Des Moines, Iowa July 30 - August 1, 2021

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 Peach Fuzz Productions for winning Best Film of 2021. Their film Pay What You Can will go on to represent Des Moines against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2022.


1st Place: Best Film of 2021

Pay What You Can by Peach Fuzz Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2021

The Golfin' Man vs. Tina... by Cutting Room Floor

3rd Place: Best Film of 2021

An Act of Revenge by Mixed Pictures

Required Elements

  • Character: Tim or Tina Woods, tour guide
  • Prop: Paper Sack/Paper Bag
  • Line: ""Do you have a package for me?""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Pay What You Can by Peach Fuzz Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Stolen Heart by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Golfin' Man vs. Tina... by Cutting Room Floor

Best Writing

An Act of Revenge by Mixed Pictures

Best Editing

Empty Hands by Illustrate

Honorable Mention
Pinecrest Circle by Just Create

Best Directing

Hannah Wright Empty Hands by Illustrate

Best Cinematography

The Beast of the East by Lumen Productions

Best Sound Design

The Beast of the East by Lumen Productions

Best Music

Straight to the Chase by The BG Collective

Best Song

The Golfin' Man vs. Tina... by Cutting Room Floor

RUNNER UP Stolen Heart by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

Best Actor

Dan Haymes An Act of Revenge by Mixed Pictures

Best Actress

RUNNER UP- Sydney Burt Pinecrest Circle by Just Create

WINNER-Eva Andersen The Bagelers by Wavy Films

Best Ensemble Acting

Pay What You Can by Peach Fuzz Productions

Best Costumes

RUNNER UP FOUND by Twin Sun Pictures

WINNER The Northern Stranger by Team Last to Enter

Best Use of Character

Pay What You Can by Peach Fuzz Productions

Best Use of Prop

The Golfin' Man vs. Tina... by Cutting Room Floor

Best Use of Line

Stolen Heart by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

Best Use of Genre

What Follows the Shadows by City M Productions

Best Visual Effects

RUNNER UP Finding Ernie by Gladhouse Studio

WINNER The Beast of the East by Lumen Productions

48 Second Trailer Contest

Asking for Answers: Finding Eli by Retro Neon Film

48 Second Triler Contest Runner Up

What Follows the Shadows by City M Productions

Excellence in Costuming

Emily Ganfield An Act of Revenge by Mixed Pictures

Rising Star Acting Award

Gavin Oliver Empty Hands by Illustrate

2021 Film List

  • 8Ball by Schilling Multimedia LLC.

    Call your shots.

  • a Jump Too Far by 1 Bad Idea Compounded

    When ine last jump is all you have, a Jump Too Far is not a gamble

  • An Act of Revenge by Mixed Pictures

    Flop flop, baby.

  • Asking for Answers: Finding Eli by Retro Neon Film

    She's done asking.

  • Brite Ranch by Specter Imagery

    Make sure you watch the skies

  • Director's Cut by LightSmith Media

    A performance to die for

  • Don't Go Back by 1 Coffee, 2 Creams

    Getting in is the easy part...

  • Empty Hands by Illustrate

    If it makes you feel, you're good.

  • Finding Ernie by Gladhouse Studio

    Don't you want to try to seduce me?

  • FOUND by Twin Sun Pictures

    Don't shoot the messenger.

  • He Was A Jerk. by Fat Kids Productions

    "Do you have a package for me?"

  • Home invasion by Orbital Films

    Your home isn't safe

  • Journey to the Trip by CLD Films

    It's not about the journey, it's about getting through the tour

  • Joystick by Sliding Rock Productions

    Take control.

  • Like Butter by Primitive Filmworks

    Buh - buh - buh butter

  • Love Potion No. 2 by Bad Baby Productions

    Love Potion No. 2 guarantees a match.

  • Man Eater by Anfra House

    Who's hungry?

  • Margarita Mix-up by Molten lotion

    Who knew that Margarita mix could take you through space and time

  • Needle And The Damage by Safety Meeting

    Something so small, can cause so much damage

  • Patriot Fallen by Prog Media

    When freedom falls.

  • Pay What You Can by Peach Fuzz Productions

    A tour of love.

  • Pinecrest Circle by Just Create

    Turn Right.

  • Samantha by Car-Go

    He just can't live without her.

  • Stolen Heart by The Trans-Iowa Canal Company

    Those footsteps outside your door, may not be the delivery man.

  • Straight to the Chase by The BG Collective

    Aim for the top.

  • The Bagelers by Wavy Films

    It's time to get bagel-y with your family.

  • The Beast of the East by Lumen Productions

    Don't fear the unknown, fear what follows.

  • The Golfin' Man vs. Tina... by Cutting Room Floor

    Cheatin' death is no joke!

  • The Northern Stranger by Team Last to Enter

    Silent night. Deadly day.

  • The Special by Tiny Explosions

    A dish you can't pass up.

  • The Years to Come by Werewolf Park Productions

    Remember us in the years to come

  • Truest Crime by Handsome Zoo Productions

    Nothing Beats Fresh

  • Unwind with Tim by VOD Squad

    The Golden Spirit of the Universe

  • Vindicta by J&K Films

    Do you have a package for me?

  • What Follows the Shadows by City M Productions

    Beware of loose ends...

  • You Saved Me by Cintree Films

    When love goes wrong


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