The Winter Film Awards international film festival returns for the 10th annual celebration of independent film


The Winter Film Awards showcase films by emerging filmmakers from around the world across all genres, with a particular focus on showcasing the work of women and underrepresented filmmakers.

Winter Film Awards International Film Festivalwhich was one of NYC’s last live events of 2020, returns bigger than ever for 2021 to celebrate its 10th year.

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

Tickets available on Tickets are $12.50/advance, $16.50/gate, $5/gate with ID.

OPENING NIGHT KICK-OFF – September 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. – Filmmaker’s reception, industry networking and launch party. Port NYC (621 West 46th Street).

SCREENINGS – September 24-30 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street. The blocks of screenings last between 1h30 and 2h30 and include a mixture of short films and feature films. All screening blocks include a 20-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24 – the Festival opens with screenings of the gonzo animated musical feature film death of a rockstar and the funky brazilian mystical cowboy movie Baby Jesus
  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25 / DOCUMENTARY DAY – a full day showcasing documentary shorts and feature films 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 creating fetish porn online, I am an electric lampshade – an offbeat and touching portrait of the least probable rock star in the world, 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 films and feature films spiritual questthe story of two friends on a magic mushroom trip
  • TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28- Screening of 10 mixed short films and feature films To toucha romantic love story between a married Caucasian woman living in China and a blind masseur.
  • WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29- Screening of 8 mixed short films and feature film Since Augustthe story of a drug addict recovering from her demons, told in American Sign Language.
  • THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30- Screening of 9 mixed short films and feature film sir sira truly New York story of a drag MC learning courage from the caring LGBTQ community and chasing their dreams.

TRAINING SESSIONS – Evening sessions September 27-30 from 7-8:15 p.m. at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street and all day October 1 at NYFA (17 Battery Place). Sessions cover topics of interest to emerging filmmakers and are free and open to everyone. Sessions include workshops on legal issues for filmmakers, Producing 101, Set Design, Location Scouting and more!

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

Heather Buckleyfilm producer, writer, historian and dedicated curator will receive the 2020 Winter Film Awards 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 honor Heather Buckley for her work. She’s a rare mind whose passion for filmmaking has taken her from a career in advertising to becoming a dynamic force in the independent film community. She is a unique soul who lends her support and knowledge whenever she finds passionate independent filmmakers who need help. His passion and drive clearly embody the qualifications of what makes a PATRON OF THE CINEMA.

The official WFA2021 artwork was designed by Cherise Lava.


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