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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Women of African Descent Film Festival in Brooklyn

Call for Entries: The 17th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

Submission deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018.

All films and fees must be submitted via FilmFreeway.com

The 17th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links in partnership with RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theater now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES​. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2017, click here. Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com with questions regarding the Festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIV​E: 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 17th Anniversary in 2018. The media constantly bombards one with negative images of people of African descent. Their 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 their responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who one is as 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 or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2013, and must be no longer than 1 hour at most in length. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers. Submission deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a format such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MOV, QT, WMV, AVCHD, FLV, H.264, or DivX. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. If applicable, include all passwords for video access. DVD and VHS copies will NOT​ be accepted.

With your downloadable​ submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills that you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements. Send all supplemental film information to: wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT:​ The Festival will take place Friday, June 1, 6 – 8 PM, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza & Saturday, June 2, 10 AM-6 PM, the Billie Holiday Theater, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216.

THE LINKS: ​Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. 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 filmmakers for the past 17 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 65 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.

Follow them on Social Media:

Facebook Festival Page : https://www.facebook.com/WomenofAfricanDescentFilmFestival/

Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user39759808

Twitter @wadffbklyn

For more information, please contact WADFF Co-Chair, Yvonne Presha, or Elyse Morris, On-site Coordinator at wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

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