Winter Film Awards Announces Winners of 2017 Indie Film Festival

Winter Film Awards brought their 11-day Indie Film Festival to a rousing close on March 4 2017 at a glittering Award Ceremony and Gala Red Carpet event at the beautiful Club 230Fifth with over 2000 attendees in New York City. Fifteen outstanding films were awarded with over $70k of prizes. Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the incredible diversity of the global Indie Film world.


On the Red Carpet at the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival

Filmmaker and presenter interviews with Katy Quinn on the red carpet at the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival!

About our Interviewer

Katy Quinn

Katy Quinn, Festival Host

Katy Quinn is an actor, filmmaker, and playwright based in Brooklyn, NY. Educated at Wesleyan University and trained at The Circle In The Square Theatre School, her most recent film role was Moira in “Everything’s Gonna Be Pink”, directed by Roni Ezra. She produced, edited, and starred in the short film “restauRant”, shared the award for Best Comedic Short at the LA Int’l Short Film Festival in 2009, and was shown as part of the “Winner’s Slate” during PBS LA’s (KOCE) 2010-2011 season. Onstage, her most recent role was Camille in “The State of The Art” which was produced by The Culture Project for it’s Women Center Stage Theatre Festival.

About Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival

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.

The rapidly growing Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is a dynamic and exciting event in the heart of the City. Winter Film Awards showcases films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. The Festival runs February 23-March 4 2017 in New York City.

Among the 88 Official Selections to be screened at Cinema Village in the heart of Greenwich Village (22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003), is a diverse mixture of 11 Animated films, 8 Documentaries, 11 Feature narratives, 10 Horror films, 12 Music Videos, 24 Narrative shorts and 7 Web series, including 12 student films and 33 first-time filmmakers. Filmmakers come from 30 countries; 42% of the films were created by women, 45% were created by people of color. Visit for schedules, tickets and details!

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. The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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WFA2017 Winners & Prizes!

Congratulations to our awesome winners and THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors! We are proud to award our winners with $40,000 in fantastic prizes!


PERU, A Puzzle & A One-Of-A-Kind Personal Story

If you enjoy puzzles or personal stories or both, you will love ‘The Curious Life of Piter Eustaquio Rengifo Uculmana’. In this unique feature-length debut documentary, you’ll travel the diverse, meandering path of a man throughout Peru, a country whose spelling also matches the initials of his name (P.E.R.U.). See the US Premiere of ‘The Curious Life’ on Wednesday March 1 as part of the 6th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival.


Life & Death. War & Peace. Dialogue & Film

In his film ‘Vive La Mort’, director Thomas A. Welte presents a captivating conversation about life and death, war and peace. See the NYC Premier of ‘Vive La Mort’ on Sunday February 26 as part of the 6th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival.


“Perfect” Sheds Light on the Grossly Overlooked Sport of Synchronized Swimming

So you thought the decathlon was the most grueling of the summer Olympic sports? Well then you haven’t researched synchronized swimming…. See the US Premier of ‘Perfect’ on Saturday February 25 and Tuesday February 28 at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003) as part of the 6th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival.


Viral Beauty’s Romantic Comedy Tale of the Online World, Celebrity Fascination

She wanted a date; she got a million subscribers instead. ‘Viral Beauty’ is a take on modern day society. First-time director David Tyson Lam, a software developer by day, describes his film as a romantic-tech comedy. See the New York Premiere of ‘Viral Beauty’ on Saturday, February 25 at Cinema Village as part of the 6th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival.


Washing Away the Mud of Life – Amit Ranjan Biswas’ debut film ‘Bridge’

Washing Away the Mud of Life – Amit Ranjan Biswas’ debut film ‘Bridge’. Two strangers, both suffering from immense emotional distress arising out of life’s tragedies, wanting to commit suicide, meet on a Bridge over the Ganges. Winter Film Awards’ Walter Howard spoke with Calcutta-born Amit Ranjan Biswas, a poet, playwright, public speaker, neuropsychiatrist and filmmaker about his debut feature film, ‘Bridge’. See the NYC Premiere of ‘Bridge’ on Monday, February 27 as part of the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival in New York City.