This is the fourth year where we’ve shared a selection of animated shorts for International Women’s Day, and it still feels like we’re barely dipping our toes into the waters here. The history of animation is a history of incredibly talented women making their mark on the medium—a fact made clear by the incredible resource that is Heather Kai Smith’s Great Women Animators site—and the only reason this post isn’t double or triple its current length is that we want to keep things at least somewhat manageable.

What follows here is a list, in alphabetical order by filmmaker, of animated shorts that Quickdraw added to our Indie Animation Mixtape Vimeo channel or wrote about in our Monday Shorts blog series in the past year. And even then, it isn’t all of them—we’ve kept it to a fairly manageable 40 films, all of which moved us, made us laugh, helped us feel connected,and otherwise added some wonder to a challenging year. Some of them are brand new; others are a few years (or even a few decades) old. But all of them are worth celebrating.

Two quick notes before getting to the films: First, if you missed our past lists, you can still browse through our 2018, 2019, and 2020 entries. Second, if we’ve misgendered any filmmakers, please send us a note and we’ll correct it as soon as we can.

And without further ado, happy International Women’s Day!

Sheena Agnew – GIRAF16 Trailer
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Anne Beal – Balance and Swing
Michelle Brand – Any Instant Whatever
Maddie Brewer – Gods of Chaos
Esther Cheung – In Passing
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Daria Dedok – A Boy I Never Knew
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Neinke Deutz – Bloeistraat 11
Alice Dunseath – An Interpretation of Perception
See also: You Could Sunbathe In This Storm
Maya Erdelyi – Phosphena
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Naghmeh Farzaneh – Scent of Geranium
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma – Ciervo
Melissa Ferrari – Phototaxis
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Martine Frossard – Thirty Masks
Isabel Herguera – Ámár
Lizzy Hobbs – The Witches
See also: G-AAAH
Liang-Hsin Huang – When the Silence Comes
Huntress Janos – Upside Downtown
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Miranda Javid – Little Winds That Died Immediately
Natasha Jensen – Sugartown
Erin Kim – Revenge Story
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Sam Lane – Spell of the West
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Sofia Laszlovsky – C H R O N O S Y N C
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Alisha Liu – 3:45 PM
Jodie Mack – A Joy
Anna Mantzaris – Good Intentions
See also: But Milk Is Important
Anete Melece – Analysis Paralysis
Anastasia Melikhova – Eternity
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Natalia Mirzoyan – Five Minutes to Sea
Diana Cam Van Nguyen – Apart
Alice Saey – Careful
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Emily Scaife – Attraction
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Allison Schulnik – Moth
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Anna Scott – Onions
Maureen Selwood – The Rug
Mihaela Slabé – Tides
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Veronica Solomon – Love Me, Fear Me
Martina Stiftinger – “We”
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits – My Mother’s Coat
See our Monday Shorts blog post
Yujie Xu– White Horse
See our Monday Shorts blog post


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