Jacksonville, Florida August 14 - 16, 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 Mann Shorts for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film A Wake will go on to represent Jacksonville against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

A Wake by Mann Shorts

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

The Way of the Frohike by Acronym Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Buster by Be Squared

Required Elements

  • Character: Nick or Nicole Chilton, Unemployed Sales Clerk
  • Prop: A cupcake
  • Line: ""Wow. That's impressive." OR "Wow. That is impressive.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Way of the Frohike by Acronym Productions

Honorable Mentions
Double(ish) Date by Somebody Call an Ambulance Productions
A Cupcake Adventure by Raw Digits Media Group

Audience Favorite: Group B

Come Dream With Me by Miley Shorts Productions

Honorable Mentions
Silence of the Jams by Curry Leaves
Stay by Shoot the Sky

Audience Favorite: Group C

Smash by Unity Over Beliefs

Honorable Mentions
The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.
Buster by Be Squared
A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Writing

C. M. Bates A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Editing

Christian Johnson Cupcakes and Cadavers by Coming up Blank Productions

Best Directing

Justen Mann A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Cinematography

Nicholas Lorini A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Sound Design

Chase Capo The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.

Best Musical Score

Chase Capo The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.

Best Actor

Jaron Wallace A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Actress

Alyssa Moody The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Mercurio A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Supporting Actress

Brooks Anne Hayes Meierdierks The Way of the Frohike by Acronym Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Graphics

Pranav Devanand and Beno Varghese Silence of the Jams by Curry Leaves

Best Choreography

The Way of the Frohike by Acronym Productions

Best Costumes

The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.

Best Set Design

Melissa Glisson, Synthia Roy, and Chloe Walker A Wake by Mann Shorts

Best Make Up

Aria Ciccotelli The Sister Trap by Team Mac Attack

Best Use of Character

Come Dream With Me by Miley Shorts Productions

Best Use of Prop

Bittersweet by UPA-F

Best Use of Line

Double(ish) Date by Somebody Call an Ambulance Productions

Best Use of Genre

Bittersweet by UPA-F

Best Visual Effects

Ryan Gross Bittersweet by UPA-F

Best Sound

Joseph Vautrin, Jr. Buster by Be Squared

2020 Film List

  • A Cupcake Adventure by Raw Digits Media Group

    An adventure turned bad and saved by a cupcake.

  • A Wake by Mann Shorts

    A grieving husband deals with the not so sweet side of life.

  • Bittersweet by UPA-F

    Split between the 1920s and modern day, the unexpected is quite bittersweet.

  • Brain Box by Jackt

    Boys take brain to brain hospital.

  • Buster by Be Squared

    Buster is a comedy about an independent thinking dog's reluctant quest to help his owners' marriage problems.

  • Butterboy by TTYLXOX

    A recently unemployed sales clerk gets wrapped up in time and develops a crippling addiction.

  • CATCH UP WITH KATHY by Freeman Films

    A disgruntled radio assistant and her slacker friend venture to right a wrong before it gets broadcast for all to hear.

  • Come Dream With Me by Miley Shorts Productions

    Sometimes men are a little unbearable and need help from a little friend.

  • Cupcakes and Cadavers by Coming up Blank Productions

    A man argues with the light and dark of his subconscious.

  • Double(ish) Date by Somebody Call an Ambulance Productions

    Nothing will get in Brad's way to create the perfect...not even girl's night?

  • Enigmatic Cases by Mentlegen Productions
  • Kung Fu Detective by 3 Generations

    Come along as the Kung Fu Detective solves the mystery of the missing cupcakes.

  • Shadowfall by D-Life Studios

    Set up to fail a sales clerk turned delivery boy gets served his worst day ever on his last day at work, only to be haunted by something in the shadows in a church as the world goes dark.

  • Silence of the Jams by Curry Leaves

    Alien visiting earth desperate for some earth tunes finds solace in an earthly comfort food and a lone composer by the lake.

  • Sins of my Father by Feint Productions

    A daughter learns from her father’s past.

  • Smash by Unity Over Beliefs

    A hilarious road trip of Queen B and her favorite two cousins driving to their family reunion.

  • Stay by Shoot the Sky

    Nick Chilton thinks he is ready for the single life again until he comes home from a weekend excursion to find his family has missed their flight.

  • The Hummingbird by Hello Adventure! Co.

    Set in 1918, The Hummingbird is a Western Horror short about a woman infected with the Spanish Flu, traveling the wilderness, and coming across a man who has lost everything to the pandemic.

  • The JOB by Uprising

    That's impressive

  • The Sister Trap by Team Mac Attack

    Twin sisters temporarily have their minds swapped. What could go wrong?

  • The Storyteller by Jax Film Update

    Within the local Jacksonville Independent Film Scene, “The Storyteller” is a short documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the 48 hour film project, and one filmmaker’s journey preparing from his first short film until this second 48, battling COVID-19, and surviving to be there for his family, his children, and his intimate community of local filmmakers.

  • The Way of the Frohike by Acronym Productions

    How far will one man go to defend his honor?


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