Everything you need to know about Women Over 50 Film Festival
Women Over 50 Film Festival (affectionately known as WOFFF) champions and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera with an annual short film festival and year-round events and film screenings.
Our biggest and ultimate goal is to achieve equality and parity for older women in film. We do this by spotlighting women over 50 who are making film and championing all filmmakers who are centring women over 50 in their work.
We address the ageism and sexism many women face in the film industry. We screen films celebrating older women on both sides of the camera. We believe inclusive spaces to watch films together and conversations between generations of women can help make older and younger women feel less isolated and feel more connected.
We’re a friendly, inclusive bunch and would love you to become part of our community. Everyone is welcome at WOFFF. Anyone can submit a film to WOFFF or attend our events: there’s no upper age limit and all genders are invited to submit films and come to our festival.
WOFFF aims to showcase outstanding work of older women on screen and behind the camera; create a film community centred around older women and help combat isolation and loneliness in older women.
At WOFFF we always aim to be, Accessible, Age-Positive, Collaborative, Empowering, Knowledgeable and Welcoming.
WOFFF from 2015–2024
In 2015 we held our first prototype festival – Short Hot Flush. We screened 27 international short films, hosted a panel event and awarded prizes for the top four films.
In 2016 we screened 44 international short films, hosted an all-female panel event and a beginners’ filmmaking workshop, as well as awarded prizes for the top five films. Find out more here.
In our 2017 festival we screened 55 international short films, hosted an all-female panel event and 8 workshops, along with awards for the top films, including an Audience Choice Award. Find out more here.
WOFFF18 saw us in our new home, Depot, in Lewes, East Sussex.
We returned to Depot for WOFFF19. Read more about our films, workshops, lecture and panel event, filmmaker Q&As and networking events here.
WOFFF20 was an entirely online festival. The outbreak of COVID-19 couldn’t stop WOFFF from screening 58 short films and hosting 8 filmmaker Q&As. Find out more here.
WOFFF21, WOFFF22 and WOFFF23 were hybrid festivals with films available online for a number of weeks and in person for one day at our home cinema, Depot.
Our plan for WOFFF24 is for another hybrid festival with films available online for four weeks and a one-day in-person event at our home cinema, Depot, on Saturday 27 September 2024.
Nuala O’Sullivan, founder of WOFFF
Nuala O’Sullivan is the founder of Women Over 50 Film Festival.
Nuala has written plays for theatre and has been a series writer for the BBC Radio 4 drama ‘Brief Lives’. For the BBC World Service, she created, wrote and produced the interactive, online soap opera, ‘The Flatmates,’ for English language learners. She is a contributing author, with Dr Deborah Jermyn, to Falling off a Cliff? Women, Ageing and the Screen Industries.
In 2014 she wrote and produced a short film, ‘Microscope,’ and it was her experience of submitting this short to film festivals and attending festivals that brought home to her how underrepresented older women were on both sides of the camera. She set up Women Over 50 Film Festival as a positive and practical response to this lack of visibility so that older women in film would have a platform dedicated to them and their work.