Winter Film Awards International Film Festival

Winter Film Awards International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Winter Film Awards International Film Festival

SINCE: 2012

WHERE: New York, NY, USA



Like the city itself, we showcase the eclectic diversity and excitement of the independent arts world.

We are 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. We recognize excellence and diversity in cinema, with a special emphasis on supporting women and under-represented filmmakers and a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world.

Our mission is to promote diversity, bridge the opportunity divide and provide a platform for under-represented artists and a variety of genres, viewpoints and approaches. We believe that only by seeing others’ stories can we understand each other and only via an open door can the underrepresented artist enter the room.

Our annual international film festival is a ten-day event including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, useful professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. Works of all lengths and genres are considered for Festival screening, including narrative Fiction, Documentary, Web Series, Music Videos, Animation and Horror.

Each year, Winter Film Awards selects 80-90 independent films of all genres – roughly half of selections are made by women, roughly half are made by people of color. All selected films are screened at Cinema Village, New York City’s best independent cinema. The event concludes with a glittering awards ceremony and red carpet gala at one of NYC’s premier nightclubs. We award over $75,000 in cash, prizes and distribution opportunities!Winter Film Awards International Film Festival is an IMDB-qualifying festival.

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