Houston, Texas June 9 - 11, 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 Story Teller Productions for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film His Last Wish will go on to represent Houston against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

To Die For by Creative Workarounds

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October 6 - 8, 2017

Required Elements

  • Character: Marta or Martin Fuse, Customer Service Specialist
  • Prop: a hairbrush
  • Line: "Let's get this party started!"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Honorable Mention
Just Don't Break by Row 7

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Legend of the Moodle by Broheim Productions

Honorable Mentions
To Die For by Creative Workarounds
My Heart Your Home by The Green Dress

Audience Favorite: Group C

Honorable Mentions
GIRLZ Interrupted by Lady Z Entertainment
Martin Fuse's Underworld by McNorta Film Institute

Audience Favorite: Group D

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mentions
The Honest Truth by Gibb Films
Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

Best Writing

His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

Honorable Mentions
Delivery Date by The Media Department
To Die For by Creative Workarounds

Best Editing

Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Honorable Mention
Delivery Date by The Media Department

Best Directing

Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

Honorable Mention
His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

Best Cinematography

To Die For by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mention
Delivery Date by The Media Department

Best Sound Design

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mentions
His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions
The Legend of Shady Acres by Alpha Flight Films

Best Musical Score

Hotline by Friendship Studios

Honorable Mention
The Legend of Shady Acres by Alpha Flight Films

Best Song

Call My Heart Your Home by Christine Kaye My Heart Your Home by The Green Dress

Best Actor

Guy Cortise The Honest Truth by Gibb Films

Honorable Mention
Alec White The Legend of the Moodle by Broheim Productions

Best Actress

Hayden Guthrie Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

Honorable Mention
Shruthi Bekal His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

The Legend of the Moodle by Broheim Productions

Honorable Mention
My Heart Your Home by The Green Dress

Best Graphics

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Best Special Effects

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Best Choreography

Martin Fuse's Underworld by McNorta Film Institute

Best Costumes

His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

GIRLZ Interrupted by Lady Z Entertainment

Best Set Design

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mention
Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Best Use of Character

Are You There? by Echo Film School

Honorable Mention
Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

Best Use of Prop

Short Fuse by Singularity Multimedia

Honorable Mention
Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

Best Use of Line

The Legend of Shady Acres by Alpha Flight Films

Honorable Mentions
Hotline by Friendship Studios
Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

Best Use of Genre

His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

Honorable Mention
Hotline by Friendship Studios

Cleverest Title

Delivery Date by The Media Department

Honorable Mentions
Brush Hour by MediaTech Houston
Expired by 7th Element Group

Best Location

To Die For by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mentions
Expired by 7th Element Group
Behind The Door by Once More For Safety

Best Genre Mashup

To Die For by Creative Workarounds

Honorable Mentions
Love You To Pieces by GraveTexan Films
My Heart Your Home by The Green Dress

Cutest Film

GIRLZ Interrupted by Lady Z Entertainment

Best Alternate Media

The Legend of Shady Acres by Alpha Flight Films

Creepiest Character

Bleep by CineCut 12

Honorable Mention
Love You To Pieces by GraveTexan Films

Best Newcomer

Once Right by Perdido Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Potion by A&R PRODUCTIONS
Garage Sale by Schick and Schneider

Most Improved

The Legend of the Moodle by Broheim Productions

2017 Film List

  • Are You There? by Echo Film School

    Martin Fuse's can't let go of his tragic past, and as he tries to deal with his daily reality, his memories won't let go.

  • Behind The Door by Once More For Safety

    A human trafficking victim attempts to escape from her captors.

  • Bleep by CineCut 12

    A woman is terrorized by duo of murders.

  • Brush Hour by MediaTech Houston

    A Journey of Love, and Interruptions.

  • Can't Hang Up by Shallow Pond Films in collusion with Must See Cinema

    Is there anything more Kafkaesque than being on the phone with customer service? Frank finds out.

  • Close Encounter II by Tellurion Filmworks

    After a close encounter, three find themselves on edge and ready to fight.

  • Crime of Passion by Dark Sun Film

    Passion can lead to corruption, and innocence has to place

  • Crime Travel by Sulfur Falcon Productions

    Two magical detectives get lost in time chasing an evil sorcerer.

  • Delivery Date by The Media Department

    Can a water delivery man, thrust into an unknown situation, save TIME, and everyone in it?

  • Expired by 7th Element Group

    A mortician receives a phone call from an unlikely place that offers him a changes to return to happier times.

  • Fantransical by Sweet Baby Shabango

    The Best Christmas Gift Ever

  • Garage Sale by Schick and Schneider

    Two students conduct an interview with a local small businessman. They were not prepared...

  • GIRLZ Interrupted by Lady Z Entertainment

    Three girls fight through challenges and disruptions in both real and imaginary worlds in search of an adventure

  • Group Hug by Cone Man Running Productions

    We all give what we can to atone. Some give more than others...

  • His Last Wish by Story Teller Productions

    Haunted by the death of her husband, a military widow sets out on a journey to fulfill her husbands last wish

  • Hotline by Friendship Studios

    A man using a soulmate matching services is surprised when he is paired with another man as his soulmate.

  • Janet 5000 by More Than 4 Productions

    As the oldest and most responsible child of a dysfunctional family prepares to leave for college, he buys his family an android to take his place.

  • Just Don't Break by Row 7

    A lackluster office party, an uninvited guest...uninvited consequences.

  • Lens Wars by High Velocity Productions

    This isn't our first attempt...or second...

  • Love You To Pieces by GraveTexan Films

    Found footage from a cancelled dating show shows that dating can be deadly.

  • Martin Fuse's Underworld by McNorta Film Institute

    This ain't no Kate Beckinsale's Underworld...

  • My Heart Your Home by The Green Dress

    Two people thought to be so unalike one another, discover they aren't so different after all.

  • Once Right by Perdido Productions

    Faced with mortality, a woman reflects on her life's mistakes and ultimate blessing.

  • Short Fuse by Singularity Multimedia

    A down on his luck customer service worker seeks an avenue to release his pent up rage. He turns to the sport of boxing.

  • The Barbary Coast by Perfect Time To Panic Productions

    San Francisco's infamous Barbary Coast in 1890 was the location of many stories, most of them sinful.

  • The Honest Truth by Gibb Films

    A socially awkward man weaving his way through life, friendship and love

  • The Legend of Shady Acres by Alpha Flight Films

    We like being Shady!

  • The Legend of the Moodle by Broheim Productions

    During the first week of a new job, a young man learns a valuable lesson that could affect his destiny.

  • The Potion by A&R PRODUCTIONS

    Hoping to get some time off with his otherwise busy girlfriend, a man learns that he is trapped in a time loop after consuming a potion that he accidentally concocted.

  • To Die For by Creative Workarounds

    When the trappings of all her efforts to achieve "the good life" are shattered by tragedy, Erin Hannover's notions of what really matters in life are changed forever.


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