The Daddying Film Festival & Forum Takes Place This Year In May 

The Daddying Film Festival & Forum (D3F) is not your ordinary film festival. It is the world’s first and only film festival focused exclusively on promoting the importance of positive dad involvement for kids and families. D3F was created in 2022 by the DADvocacy Consulting Group’s Daddy Appleseed Fund (DAF), as a virtual festival (due to COVID restrictions) 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. The 2023 Daddying Film Festival expanded to provide a worldwide stage to dads/father figures as well as students and non-student indie filmmakers to convey the importance of fathers in their lives. D3F succeeded in attracting submissions from 21 countries in 2023.

The Daddying Film Festival

Based on our virtual festival experience, and to more directly improve the daddying experience for children and dads alike, the D3F further expanded in 2023 to include a stand-alone, “live” Daddying Film Forum that brought children/youth together with their dads to examine thoughts, feelings, and insights in response to live screenings of particular D3F films and to express them through discussion and other creative means. This year’s live Forum will take place at the Parkway Central Library – Free Library of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA, Friday, May 17, 2024. The virtual film festival will run online from May 2-9, 2024.

The Daddying Film Festival & Forum Mission

D3F’s mission is to shine a spotlight on the importance of dads in their presence and in their absence. It provides opportunities for kids and fathers alike to reflect upon and express feelings. In addition they provide opportunities for emotional authenticity, creativity, and originality. They portray a variety of family dynamics in order to explore and encourage constructive relationships. To learn more go to their website, 

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