WOFFF is a celebration of women over 50, in front of and behind the camera, and their jam-packed programme includes short films, workshops, lectures and panel discussions. All the films and events at examine what it means to be an older woman today. WOFFF wants to start conversations between generations of women and aims to end the isolation many older women face.
WOFFF’s 2018 programme, the largest to date, has received endorsements from Hollywood leading legends and stars of stage and TV. Major players Joely Richardson, Amanda Donohoe, Greta Scacchi and Denise Welch have pledged their support for the festival because of how it tackles the gender discrimination many older women face in the film industry, on both sides of the camera. 20 events will be taking place over four days, including 58 short films made by filmmakers from across the globe.
WOFFF 2018 officially opens the Duke of York’s Picturehouse on 20 September with a screening of 'Half The Picture', a Sundance documentary by Amy Adrion which celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood. This is followed by an all-female panel event hosted by Picturehouse Cinema’s Felicity Beckett looking at the landscape for British female filmmakers in 2018.
In the rest of the programme there's an impressive line-up of talent including performances by Samantha Bond, Jane Asher, Sarah Stewart, Kevin Doyle and US stars Rhea Perlman and Lynn Cohen.
WOFFF closes on Sunday evening with an awards ceremony for the festival’s winning filmmakers, including an inaugural Best Student Film award, followed by the new Agnès Varda film – Faces Places. Varda, a recent Honorary Oscar Award recipient, is an older woman working in front of and behind the camera. At 90 years old she is a role model extraordinaire; the perfect woman to bring this year’s festival to a close.
There’s something for everyone at this unique festival. As well as eight programmes of over 50 short films, there will also be workshops and some free events. The five workshops on offer include one on ‘Making A Film On Your Smart Phone’. The free events include an all-female panel event “Weaving Stories”, an exploration of women’s experience on both sides of the camera, chaired by Rebecca Kesby of BBC World Service and a lecture by Dr Deborah Jermyn examining the work of director Nancy Meyers.
WOFFF is also holding a series of ‘special events’: a banquet will take place at 8pm on Saturday 22 September where festival-goers, filmmakers, judges, speakers and organisers can dine and discuss the events, ideas and films of WOFFF18. On Sunday 23 September a filmmakers’ networking breakfast will be held at Depot.
Action On Hearing Loss UK states that more than 40% of people over 50 years old have hearing loss, rising to 71% of people over the age of 70. WOFFF is aiming to make this year’s festival more inclusive to people who are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing, and, thanks to National Lottery Awards for All and Film Hub South East funding, all 58 short films screening at WOFFF18 will be subtitled and closed captioned. All filmmaker Q&As, the Weaving Stories panel event and Dr Deborah Jermyn’s lecture will be BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted.
On the programme reveal, WOFFF’s festival director Nuala O’Sullivan said, “One of the many joys of a short film festival is the sheer variety that’s on offer. At WOFFF18 we’ve got animation, drama, documentary and experimental films, and a huge range of topics and subjects too - films about jealousy; migration; an older woman with a younger lover on the morning after the night before; a bank robbery; a teenager with four lesbian mums and a Polish Holocaust survivor and an American rapper making music together.
“We have films from Britain and Ireland, as well as from the US, Canada, Australia, Iran, Taiwan, France, Italy and Turkey. We’re a truly international film festival with 60 films to excite and inspire you.”
To purchase tickets visit www.wofff.co.uk/2018-festival. Prices start at £8. Concessions are available and some events are free. Weekend Passes are also available for £50 and day passes for £28. All short films will be subtitled and closed captioned.
For more information about the Women Over 50 Film Festival 2018, visit www.wofff.co.uk