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WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge 2014 – $14k+ in Prizes!

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Our 4th Annual 48-Hr Film Challenge will run MAY 2016!
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Winter Film Awards challenges you to create a short film from start to finish in just a single weekend!

Over $14k in prizes, including a Filmmakers Prize Package from B&H Photo and Canon.  Other great prizes provided by Ride of Fame, Lime Rock Park, Mission Escape Games,  Jungle Software, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE , Watson Adventures and City Wine Tours ! Winning films to be screened at the 2015 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival!

What is a 48-Hour Film Challenge?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

Completed films are uploaded to YouTube to garner the coveted “Fan Favorite” vote – for the 2013 Challenge, films received 65k views! All films are then screened at a local venue the following weekend and prizes are awarded for Best Picture and Fan Favorite.

For the 2012 Challenge, teams had to contend with a large brightly-colored snowflake sugar cookie and a tagline from Fight Club.   For the 2013 Challenge, we made it even more difficult — Teams had a tagline from Ghostbusters and 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. Visit the WFA YouTube playlist to view all of the amazing films.

The 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday November 7 at 8pm. A representative each team must come to our offices at 419 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003 at 8pm to sign in to the Challenge. Entries may be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams can do the whole thing on smartphones.

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Ready to accept the challenge?

It is FREE to take part in the Challenge, but you must register in advance!

First, please read the OFFICIAL RULES of the Challenge and review the “How It Works” below to make sure you understand and agree to everything. When you’re done, register your team via Eventbrite. Lastly, print and sign the official rules and bring it with you when you come to our offices to receive your genre, prop and tagline.

On Friday, November 21 from 8-11pm, the best entries as judged by the WFA Jury will be screened at BLONDIES in NYC, followed by an Award Ceremony, prizes and networking party.

Prizes will be awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE

How it Works

Click here to read the OFFICIAL RULES of the Challenge. By registering for the Challenge, you are confirming that you agree to all Rules listed.

AwardCHALLENGE BEGINS: A representative of your team must come to our offices between 8-10pm on Friday, November 7, at which time you will be provided with your Prop, Tagline and Film Genre. At 10pm, we open any open slots to our waitlist, so if you have not checked in by 10pm, you may lose your slot.

CHALLENGE ENDS: You must deliver your completed film to our offices at 419 Lafayette Street within exactly 48 hours of your sign in time.

Completed films will be uploaded to YouTube by the WFA Team. Winter Film Awards will open voting via YouTube on Tuesday November 11 by 9am. Voting for FAN FAVORITE will be open until Friday November 21 at 12pm. Be sure to notify your friends!

JUDGING: Completed films will be judged by the WFA Jury. WFA will award the BEST PICTURE award to the film we think best. WFA Jury will also award two other prizes to films we think deserve it (criteria to be determined solely by Winter Film Awards). FAN FAVORITE prize will be awarded to the film that earns the most votes, which will be a combination of LIKES on YouTube and in-person votes at the Screening.

SCREENING & AWARDS: Finally, if your film is selected for screening, a representative of your team should attend the screening in person in order to accept awards.

Completed films that meet minimum criteria for eligibility will be screened on Friday, November 21. WFA Jury may choose to exclude films for screening if we feel that the content is inappropriate or offensive. In addition, in some cases, WFA may choose to screen films that did not complete by deadline but we find awesome none-the-less. However, films that miss deadline are not eligible for awards.

Click HERE to read the Official Challenge Rules
Click HERE to read the Challenge FAQ
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Check out last year’s Challenge Winners!

Click HERE for more!

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About Our Sponsors

B+H Photo 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.
Canon Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013+ and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
Lime Rock color Lime Rock Park is incredibly historic yet modern. Not a hint of a grandstand but tremendous spectator viewing. Fan friendly in the extreme. A beautiful venue – it is truly a park – and even those who are not motorsports fans know what Lime Rock Park is. Of course, those who are savvy about auto racing in New England consider Lime Rock Park its actual and spiritual home.  Lime Rock was the first road racing track to be engineered and designed using scientific and highway-safety principles. Lime Rock is 1.50- miles of up hill and down dale, a track that looks deceivingly simple but is immensely challenging to drive quickly. Its setting is a village in Connecticut’s Litchfield County, renowned for its vast historical, cultural and recreational resources.
ride of fame 2 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.
brooklyn boulders Brooklyn Boulders is a dynamic climbing community. We are an eclectic mix of lifestyles, born and bred from the unique and multifaceted forces of NYC. Our neighbors are our heros. They fuel our creative endeavors and enable us to pay it forward. BKB strives to maintain a strong connection with its community in various efforts such as inviting local graffiti artists to display their work to fundraising for local parks and even planning our children’s events around local school schedules. So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for.
chelsea-piers-logo The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. This $120 million, privately-financed project opened in 1995, transforming four historic, but long-neglected, piers into a major center for public recreation and waterfront access. Situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the headhouse that connects them, the Complex features the following sports and entertainment venues: The Golf Club, The Sports Center, Sky Rink, The Field House, Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers Maritime Center and the Studios at Chelsea Piers
CityWine_LOGO City Wine Tours is your gateway to enjoying New York’s vibrant wine culture. Sip, savor, and explore as we take you on a journey through The City’s famous neighborhoods. Our tours highlight New York’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene, with stops at award-winning restaurants and wine bars. Educated tour guides lead your journey while sharing insight into wine tasting, pairing wine with food, and wine buying. Whether you’re looking to discover a new favorite restaurant, learn about wine varietals, or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon, we’re your ticket. At City Wine Tours, we think learning about wine should be just as much fun as drinking it. City Wine Tours operates in the West Village and SoHo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, year round.
NEW_JungleSoftware_logo 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.
mission escape games Mission Escape Games is a unique experience in which you and a group of people (friends or complete strangers) strive to beat the clock to obtain freedom from your “puzzle.”  The door’s locked and you need the key.  Pit your will and mind against puzzles, piece together clues and at the end, break out!  To provide a further challenge, you’re timed as well.  Challenge yourself to see if you have what it takes to complete the mission and have fun doing it!
paint place The Paint Place is the #1 place for art classes in NY. At The Paint Place NY, we provide you with all of the materials and instruction to create a one of a kind work of art to cherish for years to come. Each painter receives a 16 x 20 blank canvas, paints and brushes, an apron, and instruction from a professional artist to guide you to create your own original piece of art . We’ll guide you, step-by-step, through the basics of acrylic painting — in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
pole position raceway 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.
ny sky ride NY SKYRIDE is the premier New York Sightseeing tourist attraction and offers New York’s one and only virtual tour simulator. It is an exciting adventure tour of New York City located on the second floor of the Empire State Building. Through the magic of flight simulation, guests “fly over” over 30 sights New York is famous for without ever leaving the second floor of the building. In addition, the experience includes 2 pre-shows. The first called “I am New York” and “Top 10 Things to do in New York”, a presentation on all that New York has to offer visitors.
McKittrick-Hotel-Logo Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel is a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Lines between space, performer and spectator are constantly shifting. Audiences are invited to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure. Sleep No More won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and won Punchdrunk special citations at the 2011 Obie Awards for design and choreography.
Watson adventures Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts use witty, tricky questions in fast-paced games that bring out the best in a fascinating place—and the best in you and your teammates. The hunts are like walking tours spiked with caffeine. Watson Adventures’ scavenger hunts have been acclaimed by ABC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous other media outlets. Since 1999, more than 150,000 hunters have enjoyed our indoor and outdoor games in almost countless cities.

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