WoFF: World of Film International Festival is an annual film festival based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and currently in its fifth edition. 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 2018, 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 around the globe, 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.
As part of our annual activity, in July 2017 WoFF collaborated with the Council for European Studies of the Columbia University in NYC to organise the first EuropeNow Festival, a film event as part of their annual conference, held in Glasgow July 12 – 14 2017. Currently we are working on the second Europe Now event, which will be in a different location. More information to be announced soon.
The festival has six categories in competition:
*First Feature Film Competition
*Best Short Film Competition
*Feature in the Female Perspective Competition
*Best Short Film in Female Perspective Competition
*Best Feature Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
*Best Short Film: Focus on Balkan Cinema
Additionally in 2018 we are adding the first 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 in an hour long session during the festival.
In more detail, the WoFF 2018 programme will include the following sections (please check regularly the website for news and updates):
First Feature Competition: Successful submissions from first feature film directors.
The Female Perspective (In competition): Showcasing the work of independent women filmmakers.
Focus on Balkan Cinema: A selection of short and feature films from Eastern European countries, with communities and issues from those regions in the spotlight.
Special Screenings (Out of Competition): A selection of films known from the festival circuit.
Animation programme in collaboration with Film Hub Wales and the Anim18 initiative, bringing animation closer to UK audiences. This section will also include the Best of selection of our sister festival in Canada: The Montreal International Animation Film Festival (August 2018)
Our special programmes include workshops, masterclasses & live events.
The above will be surrounded by Q&As, panel discussions & networking events with attending filmmakers and film industry professionals.