At Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) we celebrate the work of older women on both sides of the camera. We look to them to drive our stories – as film-makers and performers.
Directors UK reported that of over 2,500 films made from 2005 to 2014, only 13% were directed exclusively by women. While Polygraph, looking at 2000 films, found that women between 42 and 69 spoke only 20% of film dialogue; men of the same age spoke almost 39%.
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 2017 festival we screened 55 shorts, hosted a panel event and a workshop and awarded prizes for best animation, best experimental, best drama and best documentary, as well as an audience choice 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 five winning filmmakers (best drama, best documentary, best animation, best experimental and audience choice award) include:
winning film shown on the big screen at Picturehouse Duke of York’s, Brighton
a bottle of Mother's Ruin Gin
complimentary Picturehouse cinema tickets
a winner's certificate
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 animation, drama or experimental films is 20 minutes. The maximum length for documentaries is 30 minutes.
c) Your film has to be in English or have English subtitles.
d) You must pay a fee to submit your film (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 and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws.
h) By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from WOFFF after it has been accepted by the WOFFF selection board.