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

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenged 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 had just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write the screenplay, assemble their props, costumes and actors, then rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learned the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

CitibikeThe 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge began Friday November 7 at 8pm. The prop was CITIBIKE, and the tagline was from Mayor Ed Koch … “Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.”

Over $14k in prizes were awarded, 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!

And the winners are ….

BEST PICTURE – “My Little Nut”, Team Perruche (Buddy Film)

My Little NutTeam Perruche comprises 4 members who came together for the 48-Hour Challenge.  They are all friends who want to create while having fun together, and all work in the entertainment industry in different fields.  All had a touch in this short film, each playing a part in writing, filming and directing – the team didn’t follow regular crew rules of hierarchy and it worked because all were on the same page right from the beginning. Director Johan Perruchoud is an independent filmmaker (,  actor Shivantha Wijesinha is a professional Actor and Singer (, Henry McGowan is a filmmaker currently studying at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and our beatmaker N-DRIN is a music producer, composer and writer (

The star of the movie is Johan’s dog, Peanut. It was his first experience in front of the camera (with many more to come), and he definitely greatly enjoyed his experience. (He was bribed with many treats!)

Best Picture winner receives a $6800 package including a Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera and three Canon lenses, courtesy of B&H Photo & Video, season passes to Lime Rock Park racetrack,  Jungle Software Gorilla 5,  Tickets to City Wine Tours Soho or West Village tour and the film will be screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival. Peanut also took home a squeezy toy and delicious doggy treats!

FAN FAVORITE – “Blood Drops of Love”, Team Rosenguez (Horror)

RosenguezRosenguez Productions is a NY-based production company with numerous credits for short and feature length films. Team leader Larry Rosen is a director/producer and also Festival Director of the prestigious Northeast Film Festival in Teaneck, NJ. Chris Cullen is Festival Director of the Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. Team members also included Marilee Hodge, Andrew Hsu, Louisa Erlich, Christine Pardos, and Ayad Shuaib. Each member of the team may have a different focus and goal, but all have a commitment to the arts and film.

Fan Favorite winner receives a $4800 package including a Canon EOS 70D Digital Camera and three Canon lenses, courtesy of B&H Photo & Video, go-Kart races provided by Pole Position Raceway, Jungle Software Gorilla 5, Tickets to The Paint Place basic painting class and the film will be screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival.

RUNNER UP – “Liber de Morte”, Team Aphoristic Films (SciFi)

aphoristicAphoristic Films is a New Jersey indie film crew who have been participating in the Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Challenge the past three years. In the off-season Aphoristic Films writes, films and edits video shorts through out the year. Enjoying the process is what sets them apart.

Runner Up wins an $845 package including a copy of Jungle Software Chimpanzee, tickets for Sleep No More by the McKittrick Hotel, Chelsea Piers Passports, passes to Mission Escape Games and the film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival.

HONORABLE MENTION – “Spoke For”, Grape Dutches of York (Horror)

GrapeDutches 2Returning 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 and FIRST RUNNER UP at the 2013 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.

Honorable Mention receives an $845 package including a copy of Jungle Software Chimpanzee, tickets for Sleep No More by the McKittrick Hotel, “Learn to Boulder” classes from Brooklyn Boulders, passes to Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts and the film screened at the 2015 WFA Indie Film Festival

BEST SCREENPLAY – “Caught Up in The Clouds”, Team Mystic Row / Edge in Motion (Sci Fi)

Mystic EdgeMystic Row and Edge In Motion are two NYC-based production companies that collaborated together for The Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge this year. Andrea Kfoury and Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, the respective owners, met over a year ago, and in that short amount of time, produced two TV Pilots and two short films. “Caught Up In The Clouds” was directed by Andrea Kfoury, written by and starring Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, Simon Miller, and Andrea Kfoury, cinematography by Jeff Nash, editing and special effects by Alon Gelnik, sound mixing by Jacopo Messina, and original music by Simon Miller.

Best Screenplay wins Gray Line NY Double-Decker Bus Tour tickets, Gray Line NY Harbor Tour tickets, IndiFlix memberships and a WFA T-Shirt.

FUNNIEST FILM – “KungFu Takeout”, Team BLVCKPICASSO (Martial Arts)

Kung Fu TakeoutWes Darbouze is a NY-based director, cinematographer and editor. Having met the majority of his team the week prior at the Writers and Actors Group (WAG), the group was formed entirely by chance with surprisingly electric chemistry. Hoping to form a production company in the near future, Director Wes Darbouze and Writer/Producer Vicky Darbouze look forward to making many more films with this team again.

Funniest Film wins tickets for Gray Line NY Freestyle tours, passes to NY SkyRide, IndiFlix memberships and a WFA T-Shirt.

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

AwardWINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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