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Call For Entries: Submit now for TRICKY WOMEN TRICKY REALITIES 2025

Show us your films and VR works!

TRICKY WOMEN TRICKY REALITIES is accepting entries for the 2025 festival edition, taking place in Vienna from the March 5-9, 2025. TRICKY WOMEN TRICKY REALITIES focuses on animated films made by women and/or genderqueer artists and therefore fills a unique position within the international festival landscape.

We cannot wait to see your powerful, subversive and evocative animated films and/or Virtual-Reality-works! Our only parameters are that at least 50% of the film is animated and 50% of the directresses are female/genderqueer artists. Join us, as we exchange the laws of physics with the laws of imagination, replace the physical with the potential and mobilize the power of animation to explore and articulate some tricky realities. The deadline for applications for the preliminary selection is October 6, 2024.


  • Maria Lassnig Golden Film Reel, worth 10.000 Euro, sponsored by Maria Lassnig Foundation
  • Tricky Women Tricky Realities Award, worth 4.000 Euro, sponsored by VdFS
  • MQ Artist-in-Residence Award, 2-month scholarship to live and work at MQ under the Artist-in-Residence Program, including a stipend of 2.600 Euro
  • The Grand Post Award, a post production voucher worth 2.000 Euro, sponsored by The Grand Post – Audio & Picture Post Production
  • Sabine & Nicolai Sawczynski Audience Award in International Competition, worth 1.000 Euro
  • Austrian Panorama Award, worth 1.000 Euro, sponsored by VAM 
  • Hubert Sielecki Award in Austrian Panorama, worth 500 Euro, sponsored by Hubert Sielecki
  • Lumine Award in VR competition, worth 500 Euro, sponsored by Lumine Projections
  • Up & Coming Tricky Women Tricky Realities Award
  • Audience Awards in Up&Coming and Austrian Panorama

The festival offers an international competition of animated short films finished after January 1st, 2023 and realised by female/queer-feminist artists (male co-directors are welcome). Each filmmaker, producer or distributor may submit as many films as they like. No films entered in prior TRICKY WOMEN TRICKY REALITIES Festivals shall be admitted. The deadline for applications for the preliminary selection is October 6, 2024. The preliminary selection will be announced in the end of January 2025.

We welcome projects with high artistic quality and unique experiences that thrive in the virtual realm, both linear and non-linear narratives. This program is a cooperation with XR Vienna.

The special calls for our non-competitive categories are not limited to current works – feel free to send us as many of your films as you like, whether new or “old” (but not already submitted ones). We are very much looking forward to receiving your entries!

  • Work / Work Affairs: This program positions labor as a lens through which we can view the world. This can include (but is not limited to) films about economic exploitation, emancipation, maternal/domestic/emotional labor and how we determine value. This program is supported by Arbeiterkammer Wien.
  • Feminist Topics: This program explores asymmetrical power dynamics relative to gender. Relevant films could be about the body, motherhood, abortion, activists, objectification and subjective experiences of tricky realities.
  • Fair Play: This program navigates the paths to justice in inherently unjust institutions. Topics could include identity politics (age, disability, race, gender, sexuality etc), equality of opportunity, climate change, ecofeminism and alternative visions of a just world. This program is supported by Arbeiterkammer Wien.
  • Animated Documentaries

You can submit via >> FilmFreeway.
Note: submitters who cannot make a payment via FilmFreeway can use the following code to submit for free (waiver code): twtr25

Please find our conditions of competition here:

Tricky Women - International Animation Filmfestival Vienna