Cleveland, Ohio October 11 - 13, 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 Render Gang for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film Rate Your Clown will go on to represent Cleveland against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

Rate Your Clown by Render Gang

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

ESCAPED by Burning House Films

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

Foray by Bootstrap's Bootstraps

Required Elements

  • Character: Jenna or Jeremy Lee, certified public accountant
  • Prop: a stapler
  • Line: ""What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Rate Your Clown by Render Gang

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Writing

Beyond the Light by TKF Films

Best Editing

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Directing

Rate Your Clown by Render Gang

Best Cinematography

ESCAPED by Burning House Films

Best Sound Design

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Musical Score

Rate Your Clown by Render Gang

Best Actor

Vincent Sarowatz The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Actress

Makenna Weyburne The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Supporting Actor

Todd Baur Beyond the Light by TKF Films

Best Supporting Actress

Morgan Paige The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Ensemble Acting

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

Best Graphics

Foray by Bootstrap's Bootstraps

Best Special Effects

Resurrected by Papa Productions

Best Use of Character

Couliphobia by One Red Cup

Best Use of Prop

Beyond the Light by TKF Films

Best Use of Line

From Darkness Returned by Fly-By-Wire Films

BEST COSTUMES & MAKEUP

Rate Your Clown by Render Gang

BEST LOCATION

ESCAPED by Burning House Films

BEST MOVIE POSTER

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

ESCAPED by Burning House Films

BEST TRAILER

The Unseen by Conrad Studios

MOST BLOOD SPLATTERED

Teeth by Sewn Shut

MOST ORIGINAL SCORE

Foray by Bootstrap's Bootstraps

SCREAM QUEEN

Johanna McGinley Strange Appetites by The Freke Showe

2019 Film List

  • BENNY by Dark Horses Productions

    "YOU AND ME WILL BE FREINDS FOREVER!"

  • Beyond the Light by TKF Films

    A look into madness.

  • Condamned by Szego Films

    Paranormal group cant babysit.

  • Couliphobia by One Red Cup
  • Disquiet by 54th Street Films

    Desperate to return to her family a woman struggles against an unrelenting force to escape to the life she once knew.

  • ESCAPED by Burning House Films

    A true test of intelligence to escape death.

  • Find the Fool by Eyecrush Productions

    A brother and sister discover a family heirloom card game, and the horrifying creature trapped within it.

  • Flikr by Working Title II
  • For You by Banana Bread Productions

    A girl breaks into a house, only to find what she wasn't expecting.

  • Foray by Bootstrap's Bootstraps

    A bloodthirsty, career woman has a night.

  • From Darkness Returned by Fly-By-Wire Films

    A religious cult tries to resurrect the dead

  • Ghost Town by Lake FX
  • Here They Stay by Spiral Movies

    A group of college girls come together to learn the consequence of seemingly benign things they did in their past.

  • Home Sweet Home by MorSho Productions

    A group of unsuspecting co-workers are thrown into the worst day of their lives when they arrive to a killer dinner party.

  • Hunger by Tri-Cera Films
  • Rate Your Clown by Render Gang
  • Resurrected by Papa Productions

    A grieving couple solicits the powers of a witch to resurrect their dead daughter but the child who arrives comes with a more sinister purpose.

  • Sins Ain't Forgiven by Brutal Flowers

    When a man purchases an abandoned warehouse, he learns his past has caught up to him.

  • Strange Appetites by The Freke Showe

    This group can stomach anything. Will they be more than he can swallow?

  • Teeth by Sewn Shut
  • The Portrait by Akron Asylum Productions

    Heading home to celebrate with her boyfriend after a successful job interview, a woman finds her house disturbed, her boyfriend missing, and her best friend under the influence of a cursed portrait.

  • The Unseen by Conrad Studios

    Siblings unravel the mystery regarding the disappearance of their mother.

  • Verboten Schokolade by White Midnight

    A cult is divided and members try to escape its control. In the process they have to confront their hooded sisters that have other plans for them.

  • Welcome to Bloodview by Misfit Toys

    Once through and your life will never be the same.


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