Spotlight on Films from Germany-Austria-Hungary at #WFA2016

WFA 2016

New York City’s rapidly growing Winter Film Awards (WFA) Indie Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is establishing itself as a dynamic and exciting event in the heart of the City.  Winter Film Awards focuses on diversity in Independent Film, with a special emphasis on highlighting women and minority filmmakers. We showcase films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres and seek to show our audience a dazzling array of entertaining cinematic content they would never have the opportunity to see otherwise.

Among the 86 Official Selections to be screened at Cinema Village in the heart of Greenwich Village (22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003), the WFA team is proud to showcase an exciting slate of thirteen films from Germany, Austria and Hungary, providing a fascinating overview of the best of the Region’s indie film community.

Between The Lines Short / 30 mins. Screens Saturday Feb 20, Block 3: 1PM-4PM. Directed by Florian Moses Bayer. Harald Mayr is a devoted postman in a small village called Gaiswinkel. He is not only delivering letters, but also checking them. If their content doesn’t meet his moral standards, he amends them to fit. Day in, day out, he lives his routine, each discrepancy throws him easily off-track until he meets Lisa. She is a German seasonal worker and is first shocked by Harald’s activity. But Lisa succumbs to the appeal of “”opening the envelope”” after sharing some quality time with Harald. They develop a special relationship, but the intrusion in the privacy of individuals and letters leads to controversies.
Children of the Wind Music Video / 5 mins. Screens Sunday Feb 21, Block 6: 1PM-4PM. Directed by Vas-Zoltan Ivan. This is a crossover music video–mini drama. Using music from Rags the Musical, it takes on the journey of all people who have to leave their homeland behind due to any kind of racial atrocity, political force or economical hardship. It’s about the struggle that is universal and the dreams and hopes for the upcoming generations; a very timely subject, as migration and exodus is globally a major issue we have to face.There are millions involved,but we shall see the individual faces. Dedicated to the Father of Zoi Florosz, who as a child was taken from his village in Greece by the Red Cross through the Greek Civil War to Hungary where he grew up.
Golden Music Video / 3 mins. Screens Monday Feb 22, Block 9: 8PM-11:30PM. Directed by Kai Stänicke. A tale of being different – and growing up.
Headstrong Miss M. Short / 16 mins. Screens Tuesday Feb 23, Block 10: 8PM-11:30PM. Directed by Katinka Feistl. Since 12 year old Annie moved in with her father, she constantly tells wild stories about her pussy. Her father Andreas slowly despairs, his boss is shocked, the social worker is crestfallen. Why does she do this? Gradually, Andreas understands that he has to develop a deeper understanding for Annie’s stories to be able to build a loving relationship to his daughter.
How To Make It In: Berlin – Rita In Palma Web / 5 mins. Screens Sunday Feb 21, Block 6: 1PM-4PM. Directed by Justine Simonson. Can fashion be a force for change? At Berlin’s Rita In Palma, the answer is a resounding yes. This Neukölln-based fashion label employs Turkish women to create handmade couture accessories. Many of these women were unemployed before they started working there. Several are illiterate and almost all of them lack a formal education. In addition to employment, Ann-Kathrin, Rita In Palma’s founder, created an association that is open to all Turkish women. The group provides German lessons, group exercise, and help accessing social services. How To Make It In: Berlin is the first season of How To Make It In: ______________, a web-series about small business owners, startup founders and everyday success stories from Main Streets all around the world.
III Horror / 80 mins. Screens Thursday Feb 25, Block 12: 8:00PM-11:30PM. Directed by Pavel Khvaleev. During the outbreak of a mysterious deadly epidemic devastating a rural European village, sisters Ayia and Mirra promise their dying mother to look after each other to the end of their lives. When Mirra, the younger sister, falls victim to the epidemic, Ayia in desperation realizes that conventional medicine will not save her sister. At the local priest’s house Ayia discovers a collection of Shamanic books containing a series of mystic drawings which she deciphers as a ritual for spiritual healing which she believes will save her sister.
Intrusion Short / 11 mins. Screens Saturday Feb 20, Block 4: 4:30PM-7:00PM. Directed by Natalie Plaskura. The short film INTRUSION does not tell a classical story. The main focus lies on the visual design, which has the intention to convey a mood. The motives and the associative dramatic composition remind of dream sequences, nightmares or hallucinations in which the uncanny and the curious are staged. Unrealistic, seemingly disparate, yet interrelated scenes that poke, like an intrusive recurring traumatic experience, into the mind of the powerless spectator.
Letter to God Short / 30 mins. Screens Wednesday Feb 24, Block 11: 8PM-11:30PM. Directed by Tamas Yvan Topolanszky. Aladár lives in deep poverty with his wife and children on a farm far from the village. The driest summer of their lives endangers everything he has built for his family. Every day, he prays to God with his childlike prayers. And every day, their struggle continues. As his bitterness grows, he asks for rain like the world has never seen. Aladár gets his wish, but God works in mysterious ways…
Si Lunchai Animated / 9 mins. Screens Wednesday Feb 24, Block 11: 8PM-11:30PM and Monday Feb 22, Matinee: 2PM-5:25PM. Directed by Hannes Rall. The poor yet smart trickster Si Lunchai triumphs over the cruel king. An adaptation of an Indonesian legend, inspired by the style of the Southeast Asian shadow puppet play “Wayang Kulit.
Teeth Animated / 6 mins. Screens Friday Feb 19, Block 2B: 10PM-12AM and Monday Feb 22, Matinee: 2PM-5:25PM. Directed by Daniel Gray, Tom Brown. Things of worth are often neglected in favour of that which is more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, things that are neglected are often lost forever. The life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions.
Tristes Déserts – A Robot’s Tale Music Video / 8 mins. Screens Friday Feb 19, Block 1: 7-9PM. Directed by Stephanie Winter. TRISTES DÉSERTS – A ROBOT`S TALE is the filmic-musical result from the baroque- and sci-fi-inspired collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel. Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier’s lyrical song “”Tristes Déserts”” and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, a baroque-intergalactic musical short film was developed, in which the boundaries between human and machine, between baroque music and electronic sounds become blurred. In a time dominated by artificial intelligence, the extravagant musical short film tells the story of a lonely baroque robot in a battle between good and evil, recalling the magic of the early cinema.

Corporate and local support of Winter Film Awards plays an critical role in the life of the Festival and underscores WFA’s commitment to quality, adventure and diversity in the art of cinema. WFA is privileged to continue our collaboration with Gray Line New York, Ride of Fame, B&H Photo & Video, Video Blocks/ AudioBlocks/ GraphicStock, Sony Creative Software, Jungle Software, Cyberlink, Glidecam, JT Talent, Gotham Mini Storage, Museum of Sex the most stimulating museum in NY, PS Print quality and dependable online print services, Van Diemens NYC Restaurant & Bar, Yelp and Zacuto film rigs and ProductionHUB, Inc. an online marketplace for broadcast TV, motion picture, pro video, live event, corporate & digital media production.

WFA is delighted to welcome new partners Carmel Car & Limousine Service, the official car service of Winter Film Awards, Big Apple Con, Citi Bike NYC, NYC Post Group, Bliss Spa,, Distribber – get 100% of revenues. Keep all your rights. Submit once for all stores, Film Collaborative, IndiePix Films, Rhino Camera Gear, our exclusive ticketing partner Eventcombo, Women’s Film Critic Circle (WFCC), Shake Share Media and Success with Teamwork.

WFA is grateful for the support of Prof. Charles Lowry’s Marketing Class at Pace University, Prof. Viktor Koen’s Class at School of Visual Arts, and Dr. George Priovolos’ Public Relations Class at Iona College.

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated 501(c)3 organization dedicated to showcasing emerging filmmakers and the celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. For more information on tickets, schedules, sponsors, film descriptions and more, please visit and find us on Facebook.


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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