4th Annual WFA Independent Film Festival Feb 25-28 2015

How about some Sweet Heat to warm you during the cold Winter Film Awards! #WFA2015

Mike's-Hot-HoneyWinter Film Awards is delighted to award all of our winners with a chance to try the amazing Mike’s Hot HoneySweet Heat! Honey Infused with Chilies – the world’s most versatile condiment, made with wildflower honey harvested from NY & NJ hives.

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 75 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About Mike’s Hot Honey

Established in Brooklyn, NY in 2011, Mike’s Hot Honey is a chili pepper-infused honey and, quite possibly, the world’s most versatile condiment. Our sweet and spicy Hot Honey is a delicious pairing with a wide variety of foods including pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads, fruits, cheeses and even ice cream. Also useful in cocktails and marinades, Mike’s Hot Honey is a dynamic condiment made with the heat-lover in mind. Visit mikeshothoney.com for more info.

Mike’s Hot Honey is made with wildflower honey harvested from apiaries in New York and New Jersey. We are proud to support local beekeepers and their hives.

Winter Film Awards announces partnership with BTOVEN MUSIC #WFA2015

btovenWinter Film Awards is proud to partner with Btoven Music, a group of world-renowned composers and producers providing cutting edge music-production services.  The winners of this year’s Winter Film Awards Best Short Film category will receive a custom-music score for their next short film (up to 25 minutes in length) compliments of Btoven Music!

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 75 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About BtOVEN

btoven artworkBtoven Music is turning 6-years-old next month and we’ll close out our 5th year with a big ‘BANG’ by partnering with our friends at NYC’s Winter Film Awards (it’s finally time to lose our baby teeth, yay!!).

Btoven Music is a cutting-edge music and audio production facility located on the border of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle and Hell’s Kitchen. Founded in 2009 by composer/producer Brian McKenna, Btoven Music’s services include: Original Music Composition/Production; Voiceover Production; Music Mixing; Post-Production Mixing; Sound Design. In an age where personal attention is rare and vast music conglomerates have all but suffocated the craft of custom music, Btoven’s goal is to keep it real and guarantee the intimacy of a boutique operation for all of our clients.

The dedicated producers, engineers and artists at Btoven Music cater to clients in Film, TV, Advertising, Records, Video Games and New Media. We don’t stop grinding until the job is done and hearts are won. Work produced and performed by our world-renowned camp has been broadcast globally in various forms of media, winning major awards and critical acclaim. Credits Include:

FILM
– “Tomorrow” (Martha Pinson, Director; Martin Scorsese, EP; 2015)
– “The Smell Of Us” (Larry Clark, Director; 2015)
– “Clown” (Eli Roth, EP; 2014)
– “The Last of the Great Romantics” (2014)
– “Axel: The Biggest Little Hero” (2013)
– “Robot and Frank” (feat. Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler; Sundance 2012)

TV
– Alaska State Troopers (National Geographic)
– Hard Core Pawn (TruTV)
– Love and Hip Hop (VH1)
– Sesame Street (PBS)

ADVERTISING
– Agencies: Grey, JWT, Ogilvy and more.
– Brands: Pepsi, Avon, Cover Girl, McDonalds, Subway, Chevrolet, Toyota and more.

VIDEO GAMES
– EA, Take Two Interactive.

RECORDS
– Tevin Campbell (Spectra Music Group)
– Pedrito Martinez (2015 Latin Grammy Award Nominee)
– Carly Rose Sonenclar (Syco Music, Columbia)
– The Stationary Set (Independent)
– Jessica Ashley (Epic Records)

“[Btoven Music is] a sweet recording studio on W. 55th Street. There is a wealth of resources in the studio, a vast library in a myriad styles available for licensing. Brian uploaded the music via his Btoven Music server. Done! I’d work with Brian at any opportunity.”
— Martha Pinson (Director: “Tomorrow” [2015]; Script Supervisor “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Hugo”)

“Brian’s production and communication skills [plus] his dedication to and passion for music production bring a unique and inspirational energy to projects, making him a pleasure to work with.”
— Strauss Zelnick (Zelnick Media, Rockstar Video Games, Take 2 Interactive)

“In recent years I have recommended [Btoven Music] to artists and major industry developers such as EA Games. I have always received glowing reviews regarding not only the creativity of Btoven Music’s work, but also of the studio’s meticulous attention to detail and ability to conform to deadlines. Unlike other production houses I have worked with, Btoven Music has consistently shown a capacity for meeting or exceeding expectations.”
— Ryan Lewis, Esq. (Entertainment Attorney)

“I’d like to give a serious recommendation for Brian McKenna as a composer/producer…I first heard his work when he was still at school but had produced a record which he sent me. What impressed me the most was the drumming, which I later learned he had done himself. To me the essence of good music is the rhythm and that was what his drumming gave that particular record.”
— Galt MacDermot (Composer, “Hair” The Musical)

2015 Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

2015 Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

IFP’s unique yearlong mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers. Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to first-time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the annual program which has three components: the Time Warner Completion Lab in the spring, the Marketing Lab in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. All Lab projects also automatically participate in the Project Forum of IFP’s Independent Film Week.

Lab alumni projects include Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens), David Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay? (Sundance Selects) Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky (Tribeca Film), Stacie Passon’s Concussion (RADiUS), Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects), Penny Lane’s Our Nixon (CNN Films and Cinedigm), Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces (Tribeca Film), Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys (Oscilloscope), Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq’s These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope), Dee Rees’ Pariah (Focus Features), and Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Variance Films).

Upcoming deadlines for the 2015 Labs are March 6 (Documentary) and April 3 (Narrative). 

For more information and to apply, click here.

Winter Film Awards announces winner of Official Festival Poster Design Competition #WFA2015

WFA 2015 Logo 4x3Work by Student Artist Ana María Velásquez was chosen by a jury to represent Winter Film Awards’ 4th Annual Independent Film Festival to take place February 25-28 in New York City. The Competition was hosted by artist and professor Viktor Koen in association with the School of Visual Arts in New York.

New York, NY (January 22nd, 2015) – Winter Film Awards is pleased to announce that the Official Festival Poster artwork for the upcoming 2015 Indie Film Festival was designed by artist Ana María Velásquez from Medellín, Colombia. A competition for best design was hosted by renowned artist and Professor Viktor Koen in his Editorial Illustration Continuing Education course at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Collaborating with the Winter Film Awards is an opportunity offered in the class and connects talented and motivated commercial artists with their prospective client base, while helping them produce exceptional published portfolio pieces. The class functions with a marketplace frame of mind, and conditions closely follow industry standards. Mr. Koen’s sharp focus on teaching concept development and methodology produced a number of exceptional poster ideas for the Festival to consider, making the selection process both exciting and difficult. However, Ms. Valásquez’ overall composition and sense of humor best crystallized the spirit of the Festival.

Ana María Velásquez lives and works in Medellín, Colombia. She has been a professional illustrator and visual artist since graduating from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in 1998. Ms. Velásquez is commissioned by a wide range of clients and she divides her time between illustration assignments and personal projects. Her work has been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions around Medellín, Bogotá and Cadaqués (Spain), in venues such as Universidad Eafit, Museo El Castillo, Universidad de Antioquia, Galería La Oficina, Galería 10 -36, Galería Casas Reigner, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Galería la Estampa, Taller Galería Forty and Alianza Francesa. Last fall, while staying in New York, she studied Editorial Illustration, Sculpting and Painting at the School of Visual Arts. www.anamariavelasquez.com

viktor_koenViktor Koen is an award-winning artist and educator. He holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem Israel and an MFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Koen serves on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. His images are regularly published in The NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Nature Magazine. His client list includes Penguin, Random House, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Rizzoli, Houghton Miflin, Tor, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN, Man’s Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, Money, Forbes, The Nation and BusinessWeek. His prints are exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.

For more information on Mr. Koen and his work visit viktorkoen.com.

For more information on the Editorial Illustration class visit www.sva.edu/continuing-education/illustration-and-cartooning/illustration-courses

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated 501(c)3 organization dedicated to showcasing emerging filmmakers and celebrating diversity in local and international film-making.  The WFA 2015 Independent Film Festival runs from February 25-28 in New York City. For more information on tickets, schedules, sponsors, film descriptions and more, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com and find us on Facebook.

Learn how NYS can help you produce your next film! #WFA2015

Winter Film Awards is proud to partner with the NY State Governor’s Office to host a roundtable discussion!  Meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development for a discussion of all things productive re: producing in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more. Whether you’re a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team NY and hear firsthand about all the great things New York State has to offer.

Eventbrite - 2015 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival

Price:  FREE
Date:  Thursday, February 26
Time:  7-8pm
Location:  Blue Diamond Theater, 777 Eighth Avenue, 2nd Floor

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 75 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

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Winter Film Awards proudly continues partnership with Zacuto for 2015 Indie Festival! #WFA2015

zacutoWinter Film Awards is proud to partner with Zacuto, the top manufacturer of Filmmaker Rigs & EVFs for any camera! We are delighted to include a Zacuto Enforcer Rig and a Z-Finder Pro as prizes for our winners!

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 75 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About Zacuto

Zacuto creates production grade, filmmaking camera accessories. Their gear is made entirely in the USA, designed by filmmakers for filmmakers. It comes with an unparalleled lifetime warranty and our world renowned customer service. Their  iconic red and black gear has a loyal fan base around the globe. From Hollywood cinematographers to indie filmmakers to event shooters, there is only one choice—Zacuto, the industry standard.

The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is an optical viewfinder that allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. The Z-Finder will magnify the LCD screen by 2.5x and has a diopter for specific focus tuning. It cuts out any extraneous light and offers an initial point of stability by pressing your eye against our comfy, large eyecup.

The Enforcer is the first of its kind, a foldable DSLR run’n’gun rig. It’s small enough to fit in your back pocket but when unfolded, it’s an extremely stable DSLR camera support. The Enforcer can be used with or without a Z-Finder Pro.

Winter Film Awards and SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY #WFA2015

socially relevantWinter Film Awards is proud to partner with SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, a festival dedicated to raising awareness towards social issues through the powerful medium of cinema!   SR will select one film from the WFA 2015 lineup to spotlight for its ability to touch humanity with a relevant message or cause.

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 73 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About SR

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival (™) New York, is a new non-profit film festival, now in its 2nd edition coming March< 16-22,2015 at 3 venues: The Tribeca Cinemas in Tribeca, The Maysles Cinema in Harlem and The School of Visual Arts SocDoc in Chelsea. Opening and closing night and award ceremonies are hosted by The Fourth / Botequim restaurant near Union Square. The festival showcases socially relevant films with human interest stories as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. SR(™) Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani and the SR team believe in promoting positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema. This year’s festival promises an interesting slate of films, Masterclasses, Industry Panels and A Lifetime Achievement Award to be given to a prolific filmmaker. The festival’s 2015 slate will be out soon. Check the website for details: http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/

SR Film Festival’s inaugural edition took place in March 2014 at the Quad Cinema over one week, showcasing 55 films from 18 countries and presenting multiple awards to winning filmmakers. For details on partner organizations and how to get involved visit: http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/ Press and media partnerships: Delphine Millot ratedsrfilms@gmail.com Community and education outreach: Constance Du Bois outreachsr@gmail.com

Winter Film Awards proudly partners with Gotham Sound for 2015 Indie Festival! #WFA2015

GothamSoundWinter Film Awards is proud to partner with Gotham Sound, a one stop production audio solution in NYC! We are delighted to award the winner of our NYC Perspectives Prize with $2,000 of free equipment rentals!

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 73 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About Gotham Sound

Gotham Sound, with stores in midtown Manhattan and Atlanta, provides Audio Sales, Rentals, and Service plus Expendables, Walkies and Communication gear, all under one roof. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy equipment, if you’re looking for new equipment or to have your old gear fixed or just to get some advice, Gotham is here to serve.

We back everything we sell or rent 100%. In a pinch, you can even reach us 24/7 on our emergency line.

Whether it’s a major studio feature film, a television show, an indie movie, a musical, or a student project, every customer gets a custom package tailored to their needs and using the latest technology.  No matter what your budget, we’ll work with you to find a solution.

We’re proud to have been a part of the audio community for more than a decade in New York. We’ve just added a brand new shop in Atlanta and, as ever, are available to help wherever your projects take you.

Winter Film Awards announces partnership with DJI !

djiWinter Film Awards is proud to partner with DJI, the world leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems!  Drones are the most fascinating filmmaking tool on the market today – everyone is talking about them and every filmmaker is desperate to have one. To help an emerging filmmaker move to the next level of the craft, we will award our 2015 Indie Film Festival’s “Best Picture” winner with a DJI Phantom drone!

The 4th Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival runs Feb 25-28 2015 with 3 days of screenings, networking events and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 73 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world!

About the Phantom

The DJI Phantom is the world’s most recognizable flying camera system. It was the first to bring aerial film making to the masses and kickstarted the consumer aerial film making revolution. Its most recent edition has won wide acclaim from media as diverse as the New York Times and The Verge, and praise from film makers including Philip Bloom. It is most noted for its absolute ease of use, effortless setup and surprisingly stable camera the keeps video smooth even in heavy winds.

About DJI

Creativity is at the heart of every dream. Every idea, every groundbreaking leap that changes our world starts with the vision of talented creators. DJI provides the tools they need to bring their ideas to life. DJI aerial platforms empower them to capture images that were once out of reach and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion.

DJI technology does more than simply enable creators. It pushes visionaries to go beyond the limits of what is thought possible, inspiring them to inspire the world. Today, DJI products are redefining industries. Professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy infrastructure, and more trust DJI to bring new perspectives to their work and help them accomplish feats safer, faster, and with greater efficiency than ever before.

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