19th AAWIC Webisodes Film Festival Challenge


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In this industry, women make up only 19 percent of directors, producers, and writers. For minority women, the percentage is even less. The imbalance is deeply rooted, and though it has been acknowledged and studied for years, there has been virtually no improvement. If the disparity is caused by lack of opportunity, we are hell bent on providing opportunity and exposure to minority female filmmakers.

For the second year in a row, Audience Awards has partnered with African American Women in Cinema to help create parity in this industry. The 19th AAWIC Film Festival seeks short webisode submissions, 45 minutes or less, directed, produced or written by women who are of African, Latina, Asian or Native American diaspora.

In support of their common mission of promoting positive change and giving women a path to fulfill their great potential, Her Majesty Wuraola-Zynab Otiti Ogunwusi, queen of Nigeria, will be in attendance at the AAWIC Film Festival. The queen’s passion for bettering the lives of women can be seen through her work with various charities and foundations across Nigeria.

This competition will launch during the AAWIC Film Festival March 22-25, 2017, in New York City. Our global audience will cast their votes to determine their favorite webisode. Along with audience awards cash and prizes listed below, there will also be an industry juror-curated winner who will receive a 12-month distribution deal with kweliTV.

About kweliTV: kweliTV is an interactive, streaming video network dedicated to the stories, issues, and culture of the global black community. We offer indie films, documentaries, web shows, and news programming of the entire African diaspora.


Mar 14, 2017 at 11:59am MDT (America/Denver) VOTING OPENS

Mar 22, 2017 at 9:00am MDT (America/Denver) VOTING CLOSES

Mar 24, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver) ENTRY FEE


The webisode creator who scores the highest number of audience votes will receive $100 in Audience Awards site credit. An industry panel of jurors will award $500 cash to be used towards their next web content creation and kweliTVis providing a 12-month distribution deal.

1st Place Jury Award: $500 + 12-month distribution deal with kweliTV AUDIENCE AWARDS

1st Place Audience Award: $100 Audience Award site credit