Richmond, Virginia July 12 - 14, 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 Shield's Shoes Productions for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film Fly will go on to represent Richmond against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

Fly by Shield's Shoes Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Holes in the Hills by Ross Filmworks

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October 11 - 13, 2019

Required Elements

  • Character: Kurt or Kendra Sarmast, Hotel Employee
  • Prop: sunglasses
  • Line: ""If at first you don't succeed . . . ." OR "If at first you do not succeed . . . .""

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Art of Tennis by Grace Period

Audience Favorite: Group B

Back in My Day by In My Mind Media

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Legend of The Skyhook by Beware of Falling Rock

Audience Favorite: Group D

Specter Deflectors by Dadgum Productions

Best Writing

The Legend of The Skyhook by Beware of Falling Rock

Best Editing

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Directing

Holes in the Hills by Ross Filmworks

Best Cinematography

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Sound Design

Fly by Shield's Shoes Productions

Best Actor

Javonte Hargrove The Seventh Kind by CineVentures

Honorable Mentions
Aaron Grant Stuck by Pillow Talk
Matt Sharpe 10-59 by Skyline Films
Tim Ross Holes in the Hills by Ross Filmworks

Best Actress

Raasa Leela DeMontebello Fly by Shield's Shoes Productions

Honorable Mentions
Ivelisse Housman Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions
Paris Logue Curiosity by Birdhouse Productions

Best Graphics

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Special Effects

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Costumes

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Set Design

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Use of Character

Stuck by Pillow Talk

Best Use of Prop

The Seventh Kind by CineVentures

Best Use of Line

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

Best Use of Genre

Stuck by Pillow Talk

Best Stunts

Fly by Shield's Shoes Productions

Best Soundtrack

Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

2019 Film List

  • 10-59 by Skyline Films

    After installing a police scanner in their car radio, two friends decide to take a crime into their own hands.

  • 48 Amateur Hours by LightCloud Pictures

    a Group of amateurs go through the long yet short process of making a 48 hour film project

  • Agent 48 by Fidget Filmers

    When a spy goes to kill a target, everything goes sideways when witnesses keep showing up out of the blue.

  • Anchor by Rebel Geek

    A forlorn woman finds herself at the crossroad, facing the decision to lose herself or find her way back to the romance of self-love.

  • Back in My Day by In My Mind Media

    Kurt babysits little girl while parents go out. Kurt decides to inform little girl about his experience growing up. Suddenly robbers enter and began to reminisce about the "Good Ole' Days" with Kurt.

  • Casa Diablo - The New World Hotel by Funktropolis Media

    5 outlawed strangers meet in an apocalyptic future all looking for a mystery person and mystery hotel.

  • Curiosity by Birdhouse Productions

    A quirky journalist finds follows a politician with the belief that he has some dirt on him and is surprised at what she uncovers.

  • Flaming Out: The Legend of Bill Mallow by Cinematic Theatrics

    A documentary crew follows the legendary marshmallow toast master, Bill Mallow, as he tries to reclaim his record setting 18th title.

  • Fly by Shield's Shoes Productions

    Perspective comes with a days journey

  • For Want Of Shade by Smith Brothers Productions

    Two friends, one epic quest - to return one sick pair of shades.

  • Holes in the Hills by Ross Filmworks

    Many takes a leak on the side of the road, witnessing a murder.

  • Impetent by Strangers With Cameras

    Struggling with the fact she's baron, Mel will do anything to bare a child, even if it means getting help from an interdimensional entity.

  • JESS AND KURT by TEAM TBDADGAF

    Two co-workers find creative ways to pass the time.

  • KAYLA by Atlantic East Motion Picture Company

    A gothic girl is just trying to survive middle school.

  • Lucid by The Mad HaTTers

    Suffering from a traumatic event, a young man realizes that he may have a second chance with the love of his life.

  • Picture Show by Renegades of Funk

    A young woman faces coming of age pressures by her mother but finds she must find her own path to happiness.

  • Rendez-vous 223 by The State Werx
  • Self Help by Face For Radio

    A hotel cleaning lady attempting to meditate on her walk home from work must chose whether to intervene in a dangerous fight to help a stranger or stay withing her own precarious bubble of calm.

  • Specter Deflectors by Dadgum Productions

    Strange disturbances in his house cause Kurt Sarmast to call for help from a team of paranormal investigators...

  • Stuck by Pillow Talk

    When a political protestor chains herself to a tree to prevent a hotel from being built, Kurt, a hotel employee makes it his mission to get her to leave.

  • The Art of Tennis by Grace Period

    An aspiring tennis player prepares for her next big game.

  • The closure by Space Mustang Productions

    A nightmare intertwines with real life losses and returning to a hometown provides closure

  • The Fourth of January by Red Hills Productions

    Antonio's date is ruined by a strange and unexpected celebration.

  • The Hotel Purg by Time4Play

    When faced with an end, few know that the in between could be so...unorthodox.

  • The Kindness of Strangers by Lizards of Oz

    Stranger blindly supports local family business

  • The Landlord by The Mallrats

    This is his property.

  • The Legend of The Skyhook by Beware of Falling Rock

    In this sports mockumentary, an elderly basketball star pits his two missfit sons against each other to fight for his most prized possession.

  • The Seventh Kind by CineVentures

    Kurt discovers a visitor to earth being hunted by another alien race. Which side will he fight for?

  • Trials of the Riddlemancer by This is a Film About Something Productions

    In order to retrieve a magical artifact and push back the forces of darkness, the chosen one must solve a trial of riddles. Too bad she's not good at it.

  • Try by Unemployed but Hopeful

    Forced into the the wilderness at the age of five, participants fight reach success in the eyes of the government, hoping for re-entry into society.

  • Unfinished Business by Insurrection Digital

    When a detective comes out of retirement, against his family’s wishes, in order to finish a cold serial killer case: he has to search for clues and fight against a threat on his child making the ultimate sacrifice to save his family.

  • While I Was Gone by Team Red Pro

    A burglary bungled by befuddled baffoons.


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