My favourite is hard to choose because there's been a lot of great films this year, including the railer competitions as well. My two favourites which i can't pick between were ' the innocence of war' and of course Arms Race. I'm not sure if they were submitted to the cinema but they were my fav's from the ones that have been posted on the forums. Both films epitomised what films in general should aspire to do- entertain. A lot of films, professional and amateur's forget about the purpose of the film is to let the audience escape into another world for the time that they are viewing it, in my opinion both these films did this as well as having all the essentials of a good film- solid stories, great production values and, if necessary, great vfx.
The vfx of both these films were excpetional for me- ok maybe some of the shots weren't perfect but neither are professional films- what both these films did well was marry the vfx with the live action just enough that they weren't too noticeable- what i mean is they had vfx shots in the films but that wasn't what defined them. All in all they were the perfetly rounded films- for me at least.
Sorry for the quite long post but i enjoyed both of these films so much i thought i'd share it with you
Well done to both teams who made those films and thanks for sharing them with us.