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Winter Film Awards

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.


2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival

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61 Films, 15 Awards, 1 Fantastic Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY (01/15/2014) Local Independent Film Festival Winter Film Awards (WFA), now in its third year, is establishing itself as a staple within the NYC arts community and a worthy stop on the US film festival circuit for out-of-state and international filmmakers alike. Opening night for the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival will take place February 26 with a filmmaker's reception and kick-off party, and the festivities will continue February 27-March 1 with three days of film screenings at the Gray Line New York Theater (777 8th Ave New York), discussion panels, and networking events. The festival will come to a close on the evening of March 1st with the Official Winter Film Awards Ceremony and after-party.

See the Official Selections and Screening Schedule

The WFA team is proud to announce programing for their upcoming Festival and Awards Ceremony. This year the WFA submissions committee was gratified by the high number and outstanding quality of submissions received. After reviewing hundreds of films and painstakingly judging each on a number of technical and artistic criteria, the committee crafted a program sure to interest a wide audience. Among the 61 Official Selections to be screened this year, there is a diverse mixture of documentaries, shorts, narrative features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 8 student films, 17 female directors and representation from over 20 countries.

Highlights of this year’s festival include "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution", an outstanding short documentary about the Syrian uprising, directed by former Gaddafi prisoner-of-war Matthew VanDyke, which has won 32 festival awards so far, the world premier of "Hipster! the Musical" by first-time director Adam Blair, Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Best Editing winner “Closing Bell,” Shockfest 2014's Best Horror Feature ”The Gauntlet", lovely award-winning documentary short "Herd In Iceland", Belgian and UAE film “Baghdad Messi” which has won over 20 awards in festivals all over the world, and Tribeca Best Short Nominee- Cody Blue Snider’s “Fool’s Day” which has taken a number of titles in festivals throughout the country. Additionally, the winning films from the recent 2013 Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge willl be screened at the festival.

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. The WFA Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers from around the world. WFA is proud on their diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing audience to enjoy films they normally would not get a chance to see. Winter Film Awards screenings will be held Thursday, February 27 – Saturday, March 1 at the Gray Line New York Theater (777 8th Ave New York), The Awards Ceremony and After-Party will take place Saturday March 1 at 9pm at 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10001). Original artwork for the 2014 Winter Film Awards was designed by award-winning artist and educator Viktor Koen.

For more information on tickets, schedules, sponsors, film descriptions and more, please visit and find us on Facebook.

Kickoff Party and Filmmakers Reception will be held Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm at 49 Grove.

Screenings will be held in the heart of the theater district at Blue Diamond Theater, located at 777 8th Avenue all day Thursday February 27 - Saturday March 1.
Eventbrite - 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival

The Awards Ceremony and After-Party Bash on March 1 will be held at The Empire Room at 230 Fifth, located at Fifth Avenue and 27th Street.
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