2021 submissions are now closed and you can see the official selection at our festival from 25 September – 2 October 2021.

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Who’s eligible?

Everyone is eligible to submit a film to Women Over 50 Film Festival. There’s no upper or lower age limit and it’s not only open to women. As long as your film centres on a woman over 50 or part of your core creative team is female and over 50, your film is eligible.

When can I submit my film?

2021 submissions open on 6 January and close on 21 July.

The small print 

To be eligible for Women Over 50 Film Festival your film must:

  • have a woman over 50 at its centre 


  • be made by a female filmmaker (writer, director or producer) over 50

Your film should be under

  1. 15 minutes for animation or experimental films
  2. 20 minutes for dramas
  3. 25 minutes for documentaries 

And your film should also

  • be in English or have English sub-titles

Our submissions are  hosted by Filmfreeway which offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits and more.

TENA Ageless Award

We’re delighted to be launching a new filmmaking prize in 2021. The TENA Ageless award is for short WOFFF21 films which reflect the theme “Our bodies change. But why should we?” Prizes for this award are £500 for the winner and £300 and £200 for the runner-up and 3rd place respectively. There is no additional submission fee it you wish your WOFFF21 film to be considered for the TENA Ageless Award, just indicate it by answering Question 9 on the Custom Form on your submission on FilmFreeway.

Full details on how to submit can be found, along with our regular submissions on Filmfreeway.

Student Prize

At WOFFF we aim to increase conversations between generations and although we know not all students are young people, many students are, and we offer a Student Prize to encourage this dialogue to open up further.

Festival Director, Nuala O’Sullivan says, “At WOFFF we want to make a difference in the fight for gender and age equality and we hope this new initiative will encourage emerging and student filmmakers to consider older women as cast and crew when they’re creating work.”

Full details on how to submit can be found, along with our regular submissions on Filmfreeway.

Short Scripts

The WOFFF short script competition returns for the third year open with Shedunnit Productions as our key partner sponsoring again for this competition.
The competition will be open soon. This competition for as-yet unproduced, complete short drama scripts, under five minutes, centring on a woman over 50 or written by a woman over 50.
Full details will be available soon. Last year’s script competition can be found here.


At WOFFF we’re committed to screening a diversity of older women’s voices worldwide. A bursary fund is available to assist filmmakers to submit work to WOFFF. Since its introduction WOFFF has offered bursaries to filmmakers with work from Afghanistan, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UK and USA to enable 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

2021 Key dates 

6 Jan – Submissions open

6 Jan – 15 Feb – Earlybird submissions – $20.00

16 Feb – 7 June – Regular submissions – $25.00

8 June – 21 July – Late submissions – $30.00

21 July – Submissions close

11 Aug – Filmmakers notified if their film will screen at WOFFF21

We know that budgets are tight just now for many filmmakers so we’ve kept submission fees the same as last year.

2021 discounts on Earlybird, Regular and Late submissions are available to FilmFreeway Gold Members. Info on how to become FilmFreeway Gold Member here.