We’re delighted to announce that Greta Scacchi is backing our work for the second year, along with some other big hitters of TV, film and stage. Joely Richardson, Amanda Donohoe and Denise Welch have all recently come out in support of WOFFF.

Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson, part of the Redgrave theatrical dynasty and star of Hollywood movies 101 Dalmatians and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, says “It’s so wonderful that the film industry has started to embrace women of all ages, and especially women in their vintage years.

“Ageism and sexism hopefully are relics of a bygone era. Actors are storytellers, and stories of older women are magnificent – for those extra years! How wonderful that this festival is putting this in the spotlight.”


August – September 2018: There’s a new strand at Picturehouse CinemasWomen’s Work – a season celebrating women on both sides of the camera.

It’s great to see a national cinema like Picturehouse celebrating and showcasing female talent, and we’re delighted that older women are taking their rightful place, front and centre as WOFFF screens some of our best shorts with a programme called WOFFF Presents… 

Here’s Nuala on Inside Picturehouse: Women’s Work.


Women’s Work films

Director: Jane Campion. Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill. Duration: 116 min

Director: Jenny Lu. Starring: Teresa Daley, Chen Shiang-chyi. Duration: 102 min


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Director: Desiree Akhavan. Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane. Duration: 91 min

Pin Cushion (15) – Tue 28 Aug

Director: Deborah Haywood. Starring: Loris Scarpa, Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan
Duration: 82 min

Women Over Fifty Film Festival Presents… Tue 4 Sep

As #MeToo and #TimesUp shine a light on the film industry’s dark side, Women Over 50 Film Festival fights back. Short films that amuse, astound and agitate, celebrating the work of older women on both sides of the camera.

Directors: Deborah Kelly, Inga Burrows, Gaynor Macfarlane, Deb Ethier, Koo Chia, Venetia Taylor, Francis Lee, Bexie Bush, Sadam Wahidi, Martin Lennon

Duration: 87 min

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The Rider (18) – Tue 11 Sep

Director: Chloé Zhao. Starring: Tim Jandreau, Brady Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau. Duration: 104 min

Women’s Work programme will take place in over 20 Picturehouse cinemas around the country. Check your local Picturehouse Cinema for full details.


We’re touring a programme of our best films to venues around the country.

Mother’s Ruin | London | 28 January

Depot | Lewes | 26 February

Alan Stevenson House | Isle of Tiree | 2 – 5 March

The Old Market | Hove | 20 March

Alan Stevenson House | Isle of Tiree | 12 – 15 June

The Magic Lantern | Tywyn | 6 – 9 July

Positive East | London | 14 July

The Old Town Hall | Hemel Hempstead | 2 December


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! 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


Submissions Map

Submissions for 2018 have now closed. Here’s our 2018 submissions map looked at the close of submissions:

We’re excited to see so much blue on our map. It’s great having filmmakers from Brazil, Bulgaria, Georgia, India, Israel, Indonesia and Kazakhstan and 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.

Our selection team is busy watching all the submissions now and putting the programme together for WOFFF18. we aim to let filmmakers know their films’ status by mid-end August 2018.

Student submissions

This year WOFFF has introduced 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 have introduced free student submissions . 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 this new initiative has clearly encouraged students to join us in this to and become part of the WOFFF community. We’re delighted to announced that we’ve received more than 50 student submissions this year.


WOFFF has continued its commitment  to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide with its bursary fund which was available to assist a small number of filmmakers to submit work to WOFFF 2108. This year we have helped filmmakers from the USA and Singapore to submit their film without a submission fee. In previous years we’ve supported filmmakers from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Egypt and Iran

For further information about our submission bursary, please contact us at  info (at) wofff (dot) co (dot) uk

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