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2022 Daddying FF Award Ceremony

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A Welcome to the 2022 Daddying Film Festival

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What is The D3F?

“Daddying” is what occurs when fatherhood and nurturing converge in service to a child's well-being. The Daddying Film Festival and Forum (D3F), is not your ordinary film festival. D3F is the world’s first and only film festival focused exclusively on promoting the importance of positive dad/dad figure involvement for kids and families. D3F was created by the DADvocacy Consulting Group and its Daddy Appleseed Fund (DAF) to offer children and youth a stage to express through film/video how they feel about the relationship they have or wish they had with their dads.


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The inaugural virtual Daddying Film Festival in 2022 provided students and other non-student, independent filmmakers from 17 countries a worldwide stage to convey the importance of involved dads in their lives. In 2023, D3F expanded, attracting submissions from 21 countries while also specifically encouraging dad filmmakers to submit their own films for consideration. (Note: when we use the words "father" or "dad," we refer to all those who play a fatherly role.)

Students, dads/dad figures, and other indie filmmakers are encouraged to submit films or videos, including music videos and comedic films, that relate in some way to one of D3F's themes:


  1. A letter to my father or A letter to my child(ren)

  2. The most joyful/fun thing I ever did with my father and/or child(ren)

  3. If I could make one wish come true for my dad and/or child(ren) it would be...

  4. My Daddy dream –  the most positive relationship I could imagine having with my dad/child

  5. Men Caring – celebrating the many other faces of daddying, including men who play nurturing fatherly roles, inspire, and make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth. Examples include foster dads, adoptive dads, granddads, older siblings, coaches, mentors, inspirational philanthropists/celebrities, "big brothers," and other daddying role models.The D3F Men Caring Award is sponsored by Circle of Friends member Equimundo.


Based on our experience with the Festival, and to improve the daddying experience for children and dads alike, D3F includes a stand-alone, “live” Daddying Film Forum that brings children/youth together with their dads to examine thoughts, feelings, and insights in response to D3F-screened films and to express them through group discussion and other creative means.

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Introducing our NEW D3F theme song (copyright 2023) created by Diana Lawrence:





Dads are important to children and children are important to dads.

Families and communities are better off when fathers and children

are positively involved in each other's lives.

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* D3F logo designed by "imagineer" Ana Mei, age 11

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Monday, January 1, 2024
Early Bird Deadline: February 5

All Student/Adult Submissions Due: March 4

Extended Entry Deadline: April 15

Film Acceptance Notification: April 22

D3F Festival (virtual): May 2-9

Atticus Awards Ceremony (virtual): May 11

Daddying Film Forum: May 17-18 - Philadelphia

* dates subject to change

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