4th Annual WFA Independent Film Festival CALL FOR ENTRIES is now open!

China to Send Filmmakers to Countryside for “Ideological Training”

Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol

 In a Mao Zedong-style move, authorities tell China’s media elite it should learn from the peasantry

In the latest in what is being seen as a crackdown on cultural affairs in the country, China’s media watchdog wants to send filmmakers and TV producers to the countryside “to do field study and experience life.”

The move, which chimes with the ideological conditioning of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, was proposed by the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), which said it will organize trips for film and TV series production staff to go to grassroots communities, villages, military barracks and mining sites. Each trip would last at least 30 days.

“This will be a boost in helping artists form a correct view of art and create more masterpieces. The program will be long-term,” SAPPRFT said in a statement on its website.

The watchdog will also send scriptwriters, directors and casting agents to live among the masses each year.

It’s the latest evidence that China’s ruling Communist Party is taking a hard-line approach to cultural affairs.

Read the rest at The Hollywood Reporter –>

Congratulations to our 48-Hour Film Challenge Winners! #WFA48

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CONGRATULATIONS to OUR WINNERS
Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge
What Can YOU Do In Just 48 Hours?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenged 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 had just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write the screenplay, assemble their props, costumes and actors, then rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learned the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

CitibikeThe 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge began Friday November 7 at 8pm. The prop was CITIBIKE, and the tagline was from Mayor Ed Koch … “Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.”

Over $14k in prizes were awarded, including a Filmmakers Prize Package from B&H Photo and Canon.  Other great prizes provided by Ride of Fame, Lime Rock Park, Mission Escape Games,  Jungle Software, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE , Watson Adventures and City Wine Tours ! Winning films to be screened at the 2015 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival!

And the winners are ….

BEST PICTURE – “My Little Nut”, Team Perruche (Buddy Film)

My Little NutTeam Perruche comprises 4 members who came together for the 48-Hour Challenge.  They are all friends who want to create while having fun together, and all work in the entertainment industry in different fields.  All had a touch in this short film, each playing a part in writing, filming and directing – the team didn’t follow regular crew rules of hierarchy and it worked because all were on the same page right from the beginning. Director Johan Perruchoud is an independent filmmaker (www.goodwiine.com),  actor Shivantha Wijesinha is a professional Actor and Singer (www.shivantha.com), Henry McGowan is a filmmaker currently studying at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and our beatmaker N-DRIN is a music producer, composer and writer (www.n-drin.com).

The star of the movie is Johan’s dog, Peanut. It was his first experience in front of the camera (with many more to come), and he definitely greatly enjoyed his experience. (He was bribed with many treats!)

Best Picture winner receives a $6800 package including a Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera and three Canon lenses, courtesy of B&H Photo & Video, season passes to Lime Rock Park racetrack,  Jungle Software Gorilla 5,  Tickets to City Wine Tours Soho or West Village tour and the film will be screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival. Peanut also took home a squeezy toy and delicious doggy treats!

FAN FAVORITE – “Blood Drops of Love”, Team Rosenguez (Horror)

RosenguezRosenguez Productions is a NY-based production company with numerous credits for short and feature length films. Team leader Larry Rosen is a director/producer and also Festival Director of the prestigious Northeast Film Festival in Teaneck, NJ. Chris Cullen is Festival Director of the Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. Team members also included Marilee Hodge, Andrew Hsu, Louisa Erlich, Christine Pardos, and Ayad Shuaib. Each member of the team may have a different focus and goal, but all have a commitment to the arts and film.

Fan Favorite winner receives a $4800 package including a Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera and three Canon lenses, courtesy of B&H Photo & Video, go-Kart races provided by Pole Position Raceway, Jungle Software Gorilla 5, Tickets to The Paint Place basic painting class and the film will be screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival.

RUNNER UP – “Liber de Morte”, Team Aphoristic Films (SciFi)

aphoristicAphoristic Films is a New Jersey indie film crew who have been participating in the Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Challenge the past three years. In the off-season Aphoristic Films writes, films and edits video shorts through out the year. Enjoying the process is what sets them apart.

Runner Up wins an $845 package including a copy of Jungle Software Chimpanzee, tickets for Sleep No More by the McKittrick Hotel, Chelsea Piers Passports, passes to Mission Escape Games and the film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival.

HONORABLE MENTION – “Spoke For”, Grape Dutches of York (Horror)

GrapeDutches 2Returning 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 and FIRST RUNNER UP at the 2013 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.

Honorable Mention receives an $845 package including a copy of Jungle Software Chimpanzee, tickets for Sleep No More by the McKittrick Hotel, “Learn to Boulder” classes from Brooklyn Boulders, passes to Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts and the film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival

BEST SCREENPLAY – “Caught Up in The Clouds”, Team Mystic Row / Edge in Motion (Sci Fi)

Mystic EdgeMystic Row and Edge In Motion are two NYC-based production companies that collaborated together for The Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge this year. Andrea Kfoury and Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, the respective owners, met over a year ago, and in that short amount of time, produced two TV Pilots and two short films. “Caught Up In The Clouds” was directed by Andrea Kfoury, written by and starring Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, Simon Miller, and Andrea Kfoury, cinematography by Jeff Nash, editing and special effects by Alon Gelnik, sound mixing by Jacopo Messina, and original music by Simon Miller.

Best Screenplay wins Gray Line NY Double-Decker Bus Tour tickets, Gray Line NY Harbor Tour tickets, IndiFlix memberships and a WFA T-Shirt.

FUNNIEST FILM – “KungFu Takeout”, Team BLVCKPICASSO (Martial Arts)

Kung Fu TakeoutWes Darbouze is a NY-based director, cinematographer and editor. Having met the majority of his team the week prior at the Writers and Actors Group (WAG), the group was formed entirely by chance with surprisingly electric chemistry. Hoping to form a production company in the near future, Director Wes Darbouze and Writer/Producer Vicky Darbouze look forward to making many more films with this team again.

Funniest Film wins tickets for Gray Line NY Freestyle tours, passes to NY SkyRide, IndiFlix memberships and a WFA T-Shirt.

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

AwardWINTER 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

Winter Film Awards proudly continues our partnership with B&H Photo / Canon #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is proud to continue our partnership with B&H Photo & Video and Canon for our  48-Hour Film Challenge!  Best Picture and Fan Favorite teams each win an awesome prize package worth over $3700!  Each winning team’s package includes the Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera with case and three incredible Canon lenses.

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenged 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 had just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write the screenplay, assemble their props, costumes and actors, then rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learned the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.
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The 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge began Friday November 7 at 8pm. The prop was CITIBIKE, and the tagline was from Mayor Ed Koch … “Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.”

Here are the completed films!  Watch and “LIKE” your favorites!  Fan Favorite is determined by YouTube “Likes”, so show some love to your favorites and give them a chance to win this awesome prize package!

About B&H Photo & Video

As the world’s largest source of photography, video, and audio equipment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping.

B&H is committed to providing extraordinary service before, during, and after purchases. Their sales professionals have many years of prior experience in their respective fields and receive constant training in order to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and products.  The B&H Super Store in midtown Manhattan is a techie’s dream with hundreds of thousands of the latest products available, including the hard-to-find and high-end, plus an extensive library and a daily array of free seminars and lectures by talented pros from around the world.

The B&H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational photographic content. Their entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from in-house specialists, as well as photography industry experts. You can even view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world’s foremost photographers, and interviews with some of photography’s most dynamic characters.

About Canon

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013+ and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.

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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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Unleash your need for SPEED with Winter Film Awards and Lime Rock Park! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Winter Film Awards proudly continues our partnership with Jungle Software #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win classes from Brooklyn Boulders! ‪#‎WFA48‬ 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a tour of NYC’s awesome wine culture with City Wine Tours! #WFA48
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Win an awesome painting class for 4 from The Paint Place NY! #WFA48 Make your escape with Winter Film Awards and Mission Escape Games! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Sleep No More with Winter Film Awards and the McKittrick Hotel! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a day at the races with Winter Film Awards and Pole Position Raceway! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

Just 2 more weeks! Submit your film to Winter Film Awards 2015 Indie Film Fest!

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Click here for more information!

Is this mic on? Stop making these well worn filmmaking mistakes

From TheFilmCollaborative.org:  While we like to think that we are changing minds and getting filmmakers to be more proactive about making their own decisions regarding distribution of their films, sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case in the majority. The same issues keep coming up (no you probably won’t be getting a 7 figure deal for distribution…no your film is not a fit for Sundance…no you shouldn’t just sign any deal that slides across the table).

Maybe you’re afraid of letting go of the notion that your job is only to make a good film and someone will buy it for big sums and you can move on fast to your next film.

Maybe you’re worried that if you cannot look an investor in the eye and say that the odds of selling and making all the film’s money back within a year or two are good, you won’t be able to make films.

Maybe you aren’t actually following any of the information currently coming out of every festival panel and industry publication about how the distribution world stands today.

But that doesn’t mean new information isn’t available and the independent film world still works like it did in 2008.

This is information we analyze daily at TFC. Clinging to the old mythology just makes it easier for distributors to cling to non-transparency in how money is made in distribution and it’s all a vicious and unsustainable cycle. You need to know the real story on how deals are structured now, what kinds of revenue is being recouped and why, and what role audience data plays in the continuation of your filmmaking career. This is not some 90’s pipe dream of make a film, reap immediate millions.

In law, they call that “willful blindness” where a person seeks to avoid liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting his or herself in a position where he or she will be unaware of facts that would render him or her liable. It’s not pretty to see, especially after all this time of talking about properly laying ground-work for self financed distribution. It has to stop and it will eventually because someone who is willfully blind won’t be working as a filmmaker for much longer.

Of course it’s not all about money, it’s also about building your audience and having your film seen and developing your career.  These are actually all quite connected, much more often than not.

Here’s a list of things we have been saying for years and keep saying. Please let this stuff stick, it’s good for you! And the more people practice it, the healthier this will be for artists and for the business in general.

Read the rest at TheFilmCollaborative.org

What can YOU do in 48 hours? See the films and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES! #WFA48

wfa 2014 48-hrs headerWINTER FILM AWARDS challenged 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 had just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write the screenplay, assemble their props, costumes and actors, then rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learned the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.
CitibikeThe 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge began Friday November 7 at 8pm. The prop was CITIBIKE, and the tagline was from Mayor Ed Koch … “Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.”

Here are the completed films!  Watch and “LIKE” your favorites!

On Friday November 21 8-11pm, 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 $14k in prizes will be awarded!

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

BEST PICTURE WINNER will receive … ($6,850)

  • Courtesy of B&H Photo & Video:
  • …. Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera with case
  • …. Canon 24-105MM F/4L IS EF USM Lens
  • …. Canon 50MM F/1.4EF USM Lens
  • …. Canon 16-35MM F/4L EF IS USM Lens
  • (2) Season Passes to Lime Rock Park racetrack
  • (1) copy Jungle Software Gorilla 5
  • (4) Tickets to City Wine Tours Soho or West Village tour
  • Winter Film Awards “Icicle” Crystal statue
  • Your film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival
FAN FAVORITE will receive … ($4,790)

  • Courtesy of B&H Photo & Video:
  • …. Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera with case
  • …. Canon 24-105MM F/4L IS EF USM Lens
  • …. Canon 50MM F/1.4EF USM Lens
  • …. Canon 16-35MM F/4L EF IS USM Lens
  • (12) Races, provided by Pole Position Raceway
  • (1) copy Jungle Software Gorilla 5
  • (4) Tickets to The Paint Place basic painting class
  • Winter Film Awards “Icicle” Crystal statue
  • Your film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival
FIRST RUNNER-UP will receive … ($845)

HONORABLE MENTION will receive … ($845)

Additional prizes to be awarded include:

  • (2) passes to NY SkyRide
  • Assorted T-Shirts and more cool stuff!

AwardWINTER 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

48-Hour Challenge is on! #WFA48

Prop = Citibike
Tagline = ” Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.” – Ed Koch

We can’t wait to see what our teams come up with!

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See the Sights with Winter Film Awards and Ride of Fame! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

Grayline NY Sightseeing Bus

What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

See another side of NYC with Gray Line and Ride of Fame! Winter Film Awards and Gray Line continue our partnership in our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge!  Winning teams can see NYC from up high on a Double-Decker Bus Tour, or check out some of the attractions you’ve somehow missed with the Freestyle Tour or cruise around the city on the Harbor Tour!

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC 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 challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About Ride of Fame & Gray Line

graylineSince 1926, Gray Line New York is THE source for NYC’s best double decker bus and deluxe motorcoach tours.  Enjoy deluxe double decker, hop-on, hop-off bus tours that include Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night loops. We also offer fully escorted foreign language motorcoach city tours in German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian with top multi-lingual tour guides.

Our one-day excursions to Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Woodbury Common premium shopping outlet mall, are favorites too. Gray Line New York Sightseeing sells all major attractions tickets and we have trained FIT (For Independent Travelers) group, and charter sales staff ready to assist you.

Gray Line New York Sightseeing, is independently managed and operated. We are ENTERTAINMENT!

ride of fame 2The Ride of Fame™ (ROF) is a continuing series of mobile monuments honoring celebrated personalities and their ties to New York City. Each ROF honoree unveils a custom decal artwork permanently dressed to the front of an iconic red double-decker bus, along with a permanent seat and a personal message scribed by the honoree during the press-attended ceremony. Celebrities honored by Ride of Fame™ are unpaid and they themselves have not paid to participate.

 

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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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Unleash your need for SPEED with Winter Film Awards and Lime Rock Park! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Winter Film Awards proudly continues our partnership with Jungle Software #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win classes from Brooklyn Boulders! ‪#‎WFA48‬ 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a tour of NYC’s awesome wine culture with City Wine Tours! #WFA48
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Win an awesome painting class for 4 from The Paint Place NY! #WFA48 Make your escape with Winter Film Awards and Mission Escape Games! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Sleep No More with Winter Film Awards and the McKittrick Hotel! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a day at the races with Winter Film Awards and Pole Position Raceway! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

Go on the hunt with Winter Film Awards and Watson Adventures! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Race through a NYC landmark while seeking interesting objects and solving mysteries!  Winter Film Awards and Watson Adventures team up for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge! One winning team will get to join the hunt for treasure at a NYC landmark such as Central Park, The Met, Museum of Natural History and many others!

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC 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 challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About Watson Adventures

Watson adventuresWatson Adventures stages fun and funny scavenger hunts designed to bring out the best in a fascinating place—and the best in your teammates. On most of the hunts, you’re not hunting for objects (drop that pigeon!) but for answers to tricky and humorous questions about the intriguing places and objects you discover. The hunts are like walking tours spiked with caffeine.

No previous knowledge is required on any of the hunts: you and your team just need a sharp mind and comfy shoes. The best teams quickly learn that they must use the strength of everyone in the group. Games typically last two hours and are played in teams of up to six people.

Watson’s scavenger hunts have been acclaimed by ABC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous other media outlets. Since 1999, more than 200,000 hunters have enjoyed indoor and outdoor games in countless cities.

Public hunts are offered in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles on the weekends. Private and corporate hunts are available anywhere, anytime.

I loved your witty questions and racing through the museum. I can’t think of a better way to bring people together and have fun! — Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO, Amazon.com

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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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Unleash your need for SPEED with Winter Film Awards and Lime Rock Park! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Winter Film Awards proudly continues our partnership with Jungle Software #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win classes from Brooklyn Boulders! ‪#‎WFA48‬ 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a tour of NYC’s awesome wine culture with City Wine Tours! #WFA48
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Win an awesome painting class for 4 from The Paint Place NY! #WFA48 Make your escape with Winter Film Awards and Mission Escape Games! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Sleep No More with Winter Film Awards and the McKittrick Hotel! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014 Win a day at the races with Winter Film Awards and Pole Position Raceway! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

Make your escape with Winter Film Awards and Mission Escape Games! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Use your wits and make your escape before time runs out! Winter Film Awards and Mission Escape Games  team up for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge!  One winning team will get to find clues, knick knacks and think logically to solve brainteasers and attain their freedom in NYC’s most innovative sleuthing game!

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC 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 challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About Mission Escape Games

Mission Escape Games is a unique experience in which you and a group of people (friends or complete strangers) strive to beat the clock to obtain freedom from your “puzzle.”  The door’s locked and you need the key.  Pit your will and mind against puzzles, piece together clues and at the end, break out!  To provide a further challenge, you’re timed as well.  Challenge yourself to see if you have what it takes to complete the mission and have fun doing it!

Mission Escape Games has created a unique set of puzzles for you to solve in one hour. Think fast and act faster before your time is up!  Collaborate with friends and strangers. Find clues, knick knacks and think logically to solve brainteasers to attain freedom. Nothing is as it seems so “Escape” from what you thought was normal. You have an hour, so be fast!

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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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