13th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival!


The 13th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival brought to you by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, now opens its call for entries. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from the previous festival, click here. You may either contact us, or wadff2014@gmail.com, with questions regarding the festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which 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 13th Anniversary in 2014. In 2002, to mark the milestone of its 50th anniversary, and to continue its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of artists of African descent, the Brooklyn Chapter began sponsoring the WADFF. This tradition has continued annually since then, and takes place on the first Saturday in May each year.

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 12,000 professional women of color in 276 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 13 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 50 plus 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.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2010. Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 2nd. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit both a DVD screener as well as a digital screener*. Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable DVD submission, please include a synopses, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all films to:

The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links Inc.
P.O. Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013 

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014 at LIU Brooklyn Campus (corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues), in the Media Arts Department Spike Lee Screening Room 10am-6pm.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

*If you have an online version of your film on a site such as Vimeo or YouTube, please submit that link to wadff2014@gmail.com.