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WFA 2017 Indie Film Festival

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Company NameWinter Film Awards
Founder/CEOGeorge Isaacs
Executive Director Steffanie L Finn
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Event Overview

Event NameWinter Film Awards 6th Annual Indie Film Festival
Event DatesFebruary 23 – March 4 2017
Event Focus Diversity in Film, Emerging Filmmakers from around the World.
Short DescriptionWinter Film Awards 6th annual INDIE FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 23-Mar 4 2017 in NYC with a jam-packed schedule of 88 films by emerging filmmakers from 30 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 Feb 23 8-11PM @JimmysNYC (156 West 38th Street). Gala Red Carpet @230Fifth (230 Fifth Ave) March 4 8-11PM. Hollywood might ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone! #WFA2016 #WFASoDiverse
Event ArtworkOfficial Image (square) Official Image (rectangle)
Event Schedule2017 Festival Schedule
Event SponsorsWFA Sponsors
Event NewsFestival News
Official selectionsOfficial Selections

Event Details

Opening PartyFebruary 23 2017, Jimmy’s NYC Cafe, Jimmy’s NYC Cafe, 156 W 38th St.
ScreeningsFebruary 24-March 2 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St
Awards Show/
Red Carpet
March 4 2017, 8-11pm at 230Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue (21+ w/ID)
Discussion Panels (FREE, 6-7:30 pm @Cinema Village)Monday, Feb 27:  Meet Cinematcher, the Tinder of Filmmaking (w/ Wine+Cheese)
Tuesday, Feb 28: Film, Identity and Space – Indie Iranian Films
Wednesday, Mar 1: Getting Financing for your Indie Film
Thursday, Mar 2: Understanding Legal Issues for Indie Filmmakers
Discussion & NetworkingManaging the Casting Process w/Boston Casting. Discussion followed by networking party. $5, location coming soon!
Animation AfternoonFebruary 27 2-5:25pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Documentary AfternoonFebruary 28 2-5:25pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
NYC On Film AfternoonMarch 1 2-5:25pm at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Bloody Thursday All Horror All DayMarch 2 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.
Matinee 2:45-5:30pm $5.
Evening Double Feature 8-11:30p
Ticket PricesParties 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 ReleasesOfficial Festival Press Release
Patron of the Cinema
Official Artwork
Film ReviewsWFA 2017 Film Reviews
Press Coverage Film Festival Reviews, “Interview with Festival Executive Director Steffanie Finn”
UrbanGlobal Magazine, “A Look Into Winter Film Awards With Steffanie Finn | Interview”
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!


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.

2017 Festival Benchmarks

652 … 2017 Total Submissions (up 34% from 2016)
88 … 2017 selected Films
30 …. Countries
$18k … Average selected film’s Budget
42% …. Films directed or produced by women
45% …. Films directed or produced by people of color
12 …. Student films
33 …. First time directors
28 …. Films by or about New York
9 …. Films by or about LGBT
43% …. Films pass the “Bechdel Test”
11 …. Animated films
8 ….. Documentaries
11 …. Feature narratives (non-horror)
10 …. Horror films
12 …. Music Videos
24 …. Narrative shorts (non-horror)
7 …. Web series

800+ … Screening attendees
2000+ … Awards Ceremony attendees
500+ … Opening Party attendees.
7 … days of screenings
17 … Awards handed out
5 … live performances at Gala Awards Ceremony
57,000 … website visitors during Festival period

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