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Womanimation! Herstory

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.

Womanimation! 2019

The 2019 festival took place Saturday, June 29th at AS220 in Providence, RI.

This was the 11th edition of the festival, exhibiting twelve short films with a total run time of about 85 minutes.

DJ Madame B weaved soundscapes created by women across the globe before and after screenings, and organizers were on hand to introduce the programs.

Womanimation! 2019 Press

Local and regional press took notice of the festival. You can read a terrific article on the festival in the Providence Journal.

Another article comes from the RI Motif Magazine, as well as a recommendation from WBUR ARTery in Boston - worth the drive!

More on the Films

We sought talented international women animators to highlight their work in our festival, as always with no submission fee. From hundreds of quality submissions from dozens of countries, we selected twelve final films.

Eleven countries on four continents were represented, with styles from stop-motion to 3D to traditional 2D and computer/2D hybrids.

With running times between 3 and 15 minutes, the films emphasized 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 details on the Womanimation! 2019 film selections.


The 2019 Audience Award winner was Le jour extraordinaire, directed by Joanna Lurie from France - a visually striking, mysterious, and touching wordless tale of family members performing an unusual funeral ceremony.

Introduction to Epilogue, from Latvian womanimator Indra Sproģe, won the Visual Vanguard award for visual innovation in storytelling.

The colorful, allegorical film about the fear of death and the cycle of life resonated with audiences and judges alike.

Award winners received custom awards created by 2018 Womanimation! award winners.

Womanimation! 10 - MassArt Encore Edition

On Saturday, March 23rd, a special encore edition of the festival took place at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, as an official SWAN Day event, and co-sponsored by the MassArt Animation Department.

The twelve films from the tenth edition screened, and DJ Madame B spun selections of global music by women, before and after the special screening.

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

Tweet-Tweet by Zhanna Bekmambetova from Russia won the audience voting, repeating its success from the original screening.

You can read a detailed article about the film at Animation World Network.

Close runners-up were Pépé le morse by Lucrèce Andreae (France) and À Chacun sa Malédiction by Lorène Yavo (Belgium).

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

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Womanimation! Audience Award 2019


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Womanimation! Visual Vanguard 2019


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Womanimation! Press

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.