WFA2016 Press Information

WFA 2016

Company Name Winter Film Awards
Founder/CEO George Isaacs
Executive Director Steffanie L Finn
Website https://winterfilmawards.com
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Twitter @WinterFilmAward
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Event Overview

Event Name Winter Film Awards 5th Annual Indie Film Festival
Event Dates February 18-26 2016
Event Focus Diversity in Film, Emerging Filmmakers from around the World
Short Description Winter Film Awards 5th annual INDIE FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 18-26 in NYC with a jam-packed schedule of 86 films by emerging filmmakers from 26 countries. Free discussion Panels — $5 Animation afternoon —Bloody Thursday all horror all day — daily screenings of fantastic films and free parties every night. Screenings & Discussion Panels @Cinema Village (22 E12th St). Opening Reception @The Attic (251 W48th St) Feb 18 8-11PM, Open Bar 8-9PM. Gala Red Carpet @230Fifth (230 Fifth Ave) Feb 26 8-11PM. Hollywood might ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone! #WFA2016 #WFASoDiverse
Event Artwork Official Poster Official Image (square)
Event Schedule 2016 Schedule
Event Sponsors WFA Sponsors
Event News Festival News
Feature Films Feature Films
Tickets Tickets

Event Details

Opening Party February 18 2016, 8-11pm at The Attic, 251 W48th St (21+ w/ID)
Screenings February 19-25 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St
Awards Show/
Red Carpet
February 26, 8-11pm at 230Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue (21+ w/ID)
Discussion Panels (FREE) Getting the Best Sound in your Indie Film” with NYCPost Group, February 23 6-7:30pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St
NY State’s Support for Filmmakers” with NYS Governor’s Office, February 24 6-7:30pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St. Sponsored by Jungle Software
NYC’s Great Benefits for Filmmakers” with NYC Mayor’s Office, February 25 6-7:30pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Animation Afternoon February 22 2-5:25pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Bloody Thursday All Horror All Day February 25 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Matinee 2:45-5:30pm $5.
Evening Double Feature 8-11:30p
Ticket Prices Parties and discussion panels are FREE. Matinee screenings are $5.
Screenings each night and all weekend $10 in advance, $15 at the door ($5 w/Student ID)
Press Releases Official Festival Press Release * Festival Artwork Competition * Patron of the Cinema * Spotlight on Films from Asia * Spotlight on Films from Iran * Spotlight on Films from Germany
Press Coverage Kering Magazine, “The Winter of Content” 
PopMatters, “The Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival Depicts Characters in Unfamiliar Worlds”
DNAInfo, International Indie Film Festival Heads to Cinema Village
Black Star News:  “The 2016 Fifth Annual Indie Film Festival and Winter Film Awards Extravaganza!

Quotes

Festival Founder George Isaacs says “Emerging filmmakers with low budgets and no connections are so often ignored in favor of the standard big budget generic action films. Diverse, exciting low budget films are created all over the world; it is critical for film festivals to showcase them. Indie film festivals are often the sole means for the community to share personal stories from around the world, and WFA’s location in the center of the action provides our filmmakers with a dazzling chance to begin their careers in the film industry.

Executive Director, Steffanie Finn says “We are so proud to present our slate of 86 films and are delighted with the sheer variety of films we’ve selected. Films range from “Kung Fury”, a gonzo sci-fi 80s style action kung fu extravaganza, to “My Stolen Revolution”, a deeply personal and heartrending documentary exploring the lives of women who were political prisoners in Iran after the 1979 revolution.  We have “Villa Diodati”, a dreamlike chamber opera and “Tuyul | Part 1”, an Indonesian horror film.  We have short films exploring depression (“Dark Light”) and others wondering why a sweater smells bad (“What Happened to Susan”).  Each of our 3-hour screening block mixes genres, so our attendees are guaranteed to find something they love in each block!”

Longer Description

Winter Film Awards 5th annual INDIE FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 18-26 in NYC with a jam-packed schedule of 86 films by emerging filmmakers from 26 countries. Free discussion Panels, daily screenings of fantastic films and free parties every night.

Hollywood might ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone! #WFA2016 #WFASoDiverse

Among the 86 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 12 documentaries, 34 shorts, 10 narrative features, 9 animations, 7 music videos, 9 horror films and 5 web series, including 8 student films, 36 female directors, 40% of films by people of color and representation from 26 countries. 43% of accepted films pass the “Bechdel Test”. The majority of the films were made for a budget under $50,000.

* Tickets on sale now!
* Screenings & Discussion Panels at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003) Feb 19-25
* Opening Reception at The Attic (251 West 48th Street, New York NY 10036) Feb 18 8-11PM, Open Bar 8-9PM
* Gala Red Carpet at Club 230Fifth (230 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10001) Feb 26 8-11PM

* FREE Parties every night, see website for details
* FREE Discussion Panel Feb 23 “Getting the Best Sound in your Indie Film” with NYCPost Group
* FREE Discussion Panel Feb 24 “NY State’s Support for Filmmakers” with NYS Governor’s Office
. . . sponsored by Jungle Software. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the Rate Book!
* FREE Discussion Panel Feb 25 “NYC’s Great Benefits for Filmmakers” with NYC Mayor’s Office
* $5 afternoon matinees Monday through Thursday
* Animation Afternoon Matinee – Feb 22 – $5
* Bloody Thursday – All Horror – All Day – Feb 25
* Screenings each night and all weekend $10 in advance, $15 at the door ($5 w/Student ID)

Visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com for tickets, schedule and details

About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards focuses on diversity, innovation and creativity in Independent Film, with a special emphasis on highlighting women and minority filmmakers from around the world. Our programming includes intriguing documentaries, hilarious short films, creepy horror films and hot indies on the circuit from Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and beyond.  We are 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. Some of our filmmakers have years of experience; others are so new to filmmaking that our Festival is the very first time that they see their work on a big screen.

2016 Festival Benchmarks

487 … 2016 Total Submissions (up 30% from 2015)
86 … 2016 selected Films
26 …. Countries
$50k … Average selected film’s Budget
40% …. Films directed or produced by women
40% …. Films directed or produced by people of color
10 …. Student films
26 …. First time directors
21 …. Films by or about New York
10 …. Films by or about LGBT
43% …. Films pass the “Bechdel Test”
9 …. Animated films
13 ….. Documentaries
11 …. Feature narratives (non-horror)
9 …. Horror films
7 …. Music Videos
32 …. Narrative shorts (non-horror)
5 …. Web series

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