6th Annual

Winter Film Awards

February 23, 2017 to March 04, 2017

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Narrative (Non-Horror) Fiction Feature Film Competition
This category is in competition and includes films from all over the word and the US. The film should be in the English language or with English subtitles, and should be in the narrative form. Narrative Films of 60 minutes or longer are eligible for Awards for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Perspectives, Best Student Film and Best Original Score
Non-Fiction/Documentary Film Competition
This category is in competition and include non-fiction films originating from all over the world and the United States of America. The film should be in the English language OR with English subtitles, and should be in the documentary form. Film may be of ANY LENGTH Documentary Films are eligible for Awards for: Best Documentary, Best Director, Perspectives, Best Student Film and Best Original Score
Narrative (Non-Horror) Fiction Short Film Competition
This category is in competition and includes films originating from all over the world and the United States of America. The film should be in the English-language OR with English subtitles and can in the narrative or documentary form. Running time should be between 2 and 60 minutes. Short Films are eligible for Awards for: Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Perspectives, Best Student Film and Best Original Score
Animated Film Competition
This category is in competition of ANIMATED films defined as a film that has been created using any frame-by-frame animation technique, Including but not limited to 2D, 3D, Claymation, CGI, Computer Animation, Cut-out, Puppet and any other creative endeavors and tools. Animated films must have at least 50% of runtime include animation Animation Films originating from all over the world and the United States of America is encouraged to submit. The film should be in the English-language OR with English subtitles.
Music Video Competition
This category is in competition and include films originating within the United States of America and globally. The film should be in English language or with English subtitles and should be in music form. Running time should be not more that 10 minutes and not less that 2 minutes.
Winter FEAR Awards - Horror Film Competition
Award in conjunction with FEARS Magazine. Any narrative work of fiction in the Horror, Slasher or Zombie genre with a running time of 5 minutes or more. This category is in competition and include films from all over the word and the United States Of America. The film should be in the English language OR with English subtitles.
Web Series Competition
This category is in competition and includes single episodes of web series originating from all over the world and the United States of America. The film should be in the English-language OR with English subtitles and can in the narrative or documentary form. Running time should be between 2 and 20 minutes. Web Series episodes are eligible for Awards for: Best Web Series, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, NY Perspectives, Best Student Film and Best Original Score

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. In addition to our annual Independent Film Festival, we host 4-6 events each year in New York City, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge, archival cartoon screenings and other fun film-related events.

Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

Our annual festival offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer. We seek approximately 60 films with a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films.

Like many of the great film Festivals across the country and the world, WFA seeks to bring our audience compelling and unique content that inspires the viewers and honors the filmmakers. There are hundreds of film festivals in New York City; what makes us different is our intense focus on the variety of our films and helping new filmmakers reach what may be their first real audience.

WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We work with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

New York City's Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

Now in its sixth year, the rapidly growing Festival showcases the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. For the 2016 Festival, 86 films from 26 countries were selected for screening, 40% made by women, 40% made by people of color, 26 first-time director. 75% had a budget under $50k and half passed the "Bechdel Test". Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered for Festival screening.

Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Student Film and the NY PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the New York multi-cultural experience.

Like many of the great film Festivals across the country and the world, WFA seeks to bring our audience compelling and unique content that inspires the viewers and honors the filmmakers. There are hundreds of film festivals in New York City; what makes us different is our intense focus on the variety of our films and helping new filmmakers reach what may be their first real audience.

WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We work with all local NYC film schools, colleges, arts high schools and many cultural societies.
Awards & Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for:
Best Picture (Feature Film, 60+ minutes)
Best Short Film (2-60 minutes)
Best Horror Film (any length)
Best Student Film (any length)
Best Music Video
Best Original Score (Film must have 10+min original music integral to film)
Best Animated Film (any length)
Best Documentary (any length)
Best Web Series
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Perspectives Award for best depiction of the NYC experience

ORGANIZERS

George Isaacs (Co-Chairman ); Joe Mauceri; Steffanie Finn (Executive Director); Steffanie Finn (Executive Director); Vaughn Murphy; Winter Film Awards

GENERAL RULES

Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

For additional information about Winter Film Awards, our selection process and what we look for, visit https://winterfilmawards.com/about_us/winter-film-awards-faq/

For any additional information concerning submissions, contact us at submissions@winterfilmawards.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1) All films must have been completed not earlier than January 1, 2014.

2) Films must be in English or have English subtitles

3) Winter Film Awards is a non-profit organization and we do not pay Screening Fees

4) Films must be submitted via online screener - we do not accept hardcopies of DVDs

5) Winter Film Awards does not require World Premiere, but appreciates if you notify us if you are either a World Premiere, International Premiere (your first premiere outside your country of origin), North American Premiere or New York Premiere.

6) Submission fees are in U.S. dollars, per film entry. All submissions for Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7) Submitting filmmakers/individuals will be notified by e-mail on or before January 5 2017. Winter Film Awards does not send physical mail — please make sure the email address in your entry form is accurate. Changes of email address can be sent to submissions@winterfilmawards.com. Winter Film Awards is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections, outdated email addresses or any other technical or human error.

8) If an accepted filmmaker is unable to submit the final screening copy of the film electronically, the filmmaker will be responsible for the mailing/shipping cost of the work for screening at the film festival. Films with incomplete materials by the deadline will forfeit their ability to screen in the festival. Winter Film Awards, its members, directors, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for lost, unplayable, misplaced, and undelivered film and media.

9) Submitted entry materials will not be returned.

10) A filmmaker with multiple entries (titles) must submit each entry and entry fee separately.

11) The Festival reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.

12) The submitting filmmaker must own the copyright to the work. In the case of any legal dispute involving the film, Winter Film Awards will immediately remove the work from our schedule.

13) By submitting your film, Winter Film Awards is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

14) You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Winter Film Awards from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.