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Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. ​Categories include Documentary, Narrative (Feature and Short), Horror, Music Video, Animation and Web Series!

The 10-day Festival runs February 20-29 2020 and showcases films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. The 79 Official Selections are a diverse mixture of 11 Animated films, 6 Documentaries, 10 Feature narratives, 11 Horror films, 11 Music Videos, 22 Narrative shorts and 7 Web series. These include 10 student films and 21 first-time filmmakers. Filmmakers come from 27 countries; half of the films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color.

Tickets are available at wfa2020.eventcombo.com. Tickets are $12.50/In Advance, $16.50/Door, $5/Door with Student ID. Screening blocks run 2 ½ to 3 hours and include a mix of shorts and feature-length films. All screening blocks include a 20 minute Q&A Session with the filmmakers.

Opening Night Kick Off Bash ... Feb 20 from 7-11pm – Filmmaker’s reception, industry networking and kick-off party at SkyRoom, 330 West 40th Street. Step & Repeat on site.

Gala Red Carpet + Award Ceremony ... Feb 29 at The Empire Room at Club230Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue. Red Carpet 7pm, Awards Ceremony 8-9pm., After-Party 9pm onwards. With live performances and appearances from NYC local filmmakers and industry veterans.

Discussion Panels and Workshops Include
Feb 24 6:00pm – 7:00pm ... Shooting Difficult Scenes / Sex & Violence in Your Film

Feb 25 6:00pm – 7:00pm ... Distribution 101 For Indie Filmmakers

Feb 26 6:00pm – 7:30pm ... Crafting a Great Opening Scene, with celebrated educator and producer, Annette Insdorf.

Feb 27 6:00pm – 7:30pm ... Everything You Need to Know about Music in Film with Brian McKenna (BToven Music), Randy Frisch (LoveCat Music) and Trinity Velez-Justo (Reel Scoring).

Feb 28 1:30pm – 3:00pm ... Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers with CR Capers and Haden Craddolph

Feb 28 3:30pm – 5:00pm ... The Art of the Pitch with Christina Raia from Seed & Spark

Feb 28 5:30pm – 7:00pm ... Camera Hacks for the Frugal Filmmaker with Steven DeCastro

About Winter Film Awards
Winter Film Awards is an all volunteer, minority and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 in New York City by a group of filmmakers and enthusiasts. This program is funded, in part, by a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Festival Founder George Isaacs says “Emerging filmmakers are so often ignored in favor of big budget generic action films, and filmmakers with limited budgets and lack of connections can be easily overlooked. Diverse, exciting low budget films are created all over the world; it is critical for local film festivals to showcase them. WFA’s location in the center of the action provides our filmmakers with a dazzling chance to begin their careers in the film industry.”

For more information about Winter Film Awards events and sponsors, visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com.
For more information about the Winter Film Awards judging process, visit our FAQ.

Corporate & Local Support
Winter Film Awards seeks long-term partnerships and we are proud that the organizations we work with benefit from our audiences and promotions throughout the year. We encourage close collaboration to ensure the continued growth for all involved. We work with local schools, small and large businesses, cultural organizations and a variety of media organizations ranging from emerging local groups to global brands.

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 partner with the following organizations: 4Imprint, Accusonus, Aerial Acrobat Entertainment, American Botanical Company, Amorino Gelato, Athleta, Bliss, Boom Library, Boxed Water is Better, Btoven Music LLC, Cinema Village, Cinematcher, Consulate General of Spain, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Dorado Taco, Edge Auto Rental, Elvid, Empress 1908 Gin, EventCombo, FearsMag, FilmUp, Final Draft Inc, Giant Pictures, Gotham Mini Storage, Greenfield Media, Ground Control, GT's Living Food, Jungle Software, Liberty Coca-Cola, LoveCat Music, MAC Cosmetics, Mandy, Mario Badescu Skincare, Marsh Inc, Materials for the Arts, Max Brenner, Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment, Nanoosh, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Combat for Screen & Stage (NYCSS), NYC & Company Foundation, NYS Governors Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, NYU Women's Initiative, OpmmCanna / Empire State of Mind, Organique Hair & Body, OYO Hotel Times Square, Pret A Manger, Production Junction, ProductionHub, Pure Mana Hawaii, Red Giant, ReelScoring, Rosco, SAG-AFTRA, Saima Chaudhry Jewelry, Salesforce.com, Seed & Spark, Sennheiser, Set Shop, Soundstripe, Soundview Media Partners, Spotlight Cinema Networks, The Kimberly Hotel, The Liberty NYC, Theatrical Intimacy Education, Tony's Di Napoli, Tortaria, Vapiano NYC, Vegas Pro / Vegas Creative Software, Wheatley Vodka, Winter Film Awards, Workshop Science, X-Rite, Zacuto and Zelda Gay: Hot Mess Badass Extraordinaire