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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Women of African Descent Film Festival

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Call for Entries: The 19th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

Submission deadline is Thursday February 20th, 2020

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The 19th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links in partnership with St. Francis College now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2019, click here. Please contact with questions regarding the Festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films that are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 19th Anniversary in 2020. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter, in 2002, initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages that women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence peoples’ perceptions through the medium of film. 

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written and/or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2015, and must be no longer than 1 hour at most in length. Legacy Linkage awards, stipends and an Audience Choice Award will be presented to the participating filmmakers. Submission deadline is Thursday February 20th, 2020.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a mp4 or .mov format. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a downloadable link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. Include all passwords for video access. DVD copies will NOT be accepted. 

With your downloadable film, please include a trailer (if applicable), synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills that you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements to your FilmFreeway submission.

FEES & DEADLINES Reference our FilmFreeway page here.

THE EVENT The Festival will take place Saturday, May 2, 10 AM-6:30 PM at St. Francis College: 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

THE LINKS Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. 

The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on women and teenage filmmakers for the past 18 years. The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 67 years, have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn.


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For more information, please contact Yvonne Presha, WADFF Co-Chair, or Elyse Morris, Communications & Outreach/On-site Coordinator at


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