New York, New York May 29 - 31, 2015

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 Making Pretend for winning Best Film of 2015. Their film No Grapes No Glory will go on to represent New York against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2016.


1st Place: Best Film of 2015

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

2nd Place: Best Film of 2015

Burn a Friend by Parlor head Films

Required Elements

  • Character: Hugh or Hilda Lawson, Musician
  • Prop: grapes
  • Line: "He said he'd be here." (or "He said he would be here.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Mortem Di Virgo by Armada Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Frenemy Mine by Pizza Kid Productions

Honorable Mention
Dylan Dante:Hungry Messiah by GoodGirl

Audience Favorite: Group C

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

Audience Favorite: Group D

Night Shift by Thursday Shoots

Best Writing

The Back Up Singer by Shutter to Think

Bagged by NOPE

Best Editing

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

Best Directing

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

Best Cinematography

Night Shift by Thursday Shoots

Best Sound Design

Crescendo by FireRock Productions

Best Musical Score

Eastern Western by Gray Format

Best Music

Honorable Mention
Socks And The City by Streetwater Productions

Best Song

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

Best Actor

Joseph Palestina Burn a Friend by Parlor head Films

Best Actress

Meredith Binder Hilda by Gatecrashers

Honorable Mention
Nicola Quinn The Back Up Singer by Shutter to Think

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Burke The Back Up Singer by Shutter to Think

Best Ensemble Acting

No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

Best Special Effects

Night Shift by Thursday Shoots

Best Use of Character

Holiday Blue Bowls by Viaduck

Best Use of Prop

Eat Grape, Love by Extra School Bus

Best Use of Line

Burn a Friend by Parlor head Films

Best Use of Genre

Holiday Blue Bowls by Viaduck

Best Visual Effects

Honorable Mention
Haunted Heart by Killer Goose Films

Honorable Mention - Art Direction

Crack Fiend Dream by Skeleton Crew

2015 Film List

  • A Friend's Friend by Boy Tuxedo

    A man finds himself alone with a friend of a friend with whom he has little in common.

  • A Stain in Time by 789 Films

    To uncover the origin of a mysterious stain, Miles & Kim must embark on an adventure through time!

  • Bagged by NOPE

    Two bumbling detectives race after a master of disguise.

  • Beethoven of Bleecker st. by There.Is.No.I.In

    the lives of a talented artist and a rich socialite couple become entwined after a murder

  • Black Key Piano Method by Renaissance Never Dies

    Desperate music teacher Hilda Lawson tries to promote a new method of playing the piano.

  • Burn a Friend by Parlor head Films

    A couple of buddies go on a hike.

  • Crack Fiend Dream by Skeleton Crew

    One day, one super fan, one wild ride

  • Crescendo by FireRock Productions

    A boy born with his father's genetic gift witnesses evil within his own family, and decides to use his powers for good.

  • Dissecting Love by Fox Duke Productions

    Lawyer investigates a disappearance and discovers 3 love stories

  • Dylan Dante:Hungry Messiah by GoodGirl

    The worlds most famous hunger striker is revealed.

  • Eastern Western by Gray Format

    Duke, The baddest cowboy in Bushwick learns his lesson when messing with the wrong women.

  • Eat Grape, Love by Extra School Bus

    “Eat the fruit while it’s ripe” ­Abraham Lincoln

  • Flip by Red Soil Productions

    How far would you go?

  • For Your Will by Second Look

    Two musicians escape the city to look for inspiration, but instead find an unusual home, an absentee

  • Frenemy Mine by Pizza Kid Productions

    What happens when an imaginary friend is no longer wanted?

  • Fruit Fly by Creative Vomit

    One young girl spends the little she has for a lovely afternoon.

  • Grapeful by FRARG

    Two young actresses fight for the main role in a theater production, facing a mean-spirited director

  • Grapes of Wrock by the patch

    He said he's be here by now

  • Haunted Heart by Killer Goose Films

    On the cusp of stardom,Hugh Lawson had it all until it was violently choked from him.

  • hh by 21st Century Vision Films

    the quick brown fox

  • Hilda by Gatecrashers

    An old free spirit In a modern world.

  • Hilda's Heroes by Pork Chop Films

    Evil comes in many sizes as a comic book fan is tormented by a man who claims to know him.

  • Holiday Blue Bowls by Viaduck

    A secular religious adventure.

  • How To Have a Heart Attack by The Bad and the Beautiful

    A hypochondriac expelled from home finds herself kidnapped and conveniently infectious to others.

  • Inspiration Point by Springtime for Tigers

    When a woman loses her dog, she finds herself the target of a mysterious plot.

  • Knock Knock by AndWith Creative

    After a global attack, coworkers stranded on their office rooftop, deal with an unidentified guest.

  • Lucid by BUTTERFINGERS

    A woman fights against her own insecurities to learn the truth of her reality. What's real or not?

  • Memorial Day by johnnyroq

    Why is this holiday different from all other holidays?

  • Milk Buds by Lost Cause Productions

    Roommates suckle at the teat of friendship.

  • Mortem Di Virgo by Armada Films

    A musician tries to escape from the gig from hell

  • Musical Chairs by 3mm Films

    When the music stops, someone dies...

  • My Buddy Hugh by Cataclysmic Renegade

    Two best friends are up and coming rock stars. After the death of Hugh, Johnny falls apart.

  • Night Shift by Thursday Shoots

    Not all jobs are as easy as they look.

  • No Grapes No Glory by Making Pretend

    A story of how a struggling musician wrote the song about an unappreciated group of workers, who esc

  • No. by Jim Joe Productions

    Jill is trying to get over her parents untimely death, and nothing seems to be going quite right.

  • Pathos by Naked Faun Productions

    Mind-reading Superhero leaves behind his crime fighting life after the death of his lover.

  • Ranger Danger by Green Couch Media

    A disgraced park ranger gets chance to save his career.

  • Siren by Braganza

    A failed musician turned therapist falls for a patient.

  • Socks And The City by Streetwater Productions

    Sock-puppet-street-musicians pair up to defend their turf in this Knock-Your-Socks-Off musical

  • That Bucket List by The Midnight Spectrum Club

    See this documentary: Bubbles can make you explode!

  • The Back Up Singer by Shutter to Think

    Two incompetent criminals kidnap the wrong woman and she must use her wits to escape.

  • The Last Straw by Goose Paint

    A man tries to take his life but is interrupted when his friend calls.

  • The Realm of Tith by Bear Skull Productions

    A cave explorer/adventure seeker gets more what he bargains for when he discovers a mystical cave

  • The Redder The Better by EFAS Productions

    Quiet time IS nine PM.

  • The Waiting Room by Roma Productions

    A musician wrestles with his time in purgatory

  • The Wrath of Grapes by Taylor Hammed Films

    The story of a man who went from average to not so average… in a crappy way.

  • Undone by TKF Productions

    Years after breakdown, woman visits old friends in their new home where things quickly become undone

  • Upgrade by Henro Media

    A musician enlists his brother's help to give the best performance at open mic night.

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