Madison, Wisconsin September 11 - 13, 2020

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 Studio 88 for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film Help Them Remember will go on to represent Madison against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

Help Them Remember by Studio 88

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Ex Earth by Top Hat Balloon Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Emma or Emerson Myers, Philanthropist
  • Prop: medicine
  • Line: ""I know that face and I don't like it." OR "I know that face and I do not like it.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Help Them Remember by Studio 88

Audience Favorite: Group B

Ex Earth by Top Hat Balloon Productions

Best Writing

Ex Earth by Top Hat Balloon Productions

Best Editing

Best Directing

A Negotiation by The Traveling Monks

Best Cinematography

Help Them Remember by Studio 88

Best Sound Design

Circles of Death by The Porchetta Paradox

Best Musical Score

A Negotiation by The Traveling Monks

Best Ensemble Acting

Goodbye Forever by KGB Films

Best Effects

Crossroad by Vermillion Films

Best Costumes

Goodbye Forever by KGB Films

Best Use of Character

Ex Earth by Top Hat Balloon Productions

Best Use of Prop

These Tones Are What I Would Refer To As Music by Bad Example Productions

Best Use of Line

Best Use of Genre

Crossroad by Vermillion Films

Best Original Song

Your Love Was Prescribed by an Expert Physician These Tones Are What I Would Refer To As Music by Bad Example Productions

Best Poster

DIY Heist by RedWax Productions

Quest for the Thousand Year Old Medicine by JW Moving Pictures

Best Trailer

Quest for the Thousand Year Old Medicine by JW Moving Pictures

Best Use of Halloween

The Barn Loft by Fish Tank Pictures

2020 Film List

  • 8 Ball by The Coven

    While enjoying their Halloween night, a philanthropist and her best friend walk into a situation where only good or evil can save the day.

  • A Negotiation by The Traveling Monks

    A disgruntled employee compels her friend to help her confront her boss about his past misdeeds.

  • Action Myers by Pixel Passions

    He wants to go to the costume benefit ball, but she knows better.

  • Canary by Camp Createability

    Death takes over the corrupted police force all because of the "Canary".

  • Circles of Death by The Porchetta Paradox

    All they wanted was a nice quiet breakfast—but fate had other plans.

  • Crossroad by Vermillion Films

    What will you find at the crossroad?

  • DIY Heist by RedWax Productions

    When two old friends get together for the weekend, what could go wrong?

  • Ex Earth by Top Hat Balloon Productions

    In a not too distant apocalyptic future, Maya Johnson works from a home that she can't leave, for a company she can't trust.

  • Frozen Peas by Suburban Film Club

    A woman grapples with the murder of her partner, driven to brash acts induced by paranoia.

  • Ghoul by Sly Dog Productions

    Two detectives search for a philanthropist, only to find something else entirely.

  • Goodbye Forever by KGB Films

    A man discovers a dummy with amnesia and helps him to remember his past and plot his path forward.

  • Have You Tried Restarting it by Thorazine Work Party

    Murderous IT adventures

  • Help Them Remember by Studio 88

    There are no sides

  • In From the Cool by I'm Busy Films

    Two mediocre superheroes must unite when faced with the most profound threat of their careers - a corporate hack who wants to retire them, and who they each dated.

  • Manic by Cedar Cabins Productions

    The mind can wonder

  • Piss Take 3 “The Reckoning “ by Dos Muchachos

    The ultimate grudge match.

  • Quest for the Thousand Year Old Medicine by JW Moving Pictures

    An adventurer must race time to find the ancient idol that will save her life.

  • The Barn Loft by Fish Tank Pictures

    A boy tries to uncover a secret in the family barn.

  • The Tragic Case of Emma Myers by McKellips Films

    Uneven limb virus, what's that?

  • These Tones Are What I Would Refer To As Music by Bad Example Productions

    If you order now, songs like what are made by the humans but better can be yours!

  • Trial and Error by Team M

    A man digs for the truth about an experimental medication.

  • Vacation of the Mind by Egg Son

    A frumpy psychiatrist and a wild child tarot readier swap bodies with a mystical app.

  • Yesterbeer by BrainCrust Films

    Yesterday's beer is today's memories


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