Des Moines, Iowa July 25 - 27, 2014

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 O Town Opus for winning Best Film of 2014. Their film Muddy Water will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2015.


1st Place: Best Film of 2014

Muddy Water by O Town Opus

2nd Place: Best Film of 2014

Divided by Burrito Tuxedo

3rd Place: Best Film of 2014

The Breadwinner by Shrieking Tree

Required Elements

  • Character: Alex or Alexis Simpson, Real Estate Agent
  • Prop: a backpack
  • Line: "That's liquid gold." (or "That is liquid gold.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Gift by 85 Media

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Breadwinner by Shrieking Tree

Audience Favorite: Group C

Method by Team

Audience Favorite: Group D

Commit by One Genome Short Productions

Audience Favorite: Group E

Dig Deeper by white poison industries

Best Writing

The Breadwinner by Shrieking Tree

Honorable Mention
Dig Deeper by white poison industries

Best Editing

Divided by Burrito Tuxedo

Best Directing

Muddy Water by O Town Opus

Best Cinematography

Ditch Brothers by Stengforce

Honorable Mention
Out From Town by Tasting Zoo

Best Sound Design

The Good, The Bad, and The Roommate by Beards Comedy Troupe

Best Actor

Justin Norman The Breadwinner by Shrieking Tree

Ron Calvert The Walk by SouthSiderStudios

Best Actress

Kellie Kramer Method by Team

Honorable Mention
Jill Mclain Sycamore Trail by Two Creek Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

Muddy Water by O Town Opus

Best Graphics

The Big Strike by Bewildered Productions

Best Special Effects

Covert Attraction by 20 to the 4th power plus Y

Best Use of Character

The Walk by SouthSiderStudios

Best Use of Prop

Two Men and a Backpack by Tiny Explosions

Best Use of Line

Dig Deeper by white poison industries

Best Use of Genre

Death Has A Shadow by Slater Maxwell Productions

Best Use of Lighting

Midnight Catastrophe by Playa Peligrosa

Producer's Awards

Method by Team

2014 Film List

  • A Knee to the Heart by Poplar Production

    Shy guy stands tall, falls in love.

  • An Open House by A Shattered Visage

    Alex Simpson is having his first ever open house. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Breaking, Entering by Zebra Tassle Cats

    The ownership of an empty house becomes obscure when two strangers meet with questionable histories

  • Chat Noir by Owl Mode

    A surprise witness to a surprise murder.

  • Closing Costs by Team #2K14

    A realtor arrives to sell a house and has an encounter she never expected.

  • Comforts of Home by Micah Media Productions

    Mother and son struggle to reconnect after father dies

  • Commit by One Genome Short Productions

    Alex Simpson helps friends record their engagement on a camping trip that will be unforgettable.

  • Covert Attraction by 20 to the 4th power plus Y

    Whats your game business or pleasure

  • Death Has A Shadow by Slater Maxwell Productions

    Nightmares really do come true.

  • Delinquent by Brorittos

    Amanda attempts to cut loose with the very crowd she's worried about her younger sister getting into

  • Dex Manly: Case of the... by 5 Furious Flying Ferrets

    a corpse is missing from a crime scene, can Dex locate it or will it be another unsolved crime.

  • Dig Deeper by white poison industries

    A eulogist for those who die with no one is inspired to dig deeper and get to know the deceased.

  • Dimensional Shift by Whatever Works

    A pilot's first flight turns into a quest to reach home.

  • Distortion by Triforce

    A man, stuck in-between two worlds of being a soldier and being a civilian discovers which is real.

  • Ditch Brothers by Stengforce

    Two estranged brothers wreck their car and are forced to wait for help together.

  • Divided by Burrito Tuxedo

    A couple starts drifting apart over time.

  • Estate Of Mind by TurkishDane Pictures

    a real estate agent attempts to kill the tenant of a house so she can sell it.

  • fistful of fries by Admiral Wolverine Lighting Bolts

    fast food contraband from another time

  • Homehunters: Escape Edition by Baseball Team

    Paranoid house shoppers meet the city's top real estate agent

  • In Three Weeks: The Making of... by Parhelion Studios

    A documentary crew follows a ragtag group of filmmakers producing the next great CGI animal film.

  • Joiner Ginsberg Plath by Husky Stache Productions

    A junior advertising executive struggles with authoritarian corporate culture

  • Light at the End by Progressive Collective

    An investigator finds herself caught up in a money laundering operation that keeps going deeper

  • Magical Activity by Virtual Waters Productions

    Magician returns to seek revenge on the one who ridiculed him in the past

  • Method by Team

    An exploration into one woman's passion to improve her craft of acting.

  • Midnight Catastrophe by Playa Peligrosa

    When a woman fears her deceased father's estate is danger, she seeks the help of a seasoned P.I.

  • Muddy Water by O Town Opus

    Power can shift in a heartbeat, when the danger is beneath the surface.

  • Open House by Gate 13 & Company

    two real estate agents compete to sell a house under sexual tension

  • Our Stuff by Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre

    Joel has lost a lot in his struggle with Alzheimer's, but the loss of his wife is too much to bear.

  • Out From Town by Tasting Zoo

    Where are from you?

  • Paradox by South Lemon Studios

    When a detective is called to the scene of his own death, he must accept his fate to find the truth.

  • Red Gold by I Am Jack's Inconsequential Team Name

    empathetic survivor bands together with stranger to survive

  • Roommate by Phase 2 Studio

    A shirtless man goes through the 5 stages of grief.

  • Size Matters by Echo Three Productions

    A frustrated couple, seeking to expand their horizons on the Internet, finds size matters.

  • Snapshot by Blacklight Entertainment

    The chased becomes the chaser as Eric risks everything to learn who is secretly photographing him.

  • Soul'd by Fun & Games Productions

    Alex Simpson is granted eternal youth and immortality in exchange for committing acts of treachery.

  • Sprinter by SmokeMonster Productions

    A backpack through time....

  • Stonewalled by Bold Film Productions

    A hard gasp for air, a confused looking gentleman, named Jim tries to recall past events.

  • Sycamore Trail by Two Creek Productions

    Two joggers meet along a trail. Only one makes it out alive.

  • The Big Strike by Bewildered Productions

    Gangster dame, Lena, seeks to gain her independence by any means necessary.

  • The Breadwinner by Shrieking Tree
  • The Gift by 85 Media

    With the threat of a deadly virus on hand; a married couple try and celebrate the husbands birthday.

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Roommate by Beards Comedy Troupe

    Two hard headed roommates find themselves in a duel for apartment supremacy.

  • The Listing by Phreaks And Geeks

    divorcing couple unearths common ground with the help of their realtor

  • The Walk by SouthSiderStudios

    A walk of shame is more shameful after a traumatic one night stand.

  • Time Travel and You by Team Last To Enter

    The dos and don'ts of time travel...but mostly don'ts.

  • Two Men and a Backpack by Tiny Explosions

    A disturbed man loses a sandwich and follows into another dimension.


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