Buffalo, New York August 10 - 12, 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 Vegan Leather for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Summer Lost will go on to represent Buffalo against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

Required Elements

  • Character: Paula or Paul Grigsby, Collector
  • Prop: a tomato
  • Line: ""I can't do it without you." OR "I cannot do it without you.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

cyrano2.0 by Generous Blur

Honorable Mention
Gigi and the Electrix by The Good Taste Club

Audience Favorite: Group B

Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

Honorable Mention
School's On! by PizzaDog Studios

Best Writing

Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

Best Editing

cyrano2.0 by Generous Blur

Best Directing

Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

Best Cinematography

Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Sound Design

Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

Best Musical Score

School's On! by PizzaDog Studios

Best Acting

Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

Best Actor

John Barden Gigi and the Electrix by The Good Taste Club

Best Actress

Lisa Vitrano Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

Best Graphics

School's On! by PizzaDog Studios

Best Effects

cyrano2.0 by Generous Blur

Best Choreography

Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Costumes

Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

Best Use of Character

I Dream of Weenie by Buffalo

Best Use of Prop

Saucy by Dark Labs

Best Use of Line

Layla by Kitchen Productions

Queen of the 48

Danielle Morgera Big Talker by SWG Productions

Social Media Outreach (Cauton Tired Filmmakers Ahead)

Saucy by Dark Labs

Honorable Mention
Layla by Kitchen Productions

Spirit of the 48

I Dream of Weenie by Buffalo

Drinkin' Buddies by Fighting Mongoose Pictures

Big Talker by SWG Productions

2018 Film List

  • After Hours at Dante's Inferno Room by Jiang Hu Cinema
  • Big Talker by SWG Productions

    While following an anonymous tip in a cold case murder, a detective discovers a frantic world of lies and deceit.

  • Causal Loop by Lake Bottom Pictures

    A depressed man struggles to find purpose while attempting to complete his thesis on time travel.

  • Country Rodes by Power Lens Productions

    A struggling country singer and his nosey wife try to solve a murder in the old west.

  • cyrano2.0 by Generous Blur

    A couple on a date find themselves in awkward situations because they both subscribe to a sub par live dating support service.

  • Drinkin' Buddies by Fighting Mongoose Pictures

    An alcoholic gains mysterious powers from and over passing meteor which he must use to defeat a maniacal "collector" and rescue his drinking buddy.

  • Eyes Like Mine by Partially Submerged Elephants

    A fateful encounter during the mid-1800s of two dispirited individuals seeking an escape from their grim circumstances.

  • Get On, Get By by Gemhouse

    Love conquers circumstance.

  • Gigi and the Electrix by The Good Taste Club

    A mockumentary about Eddie, the number one fan of the washed-up band 'Gigi and the Electrix' and his efforts to put on one last show for his idols.

  • I Dream of Weenie by Buffalo

    Man finds more than just his weenie

  • In Security by Rivers INKD

    Listen to your heart.

  • Layla by Kitchen Productions

    Turkish injustice against women and children.

  • Lessons by Shut Up Mom I'm Making a Film Productions

    A woman discovers the hardest life lessons can come from the unlikeliest of sources.

  • Paul Grigsby's High School Reunion by Couple Guys

    Paul Grigsby has second thoughts about attending his ten year high school reunion until he meets a friendly stranger.

  • Rotten Tomato by BMVM

    Billy has a dinner date with his girlfriend's family. This is his first time meeting the Grigsby family and first impressions are darker than expected.

  • Saucy by Dark Labs

    A young, sheltered, country tomato, against the approval of his parents, starts to explore the world of dating and falls in love with a city girl.

  • School's On! by PizzaDog Studios

    An elementary school principal pushes his staff of eccentric teachers to get prepared for a very special first day of school.

  • Sliced by A Ray of Color

    A woman who encourage others to live their best lives finds herself in danger of slipping into old habits

  • Summer Lost by Vegan Leather

    What really happened to Summer Grigsby?

  • The 11th Commandment by Beef Stewdios

    Don't give up the Intel

  • The Mad Libber by Cobb's Hill Productions

    An incompetent therapist never solves his patients problems

  • The Obol by The Pack Mules

    A modern perspective on ancient beliefs regarding the transition from life to death

  • The Plate Situation by Not Guilty!

    One man can save his town.

  • The Story of Us by Buffalo Above

    A distant couple sees the evolution of their own relationship during a visit to the movies only to find out they are closer than ever before.


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