We are beyond delighted to announce we have been awarded our first ever National Lottery funding. Woo hoo! It’s great to be given such a public seal of approval for the work we do at WOFFF.
Our main spending from this award will be on subtitling many of the short films we’ll be screening at WOFFF18.
Two of our goals for WOFFF are to make the festival as inclusive as possible, and to tackle older people’s isolation. We know that as people get older a lot of them become hard of hearing. We also know that a lot of people in the D/deaf community often feel excluded from participating in the arts. With this funding we can move closer to both these goals by being able to subtitle many of our films. This will make WOFFF welcoming to D/deaf people and hard of hearing people.
We’ll continue to apply for funds to enable us to subtitle all our films. We’ll keep you posted. But for now, many, many thanks to everyone in Britain and Northern Ireland who plays The National lottery. You’ve made a huge difference to Women Over Fifty Film Festival.
We continue to hear good things from the film submissions platform FilmFreeway. In May filmmakers ranked us in the top 2% of all film festivals and contests in the world listed on FilmFreeway. We’ve been given this same top rating every month since February this year! Thanks for this brilliant badge of honour, folks.
Congratulations! Your festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of May! According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 2% of more than 6,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.
Head over to our submissions page for full details on how to enter your film to Women Over 50 Film Festival 2018.Stud
Here’s our 2018 submissions map so far:
We’re excited to see so much blue on our map. It’s great having filmmakers from Bulgaria, Georgia, India, Israel and Kazakhstan submitting work to us for the first time, as well as seeing filmmakers from Canada, USA and UK and Spain submitting work to us again.
If you are or you know any filmmakers from the grey areas on our map, please help us get the word out and help the WOFFF18 map be the bluest ever!
This year WOFFF is introducing a Student Prize to encourage younger filmmakers to actively consider older women and to collaborate with them when writing, casting and directing their films. Prizes for the winning student film include £200 cash, a winner’s certificate and the film’s being part of WOFFF’s Best of the Fest Tour which screens in cinemas and community venues around the UK.
We’re proud to be introducing free student submissions this year. Campaigns like #TimesUp and #MeToo highlight how much festivals like WOFFF are needed. At WOFFF we want to play a part in the fight for gender and age equality and we hope this new initiative will encourage students to join us in this to and to become part of the WOFFF community.
Full details of our student submissions rules can be found on our Filmfreeway page.
WOFFF is committed to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide. A bursary fund is available to assist a small number of filmmakers to submit work to WOFFF. In 2017 WOFFF offered bursaries to filmmakers with work from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Egypt and Iran to enabled them to submit their film without a submission fee.
To apply for a submission bursary, please request further information by contacting us at info (at) wofff (dot) co (dot) uk