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

Audience Favorite: Group D

Honorable Mention
Dinner Is Served by Purple Wizard Films

Audience Favorite: Group E

Le Chat by Popular Outcasts Productions

Honorable Mention
Naparella by Films For Actors

Best Writing

Crackerjack by Raven Films

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

Best Editing

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Shell Game by Snap Pack

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

Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

Shell Game by Snap Pack

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

Best Song

Crackerjack by Raven Films

Lost And Found by T. Berglin

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

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

  • All That Glitters by Echo Pictures

    Here is where it gets tricky

  • Chance 27 by Houston Film

    Here is where it gets tricky

  • Crackerjack by Raven Films

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

  • Dinner Is Served by Purple Wizard Films

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

  • Jacob's Destiny by Last Minute Productions

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

  • 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

  • Naparella by Films For Actors

    A dreamer meets her match

  • Once Upon A Time In India by Low Carbs

    Was Gandhi Right?

  • Roadside Chef by XP Crew

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

  • Sage Like Advice by Spindletop Pictures

    A quirky office employee takes love advice from a chef.

  • 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

  • Sugar by GOBO GANG

    "It's to die for."

  • Teardrop by Chicken Fried Time Machine Films

    This is where it gets tricky

  • The Further Adventures Of Super Karl by Sweet Baby Jesus

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

  • Told You So by 4th Collective

    Put It In the Hole

  • Twelve Hungry Men by Irony Coast Productions

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

  • 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


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