The 2nd Annual WINTER FILM AWARDS Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb 28 with 3 days of screenings and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 58 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world.

Highlights include award-winning independent films such as Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (Winner of 8 Best Film Awards), Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry, romantic comedy QWERTY , Spanish short film Ella (11 awards) and Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. We are also pleased to screen Dosa Hunt, a collaboration between band members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist, Yeasayer, Neon Indian, the Vijay Iyer Trio, which filmmaker Amrit Singh has dubbed “The Greatest Hunt for South Indian Food in NYC Ever Committed to Film.”

Winter Film Awards screenings will be held Thursday, February 28 – Saturday, March 2 at the Hotel Pennsylvania’s Globetrotter Ballroom (401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001) in three screening blocks – 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm. Our televised Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday March 2 at 9pm. We will host after-parties each night following the screenings – please check our website for venues. Visit for tickets, schedules, sponsors and details.