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Women ... Animation ... 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 the everyday to the surreal - in styles from traditional 2-d to stop-motion to computer animation - the festival features something for every taste.

Saturday, March 23rd
Boston, Massachusetts

at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Showtime: 3:00 pm

MassArt Encore Edition

In a special presentation at MassArt, which is an official SWAN Day event, the twelve films from the 2018 festival will screen, with DJ Madame B weaving soundscapes from women around the world before and after the special screening.

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

Festival Films

Culled from hundreds of submissions, with filmmakers from ten countries on four continents, styles range from stop-motion to 3D to traditional 2D and computer/2D hybrids.

With 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.

Click here for a list of the festival films.

Festival Herstory

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

Film Submissions

We will be accepting 2019 submissions starting in April.

The submission deadline for 2019 is 1st June.

There is no fee to submit your film for consideration.

Submission Guidelines

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

For 2019, we prefer films completed in 2018 or 2019. Films completed in 2017 may also be considered. Earlier films are ineligible.

Filmmakers accepted into the festival are strongly encouraged to provide film stills and a photo of the director.

Technical Guidelines

For submission format, we strongly prefer the following.

 • Codec:H.264
 • Resolution:1080p
 • Frame rate:24 or 25 fps
 • Bit rate:5 - 25 Mbps

We can also accept uncompressed or less-compressed formats such as Apple ProRes if your FTP accepts the larger files.

We will contact you if your format is unworkable.

Please do not submit DCP or DVD format.

Womanimation! Audience Award 2018


A custom creation by Britt Raes

Womanimation! Visual Vanguard 2018


A custom creation by Szandra Pataki

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Womanimation! Press

Great article discussing the 2017 festival and women in animation at Motif Magazine, along with a mention of the 2018 festival in the Boston Globe.

Read an interview with festival organizers on the 2016 festival in Motif Magazine.

Another writeup on the 2016 festival in the Providence Monthly.

Motif Magazine 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.