New Haven, Connecticut July 31 - August 2, 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 We Made The Puppet Film Last Year for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film The Box will go on to represent New Haven against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

The Box by We Made The Puppet Film Last Year

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

The Gardener by Connecticut FilmWorks

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Glitch by Good, Bad and the Fugly

Required Elements

  • Character: Robin Laurel, Contractor
  • Prop: a top 10 list
  • Line: "Has it really been ten years?"

Best Writing

I’m Here by Jabroni Studios

Best Editing

The Box by We Made The Puppet Film Last Year

Best Directing

Yuval David The Gardener by Connecticut FilmWorks

Best Cinematography

Jonathan Henderson 3°C by C.T.F.I

Best Sound Design

The Gardener by Connecticut FilmWorks

Best Music

Is It Safe To Come Out by West Haven Film Collective

Best Actor

AJ Massaro High Road by New Day Films

Best Actress

Jes Almeida Noble Rot by Happenstance Productions

Best Special Effects

Glitch by Good, Bad and the Fugly

Best Costumes

Deca Force by Newbreed Films

Best Make Up

Noble Rot by Happenstance Productions

Best Use of Character

The Box by We Made The Puppet Film Last Year

Best Use of Prop

Noble Rot by Happenstance Productions

Best Use of Line

The Nest by ForeSee Film Productions

Best Use of Genre

High Road by New Day Films

Best Cast

QuickSave by Film Gawds

Best Late Film

The Visit by Versicolor Dreams

Best Shot of New Haven

Glitch by Good, Bad and the Fugly

Best Youth Actor

Ollie Hecht Red Velvet: A Dark Comedy by Dutch Elm Disease

Women of the 48 by WIFVNE

Kaley Lamarca Glitch by Good, Bad and the Fugly

Honorable Mention
Tiffany Smead & Sammie Ann Fontaine The One You're Looking For by Solar Lumina

2020 Film List

  • 3°C by C.T.F.I

    Two sisters journey to a possible safe bunker to continue to survive in a world where rapid global warming caused the climate to turn toxic.

  • Deca Force by Newbreed Films

    Heros meet every 10 years to decide who will fight for the world

  • For the Love of Cooking by The Boneheads

    When two former friends meet they repair their friendship through cooking.

  • Glitch by Good, Bad and the Fugly

    A worn down cyber contractor makes a discovery that he's been waiting 10 longs years to find.

  • High Road by New Day Films

    Doctor saves life

  • High Voltage by Fox and the Foxxetts

    Two electricians are waiting until their shift to get high on edibles, only one more stop remains until it's quitting time.

  • Horseless by Hartford Film Club

    A father seeks out the gang that robbed him, searching for something much more dear to him than money.

  • I Promise by Foxtrot Uniform

    Estranged sisters are forced on a family vacation to fulfill the last wishes of their recently deceased father, where they unexpectedly re-bond.

  • I’m Here by Jabroni Studios

    Robin receives a call from her sister, and the memories come flooding in as she decides whether to respond.

  • Is It Safe To Come Out by West Haven Film Collective

    Running low on supplies a woman and her only contact decide whether to head outside.

  • Metamorphosis by Boba Films

    A girl runs into an old friend who quickly becomes a bad influence on her.

  • No better time by Get a Grip

    A young man feels lost in the world, his friends take him on a vacation and he experiences something life changing.

  • Noble Rot by Happenstance Productions

    Don't let the wine go to your head

  • QuickSave by Film Gawds

    After another miserable day at work, Angela, a helpless video game employee discovers that life may be more than just a game.

  • Red Velvet: A Dark Comedy by Dutch Elm Disease

    A mother grants her child's tenth birthday wish, one that could push her one the edge.

  • ReLive by Team Eagle Eye

    Depression leads a Widow to revisit her past, but at what cost?

  • Subject 25 by Shinebox Productions

    As a pandemic is striking the nation, one man finds himself in the middle of a race for the vaccine; Little does he know the cure is worse than the disease.

  • SunDown on South Park by One by One Films

    It might be a beautiful for day in the neighborhood on South Park Avenue. But guess who is coming to dinner...

  • The Box by We Made The Puppet Film Last Year

    Hired to put in a simple water feature, an ordinary contractor is consumed by a dark obsession concerning a sinister box in the yard of the homeowner.

  • The Gardener by Connecticut FilmWorks

    A loner contracted to create gardens seeks peace in the one place he designs best.  A mysterious woman disturbs his seclusion.  Who is she?

  • The Nest by ForeSee Film Productions

    Robin, a member of the Cult of the Sparrow, is shocked to learn that at the yearly human sacrifice, only two cult members remain. Which will be the final sacrifice? Who will make it out alive?

  • The One You're Looking For by Solar Lumina

    Will matchmaking contractor, Robin Laurel, helps Taylor find the one she's looking for?

  • The Visit by Versicolor Dreams

    What do you value?

  • Time Pocket by Bounce Lounge Productions

    What happens when you eat an expired Hot Pocket

  • Too Many Cooks by Tired of People

    Bringing four idiosyncratic actors together to create a cooking show could be a recipe for disaster.

  • TOP TEN LiST by Bat Sheet Crazy

    A determined young man, visits his childhood home, after being away, offering handyman services to reclaim it.

  • Ultimate Vacation by CASAD Films

    Grant really needs a vacation... are top 10 lists the solution to finding the perfect trip?

  • Vicious Echoes by Dark Horse Films

    When you investigate evil, sometimes you find it.

  • Where Does a Superhero Get His Water by every one leaves new haven

    Can Captain Savior survive and conquer the hysterical Alluria with only his power to mansplain?


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