The 19th 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 19th Anniversary in 2020. 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.

Legacy Linkage Awards: Jurors choice award presented to all

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, 2015, and must be no longer than 1 hour at most in length. Legacy Linkage awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers. Audience Choice Award will be presented to best film selected by audience. Submission deadline is Wednesday March 11th, 2020.

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
  • Princess A Hairston

    I really enjoyed being one of the filmmakers in the 2019 Women of African Descent Film Festival. The staff were very effective in communicating with the filmmakers. The screenings were very intimate and the Q&A sessions were active and progressive. I really enjoying watching the other films as well. This is such a great festival for black women who focus on our stories. Thank you for including my short film in your amazing festival line-up.

    July 2019
  • The Women of African Descent Film Festival did a great job bringing together so many powerful folx and their films. It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this year's festival and to share our film with new audiences.

    July 2019
  • Shaimond Foye

    I enjoyed attending this festival. The staff was friendly and the films were great. I look forward to attending in the future.

    July 2019
  • Janet Marrett

    Such a wonderful and supportive atmosphere for filmmakers - KINDRED had an amazing reception!!! A great opportunity to network with fellow filmmakers and meet the festival organisers - who do an amazing job!!! Huge thanks to Yvonne Presha and Elyse Morris for logistical support!! Iconic venue inside Brooklyn Library!!!

    July 2019
  • Dr. Vertna West

    Thank you so much for including our film "Mystic Lotus" in your festival. It was a wonderful experience, and we look forward to submitting more work in the future, and attending this event.

    July 2019