Asheville, North Carolina June 16 - 18, 2017

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 Team UNCA for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Stooges of War will go on to represent Asheville against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Stooges of War by Team UNCA

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Basket Case by Team Long Shot

Required Elements

  • Character: Paul or Paula Wilhelm, Hypochondriac
  • Prop: A chair
  • Line: ""I'm waiting." OR "I am waiting.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Basket Case by Team Long Shot

Honorable Mentions
The Way Home by Optio Productions
My Show by All Around Artsy

Audience Favorite: Group B

Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Honorable Mentions
It's My Party by Cat Fly
Cuddled by Rainbow Juice

Best Writing

Never Sit A Party Out by Backup Residents

Honorable Mentions
Alignment by Gorilla Films
Basket Case by Team Long Shot

Best Editing

At What Cost by The Moment of Truth

Honorable Mentions
Stooges of War by Team UNCA
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Directing

Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Honorable Mentions
Cuddled by Rainbow Juice
Basket Case by Team Long Shot
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Cinematography

Our Flyboys by Fesiuk Films

Honorable Mentions
At What Cost by The Moment of Truth
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Sound Design

Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Honorable Mentions
Never Sit A Party Out by Backup Residents
Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Best Musical Score

Harbinger by Artivational

Honorable Mentions
Cuddled by Rainbow Juice
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Music

Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Honorable Mention
Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Best Actor

Nathaniel Rosenberger The Way Home by Optio Productions

Honorable Mentions
Jon Brooks Alignment by Gorilla Films
Gil Robinette Basket Case by Team Long Shot
Lance Ball Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Best Actress

Jasmine Handy Cuddled by Rainbow Juice

Honorable Mentions
Carla Robinson The Strange Life of Dame Paula Wilhelm by Blue Bear Productions
Jennifer Russ Open Your Eyes by Transient Films
Sarah Elizabeth Leary Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Best Ensemble Acting

Stooges of War by Team UNCA

Honorable Mentions
Open Your Eyes by Transient Films
Basket Case by Team Long Shot

Best Choreography

Basket Case by Team Long Shot

Honorable Mentions
Stooges of War by Team UNCA
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Costumes

Our Flyboys by Fesiuk Films

Honorable Mentions
The Way Home by Optio Productions
Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Best Use of Character

Alignment by Gorilla Films

Honorable Mentions
Never Sit A Party Out by Backup Residents
Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Best Use of Prop

Never Sit A Party Out by Backup Residents

Honorable Mentions
Open Your Eyes by Transient Films
The Way Home by Optio Productions

Best Use of Line

The Way Home by Optio Productions

Honorable Mentions
Alignment by Gorilla Films
Harbinger by Artivational

Best Use of Genre

Cuddled by Rainbow Juice

Honorable Mentions
Basket Case by Team Long Shot
Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

Best Visual Effects

Entrance by Studio GreyBlue

Honorable Mentions
Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures
Alignment by Gorilla Films

2017 Film List

  • Alignment by Gorilla Films

    A young hair-obsessed nerd discovers a time-bending antique, inspiring him to woo the girl of his dreams but puts him directly in the path of danger.

  • At What Cost by The Moment of Truth

    An outlaw haunted by her past is forced to confront her inner demons.

  • Basket Case by Team Long Shot

    A young boy is dragged against his will to take on new challenges.

  • Beez n Honey by This Year's Unanimous Selection

    Sometimes pleasure is a strange surprise.

  • Cop Out by Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut
  • Crazy Ghouls in Love by Bigger Boat Pictures

    The story of two vampires whose love is tested through the centuries

  • Cuddled by Rainbow Juice

    A professional cuddler's journey.

  • Entrance by Studio GreyBlue

    Shy kids stays with Grandpa

  • Harbinger by Artivational

    It's all in your head.... Or is it?

  • I Found You by Green Leaf Arts

    I'm waiting/I am waiting

  • It's My Party by Cat Fly

    When an album release party turns into a kegger, what seems like innocent fun may actually be sabotage.

  • My Show by All Around Artsy

    A 13 year old girl's obsession of the local theater celebrities twists as her demon within grows stronger.

  • Never Sit A Party Out by Backup Residents

    Don't live your life in fear of "what if" because then you might miss "what is". Reject FOWI (Fear Of What If).

  • Open Your Eyes by Transient Films

    What epiphanies can be gained on an airport run?

  • Our Flyboys by Fesiuk Films

    I'm waiting or I am waiting

  • Patient by Trust Fall Productions

    A pshycologist struggling with grief. Who tries to find a way to cope with the loss of a patient.

  • Stooges of War by Team UNCA

    During the 48 Hour Film Project, team members quickly divide into warring factions as they struggle to decide on a script genre.

  • Swing by Toxic Eagle Studios

    A young couple decides to swing for a night, but it's not what they thought it would be.

  • The Strange Life of Dame Paula Wilhelm by Blue Bear Productions

    Some characters are interesting. Some are just plain crazy.

  • The Way Home by Optio Productions

    Two astronauts search an abandoned planet for fuel, what they find instead is infinitely more troubling

  • This Isn't About You by Electric Eclectic Productions

    After being signed to a major record label., a heavy metal band struggles with identity and music politics as they kickoff their first big tour.


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