Winter Film Awards International Film Festival Returns For 10th Annual Independent Film Celebration


The Winter Film Awards showcase films by emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres, with a particular emphasis on the work of women and under-represented filmmakers.

International Winter Film Prize Film Festival, which was one of New York’s last live events of 2020, returns bigger than ever for 2021 on its 10th year.

The Festival’s lineup includes 91 exceptional films, a diverse mix of 13 animated films, 15 documentaries, 6 narrative feature films, 16 horror films, 10 music videos, 22 narrative short films and 5 web series. These include 18 student films and 19 entry-level filmmakers. The filmmakers come from 28 countries; half of films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color.

Tickets available on https://wfa2021.eventcombo.com/. Tickets cost $ 12.50 / in advance, $ 16.50 / door, $ 5 / door with student ID.

LAUNCH BASH OPENING NIGHT – September 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. -Reception of filmmakers, industry networking and launch party. Harbor NYC (621 West 46th Street).

PROJECTIONS – September 24-30 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street. The screening blocks last from 1:30 to 2:30 and include a mix of short films and feature films. All screening blocks include a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 opening of the Festival with the screening of the gonzo animated musical feature film Death of a rockstar and the funky Brazilian mystical cowboy movie Jesus child
  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25 / DOCUMENTARY DAY – a full day featuring short and feature documentaries covering a wide variety of topics including Last call – the story of the impact of COVID-19 on the New York hospitality industry, A wicked Eden which focuses on women making fetish porn online, I am an electric lampshade – a quirky and heartwarming portrait of the world’s least likely rock star, More than Miyagi – a painfully revealing biography of Pat Morita and This beautiful trip – a rustic and personal journey through India.
  • SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 / BLOODY SUNDAY HORROR DAY – a full day showcasing the scariest independent films from around the world including films from Canada, Germany, Greece, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – Screening of 11 mixed short and feature films Spirit Quest, a story of two friends on a trip of hallucinogenic mushrooms
  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – Screening of 10 short and mixed feature films To touch, a romantic love story between a married Caucasian woman living in China and a blind masseur.
  • WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 – Screening of 8 short and mixed feature films Since august, the story of a recovering drug addict confronted with her demons, told in American Sign Language.
  • THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30 – Screening of 9 mixed short and feature films Mr. Sister, a truly New Yorker story of a drag MC learning the courage of the caring LGBTQ community and chasing their dreams.

EDUCATION SESSIONS – Evening screenings from September 27 to 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street and all day from October 1 at NYFA (17 Battery Place). The sessions cover topics of interest to emerging filmmakers and are free and open to everyone. Sessions include workshops on legal issues for filmmakers, production 101, set design, location scouting and more!

RED GALA CARPET + AWARDS CEREMONY October 2 at The Empire Room at Club230Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue. Red carpet at 7 p.m., awards ceremony from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., After-Party from 9 p.m. With live performances and appearances from local New York filmmakers and industry veterans.

Heather buckley, film producer, writer, historian and dedicated curator will receive the Winter Film Awards 2020 PATRON OF THE CINEMA AWARD at the awards ceremony on Saturday October 2, 2021 as part of the 10th annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival.

The WFA Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Heather Buckley for her work. He is a rare spirit whose passion for cinema has taken her from a career in advertising to become a dynamic force in the independent film community. She is a unique soul who provides support and knowledge whenever she finds passionate independent filmmakers in need of assistance. His passion and dynamism clearly embody the qualifications of what makes a PATRON OF CINEMA.

The official illustration of WFA2021 was designed by Cherise Lavah.


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