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WAMMFest features over 50 films from 25 countries that spotlight women and minority
film and media makers.

Beginning on Friday, February 23 and lasting through Saturday, February 24, the 11th International Women and Minorities in Media Festival (WAMMFest) will run with over
50 different films from 25 countries.

With a mission to promote and celebrate inclusive films, media and filmmakers of all
categories, TU’s 11th annual WAMMFest recreates the tradition of film festivals as a way to represent minorities
while helping talented filmmakers get the recognition they deserve.

WAMMFest is sponsored by TU’s Department of Electronic Media and Film (EMF) and co-sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity and the College of Fine Arts and Communication in an effort to promote values of diversity and inclusion.

“We had over 400 entries this year from all around the globe, and to narrow it down
took the input of judges,” explained Elsa Lankford, the festival director. “From TU
students in the WAMMFest judging class to faculty and staff across campus to filmmakers,
artists and people interested in inclusive and social justice from the Baltimore area,
around the country and around the world – they all gave input.”

This year they added a new category called Mid-Atlantic Emerging, which features up
and coming film and media makers from the Mid-Atlantic area. A few TU EMF students
have submitted and are featured in this category.

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For a link to all featured films and the festival screen schedule visit WAMMFest’s
official site.

WAMMFest allows for ways to get involved aside from submitting a project. By encouraging
people to volunteer, sponsor, donate and participate in judging the films, TU students
have dedicated time this weekend to take part in something valuable.

“As a film major and a minority, I understand how difficult it can be to be seen and
heard,” said Darcel Jeffers ’18. “In the world of media, we aren’t always granted
the same opportunities to showcase projects and receive honors. WAMMFest allows creators
like myself to screen, network and enjoy talent among people with very real and impactful
stories to tell.”

Jeffers is an EMF senior at TU who will be volunteering this weekend for the first
time. She is looking forward to the screenings on Virtual Reality, Documentaries and

“Although this will be my first year attending, the excitement of those who have attended
in the past reflects the necessity to celebrate the overlooked media makers that often
go ignored,” Jeffers stressed.

Between screenings, attendees are given an opportunity to hear from attending WAMMFest
filmmakers. After the final block of screening, there’s a chance to participate in
a lip sync battle or perform karaoke with host drag queen Shaunda Leer.

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“I think the best thing about WAMMFest is the sense of community that takes place,”
Lankford said. “It’s something magical that happens between the audience, volunteers
and filmmakers. We can discuss, cry, laugh and share these incredible inclusive films
where every person that attends can see a version of themselves on the screen.” 

View more information: https://www.towson.edu/news/2018/wammfesteleven.html

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