at the Birdy

Best Use of Character

Erica Appel The Hateful 48 by Metal Pixel Foundry

Best Use of Prop

Final Derivation by Axiomatic Twist

Best Use of Line

Stay by Slappy Salamanders

Action Sequence

Fernando Jay Huerto Final Exam by Jabronie Pictures X Almost Good Films

Fight Choreography

Darren Deng Made you look by Hold on 1 second

2019 Film List

  • 143 by Kilna Companies

    A Math teacher and daughter visit a psychic to find out what happened to his wife and solve the equation.

  • Final Derivation by Axiomatic Twist

    A reserved teenager is forced outside his comfort zone when he wakes up hungover and face-to-face with a dead body and a creepy calculus teacher.

  • Final Exam by Jabronie Pictures X Almost Good Films

    Two mercenaries must complete a dangerous task to secure their jobs.

  • First / Last by Bad Cat Films

    An Internet date goes well until it doesn't.

  • Follow Me by To Be Heard Productions

    A teenage girl desperately wants a teenage boy to follow her.

  • Ghost Town Blues by Team Groovy

    An aging veteran of the wild west faces more than a case of the blues when he tries to sell the ghost town he and his late wife purchased together.

  • Last Lessons by Ed Wood Film School

    Last Lessons before passing

  • Made you look by Hold on 1 second

    Hired mercenaries try to find two USB drives said to be encrypted with a code for a virus only to find out there is a twist waiting for them.

  • One Plus One Night Stand by Kanari Storm

    After a date gone awry, two sisters comedically struggle with the aftermath.

  • SHADOW ± LIGHT by state of flux

    We are all broken...that's how the light gets in.

  • Stay by Slappy Salamanders

    A group of friends stay at an Air B&B by the lake.

  • The Hateful 48 by Metal Pixel Foundry

    No one said the 48 was supposed to be easy.

  • The Ouiji Spot by Look at the Birdy

    Two friends go to extreme measures to find Love?

  • There's Something Wrong with Hanner by Big Shoes Production

    A widow and her son become suspicious of their peculiar new tenant.

  • Waylay by Highly Dope Media

    A tormented man struggles to overcome a history of trauma, inhibiting him from leaving his own home.

  • Work Space Politics by Dumpster Fire Films

    A group of bickering employees have to respond to a crisis.


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