Winter Film Awards is dedicated to the art of Independent Film. Our mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for all people at all stages of their artistic careers. We celebrate the crazy cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. Our focus is on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them get some recognition and contacts to break into a tough industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of films and filmmakers, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn't think to seek out. In addition to our festival, we do 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. The Winter Film Awards is partnered with local NYC film schools, cultural societies and non-profit organizations.