The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival brought to you by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, now opens its Call for Entries

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which 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 14th Anniversary in 2015. 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 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.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on/or after June 1, 2010. Submission deadline is Friday March 13th. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the particpating filmmakers.

Filmmakers are encouragesd to submit both a DVD screener as well as a digital screener.* Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable DVD submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all films to:

The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc.

P.O. Box 50013

Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

Attn: WADFF

If you have an online version of your film on a site such as Vimeo or YouTube, please submit that link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10am-6pm.

THE LINKS Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 14 years.

Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Reel Sisters Partners w/ Centric for 17th Annual Film Festival (And We’re a Media Sponsor)!

We’re excited to share this wonderful news about the Reels Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series. Carolyn Butts and the team at African Voices have officially announced not only the 17th annual film festival but a new partnership as well. Read on and stay tuned! We have even more great news to share in the coming days about this festival. And oh! We return as a proud media sponsor, too :-)

Very Honored,
April R. Silver

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Welcomes Centric as Key Sponsor & Partner
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September 30, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY) — Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is proud to announce a partnership with Centric, a BET Network, to support scholarships for our award-winning filmmakers and help the festival present 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe. Reel Sisters will be held from October 25 to 26 at LIU Brooklyn with an awards ceremony on Sunday evening where cash awards will be given to six women for outstanding films that celebrate family bonds and challenge stereotypes. For information Reel Sisters visit www.reelsisters.org.
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As a key sponsor for Reel Sisters’ 17th Annual Film Festival, Centric will offer exclusive coverage of the festival on its website, CentricTV.com, including filmmaker interviews. Reel Sisters will screen such inspirational films as Hands to Sky, Catch Them & They’re Yours, a film about a man with autism fighting to raise his younger brother after his mom’s death to TheSummer of Gods, a short film on a young girl embracing her spiritual heritage when she is visited by the Orishas (African Gods) in a Brazilian village.
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“We are honored to partner with Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and provide scholarships for women of color in film,” said Depelsha McGruder, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Centric. “As the network for Black women, we look forward to building and growing relationships with organizations that cater to and reflect our audience.”
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Founded in 1997 by African Voices magazine and LIU Brooklyn, Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. The festival has enriched the city with more than 500 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $7,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers.
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Reel Sisters is honored to have Centric, The First Network Designed for Black Women, provide a platform for us to share and celebrate our stories,” said Carolyn A. Butts, founder of Reel Sisters. “We’re thrilled to live in a time where our daughters can turn on the TV each night and enjoy images that affirm their beauty and brilliance. Our goal is aligned with Centric’s trailblazing efforts to ensure that doors for Black women in film and television continue to open.”
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Reel Sisters is supported, in part, by New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, 45 C.D.; New York City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, 35 C.D.; the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works); the New York State Council on the Arts; Centric; Brooklyn Arts Council; LIU Brooklyn and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Media sponsors include AKILA WORKSONGS, Imagination Cinema Foundation, CINEMATIQ Magazine, SYM-Magazine and The Network Journal.
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On Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm, Centric will join Reel Sisters in presenting awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography Best Short, Best Experimental and the Reel Sisters Spirit Award. The awards ceremony will be held at LIU’s Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY.
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For schedule visit www.reelsisters.org.
»» SPECIAL PROMOTION: In honor of the new Centric partnership, Reel Sisters is offering a special promotion for the awards ceremony. Regularly, tickets are $35. With the promo code BETBREAK14, tickets are $25. This offer is good until 10/8/14. Click here for all details.
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AKILA WORKSONGS

is a Proud Media Sponsor (again!) of the
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series.
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Join Reel Sisters and Centric in Brooklyn, October 25 – 26, 2014.

www.ReelSisters.org

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YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON

Press Release
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YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON
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South African Superstar and Legendary Singer, YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA will be in London next week.
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Ms Chaka Chaka, who is a UNICEF & Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of Princess of Africa Foundation will hold the London premiere of her film: “A MOTHERLAND TOUR: A Journey of African Women with Yvonne Chaka Chaka” which will be screened in the wings of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.
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Ms Chaka Chaka will also be a Keynote Speaker at the Conference on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIAPSORA AFRICAN WOMAN”, which will be hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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The Women’s Conference will discuss the role of women in the rise of Africa, with special focus on the need for the Diaspora African Woman to constructively engage with the current exciting and transformative moment in Africa’s history. The Conference aims to provide delegates an opportunity to gain insight and join discussions about the realities, obligations, obstacles and opportunities for the Diaspora African Woman in Africa Rising.
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The Conference has been convened by members of the “POWER 14?, who include Justina Mutale, Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY, who is also African Woman of the Year 2012 and Gender Equality Ambassador & Spokesperson for the International Women’s Think Tank; Jacqueline Onalo, Human Rights and Immigration Lawyer at R. Spio & Company Solicitors and a trustee of Community Development Initiatives (CDI); and Deborah Owhin, Gender Equality Specialist and Founder of Made Equal, a vision to engage, educate and empower people in their 20s and 30s in the campaign to eradicate gender inequality.

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“It is hoped that this Conference can provide an avenue for understanding and paving a way for African women, including those in the Diaspora, to play an integral part in the rise of the continent in the wake of Africa’s changing political, environmental; economic and social landscape; as well as in the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda”. Says Justina Mutale.

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(Justina Mutale)
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The Conference will be moderated by International Broadcaster, Vuyiswa Ngqobongwana who presents the Africa Today Programme on PRESS TV. Other Speakers include Lukwesa Burak, TV Presenter and News Anchor, SKY World News; Melissa Powys-Rodrigues, Chairperson, South African Chamber of Commerce UK; Anna Vanderpuye, CEO of African Business Roundtable; Chief Kate Anolue, former Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield and Founder of the Forum for African Women in Politics; Sherry Ann Dixon, Founder & CEO of Women on the Crossroads; Chioma Agwuegbo, Social Media Strategist and Founding Editor at Naija2015; Perez Ochieng, Founder & CEO of Sahara Communities Abroad (SACOMA); and Dr Titilola Banjoko, Healthcare Manager and Director, AfricaRecruit and FindaJobinAfrica.com.
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“African women have to continue to increase their input into policy development and large scale businesses across Africa and in the Diaspora as the outputs have a direct impact on societies. This means breaking out from traditional preconceived areas of engagement such as gender development, micro business etc to mainstream areas such as macroeconomics and health”. Says Dr Titilola Banjoko.
The Conference will be followed by the Private Screening of Yvonne’s Film, which is based on women’s health and empowerment. The film tells the inspirational story of African women who are making a positive impact on the health of their communities. In the film, Yvonne travels through Africa meeting courageous women who are changing lives. As each story unfolds, so does a powerful message: “Health is not a luxury of the few, but an inalienable right for all”.
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By following Yvonne on this journey, audiences will hear the voices of the marginalised women and communities empowered by hope, which may not only lift viewers’ spirits but also raise voices against the disparities that still exist around the world. This film is a call to action for nations to honour their commitments to improve the health of all Africans, especially women and children in meeting the Health Millennium Development Goals.
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The Conference is organised by members of the “POWER 14” in association with the Universal Peace Federation.
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The “POWER 14? is a consortium of African Diaspora Women Leaders selected for their phenomenal leadership qualities and achievements in community development. The “POWER 14? are part of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers Network, a project by the Royal Society of Arts with support from DfID’s Common Grounds Initiative, Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, that seeks to identify and bring together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to support African communities in the UK and Africa.
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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values. It is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It supports and promotes the work of the United Nations and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and advocates renewal of the United Nations, including a proposal that the United Nations create an interreligious council within its structures. UPF implements its programs through a global network of Ambassadors for Peace
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FOR MORE INFORMATION & PRESS ACCREDIDATION:

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Visit: http://diasporawomensconference.wordpress.com/
Email: press@positiverunway.org

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TICKETS:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/africa-rising-the-role-of-the-diaspora-african-woman-tickets-13050541521

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SOURCE: Justina Mutale

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SHERRY DIXON, PANEL SPEAKER AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN, THURSDAY 2 OCTOBER 2014

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Sherry Dixon will be a Panel Speaker at our Conference with United Nations Envoy to Africa and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be hosted by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Velma at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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Sherry is an Inspirational & Motivational Speaker; a Life Coach and Mentor. She is the Founder & CEO of Women On The Crossroads, a motivational website for women. Sherry is also the Founder & CEO of Sherry Dixon Consultancy, a Marketing and PR company. A renowned journalist, Sherry Dixon has over forty years’ experience in media and publicity. She was the Editor of Pride Magazine and SHE Caribbean. Her editorials and radio shows include celebrities such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Pam Grier, Nia Long, Toni Morrison and many more. Sherry has written for several publications including The Guardian, Sunday Observer, The Times and The Voice. She has also done numerous televisions and radio shows helping to dispel the myths surrounding the health, lifestyle and beauty of women of colour. To attend the Conference and get the full story register here: http://diasporawomensconference.wordpress.com/registration/

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AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN, THURSDAY 2 OCTOBER 2014

LONDON: Delighted that United Nations Envoy to Africa, YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA, who is our very own Princess of Africa, South African Superstar and Legendary Singer will be a Keynote Speaker at our Conference on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN” which will be hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Velma, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The Conference will be held at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA. Meet the team and our distinguished Speakers on this flyer.
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Also visit:
www.diasporawomensconference.wordpress.com

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Source: Jusina Mutale
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Join bestselling author Rebecca Walker’s Writers Workshop in Ibiza [Spain]

I would like to invite you to participate in what is to be a truly spectacular and productive retreat for those wishing tell their story…
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Join bestselling author Rebecca Walker’s Writers Workshop in Ibiza [Spain]
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Set off on an amazing journey to the tranquil hills of Ibiza for the Writers-in- Paradise workshop with best selling author, Rebecca Walker. She will conduct an intensive seminar on The Art of Memoir from June 23rd – 26th, at the extraordinarily charming resort, The Chettinad Wellness Centre.
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This is a very special retreat that Rebecca normally only teaches twice a year. This workshop is especially exciting because it will be held in Ibiza, one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world, at one of the most sophisticated and beautifully designed destinations in Spain.

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The workshop is limited to ten participants so if I were you, I would plan to REGISTER TODAY via PayPal at http://bit.ly/PHbs28
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For more details, please contact Pam Lewis-Rudden at ibizawritersworkshop@gmail.com

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Women Advancement Forum 2014 & Awards billed to hold from May 25 to 29 in Banjul, The Gambia

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Great things await guests and visitors to the Great things await guests and visitors to the Women Advancement Forum 2014 & Awards billed to hold from May 25 to 29 in Banjul, The Gambia. Dubbed “Africa’s most attended gender conference”, the Women Advancement Forum (WAF) will bring together women Heads of States and Governments, diplomats, bankers and other influential women from across the African continent.

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Already named as guests are Her Excellency (Mrs) Zineb Jammeh, First Lady, The Gambia; Her Excellency, Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy, Vice President,The Gambia; Her Excellency, Mrs Sia Koroma, First Lady, Republic of Sierra Leone; Her Excellency, Madame Marieme Faye Sall, First Lady, Republic of Senegal; Her Excellency, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, First Lady Ogun State, Nigeria; Ms. Almas Jiwani, President, UN Women (National Committee) Canada, and Mr. Peter Metcalfe, President, Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) amongst other First Ladies from Africa.

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WAF has become Africa’s most attended gender conference and has consistently for 3 years made its foot print indelible as the formidable platform for deliberations and formulation of affirmative issues affecting the advancement, empowerment, and sustainable approach to motivating and inspiring women of Africa. Since 2010, WAF has become the annual rallying point for women of different race, age, on issues regarding women economic empowerment in business and global partnerships.

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Hajiya Aisha Ibrahim, Global Convener of Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) speaking on the lunching of the Gambia chapter of Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) at WAF 2014 said that it is a welcome trend adopted by WAF and WiLAT Africa because it would go a long way to address the issue of global partnerships among women. Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) South Africa was formed and lunched at the WAF 2013.

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At the 2014 WAF over 30 men and women in leadership roles are expected to deliver inspirational and lead delegates through gender advancement and empowerment; amongst them are First Ladies, ambassadors, women business and entrepreneurs, professionals as well as several others. Over 500 attendees are expected with singular purpose of taking affirmative stand on issues on MDGs, empowering the woman, and giving the world a future beyond MDGs.

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WAF-mdg and WAF Tribute Awards are coveted awards. These awards have unique value, organizers disclosed, offering the opportunity to honour distinguished women and men from Africa and around the world at a special Award/Charity gala night.

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Women, develop your high level strategic network and business contacts – get introduced to the premium circles of business, politics and professionals of African women. Promote your product at the exhibition where buyers and sellers meet. Confirmed exhibitors are successful made in Africa products and services; developed for African women and that include dresses made from African fabrics, cosmetics and beauty products, business brands for franchise etc.
Learn from the best, at the High Performance Negotiation & Communicating Skills pre-conference workshop. Find out the specific and essential contents for ambitious women in business, politics and society. Delegates will learn the secrets and insights which will get them to their goals faster, organizers added.

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Book your seat now by clicking: www.womenadvancementforum.com.

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