Cleveland, Ohio July 10 - 12, 2015

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 Maple Films for winning Best Film of 2015. Their film Early October will go on to represent Cleveland against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2016.


1st Place: Best Film of 2015

Early October by Maple Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2015

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2015

The Wings of Ignorance by Lu Korvette Productions

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Required Elements

  • Character: Kevin or Kelly Joseph, stand-up comedian
  • Prop: jumper cables
  • Line: "Well that's certainly not something you see every day."

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Honorable Mentions
A Stand-Up Kinda Guy by red Bicycle Media
Early October by Maple Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Last Mermaid by Aldous Mustache

Honorable Mentions
Rx's and O's by Chudrucker
The Orientation by Harper Productions

Audience Favorite: Group C

Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon

Honorable Mentions
Jumpstarter by Zumac Films
Return by FNA Productions

Best Writing

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
The Wings of Ignorance by Lu Korvette Productions
The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Best Editing

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
Two Is Company by Valley View Productions
Still Here by Dim Harbor

Best Directing

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon
The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Best Cinematography

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon
Still Here by Dim Harbor

Best Sound Design

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon
Still Here by Dim Harbor

Best Musical Score

Still Here by Dim Harbor

Honorable Mentions
Figure 8 by Black Rose Productions
Early October by Maple Films

Best Song

Teddy Bear Picnic Day closing song Teddy Bear Picnic Day by White Midnight

Best Actor

Matt Weitzenhoffer Early October by Maple Films

Best Actress

Geena Volpe Still Here by Dim Harbor

Honorable Mentions
Tiffani Hilton Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon
Patti Substelny The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Best Supporting Actor

Kevin Hricik Two Is Company by Valley View Productions

Honorable Mentions
Anthony Mittelo Last Laugh by Labyrinth Films
Jonathon Chiarlie That's My Girl... by KePa Productions

Best Supporting Actress

Erica Farr-Miralia Unit 205 by Cardboard Camera

Honorable Mentions
Kathie Dice She Killed Tonight by Lone Buzzard Filmworks
Dayni Mahar Teddy Bear Picnic Day by White Midnight

Best Ensemble Acting

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mentions
Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon
Love's a Drag by NXNE(northbynortheast) Productions

Best Graphics

The Eyes Of Time by TriggFX

Honorable Mentions
The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions
Teddy Bear Picnic Day by White Midnight

Best Special Effects

Kevin the Friendly Ghost by Films in Space Productions

Honorable Mentions
Peacock by Sadness Train
The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Best Make Up

Space Cadet 2 by Garage

Honorable Mentions
Figure 8 by Black Rose Productions
A Stand-Up Kinda Guy by red Bicycle Media

Best Use of Character

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Honorable Mentions
Beacon by Gone Fishin' Productions
Rx's and O's by Chudrucker

Best Use of Prop

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Honorable Mentions
Figure 8 by Black Rose Productions
The Orientation by Harper Productions

Best Use of Line

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

Early October by Maple Films

Honorable Mention
Unit 205 by Cardboard Camera

Funniest Line

Last Laugh by Labyrinth Films

Honorable Mentions
A Stand-Up Kinda Guy by red Bicycle Media
The Last Mermaid by Aldous Mustache

Best Costumes & Makeup

Space Cadet 2 by Garage

Honorable Mentions
A Stand-Up Kinda Guy by red Bicycle Media
Figure 8 by Black Rose Productions

Most Inventive

Return by FNA Productions

Best Location

Two Is Company by Valley View Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Wings of Ignorance by Lu Korvette Productions
Still Here by Dim Harbor

Hottest Ghost Twins

Kevin the Friendly Ghost by Films in Space Productions

Spirit Award

The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

2015 Film List

  • (Don't) Move the Litterbox by my Albatross
  • #42 by Green Screen Warriors
  • A Stand-Up Kinda Guy by red Bicycle Media

    Stuggling stand-up comedian has to make a life-changing decision.

  • Beacon by Gone Fishin' Productions

    A family tragedy brings two old friends back together with some unexpected results.

  • Code Red by Wabi-sabi

    A unique twist on the story of Red Riding hood featuring several other popular fairy tales.

  • Dirty Laundry by Tosche Station

    A man evaluates his past

  • Early October by Maple Films

    A minor league baseball player returns home after being cut from his team.

  • Figure 8 by Black Rose Productions

    A photojournalist documents a strange series of murders, only to find that she is next.

  • Jump Start by Tri-C

    Every so often sexy gets away with murder

  • Jumpstarter by Zumac Films
  • Kevin the Friendly Ghost by Films in Space Productions

    Buying a house and getting something you didn't expect

  • Killed by Focal Point Pictures

    Get it?

  • Last Laugh by Labyrinth Films

    Some people never learn.

  • Love's a Drag by NXNE(northbynortheast) Productions

    Trey and Lisa struggle between remaining buddies or being a couple.

  • My Best Bud by ThatCity Productions
  • Open Mic at the Fillmore by Cosmic Octopus

    Sometimes the jokes on you

  • Peacock by Sadness Train
  • Return by FNA Productions

    somerimes to move forward, you have to go back.

  • Rx's and O's by Chudrucker

    A couple seeks out love...in pill form

  • Sabotage by J-Crew
  • Sammi Girl by Cyclical Phenomenon

    A father

  • She Killed Tonight by Lone Buzzard Filmworks

    A broken car, a stolen cigar and a set of jumper cables walk into a comedy club...

  • Space Cadet 2 by Garage

    I'm so hungry.

  • Spy Fly by Lakeside Studios
  • Standing Up by TheirStory

    Girl cheers up sick sister with her jokes

  • Still Here by Dim Harbor

    A shut in must step outside to face his past in order to move forward.

  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day by White Midnight

    The crazy wackiness that is... Teddy Bear Picnic Day! BOOM!!!!!!!

  • That's My Girl... by KePa Productions

    Split ends aren't a girl's only problem.

  • The Eyes Of Time by TriggFX

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  • The Face by Red Kurtain Productions

    After a series of "accidental" deaths, body parts begin to go missing and the suspect is unknown.

  • The Final Guffaw by Velvet Buck Productions

    A Widow, fed up with her dead husband's family takes her revenge.

  • The Kiss by G and G Media Goup
  • The Last Mermaid by Aldous Mustache

    Two opposing circus forces and an overzealous pastor clash over the fate of the last mermaid.

  • The Orientation by Harper Productions

    When life gives you lemons, you can try and make lemonade.

  • The Punchline by Ring-A-DingDing Productions
  • The Wings of Ignorance by Lu Korvette Productions

    A city inspector has an unexpected afternoon.

  • Top of the Line by Top of the World Productions

    Play Boy Type comic meets his match

  • Two Is Company by Valley View Productions

    Two detectives find themselves in a bigger dilemma than they anticipated

  • Unfamiliar Flavor by Searchbox Productions
  • Unit 205 by Cardboard Camera
  • Visions of Truth by Suffering Spinach Productions

    Seeing your future in others.

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