The 21st 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 21st Anniversary in 2023. We seek to change the narrative and uplift and spotlight positive images of people of African descent ensuring that our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity are given the exposure and attention they so richly deserve. 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 negatively 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 Festival is able to effectively influence the perceptions of glorious women of African descent through the medium of film.

Legacy Linkage Awards: Jurors choice award presented to all participants

Audience Choice Award: Best film selected by audience

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, 2018, and must be no longer than 90 minutes at most in length.

*Legacy Linkage Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.
*Best Audience Choice Award will be presented to best film selected by audience.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2023.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a mp4 or .mov format. 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 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. Please be sure to make your film and trailer DOWNLOADABLE in FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Stephanie Soto

    We want to Thank the entire team for selecting Lost & Found in your festival. The experience was phenomenal. Communication and promoting the films and filmmakers an added bonus and we appreciate you. @gmaproductionsllc

    June 2023
  • Magaly Colimon-Christopher

    Thank you for selecting our film Aftershocks: A Tetralogy of Our Times. The panel discussion was wonderful. I enjoyed the interactive online aspects of the online fest platform (Filmocracy). Enjoyed my conversations with the other fest filmmakers.

    June 2022
  • Asha Molock

    This is definitely the film festival to enter! It was professional ,well organized and very enjoyable. I was honored to have my short doc, Fuel For The Fire: HIV Stigma in the Black Community selected to screen, and really excited to have my film voted by the audience to receive the Audience Choice Award.

    June 2022
  • Joy Shannon

    A wonderful film fest! They are warm, professional and caring! They are the best of the best!!!! So glad that my animated short, She Flies Again, made it in.

    June 2022
  • Thank you for choosing our film to be showcased in your festival. WADFF is a awesome festival to be a part of, the organisers are very communicative and did an excellent job keeping us up to speed with the programme - despite obstacles with the pandemic. We feel privileged and delightful to be a part of such a prestige festival that we are proud to have on our CV. We'd also like to thank the team for our award cheque, which was so expected. We look forward to participating in more WADFF film events in the future and hope to meet your all in person one day.

    August 2021