Get ready for #WADFF2016!

Time for the 15th annual Women of African Descent Film Festival!  Saturday, May 7th 10am-6pm at LIU Brooklyn Campus.  Check our site for details.

Here is a great video from the presenting sponsor, the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links. See you there!

#WADFF Final Call: There’s still time to submit your films

Contact:

WADFF
c/o The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
PO Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

Black Chick Media, LLC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn, NY 1 March 2016: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces the final Call for Film Entries for the 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF). WADFF will showcase films focused on Women, their families, neighborhoods, and the global community. Featuring an international roster of films, the Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10 am – 6 pm.

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. All work must be submitted by March 18, 2016. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

Continuing its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of artists of African descent, The Women of African Descent Film Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016.

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 15 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 63 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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15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Call for Entries!

LenseCall for Entries: The 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival!

The 15th 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 2015, 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 AFUA’S DIARY: Produced by Bibi Owusu Shadbolt and Pixelex Aspec.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016. 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.

 

Lense2GENERAL 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 Friday, March 18thJurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Web-series, shorts, documentaries, animation and feature films are all welcome.  Films are not to exceed one (1) hour.

Local, national and international submissions accepted.

Flash drive, links and DVD formats accepted. *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 film submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all flash drive or DVD submissions to:
WADFF
c/o The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
PO Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

For online films, please submit the link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LIU Brooklyn (Corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues), Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room from 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 15 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 63 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.

Please contact festival Co-Chair Yvonne Presha at wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

“Celebrating 63 Years of Service to the Brooklyn Community”

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