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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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NYC's 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 20-29 2020

The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 20-29 2020, including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 29th with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 79 outstanding films from 27 countries in all genres, including shorts and fea...

NYC's 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 20-29 2020

The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 20-29 2020, including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 29th with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 79 outstanding films from 27 countries in all genres, including shorts and fea...

NYC's 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 20-29 2020

The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 20-29 2020, including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 29th with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 79 outstanding films from 27 countries in all genres, including shorts and fea...

NYC's 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 20-29 2020

The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 20-29 2020, including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 29th with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 79 outstanding films from 27 countries in all genres, including shorts and fea...

NYC's 8th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 14-23 2019

The 8th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 14-23 2019, and includes awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 23rd with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our 89 outstanding films from 32 countries -- we have something for everyone!  Shorts and feat...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 8th Annual Winter Film Awards CALL FOR ENTRIES

INDIE FILMMAKERS … do you have an awesome film?  WINTER FILM AWARDS announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2019 International Film Festival to be held Feb 14-23 2019 in NYC.  We seek diverse, fresh voices and creative indie films from emerging filmmakers in all genres – feature length and shorts, narrative fiction, documentary, animation, horror, web series and music videos. WINTER FILM AWARDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL showcases emerging filmmakers in all genres fr...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 7th Annual Winter Film Awards CALL FOR ENTRIES

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WINTER FILM AWARDS showcases emerging filmmakers in all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. Submit your latest work now via FilmFreeway to take advantage of our Early Bird Rates!   We award over $100,000 in Cash, Prizes and Distribution Opportunities!   Animated - Horror - Music Video - Documentary Drama - Comedy - Shorts - Features - Web Series - Experimental   We are seeking works complet...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 7th Annual Winter Film Awards CALL FOR ENTRIES

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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 minority filmmakers.  Submit your latest work now and take advantage of Early Bird Rates!  Early Bird Deadline September 5 - Regular Deadline October 17 - Late Deadline November 15 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival announces a Call for Entries for its 7th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held February 22 – M...

Winter Film Awards 6th Annual Indie Film Festival Feb 23-Mar 4 2017

Winter Film Awards Is New York City.  Like the city itself, we showcase the eclectic diversity and excitement of the independent arts world. Winter Film Awards is proudly one of the Top 10 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway. Winter Film Awards 6th annual Indie Film Festival runs Feb 23-Mar 4 in NYC with a jam-packed schedule of 88 films of All Genres -- Free Discussion Panels —$5 Matinees —Bloody Thursday All Horror All Day — Daily Screenings of fantastic films and ...

Winter Film Awards 2017 Indie Film Fest CALL FOR ENTRIES - Early Deadline Sept 1

Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. Submit your latest work now and take advantage of Early Bird Rates!  Early Bird Deadline September 1 - Regular Deadline October 15 - Late Deadline November 15 The Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival (WFA) announces a Call for Entries for its 6th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held Februa...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 6th Annual Winter Film Awards 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. New York, NY (July 1, 2016): The Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival (WFA) announces a Call for Entries for its 6th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held February 23 - March 4, 2017 in New York City. Filmmakers from arou...

Winter Film Awards 2016 Indie Film Fest | Call for Entries - Submit by Nov 1 before fees go up!

INDIE FILMMAKERS ... do you have an awesome film? Winter Film Awards seeks outstanding Indie Films in all genres from around the world to showcase at our 5th Annual Indie Film Fest, Feb 24-27 2016 in NYC. Feature-length, shorts, horror, animation, documentaries, web series and music videos welcome! For our 2015 Festival, 76 truly fantastic films from 29 countries were selected for screening, including 34 by female directors, 45% by POC and 20 student films; 75% had a budget under $50k. Wo...

Winter Film Awards Indie Film Fest Announces 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES New York, NY (June 1 2015) - A Call for Entries has been officially announced for the 5th Annual Winter Film Awards (WFA) Independent Film Festival, a celebration of independent film to be held February 24-27 2016 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 g...

Winter Film Awards 2015 Indie Film Festival – February 25-28 2015 #WFA2015

4th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival to be held Feb 25-28 in NYC 73 Films, 15 Awards, 1 Fantastic Weekend New York City’s rapidly growing Winter Film Awards (WFA) Indie Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is establishing itself as a dynamic celebration of emerging filmmakers from around the world. The WFA team is proud to announce programing for their upcoming Festival and Awards Ceremony. Among the 73 Official Selections to be screened at the Blue Diamond Theater i...

Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2014

New York, NY (October 7 2014) - WINTER FILM AWARDS, an Independent Film Festival organization in NYC, challenges the local 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...

Winter Film Awards 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES

WINTER FILM AWARDS is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 4th Annual 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 2015 Festival Submission categor...

Congratulations to the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Winners!

16 Outstanding Independent Films Honored in Awards Ceremony on March 1 2014 in New York City   Best Student Film winner Julia Walter and Best Actress Nominee Stefanie Von Poser New York, NY (3/07/2014):  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...

2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival

61 Films, 15 Awards, 1 Fantastic Weekend FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY (01/15/2014) Local Independent Film Festival Winter Film Awards (WFA), now in its third year, is establishing itself as a staple within the NYC arts community and a worthy stop on the US film festival circuit for out-of-state and international filmmakers alike. Opening night for the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival will take place February 26 with a filmmaker's reception and kick-off party, and t...

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

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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 D...

2014 WFA Independent Film Festival Call For Entries

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Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2014 Call For Entries   New York, NY (September 16, 2013)-  Following the recent success of the WFA Kickstarter campaign, The Winter Film Awards announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 3rd Annual Independent Film Festival to be held February 27 – March 1 2014 in New York City. The weekend festival consists of three days of film screenings and industry networking after-parties culminating in an awards show to be held on ...

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2013 Line-Up

The Second Annual Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, February 28 2013 with three full days of screenings and after-parties.  This year’s event 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 screening is a diverse mixture of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films, including 9 student fi...

Winter Film Awards Congratulates our 48-Hour Film Challenge Winners!

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CONGRATULATIONS to OUR WINNERS Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2012 What Can YOU Do In Just 48 Hours? WINTER FILM AWARDS, a new independent Film Festival in NYC, is pleased to congratulate our winners for our first annual 48-Hour Film Challenge! Winter Film Awards challenged the local community to create a 5-7 minute film from start to finish in just a single weekend. The WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge got under way on Friday, November 30 at 8pm. Each team was provided with one o...

2013 Winter Film Awards Call For Entries

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New York, NY (December 3, 2012)- The Winter Film Awards submissions committee has announced a Call for Entries for the 2013 Festival. Submissions deadlines are as follows: Regular Deadline - January 1 2013, Late Deadline - January 20 2013, Extended Deadline - January 30 2013. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by February 1. Winter Film Awards is an organization which seeks to celebrate excellence and diversity in independent film, facilitate the production of new exciting colla...

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