Call for Entries: Women of African Descent Film Festival

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


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 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.


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


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:

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.

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Want to learn more about WADFF and the Brooklyn Chapter of the LINKS? Check out our Vimeo page here:

Please contact WADFF Co-Chair Yvonne Presha or Elyse Morris, On-site Coordinator at


Still from SANKOFA. Produced by Mariona Lloreta

Grant & Fellowship Opportunity

Hello all! We are writing to you from one of our favorite cities in the world–Chicago! We have lot’s of things to do, and people to meet, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to keep you up to date. See below for the most recent opportunity from the Columbus Film Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.




The Columbus Film Council and The Greater Columbus Arts Council present the:

2013 Individual Media Artists Fellowship Program

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and The Columbus Film Council (CFC) encourage and support cultural development in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CFC have partnered to present the 2013 Media Artists Fellowship Program as part of the GCAC Individual Artists Fellowships. Established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, awarded fellowships in painting, sculpture, photography, and graphics in its first year, over 150 awards, in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition, and choreography/movement arts, have been made.

The 2013 program will distribute 3 fellowships to media artists, in the disciplines of film, video, and digital moving image.

As part of this exciting partnership, the Columbus Film Council will screen work by the fellowship recipients at the 61st Columbus International Film +Video Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States. The recipients will also receive their Fellowship Awards at the CIF+VF’s Chris Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2013 at the Canzani Center on the Columbus College of Art & Design campus.

APPLICATION  DEADLINE :  August 31, 5:00 p.m.


1. A completed online application form file is due in GoArts, GCAC’s online application system (  by August 31, 5:00pm. Three copies of the same required DVD and your signed cover page must be postmarked and mailed postmarked by September 6, 2013 to:

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Attn: Grants & Services/Media Arts Fellowship
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 2250
Columbus, OH 43215

No late applications will be accepted.

This should not be work created for this application, but rather your existing work as a filmmaker. This is not a 48hr FF type of program but rather an award for artistic excellence. Also the applicant should be the “auteur”, the primary creative owner of the work submitted. For example in the case of Martin Scorsese his work as a director on Hugo would be eligible but his work as the Executive Producer on Frankenstein would not. Sometimes this may not be easy to discern (the Coen Brothers come to mind) so please contact Susan Halpern at if you need clarification in this matter. Also the work must be created no earlier than 2007.

2. You will be sent an email confirming receipt of your application. This email will include your application number.  You will need to print your application, sign the cover page and return it to GCAC, postmarked by August 31. Please include your three DVD’s in the same packet with your application number written on all three DVD’s. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT BE ON THE DVD OR IN THE FILM CREDITS. This is so the grant panelist may jury the work without knowing who the makers are. Failing to do so will disqualify your application. Please make sure to edit the submitted clip so that no maker names appear in the work sample.

3. Panelists will be provided a secure remote access link and a DVD to jury the applications down the finalists. The final three applicants will be chosen via panel in early October. The final adjudication (dollar amount of the awards) will be determined by a guest filmmaker chosen from the top 3 Recipients chosen by the panel. There will be two $1500 awards and one $3500 award given.

4. The three Recipients will be announced by the end of the week of the panel and the final grant amounts will be announced at the CIF+VF Awards Ceremony on November 16th.


The Individual Artist Fellowship program provides unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application, or during the grant award period, may not apply.

The following categories will be considered for awards:

Time based digital images

Please note work that is primarily installation art is not eligible for this award. The work that is eligible should be single screen work suitable for theatrical exhibition. Interactive works are also not eligible. Within those parameters all genres of media making (documentary, narrative, experimental, etc.) are eligible.

Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three years from the date of their award. For example, a 2011 award recipient may not apply again until 2015.


The main support materials for the review are DVDs of your work.  With your with your signed cover page, please send three (3) DVD copies of the same ten minutes of work. The DVDs should be NTSC zone 0 or 1. PAL and Secam DVDs will not be accepted. Blu-ray discs are also not acceptable. Please make sure that your DVDs will play on a standard consumer DVD player. Package your DVDs so that they will arrive undamaged. DVDs that arrive damaged will invalidate the application.

What to include in your ten minutes of work is entirely up to the individual applicant. You may submit trailers, clips, finished shorts, etc. Please bear in mind that the ten minutes of work may be the only representation of your work that the panel views. You may include a longer clip following the required ten minutes but there is no guarantee that the panelists will view more than the ten minute clip at the head of the DVD.  Please include your three DVD’s in the same packet with your application number written on all three DVD’s and with your signed cover page. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT BE ON THE DVD OR IN THE FILM CREDITS. This is so the grant panelist may jury the work without knowing who the makers are. Failing to do so will disqualify your application. Please make sure to edit the submitted clip so that no maker names appear in the work sample.

For technical issues, contact Ruby Harper at GCAC (614.221.8406)


Collaborative works may be submitted.  Artists must submit separate application forms and clearly indicate the name(s) of the collaborative artists and the roles credited for each artist.  Only one award is possible for collaborative works, which must be shared equally by each artist.


Awards will be recommended by a panel of experts in the field of media arts.  Their decisions will be based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted for review. You are therefore encouraged to submit works that clearly convey the techniques and concepts you employ.  The primary criterion is quality.  Gender, race, age, financial need, education, professional affiliations, previous recognition, and occupation are NOT considerations for funding.  The panel will consider:

The relationship of your work to activity in the field on a statewide, regional, and national basis.

Creative and inventive use of the art form.

Overall consistency in the body of the work you submit for review.

Innovation in style and/or concept.

Technical proficiency in the use of the medium/media.

The panel review process will be anonymous.  Panel members will see only your DVDs, identified by the application number assigned to it.  The application form itself will be unavailable to the panel.  You are encouraged to complete the section called “Description of Work Presented.”  Please avoid using this section to cite past artistic accomplishments.  This statement may be read by the panelists to clarify the focus or direction of your work, though GCAC/CFC staff retains the right to edit any statement if it contains, in their judgment, information that could possibly compromise the panelists’ objectivity.

The panelists for 2013 are:

Todd Kwait
Todd Kwait is a filmmaker and record producer, and has served on board of directors of Independent Pictures (Ohio Independent Film Festival) since 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Anne Bohlen
Anne Bohlen is an Emeritus Faculty of Antioch College where she was Professor of Communication and Media Arts for fourteen years teaching 16mm film, digital audio and documentary production and history courses, and mentoring senior projects in narrative, experimental and documentary film, video and audio.

Laura Paglin
Laura Paglin has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager. Each one of her narrative and documentary films has explored the dramatic lives of ‘the underdog’.  Her films have been screened at film festivals, exhibited theatrically and broadcast on television internationally. Laura lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


Two (2) $1500 fellowships and one (1) $3500 fellowship will be awarded. The awards are intended to recognize outstanding local artists. Fellowships are intended to assist artists in any manner they deem fit to support the creation of new works and/or the advancement of their careers.

Award recipients should intend to remain in residence for the grant award period (September 1, 2013 – August 30, 2014).

Ruby Harper, Grants & Services Director
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ph: 614.221.8406

Susan Halpern, Executive Director
Columbus Film Council
Ph: 614.444.7460