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Celebrate Diversity in Film! 6th Annual Winter Film Awards 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2017 Indie Film Festival featuring emerging filmmakers in all genres from around the world.  Feb 23-Mar4 2017 in NYC!

WINTER FILM AWARDS announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2017 Indie Film Festival to be held Feb 23–Mar 4 2017 in NYC. We seek diverse, fresh voices & creative indie films in all genres – feature length and shorts, narrative fiction, documentary, animation, horror, web series and music videos. Submissions deadlines: Early-Sept 1, Regular-Oct 15, Late-Nov 15.

Now in its sixth year, Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers.

For the 2016 Festival, 86 films from 26 countries were selected for screening, including 40% made by women, 40% made by people of color and 26 first-time directors, and 75% had a budget under $50k. 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.

Films may be submitted via

Steffanie Finn, WFA Executive Director says “At Winter Film Awards, we believe everyone deserves a fair shot at getting their voices heard. Emerging filmmakers with low budgets and no connections are so often ignored in favor of the standard big budget generic action films – exciting low-budget films are created all over the world; we need the opportunity to actually see them! It’s so exciting for WFA to help get these stories seen and to provide our festival attendees the opportunity to view films they might never think to seek out otherwise.”

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:00am to Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:00pm