Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series

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SUBMISSION FOR OUR 2021 IS CLOSED The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is a two-day annual film festival founded by African Voices magazine and LIU's Media Arts Dept., Brooklyn Campus. Established in 1997, Reel Sisters ( is dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color to advance their careers in the film industry. Reel Sisters accepts films written, directed, or produced by women/non-binary filmmakers of color. Reel Sisters is the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for short narratives devoted to women of color across the globe. Reel Sisters is an IMDb qualifying film festival. APPLICATION INFO: YOU MUST SUBMIT PRODUCTION STILLS/PHOTOS and a TRAILER for your submission to be ELIGIBLE AND COMPLETE. You can screenshot photos from your film if you were unable to hire a photographer. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic REEL SISTERS will be held online from Oct. 23, 2021-Nov. 7, 2021. We will return with our live festival in 2022 as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary! STAY TUNED for updates by Join our mailing list at Reel Sisters is a competitive festival and films are selected by an independent jury. Please submit films early as deadlines are final. The festival provides quality customer service and does not offer fee waivers. The fee covers a small fraction of the administrative costs for running a professional Oscar qualifying film festival. Reel Sisters accepts all genres and formats with a special interest in submissions from animated and web series producers. Send us films that will make our audience “cry, dance, laugh, sing and explore." The festival curates events throughout the year so all entries will be considered for Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema series. Join our worldwide community of film professionals in celebrating stories produced, directed and written by women of color! NEW @REEL SISTERS: We're sponsoring our 2nd Scriptwriting Competition for 2021. Top 3 scripts will receive feedback from industry professionals, cash awards and a feature in our literary magazine and website. Our first place winner will have a table read at Reel Sisters 24th Anniversary Film Festival! REEL SISTERS HIGHLIGHTS • Listed in Film Daily's Top 10 Women Centered Film Festivals (2018) • Profiled in Bushwick Daily, Shadow & Act, Film Daily, the Washington Post and Black Enterprise for presenting outstanding films by women of color from across the globe! • Reel Sisters is a top tier film festival that provides a chance for women to gain distribution, network and access to opportunities in the film industry.


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