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 2016 festival we screened 44 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

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

a) Your film has to have a women 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.

17 Reviews

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    Dina Abd Elsalam

    Though I wasn't able to attend the festival, I must say that the communication with the festival's team was excellent. They promptly answered all my e-mails and were very courteous and warm. They even gave me detailed feedback on the screening my film, when I asked them to give me a glimpse of what the screening of my movie was like, since I couldn't attend.

    September 2017
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    Nancy Beiman

    Older women are underrepresented and generally unrecognized in film before and behind the cameras. What's not to like about a festival that offers a bottle of Mother's Ruin Gin as a prize? I was not able to attend but Nuala was incredibly communicative. I've put my film in thirty festivals and this was the one that keptme informed, letting me know what was going on, even though I was on the other side of the world. I wish the WOFFF all success and hope that it continues to grow.

    September 2017
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    Beth Pasternak

    This is one of those rare festivals that speaks directly to for and about women filmmakers. I was unable to attend but wished I could have given that my short film screened there. Nuala was always reachable and lovely.

    September 2017
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    Kimberly Burleigh

    I was so pleased to be accepted into this festival - and in the company of several well regarded artists. Excellent communications from the festival - I won a prize and received a personal phone call telling me what the judges thought of my work. I wish I could have attended!

    September 2017
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    Deb Ethier

    Truly warm and welcoming with excellent communication, organization and community; provides a quality venue for celebrating the work of those often under-represented in the mainstream film festival milieu. Highly recommended.

    September 2017