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.
We’re delighted to be launching a new filmmaking prize in 2021 - The TENA Ageless award is for short WOFFF21 films which reflect the theme “Our bodies change. But why should we?”
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.
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.
We’re hoping WOFFF21 will take place in our usual cinema home, Depot in Lewes, East Sussex but 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 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. And our festival audience also votes for its favourite film.
Here are filmmakers on what they love about WOFFF:
“I would just like to say that having my animation selected for this festival was one of my lockdown highlights and accompanying that was a very warm, welcoming Festival who never hesitated to answer my questions and carried on giving me very warm, encouraging and helpful support to someone who is new to the film festival world.”
“We were so pleased to be a part of WOFFF 2020 - the organisers were so welcoming and organised and even with the move online they made a great feeling of being in a community of women film makers. Thank you!”
“This is one of my favourite film festivals; passionate and inspiring. It was professionally organised and a joy to be a part of. Winning was an incredible bonus and we loved the commentary of the judges. Thank you Team WOFFF.”
PRIZES FOR WOFFF21 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 2021 Tour. The 2020 tour included screenings at:
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, London, England
East London Out Project, London, England
and, because of COVID-19 restrictions, virtual screenings with
Switchboard – the LGBTQ+ Helpline
East London Out Project, London, England
WOFFF's weekly watchalong screenings of WOFFF shorts + feature films from April – August
PRIZES FOR TENA AGELESS AWARD FILMS
The TENA Ageless Award winner will receive a cash prize of £500, and the runner-up and 3rd place filmmakers will receive £300 and £200 respectively.
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 WOFFF21 an in-person festival (in a physical venue) or, if COVID restrictions are in place, as part of WOFFF21 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 2021 until December 2022.
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 2021 submissions, students who graduated in 2020) 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).
RULES AND TERMS FOR TENA AGELESS AWARD SUBMISSIONS
The TENA Ageless Award is a competition for any short film which is submitted to WOFFF21 and which in addition follows the rules (1 – 3) below:
1) Your short film must reflect TENA’s theme “Our bodies change. But why should we?” and feature a woman or women over the age of 50 on screen.
2) If you wish to enter your film into the TENA Ageless Award 2021, you must indicate this in question 9 of the FilmFreeway Custom Form when you submit your film.
3) By submitting a film to the TENA Ageless Award competition, you agree that TENA will have the right to use a 30-second clip of your film globally online through channels such as TENA’s website, social media, and in PR.