Columbus, Ohio July 28 - 30, 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 Backward Slate Productions for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film The Death of Marat will go on to represent Columbus against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

The Death of Marat by Backward Slate Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Ianthe by Cineonymous

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Ready or Not by GWAP Cheddah Grillz LLC

Required Elements

  • Character: Ian or Ilene Lober, Painter
  • Prop: A stool
  • Line: ""I won't let it happen again." OR "I will not let it happen again.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Beggar's Choice by Island Road Media

Audience Favorite: Group B

A Brush with Death by Millennial Falcons

Audience Favorite: Group C

Ready or Not by GWAP Cheddah Grillz LLC

Best Writing

The Painters Apprentice by Bottle opener studios

Best Editing

Ianthe by Cineonymous

Best Directing

The Death of Marat by Backward Slate Productions

Best Cinematography

Collected by PHC Films

Best Sound Design

The Death of Marat by Backward Slate Productions

Best Music

Lullaby by Stalwart

Best Actor

Eric Rine, Lead Beggar's Choice by Island Road Media

Vidas Barzdukas, Supporting The Death of Marat by Backward Slate Productions

Best Actress

Danielle Vettraino, Lead Ianthe by Cineonymous

Rachel Haas, Supporting she's wearing a wire! by g. rex productions

Best Ensemble Acting

Ready or Not by GWAP Cheddah Grillz LLC

Best Graphics

Ready or Not by GWAP Cheddah Grillz LLC

Best Effects

Fatal Art by Growl!

Best Costumes

Montana Smith and the Raw Dog Gang by Blue Dragon Studios

Best Use of Character

Stool by Clear Ice and the Spicy Rice

Best Use of Prop

The Painters Apprentice by Bottle opener studios

Best Use of Line

One More Game by Incompetent Films

2017 Film List

  • $1.67 a day by Stone Mansion Productions

    With his family destitute and his marriage on the rocks, a desperate man considers the ultimate and final sacrifice. Then fate steps in. Twice.

  • A Brush with Death by Millennial Falcons

    A new detective, fresh out of art school, takes on his first case.

  • Average Joe by Ghostbus Productions

    A man tries to find his place in a world of the joyful

  • Avery by Immeasurably More Media

    A young woman inherits a ranch after her mothers passing. She moves in with a young painter of whom she is in love with. After a tragic accident happens to him, can the woman find the strength of her mother to push through and love him or will she fall short.

  • Beggar's Choice by Island Road Media

    A Tale Of Local Survivors

  • Collected by PHC Films

    A dark journey through the mind of an eccentric collector, consumed by his work.

  • Details by 10 Ring Films

    When a young girl is found murdered and discarded, the search for a ruthless killer begins.

  • Family Business.mov by Big Bad Butterfly

    A struggling family business with an overstressed dad, a hardworking son and another son that doesn't realize he's at work gets a visit from their crazy\eccentric grandpa.

  • Fatal Art by Growl!

    The motivation of war

  • Finding Joy by The Improfessionals

    Tormented artist finally finds inspiration and, as a result, Joy.

  • Heirloom Doom by RFPictures

    A young man is given a mysterious antique.

  • Ianthe by Cineonymous

    Years after their separation, a couple finds one another again.

  • Ilene the Dream by Qew Production

    A Well known painter must put a stop to who is trying to ruin her or else have her career tarnished

  • Love on the Line by Storytime Pictures

    Finding beauty is easy for painter Ilene Lober. Finding love is more challenging ...

  • Lullaby by Stalwart

    The closeness of a family as illustrated through a lullaby.

  • Montana Smith and the Raw Dog Gang by Blue Dragon Studios

    A famous outlaw goes through the trials and tribulations of keeping a deadly gang together.

  • Moving Boxes by #2 Productions

    New homeowners come across a box holding mysterious foreign objects from the previous homeowners.

  • Mutual friends by Mayhem Media

    We have tried it all but money is tight and Ian is sick of painting houses. He has come up with yet another harebrained idea. Will it work?

  • Okay Ziggy by Gordon & Sams Golden Slam

    A woman turns to an electronic device to help change her life only to find out that the things she wanted are not the things she needed.

  • One More Game by Incompetent Films

    Love is just another game to her.

  • Ready or Not by GWAP Cheddah Grillz LLC

    There are two types of people in this world. Hiders, and Seekers

  • Sam by Rusty Spork Productions

    Monsters made by monsters

  • she's wearing a wire! by g. rex productions

    watch your mouth

  • Sketchy Situation by Arch City Studio

    Ian Lober's living the life, until he gets an unexpected visitor trying to change his mind.

  • Stool by Clear Ice and the Spicy Rice

    An artist, struggling to balance his painting with his personal life, sees everything flushed away.

  • Take 51 by Static Copy Island

    The story of a man on a never-ending journey of self improvement.

  • The Death of Marat by Backward Slate Productions

    none

  • The Godard Experiement by IzzyNikkiAndrewee

    'All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl'- Jean-Luc Godard

  • The Painter by Bardamazon

    Mysterious death of local women leads to pandemonium.

  • The Painters Apprentice by Bottle opener studios

    A young painter must choice between following his dreams or taking the easel way out.

  • The Things We Leave Behind by Edwin J. Hill

    Estranged for years, a son and a father are reunited after a horrible incident

  • Time of Death by Dank Scenes 2.0

    An aspiring slasher bumbles through his first murders, but luckily, time is on his side.

  • Welcoming Committee by Silver Stage Productions

    It's always nice when your new neighbors invite you for dinner, but sometimes you have to ask yourself: Just what are they cooking up?


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