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Womanimation! 2019

Click here to read about the most recent festival from June 2019.

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!

Womanimation! 2018

The 2018 festival took place Saturday, June 30th at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA.

This was the tenth 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.

Festival Films

Filmmakers hailed from ten countries on four continents, with five US premieres and two international premieres.

Click here for details on the 2018 festival selections.

With styles from stop-motion to 3D to traditional 2D and computer/2D hybrids, and running times between 2½ and 15 minutes, the films emphasize well-developed narratives, with themes including historical romance, self-acceptance, family relationships, the cycle of life, and voyages into the supernatural.


The 2018 Audience Award winner was Tweet-tweet, directed by Zhanna Bekmambetova from Russia, an emotionally-charged film with brilliantly-crafted 3D visuals exploring life on a tightrope.

Nachtstück, from German womanimator Anne Breymann, won the Visual Vanguard award for visual innovation in storytelling.

The unsettling tale of bizarre forest creatures gambling late at night impressed audiences and judges alike.

Award winners received custom awards created by Womanimation! 2017 award winners.

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Womanimation! Audience Award 2019


A custom creation by Zhanna Bekmambetova

Womanimation! Visual Vanguard 2019


A custom creation by Anne Breymann

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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.