Win an awesome painting class from The Paint Place NY! #WFA48

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is teaming up with The Paint Place for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge! “Fan Favorite” team can hang out together and learn to paint at NYC’s #1 Art Class!

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend!…

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A Massive List of Grants Part 3: Fall Deadlines Filmmakers Should Know About

Welcome to the Fall Edition of upcoming opportunities for filmmakers! Hopefully this massive list of grants can point you in the right direction for funding.

A Massive List of Grants Part 3: Fall Deadlines Filmmakers Should Know About

Welcome to the Fall Edition of upcoming opportunities for filmmakers! Hopefully this massive list of grants can point you in the right direction for funding.

Win a tour of NYC’s wine culture! #WFA48

Win a tour of NYC’s wine culture! #WFA48

CityWine_LOGOWhat can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is teaming up with City Wine Tours for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge!  “Best Picture” winning team can toast their success with a tour of Soho or the West Village’s coolest wine spots.

coming-soon-animation About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just…

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3rd Annual Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge

3rd Annual Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge

wfa 2014 48-hrs headerWhat can YOU do in just 48 hours?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges 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 have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score…

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10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

…99 out of 100 screenplays I read [aren’t] good enough… When you read a good screenplay, you know it – it’s evident from page one.  The style, the way the words are laid out on the page, the way the story is set up, the grasp of dramatic situation, the introduction of the main character, the basic premise or the problem of the screenplay – it’s all set up in the first few pages of the script. —…

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The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film

The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film

Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values.

From NoFilmSchool.com:  At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M.

This is a guest post by Matthew Helderman of Buffalo8 and BondIt.

We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with…

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How To Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls

How To Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls

How To Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls
From Screencraft.org:  Bigger film budgets continue to dwindle. Smaller film sets continue to appear. Camera technology and film-centric software continue to evolve.

Through all the change, one aspect of film production has remained the same: difficult directors. As a producer, I understand this. Filmmakers are passionate people by nature. Their work is the ultimate fruit of their labor, and…

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A Filmmakers Guide To Being Hacked

A Filmmakers Guide To Being Hacked

How filmmakers Prevent Being HackedFrom Raindance.org: It always happens to me in one of two situations: on a shoot at the end of a tortuously long day, or a day like today – in the frantic run up to the film festival when the entire team is multitasking their tits off, and the pressure starts to tell when wear and tear on nerves, muscles and manners starts to show; we was hacked, or a hard drive goes down.

There are lots of…

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China Clamps Down on Another Independent Film Festival

China Clamps Down on Another Independent Film Festival

Poster of the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival. via @johndjinggang’s Facebook

“The darkest day in the history of Chinese independent film” 

Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) and arrested the festival’s organizers on Saturday, August 23. The festival is organized annually by the Li Xianting Film Fund, which is located on the outskirts of Beijing city, in Songzhuang district’s Xiaobao village.

Chinese leaders have spoken…

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