|SEVENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL|
FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEVENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 3, 2018
Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. Categories include Documentary, Narrative (Feature and Short), Horror (Feature and Short), Music Video, Animation and Web Series!
New York, NY (01/05/2018): 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 International Film Festival, now in its seventh 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 under-represented filmmakers.
About The Event
Among the 93 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 13 Animated films, 13 Documentaries, 10 Feature narratives, 8 Horror films, 9 Music Videos, 31 Narrative shorts and 7 Web series, including 21 student films and 32 first-time filmmakers. Filmmakers come from 31 countries; 40% of the films were created by women, 43% were created by people of color. Visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com for schedules, tickets and details!
Opening night for the 2018 Festival will take place February 22 2018 8-11PM (7PM for Filmmakers and Media) with a filmmaker’s reception and kick-off party. The festivities continue February 23-March 2 with jam-packed days of film screenings, discussion panels, networking events and after-parties at local clubs.
Tuesday February 27 features a daylong celebration of women in film, including an afternoon matinee of shorts by women, a discussion panel featuring industry leaders followed by an evening double feature of films directed by women.
The festival will come to a close on the evening of March 3rd with a glittering Awards Ceremony Gala Red Carpet and After-Party at Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011), featuring live performances and appearances from NYC local filmmakers and industry veterans.
Discussion Panels / Workshops
Discussion Panels and workshops are free and open to the public.
- Feb 26: Sustainable Filmmaking for Indie Filmmakers, with EarthAngel
- Feb 27: Resources for Women Filmmakers, with NYU Women’s Initiative, NYWIFT, WIM, Cinematcher and more!
- Feb 28: All About Distribution for Indie Filmmakers, with Bidslate, IndiePix and PassionRiver
- Mar 1: Production 101 for Indie Filmmakers
- Mar 2: Camera Hacks for the Frugal Filmmaker, with Cinematographer Steven DeCastro
- … and more!
Festival Founder George Isaacs says “Emerging filmmakers are so often ignored in favor of big budget generic action films, and filmmakers with limited budgets and lack of connections can be easily overlooked. Diverse, exciting low budget films are created all over the world; it is critical for local film festivals to showcase them. WFA’s location in the center of the action provides our filmmakers with a dazzling chance to begin their careers in the film industry.”
- A Roar of Wolf Troops (Feature / China / Dir by Zhang Xinwu). Screening Sunday Feb 25, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. In World War II, when the Japanese Imperial Army invades China, the Wolf troops of the Zhuang minority embark on a secret mission to protect a consignment of medicine vital to China’s war effort.
- Ambition’s Debt (Feature / United States / Dir by Devin E. Haqq). Screening Sunday Feb 25, 9:15 PM-11:45 PM. Adapted from William Shakespeare’s epic tale of honor, ambition, betrayal, hubris, and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome’s most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar.
- Burkinabe Rising the Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso (Documentary / Burkina Faso / Dir by Iara Lee). Screening Saturday Feb 24, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians and engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit.
- Four Games in Fall (Documentary / United States / Dir by Julie Marron). Screening Sunday Feb 25, 3:45 PM-6:15 PM. This film explores important and highly topical themes of media manipulation, science for hire, and perversion of the legal system through the lens of the Deflategate scandal.
- Framed (Horror / Spain / Dir by Marc Martínez Jordán). Screening Monday Feb 26, 7:45 PM-11:15 PM. Framed is an app that allows anyone to stream online from any mobile device with an internet connection. But since there’s no control or censorship, many of its users are willing to do anything to gain as much audience as possible. There are no limits.
- Let women choose (Documentary / Ecuador / Dir by Xiana Yago). Screening Wednesday Feb 28, 7:45 PM-11:00 PM. María, a Spanish physician, works in a Maternity Hospital in the Ecuadorian rainfores and investigates adolescent and unintended pregnancies.
- My Name is Batlir, not Butler (Feature / Turkey / Dir by Stare’ Yildirim). Screening Tuesday Feb 27, 7:45 PM-11:30 PM. Hello, my name is Batlır, not Butler. I’m not actually overweight, I just have some excess in a certain area….It is told in Anatolia that, the baby looks like whatever the mother craves for while she is pregnant. My mother craved for watermelon.
- One Ticket Please (Documentary / Latvia / Dir by Matiss Kaza). Screening Friday Feb 23, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM. A 78-year-old Indian woman in New York is the world’s most passionate theatergoer. Nicki Cochrane has been going to at least one play every day for more than 25 years. Always taking along her large bags, Nicki is ready to fight for a free seat at any show that’s worth her time.
- Rainbow Fields (Feature / India / Dir by Bidyut Kotoky). Screening Sunday Feb 25, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. On a soul searching journey back to his native place on hearing the news of the death of a childhood friend, a famous film director has to confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident, before he loses his last chance for redemption.
- Scumbag (Feature / United States / Dir by Mars Roberge). Screening Friday Feb 23, 9:45 PM-12:15 AM. A young hipster wannabe-superstar DJ takes on a day job at a telemarketing company, working with crazy people, ex-prisoners, drug addicts and murderers. Starring Princess Frank, Michael Alig, Nina Hartley and Ron Jeremy
- She, The Sergeant Matacho (Feature / Colombia / Dir by William Gonzalez). Screening Saturday Feb 24, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. In 1948, El Libano municipality, Tolima: as a retaliation for the liberal guerrilla attack, the “chulavita” police kills Rosalba Velasco’ husband. She is a 24-year-old peasant and mother of a female child.
- Snapshot (Feature / Ecuador / Dir by Catalina Arango). Screening Saturday Feb 24, 3:45 PM-6:15 PM. Antonia is a small photographer who will spend the holidays with her grandparents. Although she is going to the beach with her dog, she’s not happy with this trip.
- The Best Of All Worlds (Feature / Austria / Dir by Adrian Goiginger). Screening Wednesday Feb 28, 7:45 PM-11:00 PM. A kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.
- The Girl Who Invented Kissing (Feature / United States / Dir by Tom Sierchio). Screening Saturday Feb 24, 9:15 PM-12:15 PM. A nameless, pill-popping drifter girl steps off a bus and into a neighborhood bar owned by two middle-age brothers. Starring Vincent Piazza, Dash Mihok, Suki Waterhouse, Abbie Cornish and Luke Wilson
- The Guardian of the Ice (Feature / Italy / Dir by Simone Di Conza). Screening Thursday Mar 1, 8:00 PM-11:30 PM. In a house on top of a snowy mountain, the driver of a cable car hides a woman with mental disorders. Her worsening psychic problems are ruining their lives, so he resumes his revolutionary experiments to treat her.
- The Revenge Of Phantom Knight (Horror / China / Dir by David Shao). Screening Monday Feb 26, 7:45 PM-11:15 PM. A patriotic doctor comes back to his homeland with his family , seeking a piece of a long-missing treasure.
- To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (Documentary / United States / Dir by Donna Zaccaro). Screening Tuesday Feb 27, 7:45 PM-11:30 PM. A chronicle of unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the stories behind it, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights. Starring Roberta Kaplan, Edith Windsor, Rosie O’Donnell, Jeff Toobin, Nina Totenberg and Frank Rich
- Trenches of Rock (Documentary / United States / Dir by Paul Michael Bloodgood). Screening Thursday Mar 1, 8:00 PM-11:30 PM. The career of 1980s heavy metal band BLOODGOOD, who were targeted not only by the mainstream music industry that found their blatant use of faith-based lyrics an unfitting marriage with heavy metal, but also by Christians who believe their music was the work of the devil.
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.
For more information about Winter Film Awards events and sponsors, visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com.
For more information about the Winter Film Awards judging process, visit our FAQ.
For more information about last year’s Festival, including Press Information, visit our 2017 Festival page.
Corporate & Local Support
Winter Film Awards seeks long-term partnerships and we are proud that the organizations we work with benefit from our audiences and promotions throughout the year. We encourage close collaboration to ensure the continued growth for all involved. We work with local schools, small and large businesses, cultural organizations and a variety of media organizations ranging from emerging local groups to global brands.
Corporate and local support of Winter Film Awards plays an critical role in the life of the Festival and underscores WFA’s commitment to quality, adventure and diversity in the art of cinema. WFA is privileged to continue our collaborations with Aftab Committee for Iranian-American Artists, Big Apple Con, Cinema Village, Cinematcher, Cyberlink, Eventcombo, FearsMag, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C., Gracelynn Collection, IndiePix Films, Ink Tip, Jungle Software, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA), PS Print, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Variety 411, Yelp and Zacuto.
WFA is delighted to welcome new partners BackPack Wines, Bidslate, Boom Library, Brooklyn Fireproof, Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services, LLC, Final Draft, Inc, Goodie Girl Cookies, Ground Control, Home Advisor, Human Hotel, iPitch.tv, Kryolan, Luxli, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Passion River Films, Platypod, Rosco Laboratories Inc., SmartSound, Sonic Library, SoundStripe, Studio School LA and Vegas Creative Software.