Houston, Texas June 8 - 10, 2012

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 Raven Films for winning Best Film of 2012. Their film Crackerjack will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2013.


1st Place: Best Film of 2012

Crackerjack by Raven Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2012

Southbound by 5aucey Cinema

3rd Place: Best Film of 2012

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Required Elements

  • Character: Jacob or Jasmine Alexander, Chef or Cook
  • Prop: a briefcase
  • Line: "Here's where it gets tricky." (or "Here is where it gets tricky.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mentions
Southbound by 5aucey Cinema
Lost And Found by T. Berglin

Audience Favorite: Group B

Chance 27 by Houston Film

Honorable Mentions
Twelve Hungry Men by Irony Coast Productions
When I Grow Up by Buttercup Pawductions

Audience Favorite: Group C

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Widow Maker by De-Reality

Honorable Mentions
Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs
Told You So by 4th Collective

Audience Favorite: Group D

Honorable Mentions
The Magical Cookie Maker by Dakayvakid
Dinner Is Served by Purple Wizard Films

Audience Favorite: Group E

Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Commercialist by Pixel Lion
Naparella by Films For Actors

Best Writing

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mentions
Southbound by 5aucey Cinema
The Further Adventures Of Super Karl by Sweet Baby Jesus

Best Editing

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mention
Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Best Directing

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mention
Southbound by 5aucey Cinema

Best Cinematography

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Honorable Mention
Southbound by 5aucey Cinema

Best Sound Design

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mention
When I Grow Up by Buttercup Pawductions

Best Musical Score

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mentions
Southbound by 5aucey Cinema
Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Best Song

Lost And Found by T. Berglin

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mention
Twelve Hungry Men by Irony Coast Productions

Best Actor

James Glen Tucker Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mentions
Michael Raabe Shell Game by Snap Pack
Lee Nichols Chance 27 by Houston Film

Best Actress

Courtney Lomelo Widow Maker by De-Reality

Honorable Mention
Grace Powell & Shiree Nelson When I Grow Up by Buttercup Pawductions

Best Ensemble Acting

When I Grow Up by Buttercup Pawductions

Honorable Mention
Shell Game by Snap Pack

Best Graphics

Honorable Mention
Shell Game by Snap Pack

Best Special Effects

Honorable Mention
Teardrop by Chicken Fried Time Machine Films

Best Choreography

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Best Costumes

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Best Use of Character

Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

Roadside Chef by XP Crew

Honorable Mention
Chance 27 by Houston Film

Best Use of Prop

All That Glitters by Echo Pictures

Jacob's Destiny by Last Minute Productions

Honorable Mention
Widow Maker by De-Reality

Best Use of Line

Told You So by 4th Collective

Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

Honorable Mention
Teardrop by Chicken Fried Time Machine Films

Best Use of Genre

Shell Game by Snap Pack

Chance 27 by Houston Film

Honorable Mentions
Jacob's Destiny by Last Minute Productions
Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Best Twist Ending

Sugar by GOBO GANG

Honorable Mention
Naparella by Films For Actors

Creepiest Villian

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Honorable Mentions
Dinner Is Served by Purple Wizard Films
Widow Maker by De-Reality

Most Awkward Moment

Sage Like Advice by Spindletop Pictures

Honorable Mention
Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

Most Improved

Chance 27 by Houston Film

Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Most Annoying Character

Your Turn? by Mixed Nuts

2012 Film List

  • A Father's Love by Vertical Project

    Can a father save his two daughters from their greatest fear?

  • All That Glitters by Echo Pictures

    Here is where it gets tricky

  • All's Well That Ends Well by YouAlreadyKnow

    All's Well That Ends Well

  • Avocado by West Gray Films

    A determined man tries to make it as a chef...despite his bad tasting food and fetish to avocados.

  • bad wolf film by Bad Wolf Films

    A dinner date goes badly when jacobs roomate refuses to leave.

  • Badlands by Playboy Caviar

    In a post-Apocalyptic world, we find a man on a journey to save what's left.

  • Botched by The Filminators

    Here's where it gets tricky.

  • Breaking Mad by Los Tall Boys Media

    Who says you can't go home again?

  • Briefcase by The Specials

    A Fantasy Tale About Jasmine Alexander

  • Bruté by Long Paper

    The friendship between two criminals is challenged when one is ordered to take the other one's life

  • Chance 27 by Houston Film

    Here is where it gets tricky

  • Charlie's Horse by Brockley Jack

    2 guys 1 girl and a horse

  • Cooking with Veleno by The Blue Team

    A popular TV chef is served up an offer he can't refuse.

  • Crackerjack by Raven Films

    In the late 1930s south, a psychopath wreaks havoc on a young couple.

  • Crooked by Voodoo Studios

    Two unconventional detectives meet the citizenry and get a sweet TV out of the deal.

  • Day Dreams by Perfect Time To Panic Productions

    Young boy, unhappy with his father, imagines himself as Indian in old west.

  • Dinner Is Served by Purple Wizard Films

    WNN Action News gives you the latest on zombie and human integration. The story at nine!

  • Family is a work of Heart by Mayor of Cat Town

    Facing the loss of her mother,13 year old Rosebud struggles to accept her stepfather into her heart.

  • File 307 by Red Star Studios

    Even alone you have company

  • God has nothing to do with this by Super Deluxe Ultra Mega Force Extreme

    Brothers truly will go through hell for eachother

  • H Town by TheRelish

    Here's where it might get tricky!

  • Happy Fathers Day by Wah wah productions

    A daughter takes charge and helps her mother make a life changing decision to rise above abuse

  • Hit Mom by Earth Sandwich

    The story of one assassin's struggle to balance career and family

  • Holiday on Ice by Broheim Productions

    When a man brings his new girlfriend home for the holidays, true motivations are revealed

  • Home cooking by Two Cent Production

    A young lady turns her life around after findin her love of cooking.

  • Homeless Cuisine by Random Pro Films

    Moc. Inc. Decides to make a documentary about the famous homeless chef, Jacob Alexander.

  • I Wish by Big Tree Group

    Wishes fulfilled from supernatural sources don't always turn out to be what you imagined.

  • Jacob's Destiny by Last Minute Productions

    An unexpected surprise drops in on a restauranteur for a morning cocktail

  • Jeremy by The Dream Team

    "Find out who Jeremy is?"

  • Last Resort by Vitamin Q Productions

    One women's struggle to survive her nightmares in an appocalyptic world.

  • Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

    Significant details get lost in translation with their foreign chef when a neurotic couple who owns

  • Lost And Found by T. Berglin

    sometimes you lose things

  • Meal of My Dreams by Cone Man Running

    A refined critic's palate. An aspiring chef. Future or famine?

  • Naparella by Films For Actors

    A dreamer meets her match

  • Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

    Was Gandhi Right?

  • Poolside Conversations by PolderProjects Productions

    Man kills wife, mistaking her treasure hunt for an affair with the cook.

  • POV (point of view) by The Artist Factory

    Nothing is ever as it seems

  • Prey by Ushtaang

    Jacob, who's on a mission to take down Jasmine is in for tricky situation.

  • Ready Ice Teddy by ShawMora

    One day, you'll be cold.

  • Roadside Chef by XP Crew

    Aspiring food truck operator finds out the dream he pursues is not all it's cracked up to be.

  • Rob Dat Work by High Velocity Productions

    Cooking up a snow cone

  • Sage Like Advice by Spindletop Pictures

    A quirky office employee takes love advice from a chef.

  • Schizo by Bright Eyes Productions

    While struggling with Schizophrenia, Mo, begins to be stalked by a man who seems to be everywhere.

  • Served by Sacapuntas

    Troubled chef tormented by a man in a unicorn mask.

  • Shell Game by Snap Pack

    Three college coed go to a hostile where they

  • Southbound by 5aucey Cinema

    At a lonely train station, a young man receives love advice from three unlikely strangers

  • Stacks by inTownDigital

    What would you do with it?

  • Steep by Sulfur Falcon Productions

    Two orphans follow different paths tied to their parent's tea house.

  • Sugar by GOBO GANG

    "It's to die for."

  • Summer Trip: Road Vacation by The Posse

    summer road trip gone so, so right

  • Taste vs. Waist by inoursity films

    documentary of two rival chefs forced to be on a cooking show together.

  • Teardrop by Chicken Fried Time Machine Films

    This is where it gets tricky

  • The Bitter Advice by AutumnChild Productions

    The tables are turned when a bartender gets bitter advice from his customers.

  • The Case of My Father by Wobbly

    The son of a deceased detective is pressured to attend the funeral of a father he never knew.

  • The Commercialist by Pixel Lion

    A narcissistic TV personality, under immense stress, takes a trip with his assistant.

  • The Cuisine of Death by Aubergine & Pamplemousse

    Adventure Chef Jasmine Alexander finds the most dangerous and enticing ingredients in the world.

  • The Further Adventures Of Super Karl by Sweet Baby Jesus

    Knickerbee has finally killed Super Karl. Now his henchmen must dispose of the body.

  • The Magical Cookie Maker by Dakayvakid

    A happy go lucky lady discovers someone might have stolen her grandmother's magical cookie recipe!

  • The Magical Nanny Sitting Service by Thru the Trees

    Well, it's finished...!

  • The Root of All Evil by Ella Productions

    family conflicts can yield bad results

  • Timeline by Go Team Hale

    You'll Have a Great Time on our Watch

  • Told You So by 4th Collective

    Put It In the Hole

  • Tricky Business by Stavi Productions

    Teens are forced to grow up fast when confronted with adult problems

  • Twelve Hungry Men by Irony Coast Productions

    The twelve children of a recently-deceasetop TV Chef must work together to receive their inheritence

  • Unfortunate Linked Events by Canned Films

    Jasmine is trapped, by her mind, and she is starting to figure it out.

  • Whatever by Test Team team testing

    test logline

  • When I Grow Up by Buttercup Pawductions

    A family celebration causes an actor to reevaluate her life and her personal definition of success.

  • Widow Maker by De-Reality

    Honor isn't about doing the right thing, its about dealing with the consequence.

  • Your Turn? by Mixed Nuts

    A bomb expert is called to diffuse a bomb and finds out there is something more dreadful than a bomb

  • Zombie Intervention : The Musical by Thibodeaux Productions

    When a young woman must face her zombie addiction straight on -- fortunate for her, she finds help.


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