Press Information

WFA 2018 Indie Film Festival


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

Event NameWinter Film Awards 7th Annual International Film Festival
Event DatesFebruary 22 – March 3 2018
Event Focus Diversity in Film, Emerging Filmmakers from around the World.
Short DescriptionWinter Film Awards 7th Annual INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST, NYC Feb 22-Mar 3. Check out our jam-packed lineup of  93 awesome films in all genres from 31 countries!  Free Discussion Panels – $5 Matinees – Daily Screenings – Free Parties. Screenings & Discussion Panels @Cinema Village (22 E12th St). Industry Networking Opening Night Party Feb 22 8-11PM. Gala Red Carpet & Award Ceremony Mar 3 8-1AM.  Hollywood might ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone! #WFA2018 #WFASoDiverse  #WinterIsComing
Event ArtworkOfficial Image (square) Official Image (rectangle)
Event Schedule2018 Festival Schedule
Event SponsorsWFA Sponsors
Event NewsFestival News
Official selectionsOfficial Selections

Event Details

Opening PartyFebruary 22 2018, Location TBD (FREE, 21+ w/ID)
ScreeningsFebruary 23-March 1 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St
Awards Show/
Red Carpet
March 3 2018, 8-11pm (FREE, 21+ w/ID)
Discussion Panels (FREE)Feb 26, 6-7:30PM Green Filmmaking for Indie Filmmakers with EarthAngel
Feb 27, 6-7:30PM Resources for Women Filmmakers
Feb 28, 6-7:30PM All About Distribution for Indie Filmmakers
Mar 1, 6-7:30PM Understanding Legal Issues for Indie Filmmakers
Mar 2, TBD, Camera Hacks for the Frugal Filmmaker
Horror, Animation + Music Video Afternoon Matinee Screening Feb 26 2PM-5PM … $5
WFA Celebrates Women FilmmakersShort Films Made in NY Afternoon … Feb 28 2PM-5PM … $5
Resources for Women Filmmakers … Discussion Feb 27 6PM-7:30PM … FREE
Films Made by Women Double Feature  … Feb 27 7:45PM-11:30PM … 10$ in advance, $15 at the door
NYC On Film AfternoonMatinee Screening … Feb 28 2PM-5PM … $5
Bloody Monday Horror Double FeatureEvening Screening … Feb 26 7:45PM-11:15PM … 10$ in advance, $15 at the door
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 2018 Film Reviews
Press CoverageFilm 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.

On behalf the girls and I at Gladiolus Productions , I’d just like to say a big thank you for your wonderful organization and professionalism with the Winter Film Awards Film Fest. The venue, the warm greeting and the quality of the selected films have all been top notch.  With our film “Moral Compass”, we have attended seven festivals and Winter Film Awards is leaps and bound ahead of the others (no offense to the other festivals!).  I can honestly say that we, and all of the guests that came to see our film were delighted by the films the staff and the venue.” — Kylie Garcelon, director “Moral Compass”, WFA2017

A great festival which truly gives the stage to some fantastic filmmakers and some of the best and most unique indie films I’ve seen!” – Karni Hanema, director “F*ck You Jessica Blair”, WFA2017

The entry fee is 100% worth it for this festival. From the get-go Steffanie and her team are incredibly communicative and welcoming. The festival is also very well organized and the events are loads of fun! These guys just love watching films and they show it by putting together a great festival for the filmmakers.” – Cinder Chou, director “What Happened to Susan”, WFA2016

How do you find the right film festival for your film with so many to choose from? When I attended Winter Film Awards with our music video “Too Blonde” in 2013 I experienced fast and friendly e-mail response, I met a lot of wonderful film makers and I made a lot of great new friends, we were interviewed several times (3 of them on camera), we were part of a very well organized and very very classy award ceremony with several of my heroes from the industry. And I got to show our music video to a wonderful audience. Winter Film Awards is by far the best film festival experience to date!” — Bjarke de Koning, director “Too Blonde” WFA2013 and “The Last Girl” WFA2016

2018 Festival Benchmarks

674 … 2018 Total Submissions
93 … 2018 selected Films
31 …. Countries
$18k … Average selected film’s Budget
40% …. Films directed or produced by women
43% …. Films directed or produced by people of color
21 …. Student films
32 …. First time directors
33 …. Films by or about New York
9 …. Films by or about LGBT
13 …. Animated films
13 ….. Documentaries
10 …. Feature narratives (non-horror)
8 …. Horror films
9 …. Music Videos
33 …. Narrative shorts (non-horror)
7 …. Web series

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

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