Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania October 2 - 4, 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 Bit Sized Productions for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film Past the Worst will go on to represent Pittsburgh against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

Breathe by Beginnings

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Scopaesthesia by Mammoth

Required Elements

  • Character: Ned or Nora Keygleason, Professional Organizer
  • Prop: Cookies
  • Line: "Uncle Bill gave me good advice."

Audience Favorite: Group A

Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Channel Theory by RedSlate Films

Best Writing

Jarrod Joos The Secret Ingredient by Falling October Productions

Best Editing

Katelyn Rushe and Jacqueline Druga Breathe by Beginnings

Best Directing

Peter J.S. Regan Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

Best Cinematography

Jeff Smee Scopaesthesia by Mammoth

Best Sound Design

Brandon Williams Channel Theory by RedSlate Films

Best Musical Score

Jackie Druga Breathe by Beginnings

Best Actor

Marc Duchin Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

Best Actress

Selene Phillips Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

Best Effects

The Cookie Jars by SparqFilms

Best Use of Character

Channel Theory by RedSlate Films

Best Use of Prop

Scopaesthesia by Mammoth

Best Use of Line

Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

Best Use of Equality

Schadenfreude by Adams Apple Creative

2020 Film List

  • A Flower in the Deep End by G.L.A.M.M

    On the one year anniversary of her secret girlfriends death, Carsyn revisits the place of her death with flowers. Shockingly, her girlfriend's ghost is there and they spend a day together again in order for Carsyn to get closure.

  • Accelerate by Everything But the Name

    In the Dark Future Virtual personalities will do anything to get to the Real World

  • Breathe by Beginnings

    When life comes at you fast, just breathe

  • Channel Theory by RedSlate Films

    Ned Keygleason professional organizer attempts New experiment known ad channel theory, but amongst Net's case study turns for the worse as a new story is set to unfold, and a glitch in the system could cost him everything.

  • Cookies & Dreams by New Dogs, Old Tricks

    After a career setback, an unhappy corporate organizer befriends a friendly blue-collar worker and enters the world of underground competitive eating.

  • Devil's Lettuce by Underdog

    After stealing lettuce from the devil, a girl must run for her life.

  • Eyes of Fire by Golden Hour

    A cookie delivery

  • Fed-Up by BREMMO Productions

    An ordinary man wrestles with his messy roommate and a package delivery, and the news it brings.

  • It Came From The Shed by EXP Entertainment

    Three wisecracking friends go on an adventure to help a new friend get home, not realizing that their home was more appealing.

  • La Santa Mierda by Dump Star Media

    After finding a superstitious message, a young woman protects her mother's livelihood from a suave yet dastardly man.

  • Magic Cookie by ML Foundation

    A thief is caught in the act.

  • odium by Fernando De La Cruz Films

    Face my fears

  • Out of Water by Stoops Ferry Productions

    A day in the life of Tony Keygleason who is struggling with the death of his sister, and returns to his relationship with her through memories he has while at work.

  • Past the Worst by Bit Sized Productions

    A grieving daughter has a chance to make the worst day of her life a thing of the past.

  • Schadenfreude by Adams Apple Creative

    Schadenfreude: German term for feeling happy when something goes wrong for someone.

  • Scopaesthesia by Mammoth

    Lana, a blind woman, comes home thinking it's just another day when, unbeknownst to her, there's a burglar hiding in her apartment.

  • The Cookie Case by In A Reel & In A Reel

    Nora is a professional organizer and problem solver trained by her uncle Bill. She assembles her family for an evening of interrogation to finally get to the bottom of the missing cookies once and for all.

  • The Cookie Jars by SparqFilms

    You're never going to want to leave.

  • The Dead Double Crown by Bow Ties and Bacon

    Karl and Cletus ain't in the clink no more. Running from their sentence, they encounter the man who got them out. In a bit of debauchery, they find the true meaning of losing a horse race.

  • The Endtrails of Our Mind by Shadowframe Productions

    Nora didn't have a good audition but she's determined to get this role even if it costs her her sanity.

  • The Secret Ingredient by Falling October Productions

    A DAUGHTER TRIES TO RECREATE HER MOTHER'S WORLD FAMOUS RECIPE WHILE REFLECTING ON HER MOTHER'S LESSONS ON BAKING AND LIFE.

  • The Zoo by Carnegie Screenwriters

    A man dreams about being a hero

  • Whisperers of Wiccan by The Main Characters

    A young Christian girl finds solace in magic and nature after flirting with darker magic.

  • Yay by Joshua Gardner

    Too many Clowns not enough Movies.


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