The 17th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links in partnership with RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theater 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 17th Anniversary in 2018. 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 or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after June 1, 2013, 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 30, 2018.

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.

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

Overall Rating
  • Pearl Gluck

    What a lovely experience! Thanks for having us at the festival -- Great day in Brooklyn with powerful films and Q&A with other filmmakers.

    August 2017
  • Nicole Stanley

    Excellent opportunity. Had an amazing experience.

    May 2017
  • This festival was amazing! I can't wait to submit future work of mine!

    May 2017