Des Moines, Iowa July 22 - 24, 2016

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 One Genome Short Productions for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film Paid in Full will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Required Elements

  • Character: Timothy or Tiffany Sporeka, Vice-President
  • Prop: a photo of Mom
  • Line: "I just can't believe it." (or "I just cannot believe it.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Honorable Mention
Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Paved by Shrieking Tree

Honorable Mention
Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

Audience Favorite: Group C

Collide by Team First To Enter

Honorable Mention
It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

Audience Favorite: Group D

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Honorable Mention
Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Writing

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Best Editing

Paved by Shrieking Tree

Best Cinematography

Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Best Sound Design

Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Musical Score

Collide by Team First To Enter

Best Actor

Sid Juwarker Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

Best Graphics

Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

Best Special Effects

Saved by the partridge bunch by Baseball Team

Best Choreography

Butch by Silver Screeners

Best Costumes

Vicar by Divergent Cinema

Best Use of Character

Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

Best Use of Prop

Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

Best Use of Line

Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

Most Inappropriate Yet Creative Use of a Pizza Cutter

It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

Miracle on Slice by Owl Mode

Buddies by Spoken Wheel House

2016 Film List

  • Almighty Haul by Tiny Explosions

    Two feuding criminals are caught off guard by a baptismal congregation

  • Buddies by Spoken Wheel House

    Two unusual buddies discover if their friendship will survive, or if they will.

  • Butch by Silver Screeners

    Butch Lawson is an adventurous bounty hunter always there to save the day.

  • Collide by Team First To Enter

    A man realizes that there is an intruder in his house...

  • Don't Tell Your Mother by oddProductions

    A young college student walks into an interview and discovers something unexpected.

  • It's A Girl's World by Team last To Enter

    A man crash lands on a women-only Earth.

  • Magic Pizza by Two Creek Productions

    A magic man with a magic pizza.

  • Miracle on Slice by Owl Mode

    Deep Dish Diplomacy

  • Paid in Full by One Genome Short Productions

    One man goes through hell to say the check is in the mail.

  • Paved by Shrieking Tree

    A man becomes one with the open road.

  • Pyknosis Park by OK, Great

    This is a short tale of missed communications and unfulfilled expectations.

  • Saved by the partridge bunch by Baseball Team

    Family band member has strange face

  • Simply Love by Bad Medicine Films

    A simple couple's simple story of love and their first romantic moment.

  • Slice of Justice by Pineapple Shirt Productions
  • Vicar by Divergent Cinema
  • VIEWER by Krewe De Ten

    A Vice President of a drone company unwitingly records an assasination and fights for survival.


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