Chicago, Illinois July 29 - 31, 2011

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 Situational Irony for winning Best Film of 2011. Their film Graduation will go on to represent Chicago against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2012.


1st Place: Best Film of 2011

Graduation by Situational Irony

2nd Place: Best Film of 2011

Midwest by Scout Stories

3rd Place: Best Film of 2011

The Trouble Seeker by Rascals & Rogues

Required Elements

  • Character: Lyle or Lora Engdahl, Writer
  • Prop: a balloon
  • Line: "I better not see this on facebook."

Audience Favorite: Group @

Honorable Mention
Rhinestone Cowboy by Scratch Pad

Audience Favorite: Group A

Dropping the Question by 9 Point 5

Honorable Mention
Graduation by Situational Irony

Audience Favorite: Group B

Lyle's Law by Cinaesthetic Films

Honorable Mention
Falling Upward by Red Rabbit

Audience Favorite: Group C

Still, Moving by Wretched Jester Films

Honorable Mention
Big Dumb Baby by Dirty Borders

Audience Favorite: Group D

Funny Business by Serious Film Professionalz

Best Writing

Graduation by Situational Irony

Best Editing

Graduation by Situational Irony

Best Directing

Graduation by Situational Irony

Best Cinematography

Midwest by Scout Stories

Best Sound Design

Still, Moving by Wretched Jester Films

Best Musical Score

Word of Honor by Nevaeh Film Productions

Best Actor

Undone by Eye Poppy Films

Best Actress

Funny Business by Serious Film Professionalz

Best Graphics

Funny Business by Serious Film Professionalz

Best Special Effects

I AM... EXCELSIOR! by Be Creative Studios

Best Costumes

The Trouble Seeker by Rascals & Rogues

Best Use of Character

Graduation by Situational Irony

Best Use of Prop

Word of Honor by Nevaeh Film Productions

Best Use of Line

Fire Belly by Unicorn Gynecologists

2011 Film List

  • Asylum by Fair Enough Films

    A writer looking for an escape from distractions is disturbed by a presence in the woods.

  • Big Dumb Baby by Dirty Borders

    Trust comes in all sizes.

  • Chapter 10 by You're the Man, Frotto

    "Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it." - Ben Franklin

  • Chicago Heat by Nitestar Productions

    Strong female detective fights drug dealers and a corrupt police force with the help of a budding crime blogger

  • Compulsion by Mugshots Production

    A veteran cop, who has the inability to let things go.

  • Deadline by Daydream Team

    Based on a True Story

  • Dropping the Question by 9 Point 5

    One man's journey to give his girlfriend the perfect proposal, but when everything goes wrong, he realizes that he was the only perfect thing she wanted.

  • El Mulo by Throw Me A Peanut

    Happy go lucky writer turned drug mule.

  • Fade to Black by Juice Wagon

    A missing writer's book inspires a series of murders, and sends a headstrong detective on a quest for the truth.

  • Falling Upward by Red Rabbit

    When a down on his luck slob finds the girl of his dreams, he must beat an old rival to win her heart.

  • Fire Belly by Unicorn Gynecologists
  • Funny Business by Serious Film Professionalz
  • Ghost Hunter by Chase

    Some basements aren't mean't for the brave.

  • Graduation by Situational Irony

    A man believes that a popular teen novel series can accurately predict the future.

  • I AM... EXCELSIOR! by Be Creative Studios

    A golden age retiring superhero meets with an enthusiastic writer to talk about the new generation of heros until one interupts their conversation.

  • Jumpin' on High by Andrew Ryan Productions

    An eccentric old man saves a young boy's innocence

  • Let Them Eat Cake by A is for Amateur

    A leisurely day is interrupted by a crime. Stan is on the case...and he's not taking any balloon-y.

  • Lyle's Law by Cinaesthetic Films
  • Midwest by Scout Stories
  • Politics by Up and Over

    How far would you go to uphold an oath?

  • Rhinestone Cowboy by Scratch Pad
  • Still, Moving by Wretched Jester Films

    A man with a unique afflication, tries to break the bonds of his less than ordinary existence.

  • The Final Equation by Cosmic Sneeze

    A woman on the verge of a major breakthrough, unexpectedly discovers the consequences of her actions.

  • The Fourth by 945 Productions

    A modern woman redefines the search for love and finds what she wants... one man at a time.

  • The Girl With the Red Balloon by Shot Time Productions

    A girl find happiness by telling stories.

  • The Powers That Be by CinémaLabs

    Struggling to come to terms with his identity and what he's become and young man seeks help, only to encounter his greatest fear.

  • The Red Beacon by SCR

    A young writer meets his idol only to be very shocked at what he finds

  • The Test by Flashlight Pictures

    In a future society, a writer and her husband must first pass a carefully monitored month-long test with a mechanical baby in order to obtain a human child.

  • The Trouble Seeker by Rascals & Rogues
  • The Winning Number by Tower Guard Production & Anecdote Production

    One family rediscovers the meaning of having it all.

  • The Workshop Leader by Murmur Productions

    Fifteen years after his critically claimed first book, Lyle Engdahl has failed to deliver on his literary expectations. With nothing going for him but a workshop for aspiring authors taught out of his own living room, Lyle is on the brink of giving up and subsiding to a life of complacency, that is if his deteriorating psyche doesn't get to him first.

  • Undone by Eye Poppy Films

    A story of lives rewritten

  • What Darkness Reveals by Figments of Imagination

    While searching for clues to her missing father, a girl discovers a truth in the dark shadows beneath the floorboards.

  • Where Has It Gone? by Fumo Productions

    Where has it gone

  • Word of Honor by Nevaeh Film Productions

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