Cincinnati, Ohio May 31 - June 2, 2019

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 Insurgent Films for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film KARMA will go on to represent Cincinnati against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

KARMA by Insurgent Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

JOAN LE-FEMME'S VACATION by Mission Impossible Cincinnati

Required Elements

  • Character: Pablo or Paula Septimeechi, Foreign Exchange Student
  • Prop: a milkshake
  • Line: "You need to slow down."

Best Writing

A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

Best Editing

KARMA by Insurgent Films

Best Directing

The Changeup by The Strong Brothers

Best Cinematography

KARMA by Insurgent Films

Best Sound Design

Huff & Puff by Running on E

Best Musical Score

Canadian Runner by paulmaxwell.inc

Best Actor

Chris Gordy KARMA by Insurgent Films

Best Actress

Rachel Becker Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

Best Supporting Actor

Rasheen Jones Whirlwind by Outstanding Media Specialists

Best Supporting Actress

Alishia Lee KARMA by Insurgent Films

Best Ensemble Acting

KARMA by Insurgent Films

Best Graphics

A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

Best Effects

A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

Best Special Effects

Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

Best Make Up

Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

Best Use of Character

Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

Best Use of Prop

JOAN LE-FEMME'S VACATION by Mission Impossible Cincinnati

Best Use of Line

The Changeup by The Strong Brothers

Best Use of Genre

I SEE YOU by Garner Filmmaking

Best Practical Effects

Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

Best Visual Effects

A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

2019 Film List

  • “Paula?” by JustAskHerProductions

    You need to slow down

  • A Christmas Crisis by Happy Medium Productions

    A boy kidnaps a Mall Santa Claus to prove that Santa is real.

  • Canadian Runner by paulmaxwell.inc

    An illegal Canadian immigrant is discovered by and ICE officer. Can he evade capture?

  • Family Tradition by The Reel Deel

    Family members gather at a funeral to tell horrible stories of their despicable grandfather.

  • Hacked: Teen Edition by Team Banzai

    Teen chefs face off for the ultimate challenge.

  • Huff & Puff by Running on E

    One Night.... Three Pigs.... One Wolf

  • I SEE YOU by Garner Filmmaking

    A young woman becomes the target of a strange man with a milkshake obsession

  • ICE ICE Baby by PheelGood Films

    Intentional tourist hiding in plain sight.

  • JOAN LE-FEMME'S VACATION by Mission Impossible Cincinnati

    The obstacle-overcoming escapades of vacationing Joan.

  • KARMA by Insurgent Films

    Three dirty cops try to cover up their murder of an "insignificant" woman, only to discover that their Karma was closer than they realized.

  • Not Half Bad by Cindependent Film Festival

    An abmitious detective and quirky reporter attempt to solve a messy death.

  • Roy Rimington(s) by Earth Burger
  • Seems Kinda' Bad by Trickdog
  • TAG "Transformation Affixal Game by Melanated Gold

    Random strangers are handpicked to play an unorthodox game of tag that will change their lives, win or lose.

  • The Big Comeback by The F.E.R.M

    A Retired Crime Fighter who comes out of retirement for 1 more battle...

  • The Changeup by The Strong Brothers

    A guy tried to win back his ex girlfriend by winning the company softball game and a trip to Hawaii.

  • We the People by Nati's Best

    It's politics as usual when a career politician sets his sights on his next endeavor.

  • Whirlwind by Outstanding Media Specialists

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