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A fold-out book full of memories comes alive and unfolds its visual splendour. A family of elephant takes up residence in a dreary detached house. Completely ordinary pasta suddenly begins to sing and dance. It’s that time of year again: for five days Tricky Women 2009 will present the latest (im)possibilities of current animation by women.

Animation, unlike live-action film, does not care about logic or the laws of nature – all that counts is the imagination and the artistic and technical know-how of the filmmakers.

The spectrum of this year’s films ranges from classic hand-drawn animation using pen and paper to puppet, cut-out and collage animation to modern, digital animation. Tricky Women 2009 shows the creative results: exciting, comical and captivating stories as well as sad and reflective tales, realised in a variety of styles – from abstract explorations of shapes and patterns to funny everyday stories to peppy music videos to gloomy visions of the future. Many films address social and ecological issues with impressive images and from quite unusual perspectives.

And, like every year, everyone asks themselves one question: which of the films in the competition will win one of the coveted awards? 56 select films compete in five programmes to win the favour of the audience and the high-calibre jury.

The 2009 tribute is devoted to the pioneer of animation: Mary Ellen Bute, who already created a furore in the 1930s with her film experiments in visualising sound.

Another focus of Tricky Women 2009 is on two leading figures of contemporary animation: Nina Paley and Vera Neubauer.

New York comic-book author Nina Paley worked on her home PC for five years to create her first feature film “Sita Sings the Blues”. The self-ironic story of love and frustration is currently attracting a lot of international attention and sweeping up one prestigious award after the other. Nina Paley will present “Sita Sings the Blues” in Vienna herself.

Like every year, training in animation is an important focus at Tricky Women. Three film school programmes (Supinfocom Arles, Shar Studio Moscow, Film Schools Worldwide) feature imaginative, visually convincing works of young film students and provide ample proof that there are a lot of gifted young women in animation.

For the 6th time Tricky Women brings pixels, plasticine and the like to Vienna’s cinema screens. This year’s edition also features some innovations: for the first time the opening gala takes place in the special atmosphere of Gartenbau cinema; and the international forum “Connecting Animation” that informs about trends and developments in animation moves to the Vienna Film Museum.

We are looking forward to five days of exciting animation, curious spectators, fascinating guests and interesting encounters.