On Friday, February 21, at the Cinema Village theater on 12th street in Manhattan, the Winter Film Awards kicked off its screening series. The festival boasts a wide array of films: shorts, features, documentaries, and fictional/narratives from all over the world. The opening night’s program included several shorts including three shorts and a music video and a feature film from the UK.
According the to festival’s website the Winter Film Awards “Showcases films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and underrepresented filmmakers. The 79 Official Selections are a diverse mixture of 11 Animated films, 6 Documentaries, 10 Feature narratives, 11 Horror films, 11 Music Videos, 22 Narrative shorts and 7 Web series. These include 10 student films and 21 first-time filmmakers. Filmmakers come from 27 countries; half of the films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color.”
The festival will run throughout the weekend and will have screenings at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street. Screening blocks run 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours and include a mix of shorts and feature-length films., and all screening blocks include a 20 minute Q&A Session with the filmmakers.
For more information, visit the festival’s website and stay tuned to this space for more of our coverage.