Des Moines, Iowa July 21 - 23, 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 Bad Medicine Films for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film The Stepfather will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Human Nature by Civil Union

Required Elements

  • Character: Freddy or Fiona Brown, Poet
  • Prop: a rubber band
  • Line: "You heard what she said."

Audience Favorite: Group A

World War X-Mas by white poison industries

Honorable Mention
One Last Race by Zef Rafaz Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

RE:Pete by One Genome Short Productions

Honorable Mention
Time Bridge by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

Honorable Mention
Snap Back by Tiny Explosions

Best Writing

RE:Pete by One Genome Short Productions

Best Editing

Jury Duty by Shrieking Tree

Best Directing

World War X-Mas by white poison industries

Best Cinematography

The Third State by Team Last To Enter

Best Sound Design

RE:Pete by One Genome Short Productions

Best Musical Score

D - Light by Two Creek Productions

Best Acting

Kimberly Scarfe Jury Duty by Shrieking Tree

Kimberly Scarfe The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

Best Special Effects

Time Bridge by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Best Choreography

Human Nature by Civil Union

Best Costumes

Avenging Spirit by 1 MAYHEM NATION

Best Make Up

The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

Best Use of Character

World War X-Mas by white poison industries

Best Use of Prop

Time Bridge by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

Best Use of Line

The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

2017 Film List

  • 5tretch by (Pro) Crastinator

    Fiona knows we all grow and change, learning to forgive and accept can be the most difficult journey of all.

  • Answered Prayers by Gladhouse Studio

    Stranded lady encounters strange old men in a cabin in woods.

  • Avenging Spirit by 1 MAYHEM NATION
  • Between the Lines by Extempore Pictures

    When the love of her life goes missing she must do whatever it takes.

  • Coming Soon by Primitive Filmworks

    None

  • D - Light by Two Creek Productions

    Always try to stay social.

  • Dying for a Grandchild by Shoot n Scoot

    Raymond Green struggles to accomodate the last wishes of his mother by finding a grandchild before she passes away, racing against time and family to be included in the will.

  • Ezra by Arbitrare Films

    Unstuck in time, a man chases the fleeting image of a woman named Fiona who he believes to be his only constant. His consciousness travels through a loop of moments through his life on an endless quest to find answers.

  • Fiona by BOSS BITCH

    Fangirls are a whole different animal.

  • Free Verse by Sliding Rock Productions

    Never mess with a mother.

  • Human Nature by Civil Union

    What is truly in our nature?

  • It by Team FIIP

    There is no going back.

  • Jury Duty by Shrieking Tree

    A desperate man on the run must do anything to keep his family safe. Even if it means killing them.

  • Kid & His Caddy by Jump The Shark

    Pressure ramps up for a 'big shot' disc golfer as a tournament day approaches.

  • La Beastie Dreams by Porkchop & Sushi

    Young songwriter dreams of her first music video.

  • Look Up by Ok, Great

    He notices her, but will she look up in time to notice him?

  • One Last Race by Zef Rafaz Productions

    The competitive spirit lives on among two middle-aged men, who battle one another to be the first to cross the finish line.

  • Pizza Delivery by Molten Lotion

    A pizza delivery gone wrong.

  • Poetic Justice by Saladfist

    At the request of his granddaughter, a retired private investigator tells the story of one of his most famous cases.

  • Poetry Flowetry by Suburbians

    A short fun stroy of a high schooler who falls in love with a poet.

  • Quality Time by Jackson Galactic

    Sing along. Eat some cake. Disappear.

  • RE:Pete by One Genome Short Productions

    Struggling salesmen is on the clock to meet his quota. Will he do it in time?

  • RubberDating by Dok Studios

    When App dating becomes a event to watch

  • Silence by Trans-Iowa Canal Company

    Freelance composer finds her new gig is more challenging than she expected.

  • Snap by Fried Ice

    A Detective that has a distorted perception of reality chases after the local serial killer.

  • Snap Back by Tiny Explosions

    Four friends out for a joy ride get trapped on a mysterious road.

  • The B by Poplar Production

    Two women stand accused for a heinous crime. Their fate was decided by the simplest undertaking. See where the letters fall in this riveting retelling of an incredible story.

  • The Bonus by shout about.

    What would you do for $200?

  • The Fixer by Metro Oscar Mayer

    He needed a fixer. And she needed money.

  • The Goatman Cometh by Owl Mode

    Where this film ends your fantasy begins.

  • The Stepfather by Bad Medicine Films

    A grieving mother makes an unbreakable promise to her son.

  • The Third State by Team Last To Enter

    A poet tries to improve his writing through lucid dreaming, but will he take it too far?

  • Time Bridge by The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly

    Time travel is about to change Floyd Brown's life.

  • Time Kettle by Firetrucker Films

    When waiting to try a new beer is too long and frustrating, just hop through time.

  • World War X-Mas by white poison industries

    In a not-so-distant future, citizens of the former United States suffer under the authoritarian rule of a dictatorial Santa Claus, as Christmas slowly consumes their lives.

  • Worm by Silver Eagle Productions

    A man seeks out a lone fisherman in the woods with the intention to harm. However, he has difficulties after he discovers his victim is not who he seems to be.


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