The 2nd Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, February 28 with 3 days of screenings and after-parties. This year's event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of talent and storytelling capabilities the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Winter Film Awards screenings will be held Thursday, February 28 -- Saturday, March 2 at the Hotel Pennsylvania's Globetrotter Ballroom (401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001) in three screening blocks -- 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm. The televised Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday March 2 at 9pm. WFA will host after-parties each night following the screenings. Visit http://www.WinterFilmAwards.com for tickets, schedules, sponsors and details
Among the Horror Films to be screened includes:
Beyond the Grave, directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro – Brazilian post-apocalyptic zombie feature. Winner of Best Horror Feature Award 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival, Best Latin Feature 2010 Montevideo Fantástico and the Most Cool Award 2012 PollyGrind Film Festival)
Dissent, directed by Helmut Dosantos (short) – Oedipal complexes and breaking free from family. Award of Excellence 2012 The Indie Fest, Bronze Palm Award 2012 Mexico International Film Festival
Exit of the Dead, directed by Petong Sakulchai (short) – Zombies at the office!
Incident on Highway 73, directed by Brian Thompson (short) - On Christmas Eve of 2005 Jeff and Kelly took a trip through the desert and mysteriously disappeared. This is the account of their final hours. Best Short 2012 Screamfest Skully
Mr. Bear, directed by Andres Rosende (short) - An average guy stumbles upon a crime scene and is mistaken for a professional cleaner who disposes of bodies. He is forced to choose to either dismember a corpse or become one. Winner of 8 awards from the James Bridges Foundation, Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (US), LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Sweden), Festival de Cine Fantástico de Málaga (Spain), Alcantarilla Film Festival (Spain)
Til Death, directed by Philip Chidel (short) - After his wife passes away, a man begins to decompose as if he were dead himself. Now, fighting his own demise, he enlists the help of an unsuspecting friend to save both his life and that of his dearly departed. Winner of Best Short & Best Horror Film 2012 Dragon*Con International Film Festival, Best Short 2012 New Orleans Horror Film Festival, Best Short 2012 Pollygrind Underground International Film Festival, Best Directory 2012 Pollygrind Underground International Film Festival
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Winter Film Awards' mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema by nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them get recognition and contacts to break into a tough industry. They celebrate the crazy cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. WFA prides themselves on their diverse collection of films and filmmakers, allowing the audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn't think to seek out. In addition to the festival, WFA hosts 4-6 events each year in NYC, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge and other fun film-related events. Winter Film Awards is a registered New York State 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Winter Film Awards 2013 Independent Film Festival is proudly sponsored by Showbiz Café, FEARS Magazine, Footage Firm Royalty-Free Stock Footage, Final Draft Industry Standard Screenwriting Program and media sponsor ProductionHUB, Inc. (http://www.prohub.com)