An international film festival which aims to tackle the inequality older women in the film industry face, Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF), has been awarded a National Lottery Awards for All grant.
WOFFF has been awarded £10,000 from the Big lottery fund to deliver its exciting programme of films which celebrate women over 50, in front of and behind the camera. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to projects and organisations that bring people together and ‘build strong relationships in and across communities’.
Women Over 50 Film Festival looks at what it means to be an older woman today and aims to start conversations between generations about ageing, helping to end the isolation of older women. The key criterion for a WOFFF short film is that it features a woman over 50 in the starring role or has a woman over 50 in the core creative team (writer, director or producer).
Nuala O’Sullivan, Director of Women Over 50 Film Festival, said of the award “We’re really excited to have been awarded our first National Lottery Awards for All grant. It’s great to have been given such a public seal of approval for the work we do at WOFFF.
“The majority of this grant will be spent subtitling our films. We know that as people get older a lot of us become hard of hearing and that often D/deaf community feel excluded from participating in the arts. We want to make WOFFF as inclusive as possible, and subtitling our films is one way to welcome D/deaf and hard of hearing can enjoy the Women Over 50 Film Festival.”
WOFFF will take place at Depot in Lewes, an accessible, independent community cinema, on 22 and 23 September 2018. Additional events will take place on 20 September 2018 at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton.
For more information about the Women Over 50 Film Festival 2018, visit www.wofff.co.uk
To submit an entry to WOFFF to: filmfreeway.com/festival/WomenOver50FilmFestival