Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 9 - 11, 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 Bit Sized Productions for winning Best Film of 2021. Their film "The Young One-Two" will go on to represent Pittsburgh against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2022.


1st Place: Best Film of 2021

"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2021

Now by Foothold Studios

3rd Place: Best Film of 2021

FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

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October 1 - 3, 2021

Required Elements

  • Character: Kevin or Kelly Gramp, Dentist
  • Prop: A sealed envelope
  • Line: ""That does not make any sense.'" OR "That doesn't make any sense.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Succhialo by Command Pictures

House Sitters by Milkshake Night Productions

Honorable Mention
Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Incisor by Io Films

Honorable Mention
Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

Audience Favorite: Group C

Independence by The C-47s

Honorable Mention
"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Audience Favorite: Group D

The Bridge by For Man or Beast

Honorable Mention
Stillhaven by RedSlate Films

Best Writing

Benjamin T. Wilson, Susannah Enslow, Peter Brady, Christopher Roberts, Jess Bachelor "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Honorable Mentions
Kevin Hejna Incisor by Io Films
Nick Verzilli The Bridge by For Man or Beast
Alaina Sapienza Girlardo Now by Foothold Studios
Nikki Moriello Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters
Hank Temple and Gideon Temple FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment
Jeremy Musyt Independence by The C-47s

Best Editing

Simon Barracchini "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Honorable Mentions
Nick Verzilli The Bridge by For Man or Beast
Zack Eisenfeld Now by Foothold Studios
Brandon Hallick House Sitters by Milkshake Night Productions
Colleen Cavolo Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters
Harrison Pittle FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

Best Directing

Zack Eisenfeld Now by Foothold Studios

Honorable Mentions
Eben Parker Breathing Room by Thin Air
Nick Verzilli The Bridge by For Man or Beast
Nikki Moriello Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters
Hank Temple FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

Best Cinematography

Noah Purdy Now by Foothold Studios

Honorable Mentions
Adam Paluh "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions
Nick Verzilli The Bridge by For Man or Beast
Denair Isaac Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters
Harrison Pittle FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment
Kevin Kukler Incisor by Io Films

Best Sound Design

FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

Honorable Mention
"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Best Musical Score

Kirk Botula Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

Honorable Mentions
Ryan Hizer Now by Foothold Studios
The Temple Brothers FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

Best Song

Butter Man by Gary J Coleman & Kiaunn Tait Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions

Honorable Mentions
Golf Course - Hiding From Helicopters "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions
Moonlight by Ryan Hizer Now by Foothold Studios
Empty Sheets by Starjuice Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Actor

Connor McNelis "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Honorable Mentions
Brian Brummit Now by Foothold Studios
Curtis Caldwell Breathing Room by Thin Air
Terry James The Bridge by For Man or Beast
Hank Temple FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment
Ryan Ott Independence by The C-47s

Best Actress

Julia Silverman Incisor by Io Films

Honorable Mentions
Moira Quigley Now by Foothold Studios
Selene Phillips "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions
Allison Hood Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

Best Ensemble Acting

Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Last Will and Testament of our Super-Dead Super-Dad by Stoops Ferry Productions
Independence by The C-47s
Now by Foothold Studios

Best Graphics

Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

Honorable Mention
"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Best Special Effects

Now by Foothold Studios

Honorable Mention
"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Best Choreography

"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Honorable Mention
Now by Foothold Studios

Best Costumes

Elaine Healy Now by Foothold Studios

Best Use of Character

Incisor by Io Films

Honorable Mentions
Defanged by The Illies and the Thers
"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Best Use of Prop

"The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

Honorable Mentions
Court Date by Dragon's Mirror
Devil's Food by Vetoed Films

Best Use of Line

Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions

Honorable Mentions
Now by Foothold Studios
The Last Will and Testament of our Super-Dead Super-Dad by Stoops Ferry Productions

Best Use of Pittsburgh

The Bridge by For Man or Beast

Honorable Mention
Captain Kevin by Bench Kids

The Spirit of the 48

Defanged by The Illies and the Thers

Honorable Mentions
Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions
Word of Mouth by CBF Studios
On Set by The Dream Team Productions

2021 Film List

  • "The Young One-Two" by Bit Sized Productions

    Blood. Love. Chess.

  • A Most Valuable Friend by Mistakes Were Made Productions

    Never had a friend like Ed

  • Adrift by EXP Entertainment

    Learning to sail on.

  • Age Fluid by Kellevision

    3 heads are better than 1

  • Amalgam by Squid Hill Couch Locked Media

    That does't make any sense

  • Apparate by Starseed

    Apparate: The Origin Story

  • Backswing by Pizza Boyz

    Never Meet Your Hero

  • Being My S. Elf by Inbox-Zero Films

    I'm being my self.

  • Big Tye's Big Adventure by R.j.d Productions

    Big Tye's Big Adventure

  • Breathing Room by Thin Air

    That doesnt make any sense.

  • Bushido Christmas by A Thin Line Productions

    This isn't as simple as filling a cavity

  • Captain Kevin by Bench Kids

    I'll protect you always.

  • Cavity by Blind Tiger Films

    When only four out of five dentists keep recommending products, one woman goes on a quest to find the fifth dentist.

  • Court Date by Dragon's Mirror

    Time jail

  • Critic of Love by New Dogs, Old Tricks

    Love is up for review.

  • Defanged by The Illies and the Thers

    Sometimes life sucks.

  • Devil's Food by Vetoed Films

    Deadly and Delicious!

  • FedUp by Vandalia Entertainment

    Don't forget the tip!

  • Hors D'oeuvres by Carnegie Screenwriters

    People are not always who they appear to be.

  • House Sitters by Milkshake Night Productions

    How Far Will You Go To Sit On A House?

  • Il Tradimento Della Famiglia by Zar Production Studios

    Detective Stone uncovers a family betrayal.

  • Incisor by Io Films

    No money. No teeth.

  • Independence by The C-47s

    How do you keep going with your life, without the person that you love?

  • Looking Back by Beginnings

    Its never too late to look bac

  • Molar Systems by Golden Hour

    Get Systemized

  • No Matter What by Spinning Web Productions

    Try not to fight it

  • Now by Foothold Studios

    If not now then when

  • On Set by The Dream Team Productions

    none

  • Open wide by Everything But the Name

    Open wide

  • OUTSIDE by Falling October Productions

    You won’t feel a thing.

  • Return to Sender by The Green House

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered

  • Shoot by Daijah B. Films

    Shoot

  • Stillhaven by RedSlate Films

    Stillhaven: The next chapter that's dying to ordain you.

  • Succhialo by Command Pictures

    A Road Trip To Redemption

  • The Bleeding by Chicken Tendril

    Ding dong. You are dead.

  • The Bridge by For Man or Beast

    Light into Darkness. Darkness into Light. Eh, you get it.

  • The Last Will and Testament of our Super-Dead Super-Dad by Stoops Ferry Productions

    Mourn on the 4th of July

  • Tooth Fairy by Eyecrush Productions

    Remember to floss

  • Tooth or Consequences by Creative Spirit Productions

    dENTIST

  • Word of Mouth by CBF Studios

    Smile With Your Friends


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