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:
£50 cash
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.

Overall Rating
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    Maria Viola Craig

    Connecting with WOFFF was a great experience. The communication was first class and it was terrific to associate with women with the same aims and objectives as me. Nuala was extremely helpful and smoothed out all the technical problems I encountered. I hope to submit something for next year's festival.

    November 2017
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    Jumaan Short

    I highly recommend this festival. It was very professional, well organised with lovely people working there, we had a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers and we went to an excellent distribution workshop. It's still very young, but I think it will certainly grow and know they are ambitious. They chose some fantastic films which were very inspiring and created debate. It's LGBTQ friendly too. We loved it!

    October 2017
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    Krissy Mahan

    WOFFF 2017 had an outstanding program of films, and presented them in an excellent venue. The festival was run efficiently and the venue was ideal - large, comfortable theatre with good audio, and an area for socializing. An honor and a pleasure to be a part of this important festival.

    October 2017
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    C. Hope Belmont

    I just have to say this was one of the most amazing & gratifying festivals we've ever entered. Whilst we were not able to attend the screening of our short film Vigilantes.. the kindness, correspondence and professionalism of Nuala & her team was extraordinary. She updated the website with pictures of the actual event. Tweeted about us in real time. I cannot rave enough! It should seriously be one of the best reviewed festivals in the world. Thanks again from the Big Apple, USA.

    October 2017
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    adele tulli

    A festival run with passion, love and dedication. A great experience

    September 2017