Indianapolis, Indiana July 7 - 9, 2017

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 Buffoonery Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Sync or Swim will go on to represent Indianapolis against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Sync or Swim by Buffoonery Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Knock knock by Team Dharma

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

The Tornado by The Collective Brain

Required Elements

  • Character: Tom or Tara Browning, Plumber
  • Prop: key chain
  • Line: ""I can't hear you." (Or "I cannot hear you.")"

Best Writing

The Fourth Degree by Herbert Brothers

Best Directing

Vicious Plunge by Team 13

Best Cinematography

Knock knock by Team Dharma

Best Sound Design

Fitting In by Open Eye Productions

Best Acting

The Tornado by The Collective Brain

Best Actor

Andrea Taylor Sync or Swim by Buffoonery Films

Best Special Effects

The Tornado by The Collective Brain

Best Costumes

Sync or Swim by Buffoonery Films

Audience Award, Group B

Social Roulette by RaaenFilms

Best Use of Prop

Some Things Don't Wash Out by Introverse Productions

Best Use of Line of Dialogue

Some Things Don't Wash Out by Introverse Productions

Best Use of Character

TOM's Big Day by Team Number 1

Audience Award, Group A

The Tornado by The Collective Brain

2017 Film List

  • Chronesthesia by Ton Rehtar

    Strange occurrences take place as a group of campers return to where tragedy struck just two years prior.

  • Filicide by JELCC

    When family matters go from bad to worse, the worst comes out of Tom Browning.

  • Fitting In by Open Eye Productions

    A plumber shows up for a job and finds that something is very off within the house

  • Fresh Start by Amateur Hour Productions

    Fresh Start explores the morality of technology and confronting loss.

  • Indemnify by Faded Fisticuffs

    How can you compensate for the loss of your mother?

  • Knock knock by Team Dharma

    A bullied outcasts life is about to change.

  • Loose Ends by WeRoll4Reelz

    A family is distraught after a horrible incident in their home, and they call on the only man who they think can get to the bottom of it.

  • Love, Mom by Outtatime Films

    Mom takes son on their last road trip together.

  • Madigan by Thomas Films

    I can't hear you

  • Rusty Pipes by Blue September Films

    Don't let the pipes get rusty

  • Scratch by Disturb the Production

    A love built to last forever.

  • Small Beans by MUTT

    An uncomfortable conversation at a dinner table.

  • Social Roulette by RaaenFilms

    Surprise election results compel an office worker to realize how little he knows of the lives around him and spur him to break out of his social bubble with the help of a dart.

  • Some Things Don't Wash Out by Introverse Productions

    A man who can't trust the cops and can't deal with a death.

  • Sync or Swim by Buffoonery Films

    A documentary about a young synchronized swimmer.

  • Synthesia by FairCreekFilms

    A plumber called to fix a simple leak soon finds herself trapped between the walls of a strange apartment who's last tenant mysteriously disappeared...

  • The Detour by Manmauji Films

    Unapologetic boss summons an employee on a sunday morning for an offsite work task. Annoyed, he leaves - abandoning his wife's birthday celebration midway. Is his sunday really ruined?

  • The Final Plunge by caMEMEra crew

    While on a job, plumber John Browning is plunged into a difficult situation.

  • The Fourth Degree by Herbert Brothers

    A spy is interrogated by a crack team of detectives seeking to ascertain who the spy is working for.

  • The Plumber by In Cahoots

    When a happy-go-lucky plumber snaps, he becomes a maniacal, murderous, people plunging butcher.

  • The Tornado by The Collective Brain

    A man return to sports competitions after a family tragedy.

  • TOM's Big Day by Team Number 1

    On the cusp of a big change, a young man will do anything to keep things the same.

  • UnRefined. by The Randoms

    A wayward plumber answers the call to a tidy woman's leaking pipe to realize this job would be more than just work.

  • Vicious Plunge by Team 13

    A plumber who loves his job, a homeowner with clogged pipes, and a couple of unanticipated visitors... what could possibly go wrong?


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