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Womanimation! Herstory

Womanimation! is a festival showcasing acclaimed animated short film stories created by women from around the world.

Womanimation! 2024

Click here for more information on this year's festival, taking place on Saturday, June 29th. Previous editions are listed below.


Womanimation! 2024 - MassArt Encore Edition

A special edition of the festival took place at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Saturday, March 30th.

The screening was enthusiastically received by an audience of both MassArt community and broader Boston animation aficionados.

Festival Films

The festival screened twelve films from ten countries on three continents, with styles from stop-motion to 3D to traditional 2D and computer/2D hybrids.

Nine films are from the 2023 edition of the festival, along with three from the 2019 edition, whose rescreening was cancelled due to Covid.

With running times between 2 and 15 minutes, the films emphasize well-developed narratives as well as visual experimentation, with themes touching on history, family, romance, or self-discovery, along with regular detours into realms of fantasy.

Click here for a list of the films.

Audience Voting

The audience voted for their favorite three films to determine this edition's winner.

The winner was Testigo del Viento (Wind Whisperer), from Fernanda Caicedo (Ecuador/Germany), which also had won the Jury Prize in the original festival. It narrowly beat Миллионы алых роз (Millions of Scarlet Roses) from Russian animator Galina Golubeva, which had finished second in audience and third in jury voting.

Thanks to Steve, Alice, Tony, and everyone at MassArt for making the event a success!

Womanimation! 2023

The thirteenth edition of Womanimation! took place on Saturday 8th July at Greenwood Features in Bethel, CT, USA.

Festival Films

Twelve films from nine nations screened, all of which were US or International premieres.

With running times between 2 and 15 minutes, the films emphasized well-developed narratives as well as visual daring, exploring themes including our relationship with nature, culture clashes, family bonds, and the fragility of life.

Click here for details on the films.

Festival Awards

Audiences at each screening voted for their favorite three films of the program, with the top overall vote-getter being declared the winner.

The Audience Award winner was Носки для Звезды (Socks for the Star), directed by Olga Titova from Russia.

In a new twist for 2023, a special jury was assembled consisting of women musicians who have topped one of the MergingArts Global Radio weekly charts. The jury reviewed and rated the films, with the winner being Testigo del Viento (Wind Whisperer), from Fernanda Caicedo (Ecuador/Germany).

Click here for a list of jury members.

An honorable mention went to Миллионы алых роз (Millions of Scarlet Roses) from Russian animator Galina Golubeva, which finished second in audience and third in jury voting.

Both audience and jury votes were very close, and these films finished in the top three with both our jury and audience. A great year for stop-motion!

Award winners received custom awards created by previous award winners, Joanna Lurie (France) and Indra Sproģe (Latvia).

Check out the awards pics on the left side of the page.


Womanimation! 2022

As a result of complications from Covid, the 12th edition of the festival did not take place in either 2020 or 2021.

For 2022, we presented a Best Of retrospective online festival showcasing some of the amazing films from the past several years.

Between 1st July and 10th July, audiences viewed the films online and voted for their favorites.

Films presented were those that had won either an Audience Award or a Visual Vanguard Award between 2014 and 2019.


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Womanimation! Jury Award 2023

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A custom creation by Indra Sproģe

Womanimation! Audience Award 2023

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A custom creation by Joanna Lurie

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Womanimation!

Film Festival

Saturday, June 29

1842 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT


1:30 | 4:30 | 7:30

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Womanimation! Press

A listing for the 2023 Encore Edition from WBUR Radio, and the Boston Patch.

Also mentions from MassArt on their website and facebook.


An article highlighting the 2023 festival from the
CT Insider, along with another listing here.

A detailed article from Patch.com.

Selected as a Coming Attraction by Boston's Arts Fuse.


A terrific article on the 2019 festival in the Providence Journal.

Another article in the RI Motif Magazine.

A recommendation from Boston's WBUR ARTery.


A great Motif article on the 2017 festival, along with a mention of the 2018 festival in the Boston Globe.


An interview with festival organizers from 2016 in Motif Magazine.

Another writeup on the 2016 festival in the Providence Monthly.


Motif Magazine also discussed the 2015 festival.


Read about the 2014 festival in the Providence Phoenix and Journal.


Read about the 2013 festival in the Providence Monthly and Journal.

The 2013 festival was a Providence Phoenix Editor's Pick.


Read recommendations for the 2012 festival in the Boston Phoenix and Weekly Dig.

The 2011 festival was covered in the Providence Journal and Phoenix.

Read a detailed interview on the 2010 festival in the Boston Globe.