Columbus, Ohio October 15 - 17, 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 in the Columbus 48 Hour Film Project 2021.  (Watch the Encore Virtual Screening HERE, for only $6!)

We are proud to announce our winners!

Kudos to Fully Exempt Films for winning Best Film of 2021! Their film Flexer's Guide to Flirting will go on to represent Columbus against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2022.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers that took part in the Columbus 48 Hour Film Project 2021! 

2021 Award Winners & Nominations

BEST FILM of the COLUMBUS 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT 2021
“Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films

2nd Place Best Film

“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

3rd Place Best Film
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Audience Choice Award
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Homage to Columbus Filmmaking
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap

Best Directing
Winner: “Noir” by Moonrise Arts
Nominees:

“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Best Writing
Winner: “La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Nominees:
“BLACK OUT” by King Day
“Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
“Insanity” by South West Blvd
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Best Editing
Winner: “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films

Nominees:
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“Insanity” by South West Blvd
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts
“Poof” by Bottle Opener Studios
“With or Without Pulp Fiction” by Udder Nonsense

Best Actress
Winner: Megg Ward in “Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Nominees:
Ann Trinh in “2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
Cady Roess in “Harry, Sylvie ‘n Van in The Quietus of Work Friends” by Crowhouse
Nadia Marshall in “La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill


Best Actor
Winner: Aaron Turnbull in “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
Nominees:
Anthony Dain in “2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
Francis Whitaker in “Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Best Acting Ensemble
Winner: “La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Nominees:
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
“Harry, Sylvie ‘n Van in The Quietus of Work Friends” by Crowhouse

Best Cinematography
Winner: “With or Without Pulp Fiction” by Udder Nonsense
Nominees:
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“BLACK OUT” by King Day
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Best Sound Design
Winner: “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
Nominees:
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Poof” by Bottle Opener Studios
“With or Without Pulp Fiction” by Udder Nonsense

Best Musical Score
Winner: “Insanity” by South West Blvd
Nominees:
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale” by Island Road Media

Best Song
Winner: “The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale” by Island Road Media
Nominee: “La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill

Best Graphics
Winner: “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
Nominees:
“Insanity” by South West Blvd
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts
“Poof” by Bottle Opener Studios

Best Costumes
Winner: “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
Nominees:
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale” by Island Road Media

Best Use of Character
Winner: “Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
Nominees:
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“BLACK OUT” by King Day
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Best Use of Prop
Winner: “With or Without Pulp Fiction” by Udder Nonsense
Nominees:
“2 Day Movie Mayhem” by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Best Use of Line of Dialogue
Winner: “The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale” by Island Road Media
Nominees:
“Flexer's Guide to Flirting” by Fully Exempt Films
“Harry, Sylvie ‘n Van in The Quietus of Work Friends” by Crowhouse
“La Rosa Y El Thorno” by Edwin J. Hill
“Noir” by Moonrise Arts

Congratulations to all of these award winners and to everyone who made a film in 48 hours!
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A huge THANK YOU to our esteemed Judging Panel:

 

Tsogtbayar Namsrai is an award-winning producer, festival jury and CEO of several successful companies. After graduating film school in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Tsogtbayar Namsrai moved to San Francisco, CA and founded Rise Films Studio, producing music videos, commercials, and short films.  Additionally, Tsogtbayar started producing films back in Mongolia, founding a company called “Mongol Films Distribution” which sells many of his produced films as well as other acquisitions from Mongolia to international markets. Mongol Films Distribution is the first Mongolian sales company that successfully sold many titles in an international cinema world. He also co-founded a partner company in Mongolia to distribute foreign language international films to Mongolian market. Tsogtbayar has produced over 30 feature and documentary films and is currently working on ten other projects.  His companies have sold and distributed over 130 films both in international markets and Mongolia.


Mike Ryan is the founding Rhode Island Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, leading it for its first six years. He is the 2006 recipient of a Best Short Film award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival, a 2016 winner of a Best Screenplay award from the same festival, one of the founders of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative, a non-profit helping independent filmmakers make films, a recipient of Oscar Night Rhode Island’s 2013 Producer’s Circle Award and SENE Film Festival's 2015 Limelight Award.  Mike currently publishes Motif, Rhode Island’s arts and entertainment magazine, where he has also written a film column off and on for 15 years. 


Melissa Starker has over 30 years' experience in film presentation in Columbus and her hometown of Boston, and has spent over two decades writing about film. A former assistant editor for Columbus Alive, she's also provided film and arts coverage for freelance clients including the Columbus Dispatch, the Guardian UK, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She currently manages PR and creative content for the Wexner Center for the Arts.



1st Place: Best Film of 2021

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2021

Noir by Moonrise Arts

3rd Place: Best Film of 2021

La Rosa Y El Thorno by Edwin J. Hill

Required Elements

  • Character: Trey or Trista Gallup, Actor
  • Prop: Secret Ingredient (we must see it)
  • Line: "I meant to tell you a few days ago."

Best Writing

La Rosa Y El Thorno by Edwin J. Hill

Best Editing

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Directing

Noir by Moonrise Arts

Best Cinematography

With or Without Pulp Fiction by Udder Nonsense

Best Sound Design

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Musical Score

Insanity by South West Blvd.

Best Song

The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale by Island Road Media

Best Actor

Aaron Turnbull Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Actress

Megg Ward Noir by Moonrise Arts

Best Ensemble Acting

La Rosa Y El Thorno by Edwin J. Hill

Best Graphics

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Costumes

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Use of Character

Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

Best Use of Prop

With or Without Pulp Fiction by Udder Nonsense

Best Use of Line

The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale by Island Road Media

Homage to Columbus Filmmaking

2 Day Movie Mayhem by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap

2021 Film List

  • 2 Day Movie Mayhem by Cheese on a board, Rat Trap

    2 Day Move Mayhem

  • BLACK OUT by King Day

    I meant to tell you a few days ago

  • Flexer's Guide to Flirting by Fully Exempt Films

    Flex on 'em!

  • Insanity by South West Blvd.

    What's my name?

  • knock em dead by g. rex productions

    he's gonna kill.

  • La Rosa Y El Thorno by Edwin J. Hill

    The secret ingredient is love...and also poison

  • Noir by Moonrise Arts

    Spaghetti again?

  • Poof by Bottle Opener Studios

    Gone in a flash

  • RECALL by Plague Rats

    Survive. Escape. RECALL.

  • So This is Happening by Psychedelic Kittens

    Fishy Fishy

  • Superzeroes by Trashly Productions

    Superhero or superzero?

  • The Rising Son - A Beggar's Choice Tale by Island Road Media

    The Son Also Chooses

  • To Spy For by Chased by a Hawk Productions

    Time to Pay Your Dues

  • With or Without Pulp Fiction by Udder Nonsense

    Do you like your Orange Juice with or without BETRAYAL


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