International Women's Day 2021

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.

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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

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

Liang-Hsin Huang – When the Silence Comes

Huntress Janos – Upside Downtown
See our Monday Shorts blog post

Miranda Javid – Little Winds That Died Immediately

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

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