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2013 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge
Congratulations to the Winners
Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2013
What Can YOU Do In Just 48 Hours?

Winter Film Awards is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge!

Grayline NY Sightseeing BusThe Challenge kicked off Friday Dec 6 at 8pm. Thirty teams of filmmakers from the tri-state area were assigned a tagline from Ghostbusters (“Well, there’s something you don’t see every day!“) and a Film Genre: Action; Thriller; Horror; Western or Musical; Romance or Comedy; Teen/College; SciFi.

For a prop, Grayline NYC provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour Bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver.

bestTeams had exactly 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit a 4-7 minute short film. Completed films were posted to YouTube, where 30K+ online viewers cast 3k+ votes for Fan Favorite.

On Saturday December 14, entries were screened to a crowd of 150 fans at Blondies SportsBar in NYC.

Over $9k in prizes were awarded for BEST PICTURE, FAN FAVORITE, FIRST RUNNER UP and the HONORARY AWARD.
B&H Photo sponsored a $2500 Filmmakers Prize Package including a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 Lens, an X-Rite i1Display Pro, a Tenba Roadie Video Backpack and a Delkin Devices Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount.

Other great prizes include NYC Helicoptor, Cruise, Bus Tour and Freestyle Tours provided by Grayline NYC; yearly memberships to IndieFlix; Enforcer DSLR Kit and Z-Finder Pro provided by Zacuto; SmartPhocus 3-Lens Bundle for iPhone; Nito Inc S3 Dojo Mobile Sound Studio; Gorilla, Story-O and Chimpanzee filmmaker software provided Jungle Software; Novice Rifle Classes provided by West Side Rifle & Pistol Range; Firearms for Film and Samurai Sword Fighting for Film classes provided by NY Action Actors Academy; Black Ops Laser Tag provided by Indoor Extreme Sports; Go-Kart Races provided by Pole Position Raceway; Pocket White Charts provided by DSC Labs; Chelsea Piers Passports and Flying Trapeze Lessons provided by Trapeze School NY! Winning films will be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival February 27-March 1 in New York City.

Best Picture: The Carrier

Team: Veteran Production, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

12-14-2013 Best PictureVeteran Production is a NY-based production company specializing in a variety of media categories. Team leader Sergeant Dwayne Philibert, USMC (acting Sergeant Major) is COO of Brooklyn Youth Marines Inc, an extracurricular youth enrichment non-profit that serves New York City, Dutchess County and Westchester County’s youth. The program focuses on character and leadership development, physical fitness, community service and recreational activities for at-risk youth. Director La’Mard Wingster is a martial artist, director of numerous action films and is the the acting Second Lieutenant for Dutchess and Westchester County youth Marines.

Fan Favorite: As Time Goes By

Team: ESW Productions, Genre: Science Fiction
12-14-2013 Fan Favorite 1ESW Productions is a Carmel, NY based film company specializing in movie/television writing and production, film industry networking as well as web-based entertainment. ESW’s script for “As Time Goes By” was written in about an hour and a half, shot in about twelve hours and the rest was post production (and sitting in traffic). ”It was a ton of fun, and really rekindled a love of this sort of thing!” – Team Leader Salvatore Lagonia

First Runner Up: Crest Fallen

Team: Grape Dutches of York, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

WFA_cap-grapeReturning champions The Grape Dutches of York are a sketch comedy troupe based out of Astoria, NY. The Dutches have been involved in various film festivals across the country and in New York City, and took home the prize for BEST SCREENPLAY at the 2012 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge. The Dutches goal is to make funny, off-centered sketches that are rooted in their askew view of the world and the people that inhabit it. Grape Dutches puts on a Monthly show at the Videology theater in Brooklyn.

Honorary Award: The Apt Aint Big Enuff

Team: Film Repertory Group, Genre: Western or Musical

WFA_12-14-2013-honorary-6Film Repertory Group is a collective of local film artists devoted to producing, showcasing, and exposing great films. Their goal is to unify all types of people interested in film-making, to create a place where everyone can contribute in producing truly great work, which shows off their skills and advances their careers and to develop a relationship with our audience and community, and build a reputation that will help expose the talents of all the artists involved.

Special Mention: Lilly Bell

Team: The Oddity Concept, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

WFA_team-oddity-conceptThe Oddity Concept is a team of 8th Graders making their very first film. Thirteen-year old Erica Marney, director/cinematographer, received her camera the day before the challenge and she’d never edited a film before. Her actors were all first-timers as well. Keep an eye on her — in 10 years, we’ll be watching her accept her Best Director Oscar!

Winter Film Awards congratulates all of our competitors on their amazing work! Visit our YouTube Playlist to view all of our teams’ films!

HorizonVU Music is proud to announce our partnership with Winter Film Awards! This partnership is in-line with HorizonVU Music’s strategic efforts to reach out to premier organizations and festivals involved independent film, video and television. Going forward we’ll be keeping you updated on WFA activities and events. Of course, we encourage you to visit Winter Film Awards.

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. In addition to the annual Independent Film Festival, WFA hosts 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, archival cartoon screenings and other fun film-related events.

The Mission of WFA 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 and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. The organization prides itself on its diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing the audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

WFA’s annual festival offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 58 films selected for the 2013 Festival was a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 15 female directors and representation from over 15 countries.

Like many of the great film Festivals across the country and the world, WFA seeks to bring their 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 WFA different is an intense focus on the variety of WFA 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 (pending) organization. WFA works with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.

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Winter Film Awards presents …

2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge

What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges you 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 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5665455530?ref=ebtnebregn

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. Awesome prizes generously provided by

B&H Photo ,
Ride of Fame ,
Indie Flix,
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 will be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent
Film Festival and on our National Sponsor’s website!

For challenge rules, registration details, participating sponsors, prizes and more, please visit us at http://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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