WFA 2014 Awards Ceremony Program


8:00pm William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Tasting and Cupcakes from Cupcake Cartel NYC
8:45pm Welcome Announcements
8:50pm Awards Presentation
10:00pm Closing Announcements

Special Thanks to:
Mark Ausset, Hanny Kim, Sal Rozenberg, Carly Bassen, Viktor Koen, Pandora Spelios, Lola Bastinado, Kevin Lawless, John Thomas, John Benedetti, Frankie Scorpion, Andy Troy, Pete Bradt, Leslie Sigall, Neal Williams, Fernando Camacho, Steffany Ramos

Thank you to our judges!
Sam Borowski, Thad Komorowski, Eric J Scholl, David Chien, Matt Pinfield, Stephen Trask, Dan Cohen, Benardina Radi, Michael TJ Williams, Mik Cribben, Larry Rosen, David Woodard, Jeff Gomez, Paul Salvetti, Adam Yeremian

Winter Film Awards 2014 Independent Film Festival is proudly sponsored by GrayLine NY, B&H Photo, 20Grand VodkaConey Island Spirits, Cupcake Cartel NYC, Cyberlink, Fabric Mill, FearsMag, Final Draft Inc., Glidecam, Graphic Stock, Hunter Mountain, Indie Flix, Jo Malone LondonJT Talent, Jungle Software, Pole Position Raceway, ProductionHub Inc, PS Print, Que Sabor Bakery, Ride of Fame, Rooftop Films, Sony Creative Software, SpotHero, Sweets First Bakery, Video Blocks, Viktor Koen, The Village Voice, William Wolf Whiskey, Worldcast Inc and Ya Mastiha Liqueur

The Winter Film Awards Board of Directors is Mobasher Ahmed, Steffanie L Finn, George Isaacs, Joseph Mauceri, Vanessa McGinley and Vaughn Murphy

2014 Winter Film Awards Show Cast

(In order of Appearance)

Zach Garner ZACH GARNER grew up in Philadelphia, started writing comedy while living in Fiji, started performing stand up in San Francisco, and then moved to New York in 2011 to become a professional comedian and host. Zach has performed at comedy clubs all around the country.
radmilalolly RADMILA LOLLY is a classically trained opera singer and model who attended London School of Music and Juilliard. She has performed at countless charity events, United Nations events, and at renowned venues such as Abu Dhabi Stadium, San Diego Opera, BAM, and Carnegie Hall. Radmila has modeled in Paris, London, and NY where she signed with Elite Models. She is currently creating an album of original music featuring a variety of musical genres.
Danielle Villafana 1 DANIELLE VILLAFANA is a NY native who started acting and modeling full time right after college. Danielle has an extensive modeling portfolio in addition to a fruitful acting career from reporting as a fashion correspondent at NY fashion week, to being featured in numerous Oxygen “Girls Night Out” commercials. If you happen to stay in any hotel across the country, Danielle’s face pops up on the screen to greet you as an in-room host!
Upa UPA is an entertainer in NYC, who began her career as a stand up comedian. That led her to a New York Fashion Week runway and standing in front of a camera as a host and an actress. Upa crisscrosses social norms as she enjoys expressing herself in a whole spectrum while pushing the line and enjoying projects that push an edge in imagination.
Miranda Tiffany 2 MIRANDA TIFFANY is a model/actress who has appeared in a variety of films and TV shows, and is very involved with Time Warner Cable. Miranda’s modeling experience includes both print and promotional work including a campaign for the Aquacai water company. Miranda attended St. Joseph by the Sea High School and is now studying forensic psychology at John Jay College. She is eager to follow her dreams and shoot for the stars!
Niki Rosenburg 2 NICHOLE ROSENBERG grew up in East Meadow NY and started performing at age 3 as a professional figure skater. She fell in love with film and the creative process at age 12 after seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Niki graduated from NY Institute of Technology with a degree in film and TV production. She has appeared in 10 feature films, countless short films, commercials, web series and photo shoots. Her passions are film, music, animals and the earth.
Maya Posey MAYA POSEY is a true Southern Belle and graduate of The University of Alabama Dept. of Theatre and Dance (May 2013) signed to the Luedtke Agency. Her favorite moments doing film in NYC include “dying” half-naked in freezing temperatures for an episode of History Detectives (PBS).
Portia Backus PORTIA BACKUS recently became one of 10 models chosen to represent the new modeling division of the Edge Fashion Group. She has attended the William Esper Summer School of Acting. She has also appeared as an extra in a cluster of movies in the last 10 months and is currently working as a cult member in the Television show The Following.
Evelyn Bedoya 1 EVELYN BEDOYA grew up in Cartago, Colombia. At the age of nine she moved to New York City with her mother. Evelyn started her modeling career at the age of 16; since then she has been part of several projects including the Miss NY Latina Organization where she was crowned in 2011 and has also participated at the IMTA in 2013.
Jamaal Stone JAMAAL STONE is an Actor/ Director/ Writer/ Comedian/ Producer. Originally from Richmond Virginia, he has acted in over a dozen Television Commercials, written and directed award winning films, and recently created his own network of shows,
Carly Bassen CARLY BASSEN is a butterfly. She writes, designs, and goes from hobby to hobby. Some say this means not knowing what you want out of life but really she sets no limits as to what she can or cannot do. The world is an adventure, darling. Carly is an interior decorator at The Fabric Mill.
Daria Polukhina DARIA SCHOCH grew up in Siberia, Russia. She studied broadcasting in Moscow where she worked as a reporter for a number of years. She moved to New York City 3 years ago and has been working as a model ever since. She is currently a student of New York Film Academy studying acting for film. Daria has worked on a number of fashion commercials and appeared in several student films.
Love Tucker 1 LOVE TUCKER is a runway and print model. Love has a role in upcoming Independent film ‘Artifice’ and is also looking forward to publishing her first novel ‘2024’ in 2015.
Matt Nagin-1 MATT NAGIN is a highly innovative comedian and actor. He appeared on WPIX’s Dr. Steve Show, The Travel Channel, and will soon be featured on a reality show on TLC. His comedy show, Woolly Mammoth Panic Attack, appeared at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival, where it got glowing reviews and was deemed “gloriously filthy.” Matt is also the Talent & Show Coordinator for The Gotham Comedy Foundation, an organization that brings comedians into senior homes and cancer centers.
Frank Calo 3 FRANK CALO is a seasoned film producer and Director. His film The Believer starring Ryan Goesling won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2001. Frank has worked with top actors including Robert DeNiro and Madonna. His new film entitled EYES OF THE KINGS starring Penelope Cruz begins filming this summer.
Mobasher Ahmed MOBASHER AHMED is WFA’s CFO and Treasurer. He works as an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in the Technology, Media & Telecomm practice. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of The City University of NY, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and with College Honors. Mr. Ahmed has a keen interest in all forms of art
Joe Mauceri2 JOSEPH MAUCERI is a radio personality, author, editor, critic, journalist, screenwriter, producer, web designer, and continues to be on the cutting edge of genre pop culture. From co-founding World of Fandom Magazine (’87) and (’99), his passion for the cinema has lead him to serve as a judge and on the board of several major film festivals.
Colleen Gilbert 1 COLLEEN GILBERT is a Minnesota native who recently moved to New York to continue her acting career.Colleen actively works in independent films, shorts, feature films, television and hosting. She has worked with ESPN, NBC, large production companies and many independent production houses. Colleen currently studies with The Barrow Group in New York City
CaraDAdamo1 CARA D’ADAMO is a NY-native stage, television and film actress, starring in multiple stage productions, TV shows and films. Some of her most recent credits include Joe’s War with Ed Asner, as well as Irma’s Room, Allegory of the Mind, The Devil May Care Series, Night Stream, 3 Minutes to Air,La Vita, and The Perfectionists. Cara is currently filming a TV show pilot and three feature films.
SoleilJ4 DJ SOLEIL J is an Argentinian-born international DJ and singer. Soleil J’s quickly growing career includes performances in New York, Texas, Florida and she soon will be performing in Colombia, Dubai and other parts of the world. Soleil J is also launching her own tablet design due out in the market at the end of May.

Costume design by Natasha Berezhnaya
Dancers Christina Lopez and Zachary Kardavison
Sessino, musical performer


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