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.

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    Diane Quon

    It was an honor to be part of this wonderful festival! Everything was so well-run-- very organized and well-promoted! The goal was to really fill each screening so the films were seen! The festival director was great at communicating with filmmakers and making us feel very special. Thank you, Nuala, for all your hard work in making the fest such a success!

    October 2016
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    Lucy Craft

    Unfortunately we were not able to attend this festival, but the organizer was remarkably kind and went out of her way to give us feedback about our film - it is unusual indeed for the festival to call up and deliver the news in person! Highly recommended.

    October 2016
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    Inga Burrows

    A wonderful festival that has a fantastic vision that provides a greatly needed platform for mature female filmmakers. Creating cultural space for women to present their work and so that the subject matter of mature women's live's take up center stage. I am very proud indeed that the film I wrote and directed was awarded 2nd prize in the competition. Thank you judges for such encouraging feedback and thank you most warmly Nuala the WOOF festival director for establishing such a vitally important festival for women filmmakers determined to fulfil their long term ambitions.

    October 2016
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    Juli Vizza

    This is such an important festival, highlighting women over 50. The genuine care and quality of programming, make this festival a must submit! They are ahead of the times!

    October 2016
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    Marlijn Franken

    So sad I wasn't able to travel to Brighton to attend this wonderful film festival. So happy my film was selected and then commended. In my opinion this is a festival with a mission and a warm heart. I felt very welcome during the contacts with the organisators. My experience with other festivals is often very anonymous and impersonal, like your film wasn't really on show:-) Just after the festival Nuala, the director, phoned me telling how everything went, giving me the feeling I had been a little bit there myself! And she told me the jury's comments. I hope to be able to submit another film next year. For newcomers: highly recommended!!!

    October 2016