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. 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.
Programme (Runtime: 60'):
01. Unheard/ Unerhört
2019, AUT, 2'23''
The clip deals with social expectations of women in three everyday situations.
02. Ulduz (Part of So Far)
2015, AUT, 5'
The hand-drawn animation is based on the true story of migrants who have come to Vienna to start a new life there. It shows their first day in the city and gives insights into their conflicting feelings while arriving and when assessing their perspectives.
03. Body Stranded
2017, AUT, 9'54''
Inside post-revolution Iran, David struggles with his Jewish identity, the fall of women's rights, and the rise in media censorship. Based on a true story.
04. My Father’s Room
Nari Jang (Korea National University of Arts)
2016, South Korea, 8'16''
She was abused by her father during childhood. Since he left, the pain and anger have begun to fade. One day, unexpectedly, she is struck by a revelation about her father's life that casts her feelings about him into confusion.
05. Zu zahm!/ Too Tame!
Rebecca Blöcher (Balance Film)
2017, GER, 6'41''
Seven protagonists, stuck inside the box, are trapped in their clichés and their recurring daily routine. Their individuality is only an apparent one, because their autonomy can be taken away far too easily – even if they gamble with their lives. But the show must go on and the money is rolling in. Applause!
06. I Like Girls
Diane Obomsawin (NFB)
2016, CAN, 8'12''
Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, sexual awakening comes hand-in-hand with discovering their desire for other women – and a joyful new self-awareness.
2015, AUT, 2’
The film answers the question how something can work only during its deconstruction/demolition.
Martina Scarpelli (MIYU Productions, LATELOVE Production)
2018, FRA, 12'07''
A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.
09. Rebellious Essence/ Uporni duh
Ana Čigon (Ana Čigon, City Gallery Ljubljana)
2017, SLO, 5’
A cat walks into the Ministry for Cat Affairs and requests a passport. All goes well until the female and male cat clerks demand to know the cat’s sex.
Waltraud Grausgruber is festival directress and co-founder of the “Tricky Women Festival” in Vienna, Austria. “Tricky Women” is the first and only festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to animation by women. It takes place since 2001. Grausgruber studied theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and tourism at the University of Economics of Vienna. She wrote her Master’s Thesis about African Cinema, was visiting researcher in France, Senegal and Burkina Faso, conceptualized film festivals and curated international film programs. In 2010, she got the Outstanding Artists Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. The festival director published books like „Tricky Women_Animations Film Kunst von Frauen / Women in Animation“, Schüren Verlag (with Birgitt Wagner) and „Mörderinnen“ (Killing Women in Film), Elephantenpress.
Rebecca Akoun, born in 1985 in France, has completed her studies at “Ecole Estienne Superieure des Arts Graphiques” in Paris. In 2003, she moved to Israel to study at “Bezalel Academy of Art & Design” in the Screen Based Arts departments, from which she graduated in 2011. She also took part in a semester exchange program at the “Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst”, Switzerland. Her films are shown in film festivals around the world and are destined for distributions. Currently based in Austria, she just completed a new short animated film "Shaul and Iwan".