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It's women ... It's animation ... It's Womanimation!

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

From satire to drama, from documentary to the surreal - in styles from traditional 2-d to stop-motion to computer animation - the festival features something for every taste.

Womanimation! 2014

The sixth edition of Womanimation! takes place at at 95 Empire in Providence, Rhode Island, on Saturday, June 28th.


We are now accepting submissions for the festival.

There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2014.

Films must be animated, directed by a woman, and narrative in structure (no music videos, trailers, non-narrative experimental pieces, etc.)

For 2014, we prefer films completed in 2013 or 2014. Films completed in 2012 may also be considered. Earlier films are ineligible.

Filmmakers accepted into the festival are strongly encouraged to provide film stills and a headshot.

Technical Guidelines

First, fill out this form.

To submit the film, use Hightail or your own FTP service (wetransfer, dropbox, etc.).

For submission format, we prefer 1080p H.264.

We are happy to accept uncompressed or less-compressed formats such as Apple ProRes if your FTP method can handle the file size.

Womanimation! History:

Womanimation! 2013

The fifth edition of Womanimation! returned to Providence at the Cable Car Cinema on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013, with screenings throughout the day.

Local artist and RISD alumna Molly Walsh was on hand with an exhibition of some of her work, and between screenings DJ Madame B spun tunes from women around the world.

The films emphasized narrative and emotion, with and without dialogue, presenting whimsical tales of coming of age, kinship, love and loss, fantasy, and nostalgia.

In our first year of audience voting, the Audience Award went to
In Vino Veritas. Click here for more on that and all the films.

Womanimation! 2012

For 2012, the festival place on Sunday, June 10th, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Click here for more about the films.

Womanimation! 2011

For 2011, the festival took place again on Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th, at the Roots Café Providence.

Along with films, the festival featured mother/daughter Swedish folk music duo Astrid Drew, spoken word poetry and hip hop by 5th Elament and DJ Reza Wreckage of the RI women's art collective ISIS Storm, and soundscapes and global grooves spun by DJ Madame B.

Click here for more about the films.

Womanimation! 2010

For 2010, the festival took place Mother's Day Weekend at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, MA.

The 2010 program highlighted ten animated shorts celebrating motherhood and the cycle of life with tales of
humor and heartache.

Click here for details on the films.

Womanimation! 2009 / SWAN Day 2009

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.

It took place Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH, with films exploring women’s issues such as menopause and spousal abuse; others dealt with broader themes such as environmental degradation and career burnout.

Click here to see program details.

Womanimation! 2013

Audience Award


A custom award created by Signe Baumane.

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Womanimation! Press

They're talking about Womanimation!

Read an interview with festival organizers in the Providence Monthly.

Read about the 2013 festival in the Providence Journal.

The 2013 festival was an Editor's Pick at the Providence Phoenix.

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.