Houston, Texas June 15 - 17, 2018

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 Lit Films for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Roomies will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Roomies by Lit Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

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October 5 - 7, 2018

Required Elements

  • Character: Dennis or Denise Merino, Mathematician
  • Prop: a wrapped present
  • Line: "On your mark, get set, go!"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Honorable Mentions
11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds
Do You Believe in Love? by Stavis Film
Ready, Set, Go by Earth Sandwich

Audience Favorite: Group B

GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute

Roomies by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
It's All Fun & Games by Velocithatsawraptor
In His Shoes by DKB Film Productions
One Last Casino by Powderkeg Productions

Best Writing

11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mentions
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions
Roomies by Lit Films

Best Editing

Roomies by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Directing

Roomies by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds
GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute

Best Cinematography

11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mentions
Roomies by Lit Films
It's Time by 2 Man Cru

Best Sound Design

GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute

Honorable Mentions
Roomies by Lit Films
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Musical Score

It's Time by 2 Man Cru

Honorable Mentions
Roomies by Lit Films
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Song

Ca$h Roomies by Lit Films

Honorable Mentions
Game Night It's All Fun & Games by Velocithatsawraptor
Ready Set Go Ready, Set, Go by Earth Sandwich

Best Actor

Blake McMahon 11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mention
Trey Peyton In His Shoes by DKB Film Productions

Best Actress

Caroline Fullerton 11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mention
Amanda Garcia Faul Wave Interference by Grave Texan Presents

Best Ensemble Acting

Roomies by Lit Films

Honorable Mention
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Graphics

Death By Don by Two Cent Productions

Best Special Effects

GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute

Honorable Mention
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Choreography

Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Honorable Mention
Can You Fight in That? by Bubble and Squeak Productions

Best Set Design

Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Best Make Up

Basket Case by The Debasers

Best Use of Character

It's Time by 2 Man Cru

Honorable Mentions
Wave Interference by Grave Texan Presents
Shuttlecock by DownSwing productions

Best Use of Prop

Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Honorable Mentions
GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute
Wave Interference by Grave Texan Presents

Best Use of Line

11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mentions
Basket Case by The Debasers
Toast by MVA

Best Use of Genre

Death By Don by Two Cent Productions

Honorable Mention
Ready, Set, Go by Earth Sandwich

Best Poster

In His Shoes by DKB Film Productions

Honorable Mention
Roomies by Lit Films

Best Trailer

In His Shoes by DKB Film Productions

Honorable Mention
Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

Most Improved

Wave Interference by Grave Texan Presents

2018 Film List

  • 11 Seconds by Creative Workarounds

    A father and daughter are forced to realize what really matters.

  • 51 by Nuts and Bolts

    Two whacky college students get hold of a mysterious box. They do what they were warned not to do. What's gonna happen next?

  • A Time To by Out of My Own Productions

    Long-term couple Alice and Dennis are about to come to crossroads about their relationship when an unexpected visitor appears at an inopportune moment.

  • Attack of the Spies by Cloud Castle

    Sometimes your greatest enemy is the person trying to kill you

  • Basket Case by The Debasers

    An ordinary man experiences life changes around the Easter holiday

  • Brothers by KV Cinema

    Two bandit brothers have had enough of each other.

  • Can You Fight in That? by Bubble and Squeak Productions

    Washed up martial arts star tries to make a comeback - will it happen?

  • Death By Don by Two Cent Productions

    Once you've reached the top, Where do you go?

  • Do You Believe in Love? by Stavis Film

    Dennis reflects on whether love is really worth the risk.

  • Finding Home by Echo Film School and Studio

    90% of the world's population has vanished without a trace - and one young boy must find his way home

  • GET IN! by McNorta Film Institute

    I guess it's time to meet the neighbors...

  • Hey, Gadget by Perdido Productions

    Recluse Mathematician Dennis Merino unknowingly unleashes a Spy in his house

  • Highway Closure by Perfect Time To Panic Productions

    A young woman goes on a cross country vacation, but finds an unexpected destination.

  • In His Shoes by DKB Film Productions

    An experience with time travel, a young man finds his answers to his new found self as he stumbles upon delicate revelations along his way.

  • It Started in the Jurassic by Gems By Jill

    A day at the museum can bring a rewarding time with interesting natural and historic elements in nature including romance.

  • It's All Fun & Games by Velocithatsawraptor

    A lonely widow wants to have a fun night out, but her evening descends into chaos when an experiment with a Ouija board exposes her new friends embarrassing secrets.

  • It's Time by 2 Man Cru

    Dennis and Rachel shared one special holiday together each year. Could this be their last?

  • Let Me Be Me by And Precision Productions

    The power to stand up against the current and be who you really are.

  • Moving Man by Hitchhikers

    With good power, comes good responsibility

  • My Brothers Keeper by Orange Peel

    A journey of retribution takes a wild wild turn in the west.

  • One Last Casino by Powderkeg Productions

    A team of professional thieves comes out of retirement to hit one last casino.

  • Put Up Your Dukes by Alpha Flight Films

    According to the news, there a chance we may allll diiiiieeee!

  • Ready, Set, Go by Earth Sandwich

    The unlikely story behind a middle aged, math geek, pop music sensation.

  • Roomies by Lit Films

    Three roommates use their apartment's unique feature to smooth out their sales pitch to a potential new leaser.

  • Running the Numbers by The B-Rollers

    A mathematician unwittingly stumbles into a robbery getaway car and hijinks ensue.

  • Shuttlecock by DownSwing productions

    Two bitter rivals square up in the ultimate racquet sport showdown!

  • The Gunslinger by Shallow Pond Films & Must See Cinema

    The Gunslinger helps defend the homestead.

  • Toast by MVA

    Returning back home to celebrate an old teacher's promotion, a former student is reminded of the loss of her father during the celebration and decides calculate an outcome of her fellow guests.

  • Trial Three Seven by Sleepy Panda Productions

    No time like the present.

  • Wave Interference by Grave Texan Presents

    A near future Earth is ravaged by an alien race who travels via starlight.

  • What Would You Do? by Story Teller Films

    A gifted young man faces a life changing dilemma which could make him lose his superpowers forever.

  • Youth of the Nation by Enigmo Media

    The future of this country is in those who come next, now our future will be shaken by who's next on a list.


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