New Haven, Connecticut July 29 - 31, 2016

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 Rascal Stray for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film 5150 will go on to represent New Haven against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

5150 by Rascal Stray

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

Cornered by J.Henderson Media

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

Have a Good Day by Wax Idiotical Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Leon or Leona Midnight, Fortune Teller
  • Prop: a lollipop
  • Line: "Oh, hell no."

Audience Favorite: Group A

5150 by Rascal Stray

Audience Favorite: Group B

Have a Good Day by Wax Idiotical Films

Audience Favorite: Group C

Modern Romance by Plan R Films

Audience Favorite: Group D

Wild Cherry by Perfect Pitch Productions

Best Writing

Please Commence by Cortelyou Roadshow

Best Editing

5150 by Rascal Stray

Best Directing

Cornered by J.Henderson Media

Best Cinematography

Five of Cups by Classic Stanley

Best Sound Design

Cornered by J.Henderson Media

Best Musical Score

Still Life by Dutch Elm Disease

Best Song

Have a Good Day by Wax Idiotical Films

Best Actress

Lorraine Cink Still Life by Dutch Elm Disease

Best Supporting Actor

Dan Mauro Five of Cups by Classic Stanley

Alex Kamb 5150 by Rascal Stray

Best Ensemble Acting

Funeral for a Friend by Making Pretend

Best Special Effects

Black Magic by everyoneleavesnewhaven

Best Costumes

A Fortune Teller's Fable by Dada & The Human Tripod

Best Make Up

Calling by Just Fix it in Post

Best Use of Character

48 hours to Labor Day by Enormity Pictures

Best Use of Prop

Wild Cherry by Perfect Pitch Productions

Best Use of Line

To Divine Suckers by Mapleway

Best Use of Genre

Still Life by Dutch Elm Disease

Women in the 48

Five of Cups by Classic Stanley

Best Use of Less Than 48 Hours

The Power of Beer by M2R Productions

Best Late or Disqualified Film

Modern Romance by Plan R Films

Best Youth Actor/Actress

What If by Clear Lens

2016 Film List

  • 48 Film Fail by No name

    How we failed to complete our film in 48 hours.

  • 48 hours to Labor Day by Enormity Pictures

    movies don't make themselves

  • 5150 by Rascal Stray

    Seasoned cop tracks a pair of criminals, though things don't work out as he imagined.

  • A Fortune Teller's Fable by Dada & The Human Tripod

    Love is blind

  • Agent Edna: Bomb in the Band by Wobble of a Lamb's Tail

    A bomb has been planted in a band; Agent Edna must find and diffuse it.

  • Black Magic by everyoneleavesnewhaven

    The Truth hurts...literally

  • Blood From a Stone by Team Art

    An artist finds inspiration in even the unlikeliest of places

  • Calling by Just Fix it in Post

    A man finds his calling

  • Cinema Wars by TheLast500

    When a group of friends try to make a short film, rising tensions erupt behind the scenes.

  • Cornered by J.Henderson Media

    A once all-star boxer, now struggles to get out of the corner

  • Deadly Data by Foxtrot Uniform

    Man stumbles upon a Government conspiracy, so pervasive that people are willing to kill for it.

  • Dreamland on the Shore of Groom Lake by Smithline Productions

    3 friends have a plan to leave their small suburban town, but this trip might be out of this world

  • Five of Cups by Classic Stanley

    A greiving man takes his father's remains for one last journey.

  • Fixed by Lagerheads

    A Lonely man's search to find the blissful ignorance of a dog' s life.

  • Funeral for a Friend by Making Pretend

    A funeral party learns more about the death of their friend from a spiritual Fortune Teller.

  • Have a Good Day by Wax Idiotical Films

    Sometimes the most uplifting forces in your life, come in the smallest packages.

  • Heated by Dashcam Bandits

    A relationship becomes strained during a heat wave.

  • House Guest by Connecticut FilmWorks

    A charming stranger arrives for a relaxing "getaway" weekend in suburban Connecticut.

  • How I Met My Roommate by The Next Generation

    Two broke girls go on a search for the perfect roomate, or at least one that can pay the rent.

  • Midnight's Rainbow by RCA Squad

    A fortuneteller, Leona Midnight gives a fortune to Cassie, causing paranoia about rainbows.

  • Modern Romance by Plan R Films

    Love at first swipe

  • One in Six by Who's on First Studios

    6 strangers play one round of Russian Roulette for 25 million dollars.

  • Please Commence by Cortelyou Roadshow

    In a society where stranger are algorithmically matched for mating, a young man comes of age.

  • Should've Seen This Coming by Morenda Media/ SYAK Productions

    Ousted as a fraud, former fortune teller Leon Midnight picks up a job as a taxi driver.

  • Solstice by Digital Kinetoscope

    With the solstice life or death hangs in the balance

  • Stargates and the Fountain of Youth by Corpus Quixote Co.

    After her skeptic boyfriend's disappearance, Lauren must challenge the man he saw last.

  • Still Life by Dutch Elm Disease

    A stay-at-home mother comes to the realization that it's time to return to her career as a doctor.

  • The Pleiades by Midnight International Productions

    We Can Forget That We Are Loved in Others Hearts...

  • The Power of Beer by M2R Productions

    A cooking show for beer enthusiasts!

  • To Divine Suckers by Mapleway

    A fortune teller finds suckers through divination.

  • Wake by Film HVN

    the difficulties of a soldier with Post Traumatic Stress disorder

  • What If by Clear Lens

    Fore seeing future events a young girl try to keep the world safe with help of a vigilant.

  • Wild Cherry by Perfect Pitch Productions

    A down on his luck office worker is granted superpowers from a fortune tellers lollipop

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