The 18th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES. Please contact with questions regarding the Festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE: 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 18th Anniversary in 2019. 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.

Juror's Choice Award

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written and/or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2014, 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 29, 2019.

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 downloadable link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. Include all passwords for video access. DVD and VHS copies will NOT be accepted.

With your downloadable film, please include a trailer (if applicable), synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills that you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements to your FilmFreeway submission. Send all supplemental film information to

Overall Rating
  • Sade Oyinade

    This was a great festival, one of my favorites! Everyone was so warm and kind. Beforehand, communicating with the organizers was easy so I had all the information I needed. The venue was great. It was such an encouraging environment for black women filmmakers, more so than most of that I've been to. I met some really great people, filmmakers and staff and would happily enter this festival again. I appreciated that they gave certificates to the filmmakers as well. It may seem small to some but it really matters and is appreciated.

    December 2018
  • Warm, supportive, loving audiences. Feels like coming home and showing your work to your favorite people where you know you can't fail ever! WADFF has been a long time supporter of me as a filmmaker and of my work, and I truly appreciate the positive platform that they provide each year to celebrate the work of Women of African Descent. Viva!!

    June 2018
  • richard haywood

    great festival can't wait for next year

    June 2018
  • Brittany Fennell

    Women of African Descent Film Festival has been a beautiful experience for me. I love how hospitable the staff has been to me over the years. It's so amazing to have a space where black women who just happen to be artists are celebrated for their work. This is such a rare occurrence that I encourage every black woman I know to apply to this festival. This festival reminds me of the love and support I felt while I attended Spelman College located in Atlanta, Georgia. I remember my time there and believe we need more spaces that bring black women of different disciplines together. Definitely, support the work of WADFF they're truly a gamechanger.

    June 2018
  • Everyone sincerely enjoyed themselves. Elyse, the coordinator did a great job!!!

    June 2018