Albuquerque, New Mexico July 27 - 29, 2018

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 Los Metates Studios for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Wretched will go on to represent Albuquerque against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Wretched by Los Metates Studios

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Revelation by Ultimatum Pictures

Required Elements

  • Character: Heath or Heather Torres, fitness instructor
  • Prop: A burrito
  • Line: "“As flat as a pancake”"

Best Writing

Revelation by Ultimatum Pictures

Honorable Mention
A Better You by Sol Acting Academy

Best Editing

KARMA by Mother Ducker

Best Directing

Wretched by Los Metates Studios

Best Cinematography

Wretched by Los Metates Studios

Best Sound Design

A Better You by Sol Acting Academy

Best Musical Score

Sounds of Love: The Artie Fleshman Story by Faulty Trail

Best Actor

Nicole Smith Day Trippers by The MacGuffins

Best Ensemble Acting

A Better You by Sol Acting Academy

Best Graphics

Skinface by The Well-Intentioned Banditos

Best Special Effects

Skinface by The Well-Intentioned Banditos

Best Costumes

Swamp Swap by Lyrical Rampage Productions

Best Use of Character

Skinface by The Well-Intentioned Banditos

Best Use of Prop

Holy Frijolé by Crayon Dinosaur

Best Use of Line

Revelation by Ultimatum Pictures

2018 Film List

  • A Better You by Sol Acting Academy

    Fitness instructor Heather Torres attends a self-help seminar to expand her business, and she gets more than she bargained for.

  • Affair Game by Insignis Films

    Anything is fair in love and war.

  • Anasazi and Seek by NDN Slate

    Alien artifact alters the lives of 2 old cowboys.

  • Asylum Bed & Breakfast by R SECOND CREW

    A young fitness instructor stays at a Bed & Breakfast only to discover evil inside.

  • Barbell Confessional by Little Guy Productions

    Two aspiring filmmakers document the life of Heath Torres, a self-proclaimed fitness expert who suffers from server delusions of grandeur.

  • Beautiful Fists by Wolfquest Productions

    When a mysterious stranger provides a cryptic clue to a martial artists's lost lover, his ordinary life is torn apart by a storm of beautiful fists.

  • Dante's Burrito by Shakespear Monkey Productions

    A fitness instructor is is tempted with a devilish deal to win her lovers heart

  • Day Trippers by The MacGuffins
  • Dial M for Microwave by Skeleton Crew

    Beach and Roscoe solve a murder and overcook a burrito.

  • Eros Fitness by PVP

    Heath Torres, mental fitness instructor, successfully counsels another couple.

  • Fallen by Casting Coffee Group Productions

    A small town fitness instructor Heath Torres has always felt he had a sister, but never knew what magical connection they shared.

  • Holy Frijolé by Crayon Dinosaur

    A disgruntled roommate duels for the fate of her burrito

  • JC by Tusky Fims

    Not all Superheroes wear capes

  • KARMA by Mother Ducker

    As flat as a pancake

  • Knowing by Soapy Lettuce Productions

    A young woman comes of age through a life changing event.

  • Le Petit Paquetts by F3, Productions (F-Cubed)

    Death is a Small Package.

  • Off to See the Wizard by Byrdmangroup

    2 friends take a trip for clarity

  • Pflummer by Bound by Tape Productions

    A Man's and His Balls and His on a Collision Course for Love.

  • Recipe For Disaster by Los Chupacabras

    Some people will do anything for good beer.

  • Revelation by Ultimatum Pictures

    It could happen anytime...

  • Skinface by The Well-Intentioned Banditos

    Chainsaw wielding maniac Skinface learns a valuable life lesson when he hits the road in search of help for his pregnant sister.

  • Sounds of Love: The Artie Fleshman Story by Faulty Trail

    A man approaches the pinnacle of his craft in an often uncelebrated industry.

  • Swamp Swap by Lyrical Rampage Productions

    After a case of mistaken identity, a swamp monster must learn to live the life of a human.

  • Team Building 101 by rice tub productions

    A group of teachers gather together at the end of school for a team building exercise in the outdoors. Will they build stronger bonds, or will they break?

  • The Breaking by Kenosis Productions

    A young girl escapes harlotry, but is forever scarred.

  • The First Crusade by East? I thought you said Weast!

    A masked vigilante must convince an undercover detective that he can be trusted.

  • The Great 48 by Desert Lizards

    A team of optimistic filmmakers tries to inspire their peers to success with the 48HFP, but must first overcome their own dysfunction.

  • The Hardest Climb by August Star Productions

    Six months after losing her boyfriend and business partner in a tragic climbing accident, Heather Torres tries to move on with her business and life by visiting the scene of the tragedy. On her climb up the mountain where she lost her boyfriend Heath, Heather discovers an unexpected surprise.

  • The Offering by Fuzzball Films

    You never know what life will offer

  • The Wheels of Fortune by Watch My Movie Productions

    Hubby and wifey are having the time of their lives with their new home taking them out onto a mysterious adventure.

  • Wretched by Los Metates Studios

    After Stephanie wakes up in the desert handcuffed to a dead body, she finds herself fighting for her life and soul in a deadly worldwide pandemic.

  • Yucca Flats by T505

    Sometimes a trip to a ghost town is not all it is cracked up to be.


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