Reel Sisters Rule 2018

$7,170 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 149 people in 8 months

Help Reel Sisters raise $10,000 by Women's History Month in March 2018!

Thanks for supporting Reel Sisters! 

You can back our campaign via our website: 

Donate to Reel Sisters via website


Twitter: @reelsisters & @africanvoices

You may mail checks to Reel Sisters c/o African Voices, 270 W. 96 St., NY, NY 10025.


Directors Francesca Andre (Charcoal) and Tamika Miller (/smokd/), winners of the Reel Sisters Best Narrative Shorts Award 2017. Photo Courtesy: Gustavo Azael Torres.

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” — Audre Lorde, author/activist

Reel Sisters made history in 2018 by becoming the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for short narratives devoted to supporting women of color in the film industry!

Founded in 1997, Reel Sisters has been a leader in providing opportunities for women of color to share their stories worldwide. Each year, Reel Sisters screens 25-40 films that reflect issues important to women and global communities. The festival is sponsored by African Voices magazine. This year's festival will be held on Oct. 20-21, 2018 (Save the date)!

Reel Sisters has screened more than 2,800 films from such countries as Britain, India, China, Nigeria, Jamaica, Canada, Germany, Guadalupe and cities throughout the U.S. The festival screens films produced, directed and written by women of color.

Reel Sisters has been in the forefront in raising awareness about placing women of color in leadership roles to greenlight film projects for two decades.

Reel Sisters has worked tirelessly to secure distribution deals with such media outlets as Centric TV's BET, Third World Newsreel and the National Black Programming Consortium's AfroPoP Series. The festival has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers since its inception.

Reel Sisters is declaring 2018 the year women lead and set the agenda. Join our Reel Sisters Rules fundraising drive!

Your donations and support to keep the festival thriving. 


Reel Sisters 20th Anniversary Tribute Poster to Women Filmmakers - Limited Edition!

Donors contributing $50 or more can receive a limited edition poster designed by artist Aziza! The poster honors trailblazing filmmakers Issa Rae, Neema Barnette, Ava Duvernay and Julie Dash for their contributions as artists who have opened doors for women of color in television, film and new media.

Join us in bringing great filmmaking and storytelling by women of color to our global community!

Make History & Become a Reel Sister!

Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Pioneer Award honoree Cathy Hughes (Founder, TV One) at Schomburg Center in 2016.

Reel Sisters awards ceremony at the Schomburg Center.

Reel Sisters 2016 honorees Cathy Hughes and Naturi Naughton.

Reel Sisters Family Day at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 2017.

Reel Sisters Trailblazer honoree actress Naturi Naughton (center) with Terrie Williams, Susan Taylor, Lisa Durden (Reel Sisters Curator) and Carolyn A. Butts (Reel Sisters Founder) at 2016 awards ceremony.

Reel Sisters audience at BRIC screening in 2017.


Screening Costs, Guest Speakers & Workshop Presenters - Production costs from everything to paying for rental spaces to screen films to our guest speakers at the festival.

Filmmakers Scholarships:  Cash gifts to our award-winning filmmakers so they can continue making great films that tell our stories.

Reel Sisters Awards Ceremony: We honor pioneering women who have made contributions to the film industry. Costs for catering, accommodations, travel and guest speaker honorariums.

In appreciation of your support, we have a few gifts. Please note the 20th Anniversary Posters by Aziza are different sizes and offered as collectibles.


I Got Your Back - $10

Thank you on our website & the Reel Sisters program journal distributed at our film festival.

Reel Fan - $25

Reel Fans! Same rewards listed for Reward #1, plus the Reel Sisters Button delivered to your home! (You will pay for overseas shipping costs).

Producer I - $35

Same rewards listed for #1. Section pass for Reel Sisters Film Festival on 10/20/18 or 10/21/18. We will contact you to confirm.

Producer II - $50 (Limited Edition Posters - 150)

Same Rewards #1. Limited edition 20th Anniversary Reel Sisters Tribute Poster to Women Directors.

SIZE: 8" x 10". 

Producer III - $75 (Limited Edition Posters - 150)

Same rewards for Reward #1. Limited edition of Reel Sisters 20th Anniversary tribute Poster to Women Directors. Shipping costs may apply. S

SIZE: 16" x 20".

Producer IV - $150 or more
(Limited Edition Posters - 150)

Same rewards for Reward #1. Limited edition of Reel Sisters 20th Anniversary tribute Poster to Women Directors. Shipping costs may apply.

SIZE: 18" x 24".
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Reel Sisters Rule 2018 has reached 52% of its goal. Thanks to you for getting us into our home stretch lane — we're keeping our eye on our end goal ($10K). We are celebrating our surpassing the Half Way mark!

Please continue to keep the momentum going by sharing with your friends and family. We're only $340 away from our next goal. Let your friends know of your experience and connection with Reel Sisters and African Voices and your passion for supporting women filmmakers!

We did not get a National Endowment for the Arts grant this year and we are fundraising to continue expanding opportunities for women in film and maintaining the quality of the festival.

Thanks again for being a part of Reel Sisters Rules campaign. Together, we can make a difference!

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Raised by 149 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
African Voices Communications, Inc.
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