San Jose, California November 5 - 7, 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 Ovation Pictures for winning Best Film of 2021. Their film Worth Waiting For will go on to represent San Jose against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2022.


1st Place: Best Film of 2021

Worth Waiting For by Ovation Pictures

2nd Place: Best Film of 2021

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

3rd Place: Best Film of 2021

Never Have I Ever by Dirt Dog Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Bob or Bobbi Saunter, engineer
  • Prop: a fortune cookie
  • Line: ""He's the only one who knows." OR "He is the only one who knows.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Dollar Ride by Stubborn Media

Honorable Mention
Worth Waiting For by Ovation Pictures

Best Writing

Guardian Angel by San Jose Pop Up

She's the Only One Who Knows by Marc G Films

Best Editing

Never Have I Ever by Dirt Dog Productions

In Search of Bobby Saunter by 152 WEST Productions

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Directing

She's the Only One Who Knows by Marc G Films

Best Cinematography

Never Have I Ever by Dirt Dog Productions

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Sound Design

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Music

Guardian Angel by San Jose Pop Up

Best Acting

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Graphics

In Search of Bobby Saunter by 152 WEST Productions

Best Special Effects

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Effects

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Costumes

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Set Design

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Best Use of Character

In Search of Bobby Saunter by 152 WEST Productions

Insecurities by Sigma Film Alpha

Best Use of Prop

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

Worth Waiting For by Ovation Pictures

She's the Only One Who Knows by Marc G Films

Best Use of Line

There's Some Things Which Can't Be Figured Out by INDN Films

Best Use of Genre

Dollar Ride by Stubborn Media

Best Visual Effects

Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

2021 Film List

  • Dollar Ride by Stubborn Media

    When ride sharing takes a wrong turn

  • Experimentation by Tri Circuit Productions

    Food experiment?

  • Fast Forward by Rabi's Rockstars
  • Fortune Seller by Sleepless Cinema People

    It's not money. It's time where the real fortune lies.

  • GET UP BOBBY by Someday Pictures

    You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.

  • Good Luck by HELLO CTAY PICTURES

    Sometimes luck runs out.

  • Guardian Angel by San Jose Pop Up

    Helping others is a Heavenly Tradition!

  • In Search of Bobby Saunter by 152 WEST Productions

    He's the only one who would know

  • Insecurities by Sigma Film Alpha
  • Never Have I Ever by Dirt Dog Productions

    The truth is no game.

  • She's the Only One Who Knows by Marc G Films

    When fiction becomes reality

  • The Big Pump by Gabagool Pictures

    The stakes just got bigger.

  • There's Some Things Which Can't Be Figured Out by INDN Films
  • Worth Waiting For by Ovation Pictures

    Sometimes It's Never the Right Time


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