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 in the TOP 10 BEST REVIEWED FESTIVALS on FilmFreeway.
We are 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. Our mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema, with a special emphasis on supporting women and minority filmmakers. We focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world.
Our program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
We host four events each year … in addition to our annual Indie Film Festival each February, we host an annual 48-Hour Film Challenge, a Comedy Competition and a Music Video Challenge. This allows us to support both local and international artists looking to gain the experience, recognition and contacts needed to break into the tough entertainment industry. We provide educational opportunities and, via partnerships with Indiepix, Distribbr and others, we help to attain distribution for their work.
Filmmakers who attend our events enjoy fabulous parties, NYC tours and the opportunity to meet and learn from other artists — an experience that comes from a premier showcase dedicated to emerging artists. Winter Film Awards is renowned for the quality and variety of the work we screen, and aim to welcome our filmmakers and attendees with an open environment where they feel inspired about their craft.
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.