BUSINESS: Diana Zuros’ ASL Film -Since August- takes top honors at WFA2021 International Film Festival

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Winter Film Awards International Film Festival awards 14 films with top honors, including ASL drama, Nepali horror and Pat Morita documentary.

(1888PressRelease) October 12, 2021 – Winter Film Awards showcases films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. Winter Film Awards International Film Festival (WFA-IFF) closed out the exciting 10th anniversary Festival with a glittering red carpet gala Awards Ceremony on October 2 2021 at New York City’s beautiful Club230FIFTH (230 Fifth Avenue). The Festivals 2021 lineup included 91 outstanding films, a diverse mixture of 13 Animated films, 15 Documentaries, 6 Feature narratives, 16 Horror films, 10 Music Videos, 22 Narrative shorts and 5 Web series; flmmakers came from 28 countries; half of the films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color.
The event saw the awarding of top honors to fourteen outstanding films.

Best Picture: Since August

Directed by Diana Zuros (United States), Starring Sabina Ashmedova and Antoinette Absbamonte
Young drug addict faces her demons and befriends a grief-stricken mother. But instead, she forges a deeper friendship than she could have imagined. It is based on the shared trauma from the women’s pasts. Since August, a deeply personal story of redemption and healing told in ASL and shot with a DSLR camera is a testament to the power and beauty of visual storytelling. This film features a diverse cast of international women, including Vedette, a deaf actress.

It is presented in ASL with English subtitles. There is no spoken dialogue. The film stars all deaf characters. It is made entirely by women, and it is about women.

ADDITIONAL WINNERS

BEST NYC FILM Mister Sister, directed Mars Roberge (Canada )

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – More Than Miyagi, directed and produced by Kevin Derek (United States )

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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – High Flying Jade, directed and produced by Katherine Sweetman (Vietnam )

BEST HORROR FEATURE MOVIE: The Puppet, directed and produced by Veemsen La (Nepal )

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BEST HORROR FILM: Koreatown Ghost Story, directed and produced by Minsun Park (United States )

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BEST DIRECTOR: Kintsugi, directed Nadja Bobyleva and Konstantin Schraps. (Germany )

BEST ANIMATED FILM – Rocket Stahr’s “Death of a Rockstar”, directed by Rocket Stahr (United States )

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BEST SHORT FILM: Cuckoo!, directed by Jorgen Scholtens (Netherlands)

BEST WEB SERIES – Big Girl, directed and produced by Alyssa Caree (United States )

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BEST MUSIC VIDEO – Pemmican, directed and produced by Kelzang Ravach. (France )

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BEST STUDENT FILM: Musician, directed and produced by Mohsen Mehri darouei (Iran )

BEST ACTOR: Bui Dam and Stay, directed Maria Winther Olsen, Faroe Islands )

BEST ACTRESS Vishka Asayesh (The Badger), directed by Kazem Mollaie (Iran )

INDIEPIX VISION AWARD

The IndiePix Vision Award, a unique distribution opportunity from IndiePix Films includes DVD release, Virtual Cinema exhibition and digital placement on the IndiePix Unlimited Amazon Prime Video Channel. Films are chosen by IndiePix Films, a long-standing sponsor of the Winter Film Awards and NYC-based distributor. Their carefully curated collection includes award winning films from all over the globe and new film talent.

Since August, directed by Diana Zuros (United States)

The Badger, directed by Kazem Mollaie (Iran)

The Puppet, directed by Veemsen Lama (Nepal)

Jesus Kid, directed by Aly Muritiba (Brazil)

John Clayton Doyle, director of I’m An Electric Lampshade (United States )

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PATRON OF THE CINEMA AWARD

Heather Buckley, film producer, writer, historian and dedicated preservationist received the Winter Film Awards 2021 PATRON OF THE CINEMA AWARD at Awards Ceremony as part of Winter Film Awards 10th Annual International Film Festival.

Heather Buckley is a member of the WFA Board of Directors.

ABOUT WINTER FILM AWARDS

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 NYC & Company Foundation grants this program, as well as public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, partially fund the program. WFA-IFF’s mission is to promote diversity and bridge the opportunity gap. It also provides a platform for artists from underrepresented backgrounds and a wide range of viewpoints. We believe only through sharing our stories can we truly understand one another. Only by opening up the door, can the underrepresented artist get in the room.

For more information about Winter Film Awards, visit WinterFilmAwards.com

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