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7 October 2014

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local New York City community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For the 2012 Challenge, teams had to contend with a large brightly-colored snowflake sugar cookie and a tagline from Fight Club. For the 2013 Challenge, we made it even more difficult — Teams had a tagline from Ghostbusters and Gray Line New York provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver. What will we come up with this year?

Visit the WFA YouTube playlist to view all of the amazing films from last year.

The 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday November 7 at 8pm. A representative from each team must come to our offices at 419 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003 at 8pm to sign in to the Challenge. 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 to ensure a spot.

Completed films are uploaded to YouTube to garner the coveted “Fan Favorite” vote – for the 2013 Challenge, films received 65k views!

On Friday November 21, the best entries will be screened at Blondies (212 W 79th St, New York NY 10024) 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, Jungle Software, Indoor Extreme Sports, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE, City Wine Tours and others!

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit 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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New York, NY (June 1 2014) – A Call for Entries has been officially announced for the 4th Annual Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival, a celebration of independent film to be held February 25 – 28 2015 in New York City. Filmmakers from around the world will travel to NYC to attend the three full days of film screenings and industry networking after-parties culminating in a glittering awards ceremony to be held on February 28 in the luxurious Empire Room at Club 230 Fifth.

WFA_squareWFA 2015 Festival Submission categories include Narrative Feature, Foreign Language, Short, Documentary, Animation, Music Video and Horror. Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Student Film, the WinterFEAR Horror Award in partnership with FearsMagazine, and the PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the New York multi-cultural experience. Submissions deadlines are as follows: Early Bird Deadline – September 1 2014, Regular Deadline – November 1 2014, Late Deadline – December 1 2014. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by January 5 2014.

Steffanie Finn, WFA Executive Director says “At WFA, we seek fresh voices and alternate perspectives from creative emerging indie filmmakers from the entire world. We offer a truly exciting mixture of film genres, viewpoints and subjects in order to give our attendees the opportunity to see films they might never think to seek out otherwise.” For the 2014 Festival, 61 films from 20 countries were selected for screening, including 17 female directors and 9 student films. Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered for Festival screening.

Independent film makers from around the world are invited to submit films online:

…. via FilmFreeway at
https://filmfreeway.com/festivals/1739

…. or via WithoutABox at
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/10803


16 Outstanding Independent Films Honored in Awards Ceremony on March 1, 2014 in New York City

If you happened to stop by the Gray Line terminal on 8th Avenue last weekend, you might have noticed that there was a lot more going on inside than tour bus ticket sales. Unbeknownst to many, this building is home to a private theater where NYC’s Winter Film Awards held their Third Annual Independent Film Festival on February 26- March 1, 2014.

WFA festival patrons included NYC local filmmakers, arts enthusiasts, and international filmmakers who traveled across the world to see their films screened in front of a live audience, some for the very first time. Among the 61 films selected for screening this year was a diverse mixture of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student films, 17 female directors and representation from over 20 countries.

The Festival concluded on the evening of March 1 with a gala Awards Ceremony and After-Party, held in the stunning Empire Room at the renowned event space club 230 Fifth. The dazzling awards show included live musical performances from Soleil J and Billboard artist Sessino and featured outrageous costume designs by Natasha Berezhnaya. The hosts for the evening were stand-up comedian Zach Garner and the breathtaking classically trained opera singer and runway model, Radmila Lolly. The entire show was filmed and live streamed to the web via Worldcast Inc, and viewers from all over the globe logged on to watch. Awards were given out in 16 categories including a new honorary award “Patron of the Cinema,” given to actor/screenwriter/director/editor Larry Fessenden for his outstanding contribution to the NYC film community.

AND THE WINNERS ARE …………
Best Picture ……. Behind Closed Doors (Nicolas Sicurella)
Best Actor ……. Gavin Brown (Found)
Best Actress ……. Tesha Moon Krieg (Maria)
Best Director ……. Scott Schirmer (Found)
Best Animated Film ……. Andrew: Story of a Closet Monster (Elliot Lobell)
Best Documentary ……. Not Anymore: Story of Revolution (Matthew VanDyke)
Best Foreign Language Film ……. Agnus Dei (Agim Sopi)
Best Horror Feature Film ……. The Gauntlet (Matt Eskandari)
Best Horror Short Film ……. I See Monsters (Federico Alotto)
Best Music Video ……. Masheenee Alcketiara (Ema Shah)
Best Original Score ……. Hipster! The Musical (Adam Blair)
Best Screenplay ……. Grace (Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel)
Best Short Film ……. Baghdad Messi (Sahim Omar Kalifa)
Best Student Film ……. Job Interview (Julia Walter)
NY Perspectives Award ……. The Final Note (Mayeta Clark)

“I am very proud of our team this year,” says Winter Film Awards Founder and CEO George Isaacs. “As an organization we were able to use our resources to give back even more to the filmmaker. That is what we are all about – it is so important to celebrate the achievements of emerging filmmakers and we hope to watch them use this as a springboard into the industry.”

The 2014 Winter Film Awards Judges Panel was comprised of 15 industry individuals with diverse points of view, including 20-year industry veteran Frank Calo, production executive of “The Believer”, award-winning filmmaker Sam Borowski, Broadway and Hollywood composer Stephen Trask, cinematographer Mik Cribben, music personality Matt Pinfield, producer/writer/director Larry Rosen and Miss Albania Benardina Radi.

Winter Film Awards 2014 Independent Film Festival is proudly sponsored by GrayLine NY, B&H Photo, 20Grand Vodka, Coney Island Spirits, Cupcake Cartel NYC, Cyberlink, Fabric Mill, FearsMag, Final Draft Inc., Glidecam, Graphic Stock, Hunter Mountain, Indie Flix, Jo Malone London, JT Talent, Jungle Software, Pole Position Raceway, ProductionHub Inc, PS Print, Que Sabor Bakery, Ride of Fame, Rooftop Films, Sony Creative Software, SpotHero, Sweets First Bakery, Video Blocks, Viktor Koen, The Village Voice, Worldcast Inc and Ya Mastiha Liqueur

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, and works with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.

For more information on WFA festival, sponsors, judges, and upcoming events
please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com and find them on Facebook.


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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!

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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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