Our main focus is to promote independent international cinema and new talent from Scotland, the UK and beyond. Our aim is to bring local and Scottish audiences together with filmmakers, producers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from all around the world, in an attempt to discover new talent, showcase their work and generate ideas for future projects. WoFF is a non-profit organisation bringing audiences a step closer to international independent cinema and giving voice to young artists.
In 2021, the 8th edition of WoFF aspires to bring more audiences, filmmakers and industry professionals together, creating a platform to exchange ideas, showcase their work and most importantly talk on film and new trends in the industry, women filmmakers of today and independent film production in Europe, the US and beyond.
Our focus remains on independent cinema from all over the world, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers, women directors and eastern European cinema in our three main sections, First Features, The Female Perspective & Focus on Balkan Cinema, respectively. We also continue supporting the world of animation, with our 4th Animation Day in Glasgow, in collaboration with Animaze, Animated Women UK and our partners. Film screenings, panels, talks, youth workshops, Virtual Reality and networking events that will excite everyone!
Partnering with Cinetopia Edinburgh, Edinburgh Cine Club and Double Take Projections, WoFF is bringing to life a series of hyperlocal film experiences under the umbrella of Cinescapes. The events will happen throughout 2021 in Edinburgh, Glasgow and other locations.
As part of our annual activity, in June 2021 WoFF collaborates with the Council for European Studies of the Columbia University and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation in NYC to organise the 4th EuropeNow Festival, a film event as part of their annual conference, held in Reykjavik, Iceland. More info and instructions on how to submit is available on our website.
The festival has seven categories in competition:
Additionally in 2021 we are continuing with a third edition of our pitching forum session. Filmmakers can submit their proposals directly on Film Freeway and if selected, they will be able to pitch their idea in front of a jury during the festival and get feedback on their projects for future development.
In more detail, the WoFF 2021 programme will include the following sections (please check regularly the website for news and updates):
Our special programmes include workshops, masterclasses, family events & live performances.
The above will be surrounded by Q&As, panel discussions & networking events with attending filmmakers and film industry professionals.