Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards
31 West 34th Street
8th Floor
New York NY, United States

Tel: 415-355-4371

2020, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Fri 15th Nov 19
Thu 20th Feb to Sat 29th Feb

2019, Finished
Thu 14th Feb to Sat 23rd Feb

Festival Overview

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. Winter Film Awards is proud to be one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway.

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.

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.


(1) Best Picture (Feature)
(2) Best Short Film
(3) NY Perspectives Award for the film that best displays the NYC multi-cultural experience
(4) Winter FEAR Award - Best Independent Horror Film, sponsored by Fears Magazine
(5) Best Web Series (new for 2016!)
(6) Best Documentary Film
(7) Best Student Film
(8) Best Animated Film
(9) Best Music Video
(10) Best Director
(11) Best Actor
(12) Best Actress
(13) Best Original Score


Action Adaptation Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Bollywood Comedy Crime Documentary Drama Experimental Fantasy Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish Music Video Musical National Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Student Thriller War Western Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Steffanie Finn
Executive Director
Winter Film Awards
Primary contact


Open to the public


Winter Film Awards is open to all entries.


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Early Bird (Sept 5): $25 USD
Regular Deadline (Oct 15): $40 USD
Late Deadline (Nov 15): $60 USD

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