Washington, District of Columbia October 20 - 22, 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 Ugly Susans for winning Best Film of 2017. Their film Reverse will go on to represent Washington against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.


1st Place: Best Film of 2017

Reverse by Ugly Susans

2nd Place: Best Film of 2017

The Excerptcist by Crash of Rhinos

3rd Place: Best Film of 2017

Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Pat or Patricia Nelson, paid driver
  • Prop: spoon
  • Line: "That's why I came."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Weekend Getaway by DC Dogs

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Excerptcist by Crash of Rhinos

Audience Favorite: Group C

Ghost Cop: Part 2 by DC Stunt Coalition

Best Writing

The Excerptcist by Crash of Rhinos

Honorable Mention
Silphium by PrePreProductions

Best Editing

The Excerptcist by Crash of Rhinos

Best Directing

Reverse by Ugly Susans

Best Cinematography

Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

Honorable Mention
Made in America by CHELSEA's CLUMP

Best Sound Design

Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

Best Actor

Louis Lavoie Reverse by Ugly Susans

Best Actress

Christine Asero Weekend Getaway by DC Dogs

Best Use of Character

Reverse by Ugly Susans

Best Use of Prop

Reverse by Ugly Susans

Best Use of Line

After Dusk by The Edge of Edgy

Best Poster

Meat Up by Snarly Beast

Best Score

The Survivor by Lofton Films

Honorable Mention
Meat Up by Snarly Beast

Best Monster

Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

Honorable Mention
Gentrestein by Cinema Murcielago

Best Scare

Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

Best Cast Ensemble

The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

Honorable Mention
After Dusk by The Edge of Edgy

Best Special Effects / Visual Effects

The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

Best Trailer

The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

Producer Award

The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

Honorable Mention
The Survivor by Lofton Films

Best Scream

The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

Best Makeup

Ghost Cop: Part 2 by DC Stunt Coalition

Best Choreography

Ghost Cop: Part 2 by DC Stunt Coalition

Best Villain

Amanda Haddock Silphium by PrePreProductions

Best Graphics

Silphium by PrePreProductions

Best Art Direction / Production Design

The Survivor by Lofton Films

Best Original Song

I’ll Never Leave by Krewski

Best Twist

Weekend Getaway by DC Dogs

2017 Film List

  • After Dusk by The Edge of Edgy

    Due to ancient curse, 7 strangers must fight to the death.

  • Bartholomew by Poor Bastard Productions

    Carlos falls asleep in his car ride home, and wakes up to a nightmare.

  • BRACELET by Liberated Muse Arts Group

    Returning home from college after a traumatic incident, a young woman discovers a mysterious find on her family's property

  • Captured by Bitcoin Accepted

    Selfies are just harmless fun...right?

  • Commitment by Shrug Productions

    How far would you go for the ones you love?

  • Gentrestein by Cinema Murcielago

    Sometimes, it takes a village, to find yourself

  • Ghost Cop: Part 2 by DC Stunt Coalition

    A paranormal investigator's paid driver is waiting outside while he does a job only to be accosted by the actual police

  • Good Bones by Shannondoah Films

    For the young, hungry, go-getter realty investor Kelly Mullins, ambition can become a costly expense.

  • Haunt Me by Electric Manatee Pictures

    A witch is home alone for the holidays. Or is she?

  • I’ll Never Leave by Krewski

    An artistic film of broken promises.

  • Lolly's Gag by We Have This!

    "While searching for her missing friend, a young woman makes a startling discovery and comes face-to-face with one of the Internet’s scariest young stars."

  • Made in America by CHELSEA's CLUMP

    A woman enters a rehab facility, where she unknowingly becomes part of an experiment conducted by an unscrupulous scientist.

  • Meat Up by Snarly Beast

    A group of strangers, meet for night of fun that turns into a day of horror.

  • Mummy's Home by Rebel Alliance Film Coalition

    A mummy is accidently awoken by a teen witch. How will they stop her from haunting the house?

  • No Pattern by Plan R Films

    When it comes to investigating a serial murderer you have to find the pattern.

  • On/Off by Crowded Elevator Pictures

    After a brief encounter between a young paid driver and a passenger, we learn we're not always safe in the light.

  • RARE by Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater

    Dinner is served, but who is on the menu?

  • Reverse by Ugly Susans

    A man is faced with his darkest secret.

  • Silphium by PrePreProductions

    A pregnant woman's routine visit to the doctor takes a dark turn.

  • Succumb by Resourceful Films

    The short tale of two siblings that succumb to the curse of the woods.

  • The Excerptcist by Crash of Rhinos

    When little Peter is "under the weather", Uncle Pat tries to scares him straight with tales of terror.

  • The Infected by Discordian Films

    The worst diseases are found in the woods.

  • The Least Among Us by Tohubohu Productions

    A driver for hire seeks out a specialized set of people to remove a terrifying curse... or so he believes.

  • The Survivor by Lofton Films

    Doomsday prepper Pat Nelson is caught off guard by the zombie apocalypse while performing his job as a paid driver, and attempts to reach his cache of weapons at home before it's too late.

  • Touched by Ordinary Man Productions

    A mysterious woman challenges a man to the point of insanity. You can't fix something that isn't broken.

  • Weekend Getaway by DC Dogs

    George and Martha's weekend getaway doesn't go quite as planned.


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