Detroit, Michigan July 19 - 21, 2019

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 52 Scripts for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film three will go on to represent Detroit against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

three by 52 Scripts

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Red Shadow by Unemployed but Hopeful

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

RECALL by Bat Boiz

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October 11 - 13, 2019

Required Elements

  • Character: Trevor or Tina Ciabatta, Detective
  • Prop: A Flotation Device
  • Line: ""I promise it won't happen again." OR "I promise it will not happen again.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

three by 52 Scripts

Audience Favorite: Group B

Slay Bells by Basilica Films

Audience Favorite: Group C

Ruffles Take a Dip by The Lake Party

Audience Favorite: Group D

Hot Pipes by Play Nice

Best Writing

Staring "Dwayne" the rock johnston by We Have Your Son

Best Editing

Adam Luger three by 52 Scripts

Best Directing

Colton Fromhart RECALL by Bat Boiz

Best Cinematography

Sam Grima RECALL by Bat Boiz

Best Sound Design

Briana Celestina The Waters by SEMI Pro

Best Music

Ruffles Take a Dip by The Lake Party

Best Actor

Anthony Douglas Wompus by Syncopy-Copy

Best Actress

"Young Ruff" Nina Carlson Ruffles Take a Dip by The Lake Party

Best Ensemble Acting

When Hot Rod T met Sarahlicious87 by Multiversal Pictures

Best Graphics

RECALL by Bat Boiz

Best Effects

The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cliff & Coney

Best Choreography

crash course by BETATRON X

Best Costumes

Synkátoikoi by The Silvertongues @ The Klocktower

Best Make Up

The Waters by SEMI Pro

Best Use of Character

Dame's Town by Ace High Productions

Best Use of Prop

Independence Slay by Pardi Productions

Best Use of Line

Hot Pipes by Play Nice

2019 Film List

  • 2124 by Beardzly Productions

    A love-struck detective has a rough day.

  • 51 by PREproductions
  • Austin Mills by Smile Support Society

    Detective Trevor Ciabatta investigates the mysterious case of Glass Lake where a girl has gone missing, only to find himself on the wrong end of an ethereal game of cat and mouse.

  • Black Licorice Returns by IATL Productions

    "Black Licorice goes undercover to infiltrate a sinister sex trafficking ring. But has he bit off more than he can chew?"

  • Boxed In by Stranger House Films

    Its hard finding a good roommate

  • Bradbury Park by Detroit City Kitties

    Strange things happen in Bradbury Park...

  • Carte Blanche by OCC Productions

    Detective investigates how high school girl falls in love with her new basketball coach as they both get mixed into a way bigger problem.

  • Commandeering with Betty White by Bay City Shockabuku

    A girl gang, licorice, and a mission to sail off with elusive treasure.

  • crash course by BETATRON X

    The misadventures of rookies attempting to break into the worlds of crime and justice.

  • Dame's Town by Ace High Productions

    A young woman detective struggles to solve a case while under the watchful eye of her new partner who may not be all that he appears to be.

  • Detective Files by Reformed Mobsters
  • Distraction by Circle Three Sixty

    Detective's assistant disappears right after questioning a witness only to be found locked up in a strange cube.

  • Film School Dropouts by Film School Dropouts

    In the heart of Hartford North Carolina 1945 two young lovers try to keep their relationship in tacked. The odds are stacked against them but their love is unbreakable.

  • Forest of the Forgotten by VernaJune Ent.

    A troubled soul embarks on a journey to discover what she lost.

  • Hard Crust by Metro Swarm Intelligence

    After a long day of shooting, four actors of a hard-hitting TV crime drama start to disappear. Can they save themselves before it's too late?

  • Hot Pipes by Play Nice

    As the end of the world due to climate disaster nears, a group of literary artists convene in a familiar location to share in camaraderie.

  • Independence Slay by Pardi Productions

    A filmmakers journey to document the case of the Independence Day killer

  • Lost and Found by L.Levation Films
  • Luck of The Irish by Holiday Park Productions

    On his first day of a new job, a detective tries to make sense of a fishy case that has everyone puzzled.

  • Meet the Orange Man by RbrosUnited

    On the brink of total worldwide destruction, George Soros assembles a team of unsung heroes to defeat President Orange Man Bad once, and for all. After this plan fails, Soros must resort by contacting an old ally.

  • Mirari by Mirari

    Lizzie is back on the dating scene but keeps running into roadblocks.

  • Once Upon A Crime by GotGot Productions

    Hoodwinked meets Law and Order

  • RECALL by Bat Boiz

    A disturbed detective recalls memories from his past with the help of futuristic technology.

  • Red Shadow by Unemployed but Hopeful

    Academics suffer when life hits hard.

  • Ruffles Take a Dip by The Lake Party

    A young rapper reaches for new heights as a secret enemy plots her demise.

  • Saudade by Brave Quail

    A lonely detective struggles with alienation in her work.

  • Scammers Destiny by BRIGHTNESS OF HERON

    AFTER MAYHAM HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART, SHE BEGINS TO REGRET SCAMMING PEOPLE AND CALLS THEM ONE BY ONE TO APOLOGIZE FOR STEALING MONEY FROM ALL THE VICTIMS AND TO MAKE PLANS TO RETURN THE MONEY.

  • Shifting Robberies by Studio 1D

    Ramirez finds himself mixed up with the wrong crowd and things go awry on his first job.

  • Sinful by Mad Llama Productions

    A detective receives his comeuppance after dealing with the wrong cult

  • Slay Bells by Basilica Films

    Ryan leads a happy life with his Christmas enthusiast girlfriend Becky, but an unexpected visitor threatens to put a damper on their holiday plans.

  • Spy Control by Cinephiles

    A single mother has fallen for someone who may not be who she thinks he is.

  • Staring "Dwayne" the rock johnston by We Have Your Son

    Sometimes in life, you hit the ping pong ball, and the ping pong ball hits back.

  • Synkátoikoi by The Silvertongues @ The Klocktower

    Olympus's retirement plan went wrong

  • The Boy Who Broke the Internet by Rollin' Detroit Films

    When one boy takes down the entire web, two good cops hold the key to saving the world.

  • the Bread of Life by Falcon Flyers

    A soaring adventure between family and friends that spins wildly while things get shady uncovering a long lost family treasure.

  • The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cliff & Coney

    An esoteric art teacher deals with a psychopathic student her dismissive father and a few other suprises.

  • The Skippin’ Towns Guy by L. i. V. i. N.

    No Shoes, No Name, No Worries.

  • The sunset is yours by Technical Difficulties

    A detective in search of a woman who needs saving finds herself the one who needs to be saved.

  • The Waters by SEMI Pro

    Karen finds herself emotionally attached to a girl who embodies the swaying waters that flood her with self-actualization. Through achingly ambitious actions each tide becomes together as one, but never the same.

  • The World of Eleutheria by The Veering Tangents

    Sometimes one needs to get lost to find one's self.

  • three by 52 Scripts

    A woman feels isolated as she deals with the challenges and complications of her relationship.

  • When Hot Rod T met Sarahlicious87 by Multiversal Pictures
  • Wompus by Syncopy-Copy

    A man checking into his Adventure B&B gets more than he bargained for when he meets the eccentric home owner, who tells him about the the local lake monster, the Wompus.


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