‘Nene’ directed by King Louie Palomo

Short film scripts that showcase the work of women over 50 are being sought by organisers of an annual competition as part of the UK’s only festival that celebrates older women in film.

The Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF) is partnering again with Shedunnit Productions for its Best Short Script prize 2022, and both organisations are calling for submissions this summer.

The competition is for any short drama script that is as yet unproduced, which is written by a woman over 50 or has a woman over 50 as the central character. Entries are open until 2 July. However, this window may close early if judges receive 50 scripts for consideration ahead of this date.

‘From pasture into hands’, a documentary by Thury Bara Birgisdottir

WOFFF founder Nuala O’Sullivan said, “As an organisation passionate about supporting the creation of female-focused, intersectional stories, Shedunnit Productions is an incredible partner in this initiative, so we’re delighted to be working together on it for the fourth consecutive year.

“We’re always blown way by the complexity that can be demonstrated within just a few short pages, showcasing the talent that goes into the creation of a short script, and we can’t wait to meet the characters within this year’s entries, and those behind their creation.”

‘The Blue Bed’ by Alireza Kazemipour

Author of international best-seller The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters, Helen Jacey – who founded Shedunnit Productions and will personally mentor the overall winner and give them a script consultation – added: “This competition not only celebrates the talent of older women in film, but hopefully inspires and encourages more women over 50 to develop both on-screen and behind the camera. We’re proud to be involved for another year.”

With a standard entry fee only $12, a $2 discount available for Gold Film Freeway members, and free submissions on offer to students, the competition recognises writing talent internationally, although entries must be written in English. Previous winners have included Love Is by Dylanne Corcoran (2019) and Three Down by Denise Deegan (2020), and there are five prizes including a bottle of handmade Mother’s Ruin gin and a Helen Jacey book.

‘Dutchess of the Sea’ by Mayke Pels and Sanne Kranenborg

Visit filmfreeway.com/WomenOver50FilmFestival for all details, terms and to enter the
competition. And to find out more about the festival, online 9 – 26 September and at

Depot cinema in Lewes, East Sussex on 24 September, visit wofff.co.uk.

Festival’s founder, Nuala O’Sullivan

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