Washington, District of Columbia October 12 - 14, 2018

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 Mirandum Pictures for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Black Box will go on to represent Washington against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Sacco by //Machina

Required Elements

  • Character: Janine or Joe Jones, Professor
  • Prop: Glove
  • Line: "The devil is in the details."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Brain Lovers by Conservatory Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Vera City by Cassanova Productions

Audience Favorite: Group C

BUZZZ by SHRUG Productions

Best Writing

Sacco by //Machina

Best Editing

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Best Directing

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

Best Cinematography

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

Honorable Mention
Scout by Crash of Rhinos

Best Graphics

Psycho Killer by laughing with the storm

Best Choreography

Infinite Lives by DC Stunt Coalition

Best Use of Character

Ahead of the Jones by Discordian Films

Best Use of Prop

No Glove No Love by KickBack

Best Use of Line

Theology by Clairvoyance

Best Actor - Horror

Jeffrey Allen Young Sacco by //Machina

Best Actor - Science Fiction

Doug Wilder Scout by Crash of Rhinos

Best Actress - Horror

Rachel Metcalfe Brain Lovers by Conservatory Productions

Best Actress - Science Fiction

Diane Lee Arnold Rooms by No Puns Productions

Best Art Direction / Production Design

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

Honorable Mention
Breathe Before You Shoot by The Edge of Edgy

Best Cast Ensemble - Horror

BUZZZ by SHRUG Productions

Best Cast Ensemble - Science Fiction

Infinite Lives by DC Stunt Coalition

Best Costume Design / Wardrobe

Psycho Killer by laughing with the storm

Best Makeup

Sacco by //Machina

Honorable Mention
Theology by Clairvoyance

Best Monster

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

Honorable Mention
Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Best Poster

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Honorable Mention
Vera City by Cassanova Productions

Best Scare

Scout by Crash of Rhinos

Honorable Mention
Theology by Clairvoyance

Best Score

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Honorable Mention
Sacco by //Machina

Best Scream

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Honorable Mention
My Son Lawrence by DEADASS

Best Sound Design

Scout by Crash of Rhinos

Best Special Effects / Visual Effects

Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

Honorable Mention
Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Best Trailer

The Seance Challenge by On the Humble Productions

Best Twist

VEX by BMC

Honorable Mention
Rooms by No Puns Productions

Best Villain

Sacco by //Machina

Honorable Mention
Ahead of the Jones by Discordian Films

Producer Award

Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

Honorable Mention
Theology by Clairvoyance

Spirit Award - Group A

Theology by Clairvoyance

Spirit Award - Group B

The Seance Challenge by On the Humble Productions

Spirit Award - Group C

EIR by Frozen Penguin Productions

Honorable Mention
Forever Home by Naked Puppets

2018 Film List

  • A doll in a doorway by Ceramic Films

    A feminist woman is possessed by a vampire from another world who has her kill and collect blood of men for her.

  • A Gal Like Him by Comictures

    When a dare goes too far...

  • About Last Frighr by Resourceful Films

    As if online dating wasn’t scary enough.

  • Ahead of the Jones by Discordian Films

    Be careful what you witch for.

  • Alloway Lane by LoftonFilms

    Professor Janine Jones moves to a new home after recently losing her husband only to find a dark secret lies below.

  • B.E.N. by Son of a Fritz

    A bumbling man must find a way to stop all of his private information leaking for all of the public to see.

  • Black Box by Mirandum Pictures

    A woman wakes up in a box with no memory and only seven minutes to figure out why she is there.

  • BluudBuddies by Bitcoin Accepted

    Vampires try to blend in in the business world while a professor tries to out them.

  • Brain Lovers by Conservatory Productions

    Sometimes cupid aims for the brain

  • Breathe Before You Shoot by The Edge of Edgy

    When a Forensic Scientist's fiance dies, the Devil himself offers to bring her back.

  • BUZZZ by SHRUG Productions

    The re-telling of the re-telling of the age old classic Moby Dick.

  • Devil in a Diaper by Actors with Strings

    Your Baby Glows with a Blue Aura and can move things with his mind - what could happen?

  • EIR by Frozen Penguin Productions

    Crash landing far from home, Eir must turn to strangers for help.

  • Forever Home by Naked Puppets

    A realtor takes extra care to introduce couples to the home they'll stay in forever.

  • Gigas by Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater

    One woman learns that no matter what there is no escaping your destiny.

  • Infinite Lives by DC Stunt Coalition

    A man's world gets turned upside down when his conspiracy theorist roommate's paranoid ramblings prove to be true

  • KALI by The State Werx

    When a special artifact is delivered to Professor Jones, she finds out that some curses are not just fairy tales.

  • Linville Manor by Something Lucky

    The Devil is in the details

  • Make Me Better by DC Dogs

    Finally a cure for aggression but at what cost?

  • My Son Lawrence by DEADASS

    A mother uses the services of a witch to communicate with her dead son.

  • No Glove No Love by KickBack

    A creator brings single people together with biometrics, will this single bachelor find comfort in self pity or genuine love.

  • NOVИCHOK by DMVproductions

    Agony in a basement awaits...

  • Predickament by Can We Change This Later? (productions)

    Two adopted brothers have an interesting bonding experience.

  • Psycho Killer by laughing with the storm

    A vigilante killer invades the homes of psychos while on her murder spree

  • Rooms by No Puns Productions

    Fantasy and reality are intertwined when a grieving mother walks through the traumatized recesses of her mind with the aid of her therapist.

  • Sacco by //Machina

    A menacing clown is threatening the lives of young brunchers. Soon it becomes clear that killing isn't the clown's only character flaw.

  • Scout by Crash of Rhinos

    A man encounters a strange object from beyond our solar system.

  • Smile by Sucker Punch Films

    Oh how a child’s smile will change your world forever

  • Take two and kill me in the morning by Whiskey Mumbo Sauce

    Untested pharmaceutical pills can erase all your bad memories, with homicidal side effects.

  • Taken Aback by Collabish Studios

    A high-functioning student of bio-engineering sees just how far she's willing to push her personal morals when her mentor-turned-greedy-betrayer of a professor pushes her buttons. Well, she knows just what buttons to push to get revenge . . .

  • The Blight of Anger by Pi Productions

    Cursed and battered wife fulfills her prophecy against an abusive husband

  • The Nosey Neighbor by Aircrew Studios

    It doesn't always pay to be a nosey neighbor.

  • The Pestilent by Carpe Noctis

    Be More Careful of who you let in.

  • The Seance Challenge by On the Humble Productions

    Has this Social Media Queen gone too far? What price will she pay in her walk on the dark side?

  • The Search for the XO Bot by DoRight Productions

    Father and daughter professor team build a cyborg to retrieve mysterious robot from the hands of evil.

  • Theology by Clairvoyance

    A housewarming gets interesting when the host starts talking about witchcraft

  • Touch by DMV Arts Collective

    A woman, with the help of her husband, struggles with an illness she cannot see or control

  • Vera City by Cassanova Productions

    Want to escape? theres an app for that

  • VEX by BMC

    A man wakes up with no memories to a post-apocalyptic world with killer A.I.

  • Where the Black Trees Grow by Black Creativist Productions

    Parents devastated by the loss of their son use an old incantation to seek revenge upon the man responsible.


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