Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida September 11 - 13, 2020

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 Space Dream Productions for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film Tidings will go on to represent Miami/Ft. Lauderdale against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

Guardian by JX2 Studios

Required Elements

  • Character: Manny or Myra Chilwell, Lifeguard
  • Prop: A bandage
  • Line: ""Sometimes you can't be the nice guy." OR "Sometimes you cannot be the nice guy""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

Best Writing

The End by Steady Hand Films

Best Editing

Guardian by JX2 Studios

Best Directing

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

Best Cinematography

The End by Steady Hand Films

Best Sound Design

Guardian by JX2 Studios

Best Musical Score

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

Best Actor

Matthew Mielke The Death of Manny Chillwell by Image Laiteuse

Best Actress

Maris van der Baan Coronacation by Big Foot Productions

Best Graphics

Coronacation by Big Foot Productions

Best Effects

Guardian by JX2 Studios

Best Costumes

Guardian by JX2 Studios

Best Use of Character

Coronacation by Big Foot Productions

Best Use of Prop

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

Best Use of Line

Tidings by Space Dream Productions

2020 Film List

  • Coronacation by Big Foot Productions

    The Chillwells go on a Labor Day holiday Corona cation across the nation And Manny finds love and a new mom for his kids

  • Guardian by JX2 Studios

    A lifeguard tries to relive his glory days, only to find that messing with time may have worse consequences than he imagined.

  • The Death of Manny Chillwell by Image Laiteuse

    Through a series of interrogations, a police detective learns more about the suspicious death of a lifeguard during a tropical storm.

  • The End by Steady Hand Films

    Sometimes you can't be the nice guy.

  • Tidings by Space Dream Productions

    A depressed lifeguard ready to give up finds hope through a strange connection to an upbeat young dancer.


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