San Jose, California August 23 - 25, 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 Ovation Pictures for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film Prepped will go on to represent San Jose against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

Prepped by Ovation Pictures

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

Required Elements

  • Character: Abe or Alana Sangamore, hotel employee
  • Prop: Safety Glasses/Safety Goggles
  • Line: ""I don't believe a word you're saying." OR "I do not believe a word you are saying.""

Audience Favorite

Prepped by Ovation Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Goober Driver by Someday Films
The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

Best Writing

The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

Best Editing

Prepped by Ovation Pictures

Best Directing

Room 153 by RadioActive Studios

Best Cinematography

Red by Muvi Karkhana

Best Actor

Grady Roberts Goober Driver by Someday Films

Best Supporting Actor

Angie Higgins Prepped by Ovation Pictures

Best Ensemble Acting

News You Can't Use by Sprockets and Bits

Dinner with Werewolves by Short Cut Productions

Best Set Design

V by Dragon Rambles

Best Use of Character

Room 153 by RadioActive Studios

Best Use of Prop

Election After Dark by Cogent Non-Sequitor

Best Use of Line

The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

Best Use of Genre

Adrift by Dragon Farm Productions

Costumes/Hair/Makeup

Room 153 by RadioActive Studios

Sound Design/Musical Score

The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

2019 Film List

  • Adrift by Dragon Farm Productions
  • Dear Abe by The Homie Alliance

    After a depressing epiphany a young man travels back in time to understand a vital piece of his childhood.

  • Dinner with Werewolves by Short Cut Productions

    A game of werewolf turns into a game of nightmares, betrayal, and jealousy.

  • Election After Dark by Cogent Non-Sequitor

    Congresswoman Kyla Danehower and her aide Conner learn a sex scandal can happen even when you think you’re done politically.

  • Goober Driver by Someday Films
  • Hotel Gilda by Insert Team Name Here

    Fish out of water. Christian in speakeasy.

  • News You Can't Use by Sprockets and Bits

    Googles are showing up all over which have reality-altering properties when you put them on

  • Prepped by Ovation Pictures

    Can an office be over prepared for an emergency? Jerry doesn't think so.

  • Red by Muvi Karkhana

    What you see is not what you see.

  • Requiem For A Blue Dream by Almost Professional Productions

    Three stoners hustle to make some money when family gets in the way.

  • Room 153 by RadioActive Studios

    A dissatisfied hotel guest is unable to check out.

  • The Cowboy by Stubborn Media

    Two bad writers argue over the character in the western they are writing

  • The Watcher by Nice
  • Together Forever by Alchemy Talkies

    A couple couldn't united in marriage but unite after tea

  • V by Dragon Rambles

    Friends are friends.


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