Winter Film Awards (WFA) 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.
The Winter Film Awards 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. The 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. Hollywood continues to ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone!
The annual indie film festival offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Winter Film Awards pride themselves on their diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing their audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.
In addition to the annual Independent Film Festival, WFA host 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, a Comedy Competition and other fun film-related events.
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 them different is their intense focus on the variety of films and helping new filmmakers reach what may be their first real audience.
Corporate and local support of Winter Film Awards plays an critical role in the life of the Festival and underscores WFA’s commitment to quality, adventure and diversity in the art of cinema. WFA is privileged to continue their collaboration with Gray Line New York, Ride of Fame, B&H Photo & Video, Video Blocks/ AudioBlocks/ GraphicStock, Sony Creative Software, Jungle Software, Cyberlink, Glidecam, JT Talent, Gotham Mini Storage, Museum of Sex, PSPrint quality and dependable online print services, Van Diemens NYC Restaurant & Bar,Yelp NYC, Zacuto film rigs and ProductionHUB, Inc.
WFA is delighted to welcome new partners Carmel Car & Limousine Service, the official car service of Winter Film Awards, Big Apple Con,CitiBike NYC, NYC Post Group, BleuStorm Vodka, Bliss Spa, CourseHorse.com, Distribber, IndiePix Films, Orange County NY Film Office, Rhino Camera Gear, our exclusive ticketing partner Eventcombo, Women’s Film Critic Circle (WFCC), Shake Share Media andSuccess with Teamwork.
WFA is grateful for the support of Prof. Charles Lowry’s Marketing Class at Pace University, Prof. Viktor Koen’s Class at School of Visual Arts, and Dr. George Priovolos’ Public Relations Class at Iona College.
Festival Founder George Isaacs says “Emerging filmmakers with low budgets and no connections are so often ignored in favor of the standard big budget generic action films. Diverse, exciting low budget films are created all over the world; it is critical for film festivals to showcase them. Indie film festivals are often the sole means for the community to share personal stories from around the world, and WFA’s location in the center of the action provides our filmmakers with a dazzling chance to begin their careers in the film industry.”
Designers: Fantasia Venetiana design -invited designer
Alexandra Popescu York design
Gabriela Panduru - model trophy handler
Photocredit: Dan Arru
AND THE WINNERS ARE …………Best Actor …… Kevin Baggott (Why Do You Smell Like the Ocean?)
Best Actress …… Constance Ejuma (Ben & Ara)
Best Animated Film …… Strings (Pedro Solís)
Best Director …… Isaac Ezban (The Similars)
Best Documentary …… The Real Miyagi (Kevin Derek)
Best Horror Feature Film …… Tuyul: Part 1 (Billy Christian)
Best Horror Short Film …… The Bridge Partner (Gabriel Olson)
Best Music Video …… I Only Tell The Truth – Charlie Lim (Felipe P. Soares)
Best Original Score …… Cesium and a Tokyo Girl (Ryo Saitani)
Best Picture …… Ben & Ara (Nnegest Likké)
Best Short Film …… Letter to God (Tamas Yvan Topolanszky)
Best Student Film …… Fulfilament (Rhiannon Evans)
Best Web Series …… Study Abroad 2: The Daydreaming Bunny (Yung-Jen Yang)
NY Perspectives Award …… Candy Apple (Dean Dempsey)
Socially Relevant Film …… My Stolen Revolution (Nahid Persson Sarvestani)
Women’s Film Critic Circle Award …… Oasis (Carmen Jimenez)