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Short Short Story Film Festival

The Short Short Story Film Festival is a competitive international festival of films that tell a story in under six minutes.

The festival celebrates brevity in filmmaking, with films from across the globe, both live-action and animated.

On Saturday, 30th November, 2019, the thirteenth edition of the festival took place at the Acoustic Java Café & Microcinema in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Two programs, Heartstrings and Headtrip, both showcased dozens of films tightly sequenced in under ninety minutes, each with a distinctive tone yet wide-ranging styles and topics.

It's a Wrap!

The 13th edition of the festival played to enthusiastic capacity crowds, and thanks go out to David and everyone at Acoustic Java for making the day run smoothly, as well as to everyone who came out to support the festival.

Audience Awards

Audiences voted on their three favorite films to determine award winners in each program. Congratulations to our two award winners!

 Heartstrings UK    Headtrip Belgium

For the Heartsrings program, the audience selected The Wait, by Jason McColgan (London, UK), depicting a bus stop conversation between a pregnant woman and an elderly man.

For the Headtrip program, the audience selected On the Road, by Blomme Molenstra (Ghent, Belgium), about a man who takes unique approaches to solving traffic problems.

More Awards

Stay tuned for more awards announcements!

A panel of Spoiler Alert Radio interviewees is currently reviewing the films and selecting the best in each program. Results will be announced around the 10th of December.

Award winners receive commissioned custom art objects created by past festival participants. Pics to be posted soon.

Festival Films

Click here to view details on the festival films.

We reviewed hundreds of films from over sixty countries around the world, selecting thirty-four films, both live-action and animation, from twenty countries on six continents.

More On The Festival

Click here for more updates on this year's festival.

Audiences voted on their three favorite films to determine award winners in each program. A panel of Spoiler Alert Radio interviewees are judging the films, collectively selecting the best in each program.

Commissioned custom art objects created by past festival participants are presented to the winners. Scroll down to see some of last year's awards.

To learn more about the festival concept and history, click here.

Women ... Animation ... Womanimation!
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It's a Wrap!

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

On Saturday June 29th, the eleventh edition of Womanimation! took place at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Thanks to all our enthusiastic audiences, everyone at AS220, and our participating filmmakers for making the festival a great success!

You can continue to follow the Facebook event page here, or read more details on this year's festival here.


France Laurel     Latvia Laurel

We have counted and recounted the ballots, and the Audience Award winner for 2019 is Le jour extraordinaire (Flowing through Wonder), directed by Joanna Lurie from France.

Woolworld and Introduction to Epilogue were runners-up.

Introduction to Epilogue, by Latvian womanimator Indra Sproge, also won the Visual Vanguard award for visual innovation in storytelling.

Award winners received custom awards created by last year's award winners, Zhanna Bekmambetova and Anne Breymann.

Festival 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 films from eleven nations.

Click here to view the list of festival 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 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.

There's a buzz, and it's not the bees

Local and regional press have been taking 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!

MassArt Encore Edition of Womanimation! 10

On March 23rd, 2019, a special MassArt Encore Edition of the festival took place at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The twelve films from the 2018 festival screened, with DJ Madame B weaving soundscapes from women around the world before and after the special screening. This was an official SWAN Day event.

Co-sponsored by the MassArt Animation Department, this educational screening was free and open to the public.

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

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Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

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Womanimation! Audience Award 2019

Womanimation! Womanimation!

A custom creation by Zhanna Bekmambetova

SSSFF 2018 Heartstrings Jury Award

SF 18 Heartstrings Jury

A custom creation by Hannah Quinn

SSSFF 2018 Petit Prose Award

SF 18 Petit Prose Audience

A custom creation by Naomi van Niekerk

SSSFF 2018 Dimensions Award

SF 18 Dimensions

A custom creation by Chen Libman

Spoiler Alert Radio

A weekly broadcast and podcast featuring conversations on the craft of filmmaking.

For more information about the program, click here.

This week's episode:

Ma Kalaadevi Ananda - Makeup Designer and Artist - Little Women, Pollock, Shame, Robot and Frank, 12 Years a Slave, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Widows, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

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Womanimation! Visual Vanguard 2019

Womanimation! Womanimation!

A custom creation by Anne Breymann

SSSFF 2018 Headtrip Audience Award

SF 18 Headtrip Audience

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SSSFF 2018 Headtrip Jury Award

SF 18 Headtrip Jury

A custom creation by Szabolcs Nagy

SSSFF 2018 Minds Eye Award

SF 18 Minds Eye

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