Women Over 50 Film Festival is an inclusive festival which celebrates older women in all their diversity. WOFFF showcases 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).

We welcome submissions from filmmakers of all ages and genders.

Why have a film festival concentrating on older women in film? 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%. Directors UK reported that of over 2,500 films made from 2005 to 2014, only 13% were directed exclusively by women. In 2020, the Geena Davis Foundation report on movie roles of women of age, entitled "Frail, frumpy and Forgotten" examined the top grossing films in Germany, France, the UK and the US of 2019. It found that when an older female character is visible on screen, she is four times more likely to be shown as senile than a male character ages 50+ (16.1% compared with 3.5%); and she's more likely to be shown as homebound, mentally unstable and unable to take care of herself.

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.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, WOFFF20 moved from being a festival hosted in a cinema venue – Depot, Lewes, East Sussex - to being an online festival where we screened 58 short films and hosted filmmaker Q&As.

WOFFF21 saw the festival become a hybrid one - taking place in our usual cinema home, Depot in Lewes, East Sussex for one day, as well as online via Eventive for eight days.

WOFFF22 is going to be hybrid again - with one day in person in our cinema home, Depot, and two weeks online.

We’ll be ready for to move online if COVID restrictions come into force again. We’ll keep you, our filmmakers, updated if the festival becomes a virtual-only one.

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. Our festival audience also votes for its favourite film too.

Here's what one filmmaker said about WOFFF21:

"We had a lovely time during WOFFF21 and were delighted that our short film was selected for such an important and truly inclusive festival! The festival team made us feel incredibly welcome from day one, both during the virtual part through online Q&As, and during the in-person festival day in Lewes."
Milena Bolouri - One for the Road

You can read more filmmaker comments below.

PRIZES FOR WOFFF22 FILMS
Prizes for Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best animation, Best experimental, Audience Choice award and Best Student Film include:
- £75 cash
- a winner's certificate
- a bottle of Mother's Ruin Gin (student filmmakers must be over 18 for this prize)
- winning films (films awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd place or commended prizes) and shown as part of the WOFFF Best of the Fest UK 2022 Tour. The 2021 tour included an in person screening as part of Leytonstone Loves Film, as well as virtual screenings with:
East London Out Project, London, England
Switchboard – the LGBTQ+ Helpline
25 cinema partners with ModernFilms

Other prizes include:
Kit from Røde Microphones
One year's free membership of Picturehouse Cinemas

RULES & TERMS FOR WOFFF21 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) By submitting, you are agreeing, if your film is selected, to WOFFF screening your film at WOFFF22 an in-person festival (in a physical venue) or, if COVID restrictions are in place, as part of WOFFF22 a virtual, online festival.

12) 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 2022 until December 2023.

13) 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 2022 submissions, students who graduated in 2021) 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.

14) 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.

15) 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).

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  • Anny Tubbs

    One of my favourites. Whether or not I submit films in the future, I will attend regularly for the sheer pleasure of seeing the amazing films that are on show, and meeting the women behind them!

    November 2021
  • Alireza Kazemipour

    Great festival with a unique theme. Super organized with an amazing team. Very responsive. All the films were of high production quality which was really impressive. I'd highly recommend signing up for this festival.

    November 2021
  • Lucretia Knapp Lynne Yamamoto

    When you watch these films youʻre reminded of a world of work you donʻt come across in other contexts. In subject matter and storytelling, WOFFF is a festival that makes visible, topics, concerns and visions that otherwise might be overlooked. It is run with enthusiasm, care, and a welcoming spirit. The entire experience left us feeling inspired!

    October 2021
  • 1000 Days - Short Documentary - one of the Audience Award Winners - at Women Over 50 Film Festival 2021
    I watched some remarkable films in this years selection, with a real appreciation of how high the standard is, and would highly recommend this festival. A hybrid 2021 festival with lots of opportunities to get involved, including online Q&As.
    Nuala (Festival Director) and her team were inclusive, supportive and very enthusiastic! Thanks!
    Until next time…. Me and Thee Films @MeTheefilms

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Jeanette, thanks for your comments.
    We were honoured to screen your doc. 1000 DAYS is a moving and truthful film looking at suicide and the effects is has on those close to someone who has taken their own life.
    Thanks for being such a great participant in WOFFF21.
    Wishing you and Ron all the best in your future film endeavours.

  • Susan Hillary

    Great experience. A truly lovely festival, beautifully curated programs, wonderful and thoughtful communication. Thank you.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Susan, we loved screening The PRATT in the HAT at WOFFF21. Thanks for sharing this educational, sartorial, political documentary about the live and hats of the incredible Dr Frances Pratt. Thanks also for being such a great guest in our filmmaker Q&A.