2013 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge

Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2013
What Can YOU Do In Just 48 Hours?

Winter Film Awards is pleased to congratulate the winners of our 2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge!

Grayline NY Sightseeing BusThe Challenge kicked off Friday Dec 6 at 8pm.  Thirty teams of filmmakers from the tri-state area were assigned a tagline from Ghostbusters (“Well, there’s something you don’t see every day!“) and a Film Genre:  Action; Thriller;  Horror;  Western or Musical;  Romance or Comedy; Teen/College;  SciFi.

For a prop, Gray Line New York provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour Bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver.

bestTeams had exactly 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit a 4-7 minute short film.  Completed films were posted to YouTube, where 30K+ online viewers cast 3k+ votes for Fan Favorite.

On Saturday December 14, entries were screened to a crowd of 150 fans at Blondies SportsBar in NYC.

Over $9k in prizes were awarded for BEST PICTURE, FAN FAVORITE, FIRST RUNNER UP and the HONORARY AWARD.  B&H Photo sponsored a $2500 Filmmakers Prize Package including a  Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 Lens, an X-Rite i1Display Pro, a Tenba Roadie Video Backpack and a Delkin Devices Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount.

Other great prizes include NYC Helicoptor, Cruise, Bus Tour and Freestyle Tours provided by Gray Line New York; yearly memberships to IndieFlix; Enforcer DSLR Kit and Z-Finder Pro provided by Zacuto; SmartPhocus 3-Lens Bundle for iPhone; Nito Inc S3 Dojo Mobile Sound Studio; Gorilla, Story-O and Chimpanzee filmmaker software provided Jungle Software; Novice Rifle Classes provided by West Side Rifle & Pistol Range; Firearms for Film and Samurai Sword Fighting for Film classes provided by NY Action Actors Academy; Black Ops Laser Tag provided by Indoor Extreme Sports; Go-Kart Races provided by Pole Position Raceway; Pocket White Charts provided by DSC Labs; Chelsea Piers Passports and Flying Trapeze Lessons provided by Trapeze School NY!   Winning films will be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival February 27-March 1 in New York City.

Click here to see the photos from the event!

Best Picture: The Carrier

Team: Veteran Production, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy
12-14-2013 Best PictureVeteran Production is a NY-based production company specializing in a variety of media categories.  Team leader Sergeant Dwayne Philibert, USMC (acting Sergeant Major) is COO of Brooklyn Youth Marines Inc, an extracurricular youth enrichment non-profit that serves New York City, Dutchess County and Westchester County’s youth. The program focuses on character and leadership development, physical fitness, community service and recreational activities for at-risk youth.  Director La’Mard Wingster is a martial artist, director of numerous action films and is the the acting Second Lieutenant for Dutchess and Westchester County youth Marines.

Fan Favorite: As Time Goes By

Team: ESW Productions, Genre: Science Fiction
12-14-2013 Fan Favorite 1ESW Productions is a Carmel, NY based film company specializing in movie/television writing and production, film industry networking as well as web-based entertainment.  ESW’s script for “As Time Goes By” was written in about an hour and a half, shot in about twelve hours and the rest was post production (and sitting in traffic).  ”It was a ton of fun, and really rekindled a love of this sort of thing!” – Team Leader Salvatore Lagonia

First Runner Up: Crest Fallen

Team: Grape Dutches of York, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy
cap grapeReturning champions The Grape Dutches of York are a sketch comedy troupe based out of Astoria, NY. The Dutches have been involved in various film festivals across the country and in New York City, and took home the prize for BEST SCREENPLAY at the 2012 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge. The Dutches goal is to make funny, off-centered sketches that are rooted in their askew view of the world and the people that inhabit it.  Grape Dutches puts on a Monthly show at the Videology theater in Brooklyn.

Honorary Award: The Apt Aint Big Enuff

Team: Film Repertory Group, Genre: Western or Musical
12-14-2013 honorary 6Film Repertory Group is a collective of local film artists devoted to producing, showcasing, and exposing great films.  Their goal is to unify all types of people interested in film-making, to create a place where everyone can contribute in producing truly great work, which shows off their skills and advances their careers and to develop a relationship with our audience and community, and build a reputation that will help expose the talents of all the artists involved.

Special Mention: Lilly Bell

Team: The Oddity Concept, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy
Team Oddity ConceptThe Oddity Concept is a team of 8th Graders making their very first film. Thirteen-year old Erica Marney, director/cinematographer, received her camera the day before the challenge and she’d never edited a film before. Her actors were all first-timers as well. Keep an eye on her — in 10 years, we’ll be watching her accept her Best Director Oscar!

Winter Film Awards congratulates all of our competitors on their amazing work!  Visit our YouTube Playlist to view all of our teams’ films!


About Our Sponsors

B&H Photo – Video – Pro Audio … B&H Makes the wonders of technology available through complete lines of Photo, video, audio equipment, and much more. Come visit the World’s largest camera and video superstore and explore where technology lives.

IndieFlix is the world’s favorite independent movie streaming platform. Called the “Netflix for independent films” by Variety, IndieFlix offers unlimited instant streaming of the world’s favorite independent films. IndieFlix is available globally, anywhere from PC’s, Tablets and Smartphones to Xbox and Roku.

Zacuto USA, filmmaking accessories manufacturer, sales, rentals, and the Emmy winning Zacuto Films is located in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 2000 primarily as a rental house and is now known for their Zacuto USA brand of extremely high quality, originally designed camera accessories. Zacuto USA products are designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA.

Nito Inc. is your place to train in the recording arts. Your place to hone the skills of mixing and mastering audio without the bill of recording studio time. Here is where you perfect your sound. The Dojo is a mobile audio capturing device that allows the user to transport a recording studio with them to wherever they may need to record.

West Side Rifle & Pistol Range is conveniently located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Come on down to the friendliest range in New York!

Jungle Software provides filmmakers and storytellers of all levels and genres with a full range of software solutions, including Gorilla Pro film production software, the Gorilla Ratebook labor union rate guide and StoryO story organization software. Jungle Software is headquartered in just outside of Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world.

Trapeze School New York is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Our mission every day is to create a safe, fun, challenging environment where our students strive to surpass limitations and more richly enjoy their lives.

The Ride of Fame™ (ROF) is a continuing series of mobile monuments honoring celebrated personalities and their ties to New York City. Each ROF honoree unveils a custom decal artwork permanently dressed to the front of an iconic red double-decker bus, along with a permanent seat and a personal message scribed by the honoree during the press-attended ceremony.  Celebrities honored by Ride of Fame™ are unpaid and they themselves have not paid to participate.

Pole Position Raceway is the premier indoor electric karting facility, located just three miles from Manhattan. Our  80,000 sq. ft., facility features two 1/4 mile long, European-style tracks with the fastest (45 MPH) indoor karts in America for an authentic, exhilarating and safe experience.

X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. We are dedicated to ensuring proper color through measurement and understanding the needs of our customers in the photo, video, design, and so many other fields.

Smartphocus has brought to life a case for the iPhone which provides users with tripod, lens, and accessory mounting points. Now you can harness the full potential of your iPhone for video projects


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