Call for Entries: Women of African Descent Film Festival

Call for Entries: The 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

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Still from SANKOFA. Produced by Mariona Lloreta

The 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2016, click here.

Please contact wadffbklyn@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.

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Still from BLK GRL POET. Produced by Kearah-Armonie

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 16th Anniversary in 2017. 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 people’s’ perceptions through the medium of film.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or

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Still from STRINGS ATTACHED. Produced by Marc John Jefferies & Nelcie Souffrant

directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2012, and must be 1 hour at most in length. Submission deadline is Friday, March 24th. Juror’s Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Local, regional, national and international submissions are accepted.

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.

Please note: there is no submission fee. With your playable submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Send all films to: wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT WADFF 2017 will take place Saturday, May 6, 2017 at LIU Brooklyn (corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues), Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Reading Room, 10am-6pm.

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 16 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 66 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.

You can ‘Like’ and follow the festival Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WomenofAfricanDescentFilmFestival/

For #WADFF2017 twitter updates, follow @BlackChickMedia.

Want to learn more about WADFF and the Brooklyn Chapter of the LINKS? Check out our Vimeo page here: https://vimeo.com/164791769

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

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Still from SANKOFA. Produced by Mariona Lloreta

Upcoming Events in Columbus, Ohio

There are so many fabulous events in the city this month. Check out the amazing calendar created by Columbus’ own Margaret Nivins, our event maven.

BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE (ART EXHIBITION)*

HOMEPORT GALLERY

SEPT 1-30, 2015

AARON DIEHL & CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT (JAZZ CONCERT)

KING ARTS COMPLEX

SEPT 12-13, 2015

MARK CURRY (COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 3-6, 2015

TRAILS OF HOPE (HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENTS)

KELTON HOUSE

SEPT 13, 2015

DOCUMENTARY WEEK (FILM)

GATEWAY FILM CENTER

SEPT 3-10, 2015

ADELE GIVENS (COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 16, 2015

REGGAE MUSIC FEST (FAMILY FUN DAY)*

COLUMBUS COMMONS

SEPT 5, 2015

ROY WOOD JR (COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 17-20, 2015

LUDACRIS (FASHINON MEETS MUSIC FESTIVAL)

ARENA DISTRICT

SEPT 5, 2015

US IS THEM (ART EXHIBITION)

PIZZUTI COLLECTION ~ 632 N. PARK STREET

SEPT 18, 2015-APRIL 2, 2016 ~ FAMILY DAY SEPT 20, 2015*

DEBRA JAMES TUCKER (GOSPEL CONCERT)

NATALIES COAL FIRED PIZZA

SEPT 6, 2015

ROOTS (SPOKEN WORD)

BATTISTE LA FLEUR GALLERIA

SEPT 18, 2015

TALIB KWELI (HIP HOP CONCERT)

PARK STREET SALOON

SEPT 8, 2015

ACOUSTIC EARGASM (SOUL W/ ROXIE THE SOUL BUTTERFLY)

ZANZIBAR BREWS

SEPT 18, 2015

CATCH A FIRE TOUR 2015 (REGGAE CONCERT)

LC PAVILION

SEPT 9, 2015

SEAFOOD & POULTRY FESTIVAL (MUSIC & FOOD)*

LONG ST BETWEEN HAMILTON AVE & GARFIELD AVE

SEPT 19, 2015

HAMIET BLUIETT & KIDD JORDAN (JAZZ CONCERT)

NATALIE’S COAL FIRED PIZZA

SEPT 9, 2015

THE AWAKENING (TAPESTRY PERFORMING ARTS-DANCE)

COLUMBUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

SEPT 19, 2015

KEVIN TURNER (JAZZ~BACKSTAGE @ THE LINCOLN)

LINCOLN THEATRE

SEPT 10, 2015

D POWERS, C HOWES & S WALLACE (JAZZ CONCERT)

LINCOLN THEATRE

SEPT 19, 2015

MALE TALES (BERRY & NANCE DANCE PROJECT)

LINCOLN THEATRE

SEPT 11, 2015

REGGAE REVOLUTION (REGGAE W/ DJ O SHARP)

ZANZIBAR BREWS

SEPT 19, 2015

THE PERFECT GUY (THRILLER FILM)

AT A THEATRE NEAR YOU

STARTING SEPT 11, 2015

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO (DANCE)

CAPITOL THEATRE

SEPT 22, 2015

CREATIVE CONTROL (CREATIVE’S FESTIVAL)

LINCOLN THEATRE

SEPT 11-12, 2015

EMPIRE SEASON 2 PREMIERE (TV)*

FOX TV

SEPT 23, 2015

OHIO BLACK DANCE (DANCE FESTIVAL)

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

SEPT 11-13, 2015

OPEN THIS END (ART EXHIBITION)*

URBAN ARTS SPACE

THRU NOV 7, 2015~RECEPTION SEPT 25, 2015

HOT TIMES (COMMUNITY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL)*

MAIN STREET & PARSONS AVENUE

SEPT 11-13, 2015

LAVELL CRAWFORD (COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 25-27, 2015

MARLON WAYANS (COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 11-13, 2015

REEL ABILITIES (DISABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL)

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

SEPT 25-29, 2015

CEDRIC EASTON & CIRCLE OF FRIENDS( JAZZ CONCERT)*

TOPIARY PARK

SEPT 12, 2015

INGRAM STREET (CD RELEASE CONCERT)

MCCONNELL ARTS CENTER

SEPT 26, 2015

COLS GOSPEL FEST W/ CHRISTON GRAY (GOSPEL MUSIC)*

FRANKLIN PARK

SEPT 12 , 2015

A GOOD MAN IS EASY TO FIND (STAGE PLAY)

NORTHLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

SEPT 27, 2015

SPIT N SKETCH   (VARIETY SHOW)*

HOT TIMES ~ MAIN STREET STAGE

SEPT 12, 2015

SAUL WILLIAMS (SPOKEN WORD)

RUMBA CAFÉ

SEPT 29, 2015

JAZZ DOCUMENTARY (FILM)*

HOMEPORT GALLERY

SEPT 12 AND 26, 2015

ALABAMA SHAKES (ROCK/BLUES/SOUL CONCERT)

LC PAVILION

SEPT 29, 2015

GUS MACKER (3 ON 3 BASKETBALL)

2300 S. HAMILTON ROAD

SEPT 12-13, 2015

EXTREME GOSPEL COMEDY (CLEAN COMEDY)

FUNNY BONE

SEPT 28, 2015

*DENOTES FREE EVENT

ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK EVENTS CELEBRATE THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

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ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK EVENTS
CELEBRATE THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — In the week leading up to the 87th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

OSCAR WEEK: SHORTS
Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Sean Astin. Astin is an actor, writer, producer and director who received an Oscar nomination for his 1994 short film “Kangaroo Court.” The program delves into the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories with complete screenings of all the nominated films as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

OSCAR WEEK: DOCS
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. 
Hosted by Rob Epstein and Tabitha Jackson.  Epstein has won Oscars for the documentary features “The Times of Harvey Milk” and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.”  Jackson is currently the director of the documentary film program at the Sundance Institute.  The evening includes clips from all the films nominated in Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories, as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

OSCAR WEEK: ANIMATED FEATURES
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Oscar- winning directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.  Buck and Lee shared the 2013 Oscar for Animated Feature Film for “Frozen.”  Buck was previously nominated for “Surf’s Up.”  Lee also co-wrote the screenplay for “Wreck-It Ralph.”  This year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film category (schedules permitting) will talk about their creative processes and present clips illustrating their techniques.
OSCAR WEEK: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. 
Hosted by Producers Branch governor Mark Johnson.  Johnson won the 1988 Best Picture Oscar for “Rain Man” and received a second nomination for “Bugsy.”  The directors of the nominated films in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will explore a wide range of topics, from their experiences developing their projects to the specific challenges of their profession.  This two-hour event includes clips from each of the nominated films.

OSCAR WEEK: MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, February 21, 3 p.m.
Moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Leonard Engelman.  Engelman’s feature credits include “Ghostbusters,” “Moonstruck,” “Heat” and “Burlesque.”  In Oscar Week’s final public event, the nominees in the Makeup and Hairstyling category (schedules permitting) will reveal the secrets behind their on-screen work.  Photographs, appliances, molds, wigs and other items will be on display in the theater lobby.

Tickets will be available online at Oscars.org starting Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. PT.  Tickets to the Shorts, Docs, Animated Features and Foreign Language Films events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (Shorts and Foreign Language Films tickets limited to four per person).  Admission to the Saturday afternoon Makeup and Hairstyling event is free, but advance tickets are required (limited to two per person).  The Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  Doors open one hour prior to each event.  All ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information, visit Oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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