Women ... Animation ... Womanimation!


What is Womanimation!? As the name implies, it's a festival showcasing acclaimed animated film stories created by women from around the world.

From satire to drama, from the everyday to the surreal - in styles from traditional 2-d to stop-motion to computer animation - the festival showcases wide-ranging visual styles.

Festival Herstory

The inaugural festival was held in conjunction with the second international SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now), an event designed to highlight the contributions of women artists for Women’s History Month in March.

Since then, it has played around New England in late spring or early summer, and is one of the premiere showcases of women's animated shorts in North America.

To find out more about previous editions of the festival, click here.

Womanimation! 2024

The fourteenth edition of Womanimation! will be taking place at
Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden, Connecticut, USA, on Saturday 29th June.

More details on the festival, including showtimes, will be posted in June.

2024 Submissions

Submissions are now open! We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 festival. The deadline is Sunday, 26th May.

Submission guidelines are below. As always, there is no fee to submit your film.

How to submit:

1. Read the guidelines below.

2. Fill out an entry form HERE (opens in new window).

3. Send the film via WeTransfer HERE, or your own FTP service (DropBox, Google Drive, etc), sharing with email address mergingartsfilm@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines

Festival films must be animated, directed by a woman, and narrative in structure (no music videos, trailers, non-narrative experimental pieces, and so forth.)

For 2024, we prefer films completed in 2022, 2023 or 2024. Earlier films are ineligible.

There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.

Note that as we don't charge submission fees, we are also unable to pay screening fees for any film.

Technical Guidelines

Resolution/Dimensions: 1080p, 2K, or 4K.

Codec: H.264/AVC or H.265/HEVC preferred. ProRes acceptable (file will be converted before screening)

Frame rate: 24 or 25 fps

Bit Rate: Between 5 Mbps and 20 Mbps, depending on resulting file size, preferably less than 100MB/minute

Subtitles: Embedded preferred but can accept .srt files or similar

As of January 2023, we are not accepting DCP submissions.

Other Recommendations

None of the following criteria disqualify a film but may count against films in consideration for acceptance:

  • Films shorter than 2:00 or longer than 20:00
  • Films from 2022
  • Films available publicly online
  • Films that have played extensively in the US (especially northeastern US)
  • Subtitle problems (too small, poor contrast, excessive grammar/spelling errors)

Sending Film Files

To submit a file, you can send the film file to our WeTransfer page directly.

Otherwise, use a service such WeTransfer, DropBox, or Google Drive. Share with email address mergingartsfilm@gmail.com.

Filmmakers accepted into the festival are strongly encouraged to provide a photo of the filmmaker, along with film stills and any other promotional material.

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Womanimation! Jury Award 2023


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Womanimation! Audience Award 2023


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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.