In 2023, the 10th anniversary edition of WoFF aspires to bring more audiences, filmmakers and industry professionals together, creating a platform to exchange ideas, showcase their work and most importantly talk on film and new trends in the industry, women filmmakers of today and independent film production in Europe, the US and beyond. After a challenging time for everyone in the creative industries, including film festivals and events, our tenth edition in 2023 celebrates bringing our audiences together, growing bigger and developing our industry element, while also introducing new programmes, including a food film element and additional workshops, animation masterclasses and pitch panel sessions to increase accessibility and give stage to a larger number of talent.
Our vision remains in supporting independent cinema from all over the world, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers, women directors and eastern European cinema in our three main sections, First Features, The Female Perspective & Focus on Balkan Cinema, respectively. We also continue supporting the world of animation, with our 6th Animation Day in Glasgow, in collaboration with our partners Animaze and Into Film Scotland. Film screenings, panels, talks, youth workshops, Virtual Reality and networking events that will excite everyone, complete the programme.
As part of our annual activity, in June 2023 WoFF collaborates with the Council for European Studies of the Columbia University in NYC to organise the 6th EuropeNow Festival, a film event as part of their annual conference, returning back to Scotland for touring events. More info and instructions on how to submit is available on our website.
The festival has eight categories in competition:
*First Feature Film Competition
*Feature Film Competition (First Features are not considered in this category, please submit in First Feature Competition)
*Short Film Competition
*Feature in the Female Perspective Competition
*Short Film in Female Perspective Competition
*Feature Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
*Short Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
In addition we will hold our fifth pitching forum during the 2023 festival. Filmmakers / producers who wish to participate can submit under the respective category.
WoFF: World of Film International Festival is Glasgow’s annual independent film event, held in November, and currently in its tenth edition. Our main focus is to promote independent international cinema and new talent from Scotland, the UK and beyond. Our aim is to bring local and Scottish audiences together with filmmakers, producers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from all around the world, in an attempt to discover new talent, showcase their work and generate ideas for future projects. WoFF is a non-profit organisation bringing audiences a step closer to international independent cinema and giving voice to young artists.
In more detail, the WoFF 2023 programme will include the following sections (please check regularly the website for news and updates):
First Feature Competition: Successful submissions from first feature film directors.
Feature Film Competition: Successful submissions in the feature film category.
The Female Perspective (In competition): Showcasing the work of independent women filmmakers.
Focus on Balkan Cinema: A selection of short and feature films from Eastern European countries, with communities and issues from those regions in the spotlight.
Special Screenings (Out of Competition): A selection of films known from the festival circuit.
Animation Day in Glasgow: Filmmakers from the UK and beyond will bring the UK audiences closer to animation. A day dedicated to animation projects, animation panel discussions and workshops.
Our special programmes include workshops, masterclasses, live events and special cinema and art exhibitions.
The above will be surrounded by Q&As, panel discussions & networking events with attending filmmakers and film industry professionals.
* Best First Feature
* Best Feature (excluding first features)
* Best Short
* Best Film: The Female Perspective
* Best Short: The Female Perspective
* Best Feature Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
* Best Short Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
* Best Animation
Please note that each submission can only be in one of the above categories. If, for example fits in both the first feature and female perspective categories, please choose which one you would like to place your submission in. You can submit in two or more applicable categories if you wish to increase your chances of being selected for a screening.
You will be notified by or on the the date of the notification date if your submission has been successful. Only "Selected" Submissions qualify to take part in the live festival screenings.
*Please note that Semi-Finalist submissions do not qualify for a live festival screening. These submissions are pre-selected by the programmers and will be notified if they qualify for a life screening as the programming progresses.
T&C / Policies: If your film is selected, you will receive a letter with further instruction on how to submit your screening copy and all the materials needed for the screening and for the listing of the film in official festival materials. If you fail to deliver these materials by the deadline specified, we cannot guarantee the screening of the film as part of the festival.