The Festival runs February 14-23 in New York City with a jam-packed schedule of 89 fantastic films from 32 countries, seriously amazing discussion panels, cool networking events and super-fun parties

We’ve got something for everyone, with a diverse mixture of shorts and features, animations, documentaries, thrillers, comedies, romances, dramas, horror, sci-fi, music videos and web series!

Filmmakers come from 32 countries; 50% of the films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color. Hollywood continues to ignore women and people of color, but Winter Film Awards celebrates everyone!

“I think that when everybody’s story is told, then that makes for better art, that makes for better entertainment. It makes everybody feel part of one family.” — President Obama.

In The Land of Pomegranates

Dance Dance – Music Video by Andrew Hachem (Lebanon, 2018)
Dhrma-Ciaxxo – Music Video by Kotaro Saito (Japan, 2017)
Difference – Short Film by Ali Asadollahi (Iran, 2018)
Fatimah – Documentary by Omar Rammal (Jordan, 2018)
Fill and Moo – Animated Film by Toshiko Hata (Japan, 2017)
Gold From The Sky – Web Series by Jason De Ford (United States / Thailand, 2018)
In The Land of Pomegranates – Documentary by Hava Kohav Beller (Germany / Israel / United States, 2017)
In The Life of Music – Feature Film by Caylee So & Sok Visal (Cambodia, 2018)
It’s Winter Now – Short Film by Lin Qi (China, 2018)
Like a Good Kid – Short Film by Arian Vazirdaftari (Iran, 2018)
Old Folks – Animated Film by Guy Hayout (Israel, 2015)
Seventy – Short Film by Jiage Tong (United States / China, 2018)
Shakespeare in Tokyo – Short Film by Genevieve Clay-Smith (Japan, 2018)
The Boat – Short Film by Valerii Gaken & Valerii Gaken (Russian Federation / Russia / Italy / France, 2017)
The Gift of Love – Feature Film by Gyu-min Gim (Korea / United States / Korea, 2017)
The Myth of Haftvad Worm – Animated Film by Asghar Safar & Abbas Jalali Yekta (Iran, 2018)
To Tokyo – Horror Film by Caspar Seale-Jones (United Kingdom / Japan / South Africa / United Kingdom, 2018)
Tokyo Lovers – Short Film by Mayumi Yoshida & Nach Dudsdeemaytha (Japan / Canada, 2018)

Tokyo Lovers

Tickets on sale now!

Screenings at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003). Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $16.50 at the door for a 2 1/2-3 hour block of films.

Discussion Panels + Workshops are free, but require pre-registraton

Opening Reception, Feb 14 7-11PM, 21+ w/ID, Free before 10pGala Red Carpet, Awards Ceremony and After-Party, Feb 23 7PM-2AM, 21+ w/ID, Free before 10pm

To Tokyo

Winter Film Awards is an all volunteer, minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 in New York City by a group of filmmakers and enthusiasts. The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Click the links below for details!
About WFA2019
All the Films

For more information about Winter Film Awards events and sponsors, visit the official website.


On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"