Call for Submission: 2011 Women of African Descent Film Festival

The Women of African Descent Film Festival, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc., seeks feature length and short films directed, written or produced by female filmmakers of African descent. The festival is now accepting submissions of narrative feature and short films, documentaries and animations for the festival, which will take place in May 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.

Submissions can be registered through the festival’s Withoutabox site, which also includes additional information about the event.

To access the application form through Withoutabox please visit – https://www.withoutabox.com/login/6442

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Women of African Descent Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011.  The Festival is presented each May in Brooklyn, NY by The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links.   In 2002, to mark the milestone of its 50th Anniversary, and to continue its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of African American artists, the Brooklyn Chapter began sponsoring this film festival for women filmmakers. This tradition has continued annually since then and takes place at the Spike Lee Screening Room at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University in May of each year.

Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc., an organization of African American professional women, is dedicated to the support of educational, civic, and cultural activities in Brooklyn. A chapter of The Links, Inc., an international organization comprised of 276 chapters and over 11,000 members in 42 states, the District of Columbia, South Africa, the Bahamas and Germany, the Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of the national body in providing services to its Brooklyn community in four mission areas: services to youth, health and wellness, the arts, and civic involvement.

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 50 plus years have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs, that positively impact the lives of people from Brooklyn’s African American/Caribbean communities.

GENERAL RULES

Only films directed by, written by or produced by female filmmakers of African descent will be considered. Please do not submit if you do not fit this criterion.

Submission must be made online. At the end of your submission process you will be asked to complete the online Terms of Submission Agreement form which you must sign in order to complete your submission.

Any number of titles may be submitted by an entrant. A separate entry form must be submitted for each title. Separate DVDs must be submitted for each entry.

Entries must be complete works no longer than 120 minutes in length. They must have been completed on or after January 1, 2008. Industrial or instructional works and those previously submitted to the Film Festival are not eligible. All films and videos in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. All entrants must complete the online application form and mail or hand-deliver a DVD for jury screening.

LABELING

All tapes must be labeled with the following information:

* Film Title, total running time, and category (narrative; experimental; documentary; animation.)

* Shipper’s name and email address.

* Withoutbox tracking number.

Entries may be disqualified if they are not properly labeled.

PACKAGING

Films and videotapes must be shipped in a padded envelope.

RETURN OF ENTRIES

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your DVD. Be sure to indicate that you would like your preview screener returned; we will not do so unless you indicate for us to do so on your application form.

JUDGING AND NOTIFICATION

Judging will take place January –February 2011 by a jury of Links members and film industry professionals in the New York metropolitan area.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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