6 June 20202 update
We’re sorry to say that as because of COVID-19 pandemic this year’s festival is not going to happen in a physical public space.
We know that many of you will be disappointed to hear this but we’re determined to create an online film festival that’s just as exciting, accessible and inclusive as our last five festivals have been. WOFFF20 hasn’t been cancelled; it’s been transformed.
How will this affect my film if I submitted it before 6 June 2020?
We emailed all filmmakers who had submitted a film to WOFFF20 between 4 January 2020 and 5 June 2020 offering a full refund of submission fee if you want to withdraw your film from WOFFF20. The window for requesting a refund is open until Friday 19 June 2020.
How will this affect my film if I submitted my film after 6 June 2020?
From today (6 June 2020), we are only accepting submissions that if selected, will be screened online at WOFFF20.
Other dates and deadlines
We’re continuing with all our other preparations and deadlines as advertised – so submissions are still open until 25 July. And we will inform you of your film’s status for WOFFF20 by 12 - 15 August 2020.
We very much hope you’re still on board with WOFFF20 as it goes online this year.
At Women Over 50 Film Festival we showcase the work of older women on both sides of the camera. We look to them to drive our stories – as filmmakers and performers.
Each film we screen at WOFFF has to follow this one simple rule – it must have a woman over 50 at its centre or a woman over 50 in the core creative team (writer, producer or director).
WOFFF is an inclusive festival which celebrates older women in all their diversity. If your short film has an older woman at is heart – on screen or behind the camera – it’s eligible for submission to WOFFF. All ages, all genders are welcome at WOFFF. In our first festival in 2015 we screened a documentary two young trans men made about an older trans woman and since then we have been a festival which is welcoming and inclusive to all.
Why have a film festival concentrating on older women in film? Recently Polygraph looked at 2,000 films and found that women aged between 42 and 69 spoke only 20% of film dialogue; men of the same age spoke almost 39%. While Directors UK reported that of over 2,500 films made from 2005 to 2014, only 13% were directed exclusively by women. Women Over 50 Film Festival is doing something positive to address this imbalance in the representation of older women in front of and behind the camera, by screening work which celebrates older women in film.
At our 2019 festival we screened 51 shorts, 2 feature films, hosted panels, lectures, workshops and networking events.
We award prizes for:
Best Student Film
All short films selected for screening at WOFFF are eligible for our competition. Films are judged by professionals from each category field - animation, experimental, drama, and documentary. And our festival audience also votes for its favourite film.
Here are filmmakers on what they love about WOFFF:
"Here is a wonderful festival in beautiful Lewes! Beautifully curated, friendly staff, great venue, plenty of opportunities for networking. Totally worth the trip from New York."
Vivian Rivas, director
"Brilliant film festival. A beautifully curated selection of UK & international films and a very interesting & inspiring industry talks and workshops. Highlights for me - the panel of film makers with Funke Oyebanjo, Rehana Rose, Thomasina Gibson and Alexandra Sage, slickly hosted by Rebecca Kesby, and Ita O’Brien’s Intimacy on Set workshop. Our drama 'The Last Mermaid' received genuine, interested support from Nuala and her talented team from the outset - excellent communications throughout the entire process and on top of the financial prizes a bonus bottle of delicious 'Mother's Ruin' gin for all us winners!
Friendly, relaxed local and international networking which feels inclusive & accessible (loved that every event is BSL-signed, and all films subtitled.) Depot is an intimate, unique venue with top cinema screens, a restaurant and a bar, just 2 minutes from Lewes train station. I’ll be going back next year with pals - young, old, men, women ... roll on #WOFFF2020!”
Angela Gourley, producer
"A chance to meet a lot of interesting women"
Jennifer Granville, actor and filmmaker
"WOFFF is a brilliant and vital festival which celebrates stories and voices that are so often absent from mainstream cinema. I was honoured to have my short film screen there. As a filmmaker, being part of WOFFF has been brilliant. Not only was my film screened at the festival but I now feel part of a community of filmmakers continually being encouraged and supported by the festival team"
Rebecca Brand, director
“If we are lucky we spend as many years old as we do young. It’s high time women in the film industry are seen not just as frail old ladies waiting to die, but as women with strength, experience of life, fascinating stories to tell and celebrating the beauty of age. WOFFF is a great pioneer of this cause.”
Linda Marlowe, actor, producer and director
Your short film should be a complete film (not a work in progress or part of feature film). Each short submitted should have a woman over 50 at the heart of it on screen or a woman over 50 as the writer, producer or director.
PRIZES FOR SIX WINNING FILMMAKERS
Prizes for Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best animation, Best experimental, Audience Choice award and Best Student Film include:
- £50 cash
- a winner's certificate
- a bottle of Mother's Ruin Gin (student filmmakers must be over 18 for this prize)
- winning films shown as part of the WOFFF Best of the Fest UK 2020 Tour. The 2019 tour included screenings at:
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, London, England
East London Out Project, London, England
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, England
Depot, Lewes, England
HOME, Manchester, England
Alan Stevenson House, Isle of Tiree, Scotland
The Magic Lantern, Tywyn, Wales
Dublin Film Society, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
RULES & TERMS FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
1) Your film has to have a woman over 50 at its centre or a woman over 50 in the core creative team (writer, producer or director).
2) The maximum length for films are:
animation – 12 minutes
experimental – 12 minutes
drama - 20 minutes
documentary – 25 minutes.
3) Your film has to be in English or have English subtitles.
4) You must pay a fee to submit your film if you are a non-student filmmaker (Earlybird, Regular and Late submissions have different fees).
5) You may send more than one film, but a submission fee must be paid for each entry and a separate application must be made for each film.
6) Submission to WOFFF constitutes agreement to all rules, regulations and conditions here and your consent that your film be considered for any awards that may be given at WOFFF.
7) Submission also certifies that all film and music rights, licenses and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws. WOFFF will not be responsible for any copyright infringement.
8) By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from WOFFF after it has been accepted by the WOFFF selection team.
9) By submitting, you give us permission to use publicity stills provided and up to 30 seconds of footage for use in WOFFF marketing and publicity.
10) WOFFF is committed to making screenings and events accessible to all, including people who are D/deaf and Hard of Hearing. If your film is selected, you give WOFFF permission to add inclusive features, like subtitles or captions to your film if it doesn’t already have them.
11) If your film is selected, you give us permission to screen your film at the WOFFF Best of the Fest tour and other WOFFF events following WOFFF 2020 until December 2021.
12) A “Student Film” is one directed by a student currently in full or part-time adult education, or who has graduated in the last academic year (i.e. for WOFFF 2020 submissions, students who graduated in 2019) which complies with all the rules about film submissions. WOFFF will require proof of student status. Please see Custom Form for further information about student submissions and attachments you must send WOFFF.
13) If submitted to the student category, you must inform WOFFF of your official school, college or university email address and postal address, as well as informing WOFFF of the course and the qualification you are studying for. See the Custom Form for further details.
14) WOFFF is committed to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide. A limited bursary fund is available to assist filmmakers with their submissions fees to enable them to submit work to WOFFF. Since 2017 WOFFF has offered bursaries to filmmakers with work from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the USA and the UK. To apply for a submission bursary, please request further information by sending an email to (info[@]wofff.co.uk).
WOFFF SCRIPT COMPETITION rules
15) This is a competition for completed short drama film scripts up to five minutes in length. Feature film scripts or the first five minutes of a longer film script are not eligible.
16) This is a competition for scripts which have not yet been produced as films.
17) Your short drama film script has to have a woman over 50 at its centre or be written by a woman over 50.
18) The maximum length for your film script is 5 filming minutes (no more than 7 pages, including title page). Industry standard software is preferred but not essential. Industry format software such as Final Draft or Fade In can be purchased online, or programmes such as Celtx, Trelby or Writer Duet are free to download.
19) Your film script must be in the English language.
20) You must be over 18 years old.
21) You must pay a fee to submit your film script ($6 per script submission).
22) You may submit more than one film script but a submission fee must be paid for each entry and a separate application must be made for each film script.
23) The deadline for this competition is 25 July 2020 OR the date when 50 scripts are received by WOFFF, whichever is sooner.
24) Submission to WOFFF constitutes agreement to all rules, regulations and conditions here and your consent that your script be considered for any awards that may be given at WOFFF.
25) Submission also certifies that all film and music rights, licenses and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws. WOFFF will not be responsible for any copyright infringement.
26) By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film script from WOFFF after it has been accepted by the WOFFF selection team.
27) By submitting, you give us permission to use publicity stills provided and up to 1 page of your script for use in WOFFF marketing and publicity.
28) All scripts must be original, no adaptations. By entering you are confirming that this script is your own intellectual property. WOFFF will not be responsible for any copyright infringement.
29) WOFFF is committed to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide. A limited bursary fund is available to assist script writers to submit work to WOFFF. To apply for a script competition submission bursary, please request further information by sending an email to (info[@]wofff.co.uk).
30) The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
31) The winning script consultation prize is sponsored by Shedunnit Productions and is called “The Shedunnit Productions Prize”. To take part in this script consultation with Helen Jacey, you must own the rights of the script you want to work on with Helen.
32) The WOFFF Shedunnit Productions Prize for the winning script consultation with Helen Jacey will take place via Skype within 12 months of you being notified as winner, at a time that is mutually convenient.
Awards & Prizes
The Shedunnit Productions Prize is awarded for the winning script and includes:
- one script consultation with writer Helen Jacey. This consultation can be for a feature screenplay, TV pilot or short film.
Other 1st place prizes include:
- a signed copy The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey. This prize is sponsored by Michael Wiese Productions.
- a winner's certificate
- a bottle of Mother's Ruin Gin. This prize is sponsored by Mother's Ruin Gin.
Prize for the runners-up short drama scripts include:
- a signed copy of a Helen Jacey book.
- a winner's certificate