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Submissions for WOFFF

  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 02/07/2022
  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 02/07/2022

Website Women Over 50 Film Festival

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.

Why have a film festival concentrating on older women in film? 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%. Directors UK reported that of over 2,500 films made from 2005 to 2014, only 13% were directed exclusively by women. In 2020, the Geena Davis Foundation report on movie roles of women of age, entitled “Frail, frumpy and Forgotten” examined the top grossing films in Germany, France, the UK and the US of 2019. It found that when an older female character is visible on screen, she is four times more likely to be shown as senile than a male character ages 50+ (16.1% compared with 3.5%); and she’s more likely to be shown as homebound, mentally unstable and unable to take care of herself.

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.

WOFFF21 saw the festival become a hybrid one – taking place in our usual cinema home, Depot in Lewes, East Sussex for one day, as well as online via Eventive for eight days.

WOFFF22 is going to be hybrid again – with one day in person in our cinema home, Depot, and two weeks online. WOFFF22 dates are:
Depot, Lewes Saturday 24 Sept
Online 10 – 25 Sept

Dates & Deadlines
  • December 1, 2021

    Opening Date
  • January 15, 2022

    Earlybird

     4 Categories

  • May 14, 2022

    Regular
  • July 2, 2022

    Late
  • July 16, 2022

    Notification Date
  • September 10 – 25, 2022

    Event Date

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-only 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. Our festival audience also votes for its favourite film too.

Here’s what one filmmaker said about WOFFF21:

“We had a lovely time during WOFFF21 and were delighted that our short film was selected for such an important and truly inclusive festival! The festival team made us feel incredibly welcome from day one, both during the virtual part through online Q&As, and during the in-person festival day in Lewes.”
Milena Bolouri – One for the Road

PRIZES FOR WOFFF22 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 2022 Tour. The 2021 tour included an in person screening as part of Leytonstone Loves Film, as well as virtual screenings with:
East London Out Project, London, England
Switchboard – the LGBTQ+ Helpline
25 cinema partners with ModernFilms

Other prizes include:
Kit from RØDE Microphones
One year’s free membership of Picturehouse Cinemas

Contact us

Women Over 50 Film Festival