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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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WFA 2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge - Over $7K in Prizes!

Winter Film Awards presents …

2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge

What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

New York, NY (November 4 2013) - WINTER FILM AWARDS, an Independent Film Festival organization in NYC, challenges the local community to create a short film from start to finish in just a single weekend in an exciting and fast-paced environment with crazy rules that make for an awesome and sleep-deprived team experience!

The 2013 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday December 6 at 8pm.  A representative from each  team must come to our  offices at 12 DesBrosses Street, New York NY 10013 between 8pm and midnight to register.  Teams will be provided with a Film Genre, Tag-Line and Prop which must be used in a 4-7-minute film to be completed by Sunday December 8 at 8pm.  Entries may be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams can do the whole thing on smartphones.  There is no fee to participate in the challenge, but teams must pre-register. 

On Saturday December 14, the best entries will be screened, followed by an Award Ceremony, awesome prizes and networking party.  Over $7k in prizes will be awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE.  Prizes generously provided by B&H Photo, Ride of Fame, IndieFlix, Zacuto, Jungle Software, West Side Rifle & Pistol Range, NY Action Actors Academy, Indoor Extreme Sports, Pole Position Raceway, DSC Labs and Trapeze School NY!  Winning films to be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival and on our National Sponsor's website!

For challenge rules, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit us at www.WinterFilmAwards.com

WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers.  We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective.  The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

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