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Winter Film Awards is an all-volunteer women and minority-run 501(c)3 organization founded in 2011 by NYC filmmakers and arts enthusiasts. It was built with the dream of making indie film more accessible to the public and providing driven, talented artists the opportunity to break through competitive barriers to establish meaningful careers in film.

Our Mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema, with a special emphasis on showcasing women and minority filmmakers and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers.  Our focus is on nurturing emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry.

Our annual festival offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer.  We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

In addition to our annual Independent Film Festival, we host 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, a Comedy Competition, archival cartoon screenings and other fun film-related events.

Like many of the great film Festivals across the country and the world, WFA seeks to bring our audience compelling and unique content that inspires the viewers and honors the filmmakers. There are hundreds of film festivals in New York City; what makes us different is our intense focus on the variety of our films and helping new filmmakers reach what may be their first real audience.

WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We work with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.


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2014 WFA Independent Film Festival Call For Entries

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces

2014 Call For Entries

 

New York, NY (September 16, 2013)-  Following the recent success of the WFA Kickstarter campaign, The Winter Film Awards announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 3rd Annual Independent Film Festival to be held February 27 – March 1 2014 in New York City. The weekend festival consists of three days of film screenings and industry networking after-parties culminating in an awards show to be held on March 1.  

The WFA Festival focuses on the diversity of independent film, and offers an exciting mixture of film genres, viewpoints and subjects in order to give attendees the opportunity to see films they might never think to seek out.  Among the 58 films selected for the 2013 Festival was a collection of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 15 female directors and representation from over 15 countries.  Much like New York City itself, the Festival brings together the kaleidoscope of personal experiences into a glorious and energetic whole. 

WFA 2014 Festival Submission categories include Narrative Feature, Foreign Language, Short, Documentary, Animation, Music Video, Horror and Screenplay categories.  Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Student Film and the PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the multi-cultural experience.  Submissions deadlines are as follows:  Early Bird Deadline – October 15 2013, Regular Deadline – November 15 2013, Late Deadline – December 1 2013, Extended Deadline – December 15 2013. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by January 5 2014.   Films may be submitted online via https://www.withoutabox.com/login/10803

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer-run and operated organization which celebrates diversity of local and international film-making. Their focus is on showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective and providing a stepping stone for all filmmakers, from students with blossoming careers to established industry veterans, to screen their work in front of a large audience and gain recognition for their achievements.  

For further information about Winter Film Awards events and sponsors, visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

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