5 great animated shorts honour pioneering women in animation

It’s time for Annecy International Animated Film Festival! This year female animators are in the limelight. The 39th edition of the festival features an all-female jury and film programs by female directors.

For the busy minds out there, something (super) short yet wonderful to see is the opening sequences starting each screening made by GOBELINS animation students. To pay homage to the pioneering women in the animation industry, GOBELINS students created 5 beautiful intros highlighting the hardship and accomplishments of 5 admirable ladies.

(In no particular order)

1. Mary Blair, Walt Disney studio’s most influential female art director.

“Mary Blair is hired to work in Walt Disney’s gigantic and rigorously maintained garden. As he welcomes her and invites her to get to work, she starts producing plants magically. Although he is amazed, Walt cannot refrain from correcting and toning down Mary’s work behind her back…”

Directors: Michiru Baudet, Cécile Carre, Viviane Guimarães, Fanou Lefebvre, Léni Marotte

2. Alison De Vere, the first woman to win an award at Annecy.

“Alison is giving birth to a creature, who runs away when faced with the oppressing stares of huge statues surrounding them. Alison then runs after her creation, to be finally confronted with the eyes of the crowd.”

Directors: Adrien Calle, Leïla Courtillon, Martin Hurmane, Nathan Otaño, Jules Rigolle

3. Evelyn Lambart, the first Canadian female animator.

“Tribute to Evelyn Lambart, first Canadian animator and Norman McLaren’s collaborator.”

Directors: Simon Anding, Elena Dupressoir, Lucas Durkheim, Paul Regnier, Diane Tran-Duc

4. Claire Parker, co-inventor of the pinscreen animation technique.

“In a castle full of hedgehogs, an engineer is trying to satisfy her king, who wants her to create an unusual machine. After being thrown away for her failure, she finds an hedgehog on her head which gives a brilliant idea. She presents her new invention to the king, astonished : she reveals a pinscreen made out of hedgehogs and their spines.”

Directors : Alix Arrault, Jules Durand, Arina Korczynski, Margo Roquelaure, Ines Scheiber

5. Lotte Reiniger, director of the first European animated feature.

“Germany, 1936. Lotte Reiniger, prodigal creator of marvelous universes in paper cut, finally chooses to confront herself to the reality of the outside world.”

Directors: Hadrien Bonnet, Nicolas Capitaine, Charlène Chesnier, Céline Desoutter, Samuel Klughertz

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