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 film-makers 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, 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 2000 films and found that women 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 2018 festival we screened 58 shorts, 2 feature films, hosted panel events, lectures and workshops. We awarded prizes for best animation, best experimental, best drama and best documentary, as well as an audience choice award. In 2018 we also introduced a best student film award.

All 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. Our audience also votes for its favourite film which is given an Audience Choice Award.

Here are some filmmakers on what they liked best about WOFFF:
 
"The variety, turn out and energy" - Hazel Chandler, Director
 
"Celebrating women, especially women over 50. Great variety of films" - Bonnie Rae Brickman, Film Editor
 
"The representation on film of older women" - Jackie Nunns & Angie West, Looking at You Productions 
 
"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, Filmmaker

"We've shed our Cloaks of Invisibility! At last, a platform that recognises the incredible diversity and talent of Women Over Fifty in Film and is not afraid to shout about it. " Helen Selka, Filmmaker

Prizes for our six winning filmmakers (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)
- a mentoring session with industry professionals (2018 mentors included directors Jill Nichols, Oonagh Kearney and Tracey Rooney)
- winning films shown as part of the WOFFF Best of the Fest UK 2019 Tour. The 2018 tour included screenings at:
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, London, England
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, England
Depot, Lewes, England
Alan Stevenson House, Isle of Tiree, Scotland
The Old Market, Hove, England
The Magic Lantern, Tywyn, Wales
East London Out Project, London, England

a) Your film has to have a woman over 50 at its centre or a woman over 50 in the core creative team (writer, producer, director).

b) The maximum length for films are:
animation – 15 minutes
experimental – 15 minutes
drama - 20 minutes
documentary – 25 minutes.

c) Your film has to be in English or have English subtitles.

d) You must pay a fee to submit your film if you are a non-student filmmaker (Earlybird, Regular and Late submissions have different fees).

e) 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. 

f) 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. 

g) 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.

h) By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from WOFFF after it has been accepted by the WOFFF selection team.

i) 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.

j) 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.

k) If your film is selected, you give us permission to screen your film at the WOFFF Best of the Fest tour and any subsequent WOFFF event over the 12 months following WOFFF 2019.

l) A “Student Film” is one directed by a student in full or part-time adult education, or who has graduated in the last academic year (i.e. for WOFFF 2019 submissions, students who graduated in 2018) 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.

m) 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.

n) WOFFF is committed to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide. A limited bursary fund is available to assist filmmakers to submit work to WOFFF. Since 2017 WOFFF offered bursaries to filmmakers with work from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Egypt, Iran, USA and Singapore. To apply for a submission bursary, please request further information by sending an email to (info[@]wofff.co.uk).

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  • Narda Azaria Dalgleish

    Certainly a Film Festival with a heart. As a moving image filmmaker I was especially surprised by the overall experimental quality of the festival's selection screening very interesting, beautiful and honest films. 2018 was my second year screening at WOFFF - I was over-the-moon-shocked when my name was announced for the third prize Experimental award for my film 'O Agathon'. Thank you for everything!

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Narda. It was great to meet you at the festival last year. Thanks for coming to Depot in Lewes to share your film with us! The audience loved hearing from you and other filmmakers about their creativity & their filmmaking processes.

  • Nuala has established a fantastic festival experience in a delightful venue in the town of Lewes. The programming is impeccable, taking the best of international and national shorts and features that highlight a marginalised community within the industry: Women Over 50. It was a joy attending the festival and we're incredibly proud to have been selected.

    Thank you to all of the team involved!

    November 2018
  • Carol M Burger

    I enjoyed every single moment. The venue is brilliant, you can actually see it as you come out of the station. The organisers are very friendly and thoughtful of people with disabilities. In fact the whole festival makes a point of being accessible. The programme was rich and diverse and I made contact with other filmmakers. So happy to have been part of the festival.

    October 2018
  • Lulu Keating

    I was thrilled that my film was programmed in the Women Over 50 Film Festival - and best of all, I was able to attend. A dynamic, inspiring group of women from all over the world were there. Excellent forums and workshops, and amazing programming.

    October 2018
  • Ann Grove-White

    A brilliant festival to acknowledge and share the creative contribution of women film makers. A great range of films and genres - with a wide variety of themes. The festival was super well organised and relaxed, in a great venue. Friendly, provocative and an opportunity to connect. Thank you

    October 2018