Tricky Women/Tricky Realities animation festival 2023

‘Beware of Trains’ has won the Maria Lassnig Golden Film Reel prize at the Tricky Women/Tricky Realities animation festival in Austria.

The Jury’s Statement said of ‘Beware of Trains’: “Emma Calder takes us on a ride through the deepest and archaic fears and desires of her female character with a broad variety of animation techniques. The identity of the woman enfolds with dark humour through many layers: dreams, self reflection and the subliminal reality. Fascinating was for us the radical approach towards motherhood, the dying of the father, violent fantasies of the woman.”

Since 2001 the Tricky Women/Tricky Realities festival takes place in March around International Women’s Day, and is the world’s first and only festival of animated film dedicated specifically to work by women and/or genderqueer artists. Providing both a safe space, a place to exchange and network and a place to explore social and political issues from a feminist and artistic perspective, offering new ways of highlighting social inequalities. Besides the competition the festival shows themed programs, retrospectives, exhibitions, workshops and Best Practice sessions to provide an insight into the creative work of filmmakers.