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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
For the past thirteen years on the first Saturday in May, The Brooklyn Chapter of Links has produced “Linkages: The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF).” In 2014, to mark the 13th Anniversary of the WADFF, the full day Festival will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at LIU Brooklyn in the Spike Lee Screening Room, from 10 am – 6 pm. The selected films, narrative and documentaries, will tell stories of empowerment, sisterhood, leadership, and positive and challenging relationships from a contemporary as well as an historical perspective. The WADFF highlights films that reveal our shared past and celebrates our legacy as women of African descent. An intergenerational film festival, the morning’s Youth Film Festival (YFF) features films from programs that teach the art of filmmaking to high school students. The afternoon program (WADFF) features an international roster of films by women of African descent. After the screening of films, moderated discussions will give the filmmakers an opportunity to provide more insight into their work and receive audience feedback. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.
Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of Links' mission is to promote and engage in cultural, civic, educational and charitable activities for the benefit of its larger Brooklyn community -- particularly the youth of the community. Working under the guidelines of our national organization, The Links, Inc., an organization of over 12,000 women with chapters in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Brooklyn Chapter of Links has a 61 year-old legacy of providing outstanding programs and services to its Brooklyn community in the areas of the Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Wellness. Through our 501 3c arm, Salute to Youth Inc, the Chapter has invested approximately $300,000 in the borough's youth in the past ten years, and has a 53 year record of service that is unmatched in providing scholarships and monetary awards to college-bound youth of African descent from Brooklyn.
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 61 years have been committed to actively initiating and supporting programs, that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn..
Keya Crenshaw (Consultant); Yvonne Presha (Director)
All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent.
Please send entries in a padded envelope with your WAB tracking number clearly written on the DVD. Please include "Attn: Women of African Descent Film Festival" or "Attn: WADFF"
Entries will not be returned unless sent with a self address stamped envelope.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered; To the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; my film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Women of African Descent Film Festival, ("Festival") and its Competition, if applicable; I hold the Festival, Salute to Youth,Inc. and The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film; should this film win any award at the Festival, I, the Director, am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive all prizes and awards.