Tricky Women Tricky Realities is accepting entries for the 2025 festival edition, taking place in Vienna from the 5th to the 9th of March, 2025.

Tricky Women Tricky Realities focuses on animated works made by women and/or genderqueer artists and therefore fills a unique position within the international festival landscape.

Our parameters are that at least 50% of the film is animated and 50% of the directresses are female and/or 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 tricky realities. We cannot wait to see your powerful, subversive and evocative animated works!

Note: submitters who cannot make a payment via FilmFreeway can find a code to submit for free (waiver code) on our homepage:

*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

Awards and prize money will go to the directing artists.
Awards and prize money may be subject to change.

Our parameters are that at least 50% of the artwork is animated and at least 50% of the directresses are female and/or genderqueer artists.


* Films to be screened at the festival must be sent to the festival in one of the following screening formats: DCPs, 35 mm, Files with Codec DNxHD/DNxHR, ProRes and Codec h.264/h.265 (except VR works, for VR technical requirements see below).

* The screening copy or file must be sent to the festival no later than February 6th, 2025.

* In case of physical copies that require transportation, the costs of transport (to the festival) as well as customs duties, etc. are the sole responsibility of the sender. The festival will then cover the costs of returning the screening copies.

* In case of the copy being lost or damaged only the material value can be refunded. Compensation claims must be made within 10 days after the film/hard drive has been returned.

* The selection committee decides on the details of the competition programming. The directing artist/contact person will be informed of the selection committee’s decision before the start of the festival.

* By submitting a film, the rightsholders consent to the work being included in a competition program or other non-competitive programs. The selection committee reserves the right to assign films to a different category than the one for which they were originally submitted.

* Applicants grant the festival the right to show parts of their production (to a maximum of 2 minutes, in shorter films approximately 10%) on television and/or internet broadcasting. The festival also reserves the right to grant representatives of the press password-protected access to the film.

* Preview files, film title, credits and film stills will remain with Tricky Women Tricky Realities for non-commercial use/scientific research within the framework of our archive.


Technical Requirements for VR Works

Windows 10
AMD Ryzen 7 5800 / 8 core / 3,4 Ghz
Nvidia RTX 2070 super

HP Reverb G2
Quest 2
Mobile VR:
- Quest 2
- Quest 3
- Quest Pro
- Pico G3
- Pico 4

Interactive experiences have to be sent in the following format:
- PCVR: .exe
- Mobile VR: .apk or invitation to the following accounts:,,,,

The maximum length for submissions is 20 minutes. Video submissions should fit into the following requirements:

- Monoscopic or stereoscopic
- 180 degree or 360
- Stereo or ambisonic 1st order (4 channels)

File formats:
- MP4 (h264, h265)

Overall Rating
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival like it is a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    June 2024
  • vicky smith

    Great festival, good work, lots of interesting people and great hospitality

    March 2024
  • A wonderful animation festival! I’m sorry I couldn’t get to Vienna to participate in person but I viewed all online programs. Such a refreshing collection of films. I was honored that my film Hemorrhage was included.

    March 2024
  • Juliana Rios

    A wonderful festival. The fabulous selection as well as the organization! super recommended

    March 2024