News Archive3rd Africa World Documentary Film Fest offers global exposure
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
February 4 to March 25, 2010
In the Spotlight this week is the 3rd Annual AFRICA WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (AWDFF), delivering a high-visibility platform for documentaries that examine the African experience in Diaspora and on the continent of Africa.
True to the Festival's Pan-African context, AWDFF takes place concurrently in St. Louis Missouri and Lagos, Nigeria, and later travels to Bridgetown, Barbados and Hamilton, Bermuda, where selections are screened at the Academy Award-qualifying Bermuda Film Festival. The majority of the Festival's program is comprised of the work of independent filmmakers producing high-quality films under the constraints of limited budgets. Some AWDFF success stories include PRINCE AMONG SLAVES and UGANDA RISING, which have become PBS offerings since playing at the Festival.
AWDFF presents a $1,000 USD cash prize for the top feature documentary, and $500 for the top short documentary selected. And dedicated to providing additional opportunities for exhibiting filmmakers, the Festival works to ensure the attendance of industry pros, broadcasters, and distributors, as well as reps from the major African and Barbadian Television networks that in some cases also cover the events.
December 15, 2009 - Late Deadline
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge and culture of Pan-African people through cinema.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
AWDFF is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Screenings in Lagos are held at the National Theatre of Nigeria, home to the 1977 World Festival for Black Arts and Culture. What's more, selected films will also be presented at the University of West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados and at the Bermuda Film Festival.
Documentarians: If your film promotes a positive understanding of the African experience within a global context, don't miss the opportunity to be part of AWDFF and present your film at these exciting international venues. Submit your doc to the Africa World Documentary Film Festival today!