Panic Attack!

You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

  • Eileen O'Meara
    That Strange Person, The Right to Express Yourself, Chaos, Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home
  • Tim Maloney
    Sound Mix
    Over the Hiccups, God Hates Cartoons, Space Cadet, Mrs. Munger's Class
  • Eileen O'Meara
    That Strange Person, Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home
  • Eileen O'Meara
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Scanned hand-drawn cels
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Queens World Film Festival

    First Prize, Animation
  • Bilderbeben Film Festival, Bielefeld

    First Prize, Short Film
  • Benedictine International Film Festival

    First Prize, Animation
  • Kinodrome Motion Picture Festival

    First Place, Animated/Experimental Media
  • Huntington Beach Film Festival

    First Prize, Animation
  • Benedictine Film Festival

    First Prize, Animation
  • Cinema Perpetuum Mobile

    Best Animation
  • Brooklyn International Film Festival

    Spirit Award
  • PUSH! Film Festival

    Best Short Film
  • LoboFest

    Popular Jury Award
  • Carton International Animation Festival

    Best International 2D Short
  • Brooklyn Womens Film Festival

    Best Experimental Short
  • Jaipur International Film Festival

    Jury Award for Animated FIlm
  • Clones Film Festival

    Francie Award
  • Brain Film Festival

    Solé Tura Award
  • Sunrise 45 Film Festival

    Best Genre Bender
  • Orscheler Film Festival

    Golden Sausage
  • Preview Film Festival, Barcelona

    Jury Award, Short Film Under 3 Minutes
  • Splice Film Festival

    Audience Choice Award for Animation
  • Splice Film Festival

    Best Animation Film
  • Kinomorphia Film Festival

    Best International Short Film
  • 6 on Nebraska

    Best Animated Short
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Bilbao - ZINEBI
  • Aesthetica
  • Anim'est
  • Aspen Shortsfest
  • Cinequest
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
Director Biography - Eileen O'Meara

Eileen O'Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films “Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home” and “That Strange Person”. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Women in Film Foundation’s Hollywood Film & Video Grants.

She has produced and directed commercial animated spots for clients including Warner Home Video, Motown, HBO, and WEA Latina.

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Director Statement

“Panic Attack!” is a hand-drawn animation from the point of view of a woman having a panic attack. I wanted the transitions between reality and her imagined fears to be seamless, so there are no edits -- it is one continually transforming drawing.