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Tricky Women since 2001

The Festival

Since 2001 Tricky Women takes place every year in March around the date of the International Women’s Day. Tricky Women focuses on animated films made by women and therefore fills a unique position within the international festival landscape. Besides the competition the festival shows themed programs and retrospectives to present an exciting overview of the animated cinematic art of female artists from around the world and Austrian filmmakers as well. Historical curiosities and contemporary productions are part of Tricky Women’s programming.

Animated Documentaries, works of students of international film schools and academies, and the cinematographic reflection on the complex work/society were established as festival anchors. Exhibitions, workshops and Best Practice-afternoons provide an insight into the creative work of filmmakers and offer the opportunity to get in touch with each other. Tricky Women’s declared aim is to confront the audience with the unlimited aesthetics of animation films made by women. 

Mission Statement

Tricky Women focuses on the art of animation made by women

Whether on the internet, in broadcast design, in advertising or in live action movies – animation is omnipresent and experiences continuous modifications on its artistic level. The international animation film festival Tricky Women not only anticipated these tendencies seventeen years ago but also dedicates its activities as a non-profit organisation especially to the productions of female animation filmmakers. Worldwide Tricky Women is the only animation film festival which focuses on animation movies made by women.

International female animation filmmakers – competing and connecting

The primal aim of Tricky Women to create a pool of international acknowledged experts is realized by now. Each year in Vienna for five days in March the festival presents film classics as well as contemporary productions which give an overview about the latest trends and developments. Female animation artists from all over the world meet their Austrian colleagues to connect and compete. Over the years a dense network emerged which reaches from Vienna over Moskau and Tokio to Montreal. 

Commitment 365 days a year – Tricky Women’s expertise

Tricky Women compiles diversified programs for national and international events: open air screenings at Lenzing/Upper Austria, the festival AniWOW!, the international student animation festival in Beijing, the Tehran International Animation Filmfestival or the Next Comic Festival/Linz consulted Tricky Women for individualized film programs consisting of movies which are part of Tricky Women’s archive.

Supporting Austrian animations

In cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs TRICKY WOMEN initiated the program "Turbulent Times, Familiar Places" which tours the world. 

In the area of animation studies and the history of animation additionally the attention is directed on the special situation and the framework conditions of female artists. One example of this examination is “Tricky Women. AnimationsFilmKunst von Frauen / Women in Animation” which was edited by the festival directresses Birgitt Wagner and Waltraud Grausgruber in 2011.

Tricky Women - International Animation Filmfestival Vienna