After the Fall

1991, 6 min., drawings on index cards, 16mm

After the Fall is about human relationships and the frustration of not being able to connect. The animation was drawn on index cards that were shot outdoors, at a fast food restaurant, garbage dump, flower farm and near Mt. Hood. After the Fall ends with the hero finding community by planting a seed from his heart. The final shot reveals how the film was made. “For segments of the 1991 piece, After the Fall, Priestley propped up a sheet of clear plexiglas at various outdoor locations and shot animation by placing sequences of drawings in its center. In the finished film, the smooth hand-drawn animation is framed by stuttering approximations of live action backgrounds.” -Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times 

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music composed and produced by Billy Oskay and Cal Scott. 

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition (USA): Grand Prix 
Athens Film and Video Festival (OH, USA): First Prize 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (OR, USA): First Prize 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (TN, USA): Cash Award Winner 
Black Maria Film Festival (NJ, USA): Juror’s Award

Festivals:
New York Film Festival (NY, USA) 
Bombay International Film Festival (India) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (CA, USA)

Touring Program:

Northwest Film Festival Tour, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
High Museum (Atlanta, GA, USA)

All My Relations

1990, 5 min., 16mm, drawings on paper with 3D frames, digital file, 16mm

All My Relations satirizes the pitfalls of romance, from marriage, childbirth and upward mobility to the disintegration of a relationship. The animation is framed by a series of sculptural assemblages, which emphasize the message implied by the archetypal characters whose dilemmas may be familiar to those who have bought into the American Dream. 

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Voices by Victoria Parker and Scott Parker. Sound effects by Dennis Wiancko. Sound produced by Joanna Priestley. Assistant animation by Kathleen Nichols and Janet Karecki.

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition: Grand Prix (USA)
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Jury Award for Excellence (NJ, USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival: Best of Festival (IL, USA)
American Film and Video Festival: Second Place/Red Ribbon Award (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Jury Award for Excellence (NJ, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland Art Museum: Honorable Mention (OR, USA)
Athens International Film Festival: Honorable Mention (OH, USA)
Marin County Film Festival: Third Prize (CA, USA)

Festivals:
New York Film Festival NY, (NY, USA) 
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Tournée of Animation (CA, USA) 
Odense International Film Festival (Denmark) 
Bombay International Film Festival (India) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
PIA Festival (Japan) 
U.S.A. Film Festival (TX, USA)

Touring Programs:
Tournée of Animation (CA, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (OR, USA)

Screenings:
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center Retrospective (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Museum of Modern Art Retrospective (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Best of Animation Program, Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-5-21

"Love Program", Animafest Zagreb 2021 (Croatia) 6-10-21

Andaluz

2004, 05:55, drawings on paper, screen ratio 1.33:1, digital file, 35mm

A traveler’s love letter to Andalucía, this animated film is an homage to the culture, landscape, and architecture of southern Spain. The film explores details of the natural world in relation to the four elements, and suggests the close relationship between people and the land which they inhabit. "Short but sweet, this new animated tribute to southern Spain is just six minutes long, but the tale spans centuries." -Cheryl Sinapis, Boston Globe 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Karen Aqua. Sound designed, produced and mixed by Lance Limbocker. Edited by Cam Williams. Music composed by Juanito Pascual. Music produced by Ken Field. Musicians: Juanito Pascual (guitar, palmas), Fernando de Malaga (vocals), Adolfo Herrera (percussion, palmas), Ken Field (flutes). Camera by Joanna Priestley and Shannon Turk.

Awards:
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Director's Choice Award (NJ, USA)
ASIFA-East Animation Awards: Excellence in Experimental Techniques (NY, USA)
Kalamazoo Animation Festival International: First Prize (MI, USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist (TX, USA)
ASIFA-San Francisco Animation Awards: Second Prize (CA, USA)
Bimini International Animated Film Festival: Special Jury Diploma (Latvia)
New England Film & Video Festival : Jury Award for Best Independent Animation (Boston, MA, USA)

Festivals:
New York Film Festival (NY, USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival (IL, USA)
Tehran International Animation Festival (Iran) 
James River Film Festival (USA)
Platform International Animation Festival (OR, USA)
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany)
Nashville Film Festival (TN, USA)
Newport International Film Festival (RI, USA)
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia)
Culture2Culture Tricky Women Festival (Vienna, Austria) 
Anima Mundi (Brazil)
Starz Denver International Film Festival (Denver, CO, USA)
China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival (China)
I Castelli Animati (Italy)
Animac International Animation Festival (Spain)
Northwest Film and Video Festival (OR, USA)
Jeon Ju International Film Festival (Korea)
Córdoba Animation Festival (Argentina)
Down Under International Film Festival (Australia)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (Ukraine)
CineMujer Film Festival (TX, USA)
Northampton Film Festival (NY, USA) 
Womanimation! Film Festival (NH, USA)

Screenings:
Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MA, USA) 
Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA, USA)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Paris Cinéma (France)
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, CA, USA)
Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
POW Festival, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Bottle Neck

2015, 02:39, digital file, stereo, 16:9

A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and complex, interlocking patterns, Bottle Neck renovates the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting. It is the third film in Priestley’s abstract trilogy about patterning that includes Eye Liner (2011) 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Title design and compositing by Brian Kinkley. Special thanks to Petit Pattern Books.

Festivals:
Hiroshima International Film Festival: Best of the World Program (Japan)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 
Stockholm Animation and Experimental Film Festival (Sweden)
interfilm International Short Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) 
Sydney Film Festival (Australia) 6-8–16 
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Northwest Filmmaker's Festival, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA)

Athens International Film Festival (GA, USA)
INDIE hype (Australia + Germany) 6-28–16
TMC London Film Festival (UK) 
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA)
Insomnia Festival (Moscow, Russia) 
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15 
Northwest Animation Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 
Miami Independent Film Festival (FL, USA)
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16 
New Zealand International Film Festival (Auckland, NZ)
Flying Robot International Film Festival (USA)

Screenings:
Art Education Conference, Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Zip! Animation Event, St. Dennis Hall (Harrisville, NH, USA) 12-5-15
Homebrew Animation, Fertile Ground Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 1-24-16
Focus on Joanna Priestley, Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16 and 3–6-16
Women in Film, Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 9-15-16
Celebrating Women in Animation, Animated Women UK (The Horse Hospital, London) 12-8-16
Best of the We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (NWFC, Portland Art Museum, OR, USA) 4-27-17
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
ASIFA-SF Spring Show, City College of San Francisco (USA) 6-16-17
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR, USA) 3-8-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Candyjam

1988, 7 min., object animation, puppets and drawings on paper), 16mm

Candyjam is a whimsical, animated collaboration by ten animators from four countries. Candy is the subject and each filmmaker brings their own unique style to this experimental film which includes animated candy and objects, drawings and puppet animation. 

Credits: Produced and Directed by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko. Sequence directors: David Anderson (England), Karen Aqua (USA), Craig Bartlett (USA), Elizabeth Buttler (USA), Paul Driessen (Holland), Tom Gasek (USA), Joan Gratz (USA), Christine Panushka (USA), Joanna Priestley (USA) and Marv Newland (Canada).

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival (NJ, USA): First Prize 
National Independent Film and Video Competition (USA): Honorable Mention 
Chicago International Film Festival (IL, USA): Certificate of Merit 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (TN, USA): Cash Award Winner  
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention

Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal): Honorable Mention

Festivals: 
Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia) 
Flaherty Film Seminar (NY, USA)
Aspen Film Festival (CO, USA) 
International Tournée of Animation (LA, USA) 
Mill Valley Film Festival (CA, USA) 
Denver Film Festival (CO, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Canal+ (Paris, France)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14

Choking Hazard

2012, 01:05, digital file, 16:9

What happens to our recycled plastic? A plastic tub takes a long trip in this short short by award winning indie animator Joanna Priestley. Our best intentions can go awry when it comes to recycling plastic.

Credits: Directed and Produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound Design by Chris Barber. Music by Thomas Barber. Animation by by Joanna Priestley and Jed Bursiek. Musicians: Casey Bozell: Violin, Adam Trachsel: Bass, Cellos and Guitar. Chris Barber: Percussion. Meredith Adelaide: Vocals. Thomas Barber: Trumpet, French Horn and Tuba. Produced for and financial support provided by: Create Plenty, Scrap and the Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter.

Festivals

Eco Comedy Film Competition (USA)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada)

Screenings:

Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-28-12

The Art Zone, Seattle Channel (Seattle, WA, USA) 3-21-12

Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13

Plastics 360 Conference (Berkeley, CA, USA) 3-16-13

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Earth Day Celebration, NW Film Center, Portland, Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 4-22-20

For the Planet, Espacio ICARO (Mexico City, Mexico) 12-20

21 Festival Cultural, Cultura Zapotlán el Grande, (Mexico City, Mexico)  12-13-20

Making Earth Cool Earth Day Celebration (Portland, OR, USA)  5-20-21


Clam Bake

2012, iOS app available from the Apple Store, interactive animation, 16:9

Clam Bake is an ebullient, interactive adventure that begins with an array of turquoise clams and simple shapes. Touch the screen to open an objectand reveal an animated treasure. As more shapes and zoetropes appear, opening each element leads to a surprise ending. Dubstep composer Seth Norman (Triage) created a rich score for Clam Bake. Norman says: “My focus as a sound designer was on creating small, attention-grabbing snippets of audio that give the user a feeling of surprise and discovery with each click as they dig further into the app."

“Priestley’s ebullient take on contemporary animation. Embracing new technology to further push the boundaries of animation’s capabilities, Clam Bake is an interactive objet d’art.” -Nicholas Katzban, 24700. "It's playful, witty, soothing and charming." -Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Programmer and Assistant Animator Jed Bursiek.

Installations/Presentations of Clam Bake:
Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Houston Cinema Arts Festival (Houston, TX) 11-7-12 to 11-21-12

Dear Pluto

2012, 04:13, DVD- Beta SP-Blu-ray, stereo, 16:9

“Dear Pluto, you will always be a planet in my Solar System! The International Astronomical Union has demoted you, cast you in with the other icy bodies of the Kuiper Belt. But what do they know?”  A tribute to Pluto, everyone’s favorite planetoid, from the poem “Pizza” by slam poet Taylor Mali. Created with Maya, 3D Studio Max and Flash CS3.

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound design by Lance Limbocker and Seth Norman. Written and performed by Taylor Mali. 3D animation by James O’Neill and Russell Wilkins. Music composed by Lance Limbocker. Design and 2D animation by Joanna Priestley. Compositing

by Randy Wakerlin. Additional computer animation by Fred Ruff. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Randy Wakerlin. Character voices by Rob Sample. Assistant modeler: Luc Cote’. Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer.  Character designs by Don Flores. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Awards:
ASIFA-San Francisco Film Festival: First Place, Independent Animation (CA, USA)

Northwest Filmmakers Festival: Audience Choice Award (OR, USA)

Ann Arbor Film Festival: Art & Science Award (MI, USA)

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival: Best of ZEBRA (Germany)

Festivals:
Interfilm International Short Film Festival (Germany)
Visible Verse Festival (Canada)

Dawson City Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada) 
Gig Harbor Film Festival (WA, USA)

POW Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA)
Spokane International Film Festival (WA, USA)

Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Lithuania)
Portland International Film Festival, (OR, USA)

Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival (USA)
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (OR, USA)
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16

Screenings:
Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)
A Place Called Home, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR, USA)
Annecy+ (Annecy, France)
DLR Poetry Now (Dublin, Ireland) 
Artisterium (Tbilisi, Georgia) 
Kosmopolis Festival (Barcelona, Spain) 3-16-13 
Short Waves Festival (Poznan, Poland) 4-25-13 
Internationales Lyrikertreffen Münster (Münster, Germany) 5-02-13 
Copenhagen International Poetry Festival (Denmark) 5-24-13 
Long Night of the Film Festivals (Berlin, Germany) 8-17-3 
International Poetry Festival MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ (Chernovtsy, Ukraine) 9-8-13 
DotorClip Roma Poetry Film Festival (Rome, Italy) 10-24-13 
Short Film Day (Berlin, Germany) 12-21-13
POW Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Runokuu (Poetry Moon) Festival (Helsinki, Finland) 8-24-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Struga Poetry Evenings (Struga, Republic of Macedonia) 8-28-15 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Decanter

~1989, 03:12, silent, 2D computer animation, 16mm, not released

An abstract structural experiment created at California Institute of the Arts where co-directors Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen. They used a Cubicomp with a Compaq PC (8 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive) and Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Images were shot onto 16mm film from the the computer monitor, using a tripod mounted Bolex camera. Engel assembled Decanter from outtakes from Times Square (co-directed by Engel and Priestley in 1985) using the credits created for Times Square but not used in the film. After Engel’s death in 2003, Decanter was donated to the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles. where it was discovered by preservationist Mark Toscano on 8-15-18.

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley. Edited by Jules Engel.

Dew Line

2005, 04:25, 2D computer animation, 1.33:1, digital file

An abstract tapestry of biomorphic forms that hints at the loss of botanical diversity. The title refers to the array of radar stations (Distant Early Warning Line) built in the Arctic during the Cold War and to the elegant shapes created by condensation. “Priestley’s playful eye takes us on a tour through the cycle of life and death as cells split apart, regenerate and dance a microbiological twist.” -Sam Green, Juror, NW Filmmakers Festival

​“A rich abstract tapestry of botanical and biomorphic forms. Priestley’s Flash animation is a striking continuation of her fluid playful style and lyrically comic sense of movement.” -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Jamie Haggerty. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Jamie Haggerty. Supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Awards:
Big Muddy Film Festival: First Prize (IL, USA)
Fantoche International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Baden, Switzerland) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Japan) 
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Citation (NJ, USA)

Festivals: 
Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil) 
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea) 
Prix Ars Electronica (Germany) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 
Mediawave International Film Festival (Hungary) 
London International Animation Festival (UK) 
Melbourne Animation Festival (Australia) 
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany) 
I Castelli Animati (Italy) 
Bimini International Animated Film Festival (Latvia) 
Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Turkey) 
Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia) 
Newport International Film Festival (RI, USA) 
Seattle International Film Festival (WA, USA) 
Portland International Short Shorts Festival (USA) 
Los Angeles Short Film Festival (CA, USA)  
Dallas Video Festival (TX, USA) 
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (OR, USA) 
Hi Mom Film Festival (NC, USA) 
Anchorage Film Festival (AK, USA)

We Are One Global Film Festival (New York, NY, USA) 5-29 to 6-7-20

Touring Programs:
Animated Worlds Tour and DVD (USA)
Independent Exposure Tour (International)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
Women with Vision, Walker Art Center (MN, USA)

Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 1-28-13
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (OR, USA) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR, USA) 7-1-13
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Extended Play

2007, 4 min., animated installation, screen ratio 3:1, digital file

Extended Play is an experimental exploration and rediscovery of games and youthful pastimes. Set within the spotlight of an elliptical border, games, diagrams and objects of amusement create an evocative metaphor of childhood play. Extended Play was a two screen (”L” shaped), outdoor installation with Sam Mowry and Martin Gallagher providing live foley sound. It premiered at the Platform International Animation Festival.

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Digital effects artist: Daniel Phillip Johnson. Sound designed and produced by Marc Rose. Live sound and sound effects by Sam Mowry and Martin Gallagher. Vocal performances by Shannon Day and Janet Day.

Festival: Installation created for “Inside Out”, Platform International Animation Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 6-28-07

Eye Liner

2010, 03:53, stereo, 16:9, digital file

Bold, crisp, playful animation that explores the organic geometry and archetypes of the human face. Eyeliner choreographs the flow and ebb of abstract and cultural effigies that echo facial features.

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound Designed and produced by Jamie Haggerty. Supported by the Regional Arts

and Culture Council.

Awards:
USA Film Festival: First Prize (TX, USA)
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Second Prize (NJ, USA)

Festivals:
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brasil)
ANIFEST (Czech Republic) 
Big Muddy Film Festival (IL, USA)
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA)
Animac (Lleida, Spain)
Salem Film Festival (USA)
Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA, USA)
Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR, USA)
Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada)
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Screenings:
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) 3-23-11 
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Vashon Arts and Humanities (Vashon, WA) 11-13-11
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada) 4-9-12
Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR) 4-29-12
30th Barcelona Comic Fair (Spain) 5-7-12
Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD) 7-12-12
Animac Camina (throughout Spain) 2012-13
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR) 7-1-13
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Women in Animation,  Espacio ICARO (Mexico City, Mexico) 2-21

Fleeting Marvels

2022, 04:34, live action and 2D computer animation, HD digital file, 16:9, stereo

A jubilant look at the art, architecture, landscape, mutant vehicles, rituals and rave culture at the 2019 dust festival in the Black Rock Desert. Featuring the Larval Marvel chorus.


Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Edited and designed by Zak Margolis. Music composed by Seth Norman. Sound Design by Zak Margolis. Additional sound editing by by Chris Barber. Videography: Paul Harrod, Joanna Priestley, Lisa Schroeder, Marianne Wilde. Larval Marvels: Ken Craigie, Carol Ferch, Sue Gemmell, Nancy Harbick, Paul Harrod, Bryan Harvey, Naomi Harvey, Lennart Huijbers, Kale Lundeen, Wendy Lundeen, Charlene Quaresma, Ruben Rietveld, Trish Rollin, Lisa Schroeder, Laura Stevens, Vic Stevens, Dan Willsie, Marianne Wilde, Dave Wozny. Special thanks: Burning Man Project, Marian Goodell, Paul Harrod, Brian Harvey, Larry Harvey, Naomi Harvey, Vic Stevens.

Grown Up

1994, 06:50, ink and watercolor on paper with object animation, 16mm, digital file

Grown Up takes a humorous and poignant look at what it means to be turning 40 and growing older. “In a time when everyone seems to be writing about aging, Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40 and her own process of middle aging with humor, optimism and an award winning animation style that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.”  -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center


“Everybody from Germaine Greer to Gloria Steinem to Betty Friedan are writing about aging, but what about middle-aging? Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40, and believe me, I have a vested interest in this subject.  An animation that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.” –B. Ruby Rich


Credits: Produced and directed by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced by Lance Limbocker. Written by Barbara Carnegie and Joanna Priestley. Music by Steve Christopherson and Warren Rand. Props by Paul Harrod. Made possible by a grant from the Independent Television Service with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by a Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship.

Awards:
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Prize (Portland, OR, USA)
Marin County Film Festival: First Prize (CA, USA)
Worldfest Houston: Gold Award (TX, USA)
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Director’s Citation Award (NJ, USA)

Charleston International Film Festival: Gold Award (NC, USA)
Columbus International Film Festival: Honorable Mention (OH, USA)
Intercom International Festival: Certificate of Merit (USA)

Festivals:
Telluride Film Festival (CO, USA, Premiere) 
New York Film Festival (NY, USA) 
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (PA, USA) 
Athens International Film and Video Festival (OH, USA) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 
U.S.A. Film Festival (Houston, TX, USA)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival (CO, USA) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (CA, USA) 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (TN, USA) 
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FL, USA)

Touring Program:

Northwest Film Festival Tour, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Screenings:
Fourth World Women’s Conference: Week long exhibition on the Beijing Train Station's 120 square meter Jumbotron screen, with over a million viewers (Beijing, China) (1995)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Hand Held

1995, 7 minutes, ink and watercolor on paper with pixillated hands

Hand Held is about organizing to confront oppression. The animation, made with ink, watercolor and pastels on index cards held by people's hands. Hands of all ages (infant to Joanna’s 93 year old grandmother) and many races, prosthetic hands and animal paws combine to create a community of hands that surround the artwork. The soundtrack for Hand Held was performed by The Bobs, the acclaimed a cappella vocal group from San Francisco.


Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced and composed by Richard Greene and Joe Finetti. Soundtrack performed by The Bobs: Joe Finetti, Richard Greene, Janie Scott and Matthew Stull. Sound effects by Jaime Haggerty. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony and Teknifilm Labs.

Awards: 
Marin County Film Festival: First Prize (CA, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First  Prize (Portland, OR, USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Citation (NJ, USA)
Humbolt Film Festival: Honorable Mention (CA, USA)
Medicine Wheel Animation Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)

Festivals:
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Leipzig International Film Festival (Germany)
Schorndorf International Cartoon Festival (Germany)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Women with Vision, Walker Art Center (Minnesota, MN, USA)
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-28-13
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13

Jade Leaf

1985, 5 min., 2-D computer animation, 16mm

Jade Leaf  is an abstract computer painting inspired by botanical forms. The images were made with a keyboard, IBM-AT and Cubicomp Picturemaker system using Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Images were shot onto 16mm film using a tripod mounted Bolex camera that was pointed at the monitor. Jade Leaf is the first computer animated film made at California Institute of the Arts, where Priestley was in the school’s first computer animation class (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen. 


“Priestley’s abstract painting has a wonderful graphic flow, not completely geometric, yet not completely organic.” -Phil Borsos, NW Film and Video Festival Juror.


Credits: Directed, produced, animated and edited by Joanna Priestley. Music by Howard Richman.

Award: Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Place (Portland, OR, USA)
Festival: Computer Animation Conference: Oregon School of Arts and Crafts (Portland, OR, USA)

Jung & Restless

2021, 06'06", 2D computer animation, DCP, HD digital file, 16:9, Dolby Digital

Jung & Restless dives into the mythopoetic realm with mandalas and dream inspired images that grasp at enigma. It invokes the oddity and magic of dreaming. Jung & Restless began while I was working with a senior Jungian analyst and stopped dreaming. I started animating short free form experiments, working intuitively without reflection, scrutiny or planning. A decade later I created a film from this material, incorporating mandalas of dream images and classic Jungian symbols. “The soul knows bigger stories.” -C.G. Jung


“Jung & Restless is beautiful and spectacular. The synchrony between the animation and the music and soundtrack is fabulous.” -Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Festival


Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music composed and produced by Seth Norman. Sound design and sound effects by Chris Barber. Compositing and effects by Brian Kinkley. Thanks: Martha Blake and Paul Harrod. Supported by the Playa Foundation, Ford Family Foundation and Clatter and Din.

Awards

Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival, Nomination: Best Short-Animation (Spain)

Short of the Year - Finalist, Click for Festivals  (Madrid, Spain)

USA Film Festival: Finalist (Dallas, TX, USA)

Maracay International Film and Video Festival: Short Film Finalist (Venezuela)

Lisbon Film Rendezvous: Finalist (Portugal)

American Film Institute Festival: Semi-Finalist (Los Angeles. CA, USA)

Australia Independent Film Festival: Semi-Finalist (Brisbane, Australia)


Festivals

Annecy International Animation Festival (France)

Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Switzerland)

Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)

Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (Moscow, Russia) 

ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan)  

Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (France)

London International Animation Festival (UK)

Wiesbaden International Animation Festival (Best of International Animation, Germany)

Walla Walla Movie Crush (WA, USA)

Trujillo International Film Festival (Trujillo, Peru) 

Tamil Nadu Film Festival (Chennai, India)

Tibilsi International Animation Festival (Tibilsi, Georgia)

Indie for You Film Festival (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Río Gallegos, Argentina)

T-Short Animated Film Festival (Experimental/Abstract Competition, Germany)

Festival Internacional FESCILMAR (Katowice, Poland)

Eastern Oregon Film Festival (La Grande, OR, USA) 10-22-21

ANIMARIO Madrid International Festival of Contemporary Animation (Spain)

Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway)

Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia)

FESCILMAR Festival in Spain (Madrid)

Veracruz Short Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico)

Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film (Tallinn, Estonia)

GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation (Calgary, AL, Canada)

Goa Short Film Festival (India)

Bahia Independent Cinema Festival (Salvador, Brazil)


Screenings

Stuttgart International Animation Special 6-22

Kali Yuga

2000, 5 min., pixilation and object animation, 16mm and digital file

Kali Yuga was a pro bono commission for the contemporary music ensemble, Fear No Music.  It includes two animation experiments: pixilation of yoga instructor Diane Wilson (age 50) that was shot in the forest over a six month period and object animation of construction tools, bolts, screws and nails. The music, by modern classical composer Joseph Waters, was synchronized to the edited film.

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music composed by and sound produced by Joseph Waters. Yoga performance by Diane Wilson. Music performed by the Fear No Music Ensemble and guests: Andrew Ehrlich (violin), Philip Hansen (cello), Joel Bluestone (percussion),

Jeffrey Payne (piano), Mika Sunago (piano) and Joseph Waters (electronics). Edited by Steve Greiner, Creative Media Development.  Special thanks to: Bill Foster, Larry Johnson, Winks Hardware and Paul Johnson.

Performances:
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College (Portland OR, USA)
University of California (San Diego, CA, USA)
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA)

Missed Aches

2009, 4 min., 2-D computer animation, digital file, stereo, 16:9

"Have you ever worked very horde on a paper for English clash, just to get a very glow raid? Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence!" -Taylor Mali

Missed Aches demonstrates how the shortcomings of spellcheck can result in unexpected double entendres.  It combines animated characters with moving text and was written and narrated by poet Taylor Mali, who led teams to four championships in the National Poetry Slam (USA).


Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Written and narrated by Taylor Mali based on the poem “The The Impotence of Proofreading”. Sound Design by Normand Roger and Pierre Yves Drapeau. Music by Pierre Yves Drapeau with Denis Chartrand and Normand Roger.

Text Animation by Brian Kinkley. Character design and animation by Don Flores.  Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer. Supported by The Regional Arts and

Culture Council and the Caldera Institute.

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: First Prize, Jury Award (NJ, USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist (Houston, TX, USA)

Festivals:
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Toronto, ON, Canada) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
AniMadrid Animation Festival (Spain)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Barcelona Festival of Independent Cinema (Spain)
Ann Arbor Film Festival and Tour (USA)
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Interfilm Berlin (Germany) 
Tricky Women Festival (Austria)
Missed Aches Festivals Page 2
SICAF Animated Film Festival (Korea)
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (Austria)
Animator International Festival (Poland)
VideoFest (USA)
Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation (Germany)
Local Sightings, NorthWest Film Forum (Seattle, WA, USA)
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Germany)
New Orleans Film Festival (LA, USA)
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival (OR, USA)
BEFILM Underground Film Festival (USA)
Visible Verse (Canada)
Portland Women’s Film Festival (OR, USA)
Film Columbia (USA)
ASIFA NW Showcase (USA)
Crossroads Film Festival (USA)
Cinefest Sudbury (Canada)
Salem Film Festival (USA)
Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival (Ireland)
Festival Silêncio (Lisbon, Portugal)
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada)
Blue Met Literature Festival (Montreal, Canada) 4-23-15

Touring Programs:
International Goethe-Institutes (World Tour, 2014)
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Tour (Canada, 2010)
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (USA, 2010)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA, 2010)
Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour (USA, 2010).

Selected Screenings:
REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Premiere 4-20-09
Words Worth a Thousand Pictures, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Cinema Du Parc (Montreal, Canada) 11-10
Plaza Cinema (Calgary, Canada) 11-10
Scotiabank Theatre (Vancouver, Canada) 12-10
Kunsttempel Gallery (Kassel, Germany) 12-10
Goethe-Institut (Chennai, India) 12-15-10
New York International Children’s Film Festival Benefit (New York, NY, USA) 1-3-10
Lyrikertreffen (Münster, Germany) 3-24-11
BAM Cinématheque (Brooklyn, NY, USA) 8-3-10
Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) 10-2+4-10

poesiefestival berlin (Berlin, Germany) 5-5-12

Audiovizualines Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Kaunas, Germany) 10-22-10 
Nationalgalerie / Goethe Institut (Vilnius, Germany) 10/24/10
Audiovizualines Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Klaipeda, Germany) 10-27-10 
233°Celsius – Bibliothek (Kassel, Germany) 10-28-10
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) 11-7-10
Southwest Film Center (Albuquerque, NM, USA) 1-11 to 14-10
LA Film Forum (Los Angeles, USA) 12-12-10
SPACE Gallery/ICA (Portland, ME, USA) 1-19-11
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA, USA) 1-29-11
CinemaSpace (Montréal, QB, Canada) 2-23-11
Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-29-12
Hollywood Theater: A Place Called Home (Portland, OR, USA) 4-29-12
Limerick City International Poetry Festival (Ireland) 10.14.11
Interfilm Short Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) 11-15+18-12
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR, USA) 7-1-13
ZKM Center for Art and Media- “Moving Words: Text in Moving Pictures” (Karlsruhe, Germany) 10-18-13 to 1-12-14
FACT- “Moving Words: Text in Moving Pictures” (Liverpool, UK) 1-12-14
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14 
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival: "Très chic" (Austria) 5-25-14
Cineastic Gondolas (Lech am Arlberg, Austria) 12-13-14 
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Annecy Animation Festival: Best of Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted (France) 6-14

Pacific Northwest Animation Showcase: Animation to Write Home About, NW Film Forum (Seattle, USA) 9-30-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Freud Museum (Vienna, Austria) 12-5-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-5-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Experiments, Clinton Street Theater Fundraiser (Portland, OR, USA) 10-20

North of Blue

2018, 60:07, 2D computer animation, DCP, digital file, 16:9, Dolby Digital

“Inspired by the chilling and mysterious winter landscapes of the Yukon, North of Blue is a mesmerizing non-narrative exploration giving form to the formless and offering shifting focal points and patterns that explore tensions between the recognizable and the strange. Bursting with lively colours and dynamic shapes, North of Blue is abstract art come to life. Conventional silhouettes are deconstructed, stripping away meanings and associations to free the mind for a wildly subjective visit to the north. A dreamlike façade, North of Blue is a stunning symphony which speaks to the explorer in us all.” -Chris Robinson, Ottawa International Animation Festival 

"North of Blue" is pure creativity. It shows that the ingenuity of the imagination has no limits.” -Rodolfo Montserrat, Xcèntric Barcelona

“An utterly absorbing abstract feature inspired by the mysterious far north Canadian winter landscapes.” -Melbourne International Animation Festival

Credits: Directed, produced, animated and designed by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and music composed by Jamie Haggerty. Compositing and paint effects by Brian Kinkley. Additional sound effects by Chris Barber. Edited by Greg Snider and Joanna Priestley. Assistant Animators: Neisje Morrell and Don Flores. Animation Assistants: Rachel Bradley, Jesse Bray, Gabe Mangold and Dui Oray. Supported by the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Caldera Foundation and Willapa Bay A.I.R. Special thanks to Paul Harrod, Sticky Film.

Awards:

Indie Film Awards: Best Experimental Film (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 3-1-20

Los Angeles Animation Festival: Best Feature Film (CA, USA) 12-1-1

Yosemite International Film Festival: Best Animated Film (CA, USA) 11-2-18
Local Sightings Film Festival: Best Sound Design Award and Best Feature Original Score Award, NW Film Forum (Seattle, WA, USA) 9-23-18

European International Film Festival: Finalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 5-15-19
Los Angeles CineFest: Semi-finalist (CA, USA) 1-19

Festivals:

Annecy International Animation Festival (World Premiere, France) 6-11+12 +14-18
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 6-17-18
International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR (Poznan, Poland) 7-6 to 20-18 
Palm Springs International Animation Festival (CA, USA) 8-25-18
Insomnia Animation Festival (Russia) 7-19-8
Australian International Animation Festival (Brisbane, Australia) 8-4-18
Pixelatl Festival (Cuernavaca, Mexico) 9-4 to 9-18
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 9-27+29-18
Anim’Est International Animation Festival (Bucharest, Romania) 9-28 to 10-7-18 
Australian International Animation Festival (Cairns, Queensland) 8-16-18
AnimaSyros International Animation Festival + Agora (Athens, Greece) 9-28-18
ANIMAGE International Animation Festival (Pernambuco, Brasil) 10-12 to 21-18
SPARK Animation 2018 (Vancouver, Canada) 10-18-18

ReAnimania Int. Animation Film & Comics Art Festival (Yerevan, Armenia) 10-31-18

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 11-4-1

Online Monthly, Semi-Finalist (USA) 11-18

Animae Caribe (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) 11-23-18

Moscow Animation Marathon Solyanka State Gallery (Moscow, Russia) 11-1 to 5-18

Mostra Internacional Films des Donas de Barcelona (Spain) 12-10-18

VOID International Animation Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark) 1-30-19

Xcèntric Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain) 4-4-19

Athens International Film and Video Festival (OH, USA) 4-3-19
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina) 4-3 to 14-19

Stockholm Experimental Animation Film Festival (Sweden) 4-29-19

Square One Conference, Universidad Iberoamericana (Puebla, Mexico) 4-11-19

Chilemonos International Animation Festival (Santiago, Chile) 5-10-19

FILMNORTH Northern BC Film Festival (Houston, BC, Canada) 7-27-19

We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR, USA) 8-18-19

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-19-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (Baltimore, MD) 10-4-19

IndieCork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland) 10-13-19

Taichung International Animation Festival (Taichung City, Taiwan) 10-15-19

Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival (Spain) 12-13-19

Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Argentina) 4-18-20
Jaipur Film World (India) 4-25-20

Comotion Festival, Stadtgalerie und Heimatmuseum Brunsbüttel (Germany) 11-21

Screenings
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (work-in-progress, Germany) 5-3-17
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR, USA) 9-21-17
Frame by Frame Conference, DePaul University (Chicago, IL, USA) 5-25-18
Cinémathèque québécoise (Montréal, Canada) 10-2-18

Cineteca nacional (Mexico City, Mexico) 4-16-19

Universidad Santo Tomás (Santiago, Chile) 5-9-19

Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-3-19

Out of Shape

2011, 1 min., 2D computer animation, digital file

Three boxes open to reveal a giant blue bubble and abstractions in Mondrian inspired colors sprinkle like raindrops.

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design and mix by Marc Rose.

Festival: One Minute Film & Video Festival (Aarau, Switzerland).

Screening: Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-28-12

PDX PIX

2018, 02:04, pixillation, Super 8 film transferred to digital file, 16:9

A pixellated tour of iconic Portland locations, including VooDoo Donuts, Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People and the Joan of Arc statue. PDX PIX was made in one week for the 45th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival 50 Foot Challenge. Ten filmmakers were given one roll of Super 8 film and asked to make a film in camera without editing.

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Pixillation performance by Natalie Paik. Sound design by Marc Rose. Special thanks to Jamie Haggerty and Ben Popp.

Festival: Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 11-4-18

Pro and Con

1993, 9 min., object animation, cels, drawings on paper, puppets and clay painting, 35mm and digital file

Pro and Con investigates prison life through the eyes of a corrections officer and a penitentiary inmate. One reflects on the inability of our prison system to deal with the increasingly violent nature of crime and the cyclical nature of crime within families and the other reflects on the isolation he feels and  how much he misses his wife and family and riding in a car. Pro and Con features self-portraits that were drawn by inmates and object animation of weapons and crafts that were created by and confiscated from inmates. "Pro and Con is a brief but excellent exploration of the thoughts and emotions of those working and living in our prison system."  -Rebecca S. Albitz, Pyramid Film and Video

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Chel White. Music by Chel White. Narrated by Lt. Janice Inman and Allen Nause. "Con" written by Jeff Green. Funded by the Metropolitan Arts Commission's Percent for Art Program, Multnomah County, Oregon.

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
Cindy Competition: Gold Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: Honorable Mention (Portland, OR, USA)
Worldfest Charleston: Gold Award (GA, USA)
Birmingham Educational Film Festival: First Prize (AL, USA)
Columbus Film Festival: Honorable Mention (OH, USA)
CINE Competition: Gold Eagle Award (USA)

Festivals:
Bombay International Film Festival (India)
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Holland Animation Festival (The Netherlands)
Sinking Creek Film Festival (OH, USA)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
U.S.A. Film Festival (Houston, TX, USA)
Womanimation! Film Festival (NH, USA)

Screenings:
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center Retrospective (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Museum of Modern Art Retrospective (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, OR, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joan Gratz, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 11-30-17

Rumpy Pumpy

2013, 01:47, 2D computer animation, digital file, 16:9

A ballet of private parts, in all their glorious combinations.

Credits: Directed, animated and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound effects and mix by Seth Norman. Music by Richard Strauss, courtesy of emp3world. Assistant animation by Rachel Bradley.

Festivals:
Hump Festival (Seattle, WA, Olympia, WA and ­Portland, OR, USA) 2012
San Diego Comic-Con International (CA, USA) 7-2013

Touring Programs:
Best of Hump Festival Tour (USA) 2014

Best of Hump Festival Tour (USA and Canada) 2017-18

Screenings:
Annecy Animation Festival: Best of Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted (France) 6-14 
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR) 3-8-17

Best of Hump Pandemic Streaming (world wide) 5-20

She-Bop

1989, 8 min., 16mm, drawings on index cards and puppet animation

She-Bop is about power, rage and seizing control of your life.  The star of the film in the film is cartoon Kali, the great destroyer/creator goddess. She-Bop combines drawings on index cards and puppets, abstraction and character animation. It is based on a poem by Carolyn Myers, performed by jazz singer Carolyn Lochert Curtis. “An ode to the Goddess and female power, set to a poem by writer and performer Carolyn Myers.” –Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times


Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound and music designed and produced by Dave Storrs. Written by Carolyn Myers. Narration by Carolyn Lochert Curtis. Sound effects by R. Dennis Wiancko.

Awards: 
National Independent Film and Video Competition: Grand Prix (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
San Francisco International Film Festival: Special Jury Award (CA, USA)
National Educational Film Festival: Special Merit Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Prize (Portland, OR, USA)
Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (IL, USA)
Cinanima International Animation Festival: Honorable Mention (Portugal)

Festivals:
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Denver Film Festival (CO, USA)
Montana Film Festival (Missoula, MT, USA)
Chicago International Film and Video Festival (IL, USA)
Odense International Film Festival (Denmark)

Touring Program:
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Split Ends

2013, 03:33, HD digital file, DVD, 16:9, stereo and 5.1, 2D computer animation

The luscious colors and delicate lines of Split Ends playfully construct animated full field patterns and reference ornamental designs of the industrial era. Without relying on pop culture reference points, some patterns stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption. Split Ends is the second film in an abstract trilogy that began with Eye Liner.


Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Compositing and design by Brian Kinkley. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist (Houston, TX, USA)
Monstra Animated Film Festival: Best of World - Short Films (Portugal)
ASIFA-SF Spring Show: Second Prize (CA, USA)

Festivals:
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil)
Tel Aviv Animation Festival (Israel)
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA)
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
London International Animation Festival (UK)
AnimaEst International Animation Festival (Romania) 
Northwest Filmmakers Festival, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)
Wizard World Film Festival (USA)
POW Festival (Portland, OR, USA)
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR, USA)
Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival (Austria)
Washington, DC International Film Festival (USA)
Eastern Oregon Film Festival (La Grande, OR, USA)

Touring Programs:
Anima Mundi on the Road (Brazil) 2013-14
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (USA) 2014
Monstra Animated Film Festival Touring Program (Portugal) 2014-15
Northwest Filmmakers Festival Tour (USA) 2014-15

Screenings:
Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-28-12
Hollywood Theater: A Place Called Home (Portland, OR, USA) 4-29-12
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR, USA) 7-1-13
Best New American Independent Animation (three screenings):
American Cultural Center (Shanghai University, China) 2-24-14 
American Cultural Center (Hangzhou, China) 2-25-14 
American Cultural Center (Nanjing, China) 2-27-14
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 8-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Josephy Center (Joseph, OR, USA) 2-22-14
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub (Pendleton, OR, USA) 2-23-14
Roxy Theater (Missoula, MT, USA)  3-6-14
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art (Great Falls, MT, USA) 3-7-14
Treefort Film & Music Festival (Boise, ID, USA) 3/19/14
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 4-17+19-14
Ross Ragland Theater (Klamath Falls, OR, USA) 4-24-14 
Pickford Theater (Bellingham, WA, USA) 7-13-14
Bay City Arts Association (Bay City, OR, USA) 7-19-14
Beaverton City Library (Beaverton, OR, USA) 9-18-14
Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR, USA) 9-27-14
Astoria Film Festival (Astoria, OR, USA) 10-18-14
Hoffman Center (Manzanita, OR, USA) 1-23-15
Skagway Arts Council (Skagway, AK, USA) 2-22-15
Billings Public Library (Billings, MT, USA) 5-30-15
Vancouver Public Library (Vancouver, WA, USA) 10-6-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Animation by Design, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 4-22-16 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR, USA) 3-8-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Streetcar Named Perspire

2007, 06:23, BetaSP and DVD, 1.85:1, stereo, 2D computer animation

Streetcar Named Perspire is a roller coaster ride through the hot flashes, mood swings, depression, pimples, facial hair, rage, menstrual flooding, insomnia, memory lapse, rapid heartbeat and brain fog of one of life’s great transitions. “Streetcar Named Perspire is an animated work by a noted artist who quite literally tracks the highs and lows of dealing with the onset of menopause as the heroine careens through hot spells, fluctuating libido, night sweats and self acceptance. Serving both as a primer in what to expect from the process and a witty yet gentle satire of the educational video, Streetcar Named Perspire finds the humor in a trying and universal experience.” –Black Maria Film Festival


“Priestley’s animated roller coaster ride through menopause both previews and celebrates- depending on your age- one of life’s most thrill-filled experiences.” -Heike Kuehn, Northwest Film and Video Festival Judge


“There are few entertaining films about menopause, so we presented Streetcar Named Perspire at very diverse events: conferences about women’s health (some women laughed so much that tears came out), a festival about the body in South Korea where it was intensively discussed and at the Stuttgart Animation Festival in a program of Women in Animation over the last 20 years."  -Waltraud Grausgruber, Co-Director, Tricky Women Film Festival


Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker. Music composed by John Smith. Animation by Pascal Campion and Joanna Priestley. Written by Joanna Priestley and Victoria Parker Pohl. Editing by Michael Corrigan and Joanna Priestley. Narrator: Paul Harrod. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony.

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
Kalamazoo Animation Festival International: Finalist (MI, USA)

Festivals:
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (Changzhou, China)
AniFest (Czech Republic) 
Animadrid (Spain) 
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (Korea) 
Dallas Video Festival (TX, USA) 
Exeter International Film Festival (UK) 
Big Muddy Film Festival (NJ, USA) 
Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI, USA) 
Festival Bimini (Latvia) 
Tricky Women Film Festival (Vienna, Austria) 
Portland International Film Festival (OR, USA) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (OR, USA) 
Portland Women’s Film Festival (OR, USA) 
Three Rivers Film Festival (USA)
Womanimation! Film Festival (USA)
Cinanima (Portugal) 
Tacoma Film Festival (WA, USA) 
World of Women Film Festival (Australia) 
Michigan Womyns Film Festival (MI, USA)

Olomouc Festival of Film Animation (Czech Republic)

VisuElles Film Festival (Ottawa, Canada)

Screenings:
International Showcase, Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC, USA)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
International Society for Menstrual Research (Spokane, WA, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
Best of Tricky Women, Femme Fest Moscow (Russia) 11-18-12 
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14 
"Body Images," Evangelische Akademie Wien (Austria) 9-14
POW Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
The Unmentionables Film Festival (New York, NY, USA) 6-10-15 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

dotdotdot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival (Vienna, Austria) 7-3 to 8-24-18

"Secret Desire – Issues of Gender & Sexuality", Indie-AniFest (Seoul, South Korea) 9-15-18

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Surface Dive

2000, 7.5 minutes, 1.85:1 sound: Dolby Digital

Surface Dive is an abstract animated film inspired by a snorkeling adventure in a freshwater cenote in the Yucatan, Mexico.  It combines three layers of artwork, molded replacement sculptures, glass pieces and pastel drawings on paper.  Each layer is animated separately and shot on a multi-level stand.

“More than 600 sculptures, 200 glass pieces and 2200 drawings combine to fashion a work of dazzling detail and complexity.” -Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center


Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Drew Canulette. Director of photography: David Trappe. Edited by David Massachi. Camera: Emily Halderman and Joanna Priestley.  Sculpture assistants: Catherine Dunn and Danh Nguyen. Multi-plane rig: Charles Rehwalt. Flame compositor: Phil Guzzo. A project of Creative Capital.

Awards:
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival: First Place Award for Expression (Korea)
World Animation Celebration: Best Experimental Film (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Citation Award (NJ, USA)
Culture2Culture Tricky Women Festival: City of Vienna Prize (Vienna, Austria)

Festivals:
Sundance Film Festival (UT, USA)
Taos Talking Picture Festival (NM, USA)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil)
I Castelli Animati Animation Festival (Italy)
Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal)
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (Portland, OR, USA)
Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival (Norway)
Big Muddy Film Festival (NJ, USA)
Dallas Video Festival (TX, USA)
Animated Encounters: Bristol International Animation Festival (UK)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
ANIMAC International Animation Festival (Spain)
James River Film Festival (USA)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI, USA)
Filme Im Schloss: Wiesbaden Animation Festival (Germany)
Enzimi Festival (Rome, Italy)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Architecture and Animation (Barcelona, Spain)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (Portland, OR, USA)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

The Dancing Bulrushes

1985, 5 min., 16mm, sand animation)

Based on an Ojibwa Native American story about coyote, the trickster, published by Barry Lopez, The Dancing Bulrushes was made by animating beach sand frame by frame, on a sheet of glass.

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Steven Subotnick. Written by Barry Lopez. Music composed and performed by Miroslav Tadic. Narrated by Fran Bennett. Made at California Institute of the Arts.


Awards:
USA Film Festival: Special Judges Award for New Animation Talent (Dallas, TX, USA)

Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo Nominee for Best Short Film (IL, USA)
Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (TN, USA)
FOCUS Film Festival: Third Place (USA)

Festivals: 
Athens International Film Festival (OH, USA) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (CA, USA) 
Chicago International Film Festival (IL, USA) 
Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (CA, USA) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Touring Program

Northwest Film Festival Tour, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)

Cinémathèque française, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

The Rubber Stamp Film

1983, 7 min., 16mm, rubber stamps, watercolor and felt pen on index cards, 16mm, digital file

“An imaginative, witty and energetic film. The images are all made from new and old rubber stamps which combine, entangle and collide at a rapid and joyous pace. A hundred little stories are told as the images zip by to a collaged soundtrack of voices and musical fragments. 

"Pure delight!” -Melinda Ward, Walker Art Center

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.

Awards:
New York Independent Filmmakers Expo: First Place (NY, USA)
Motion Picture Sound Editors: Golden Reel Award (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Place (Portland, OR, USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
Baltimore Film Festival: Second Place (MD, USA)

Festivals:

Telluride Film Festival (CO, USA)
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan)
Canadian International Animation Festival (Canada)
Aspen Film Festival (CO, USA)
Chicago International Film Festival (MI, USA)

Touring Program

Northwest Film Festival Tour, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Times Square

1986, 4 min., 2D computer animation,16mm, not released

Times Square is an abstract meditation on urban shapes and sounds. It was created at California Institute of the Arts where co-directors Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85) taught by Vibeke Sorensen. They used a Cubicomp with a Compaq PC (8 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive) and Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Images were shot onto 16mm film from the the computer monitor, using a tripod mounted Bolex camera. “As blocks of color click into place and march across the screen, there is a clear sense of masses of people moving among tall buildings and subway trains arriving and departing.”  -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko. Editing, title design and credits by Joanna Priestley.

Utopia Parkway

1997, 5 minutes, drawings on paper, sculptures and glass, 35 mm and DVD

Utopia Parkway is an experimental exploration of compartments, containers and boxes that was inspired by the sculptures of Joseph Cornell, who lived on Utopia Parkway in Queens, New York nearly all of his life. The animation was made with drawings on index cards, 122 replacement sculptures (made with Magi Sculpt and acrylic paint), wooden boxes, cigar boxes, glass bottles and seashells. “Joanna Priestley’s Utopia Parkway explores new techniques, including animating 3D forms made out of what looks like glazed clay.  The objects were sculpted to form a series that have smooth transitions from one shape to another.  The work is technically brilliant and her use of new materials is quite inventive.”  -Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF Journal

"The works I found most compelling not only had an intellectual and emotional resonance beyond their construction, they also stood somewhere outside the traditional narrative. Utopia Parkway was especially a pleasure to watch." -Rachel Rosen, Northwest Film and Video Festival


Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Sound design and music by Jaime Haggerty. Art Director: Paul Harrod. Directors of Photography: Charles Rehwalt and David Trappe.  Edited by Chris Willging and Joanna Priestley. Sculpture sequences: Chris Bourdette, Barry Bruce,

Chuck Duke, Joan Gratz, Mark Gustavson, Theresa Drilling, Jean Poulot and Joanna Priestley.  Supported by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony.

Awards:
San Francisco International Film Festival: Golden Gate Award (CA, USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival:  Best of Festival (NJ, USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival:  Judge’s Award (Portland, OR, USA)
Black Maria Film Festival (USA):  Director’s Choice Award (NJ, USA)
U.S.A. Film Festival- Finalist (Houston, TX, USA)

Festivals:
Fantoche International Festival for Animated Films- Best of the World Program (Switzerland)
I Castelli Animati (Italy) 
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal) 
Oslo Animation Festival (Norway) 
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Ecofilm International Festival of Environmental Films (France) 
Intercom: International Festival of Films of the Environment (France) 
The World Animation Celebration (Los Angeles, CA, USA) 
Mill Valley Film Festival (CA, USA) 
Leipzig Documentary and Animation Film Festival (Germany) 
Interfilm Berlin Festival (Germany)
Schlondorf International Film Festival (Austria)
ANIMAC (Spain) 
Matita Film Festival (Italy) 
Malaysia Video Awards (Malaysia) 
Dallas Video Festival (TX, USA) 
Taos Talking Picture Festival (Taos, NM, USA) 
Vital International Animation Festival (UK) 
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (PA, USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, OR, USA)
Architecture and Animation (Barcelona, Spain)
The Sundance Channel (USA)
Southwestern Alternative Media Arts Project (USA)
Television Suisse Romande (Switzerland)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR, USA) 2-21-13
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR, USA) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Voices

1985, 4 min., drawings on paper, 16mm, digital file

A light-hearted exploration of fear of the dark, of old age, of obesity, of monsters and of global destruction. "Priestley gets across a series of personal phobias in a refreshing and humorous fashion. We get a superb, contemporary animated film with salutes to historical cartoon figures scattered throughout. Delightful!” -Marv Newland, NW Film and Video Festival Juror.

“Priestley’s film shows great joy and delight in being alive.  It’s a message with style.” -Ed Emshwiller

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko. Narrated by Joanna Priestley.

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition: First Place (USA)
National Educational Film Festival: First Place (USA)

Odense International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (Denmark)
Algarve Cinema Festival: Best Animated Film (Portugal) 
Tel Aviv International Film Festival: First Place (USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival: Best of Festival (USA)
Canadian International Animation Festival: Special Merit Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: Best of Festival (OR, USA)
CINE Competition: Gold Eagle Award (USA)
Chicago International Film Festival: Bronze Hugo Award (IL, USA)
U.S.A. Film Festival: Finalist (Houston, TX, USA)
Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (IL, USA)

Festivals:
Telluride Film Festival (CO, USA) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia) 
Hong Kong International Film Festival (China) 
Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (CA, USA)
Denver International Film Festival (CO, USA) 
Olympia Film Festival (WA, USA) 
Black Maria Film Festival (NJ, USA) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
Films des Femmes: Festival International de Créteil (France) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (CA, USA)
Montreal International Women’s Film Festival (Canada)
New York Filmmaker’s Expo (NY, USA)
Bumbershoot Film Festival (WA, USA) 
Flaherty Film Seminar (NY, USA) 
Womanimation! Film Festival (USA)

Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia)

Mimesis Documentary Festival (Boulder, CO, USA) 8-14-20

Touring Programs:
The Festival of Animation (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
New Directors Series: Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY, USA)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Women’s Eye View Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 3-2-09
POW Festival, Priestley Retrospective (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA, USA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16

"Introspection", Tate Modern Museum (London, UK) 2-19-17
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
Nach der Angst/Post Fear, DOK-Film (Leipzig, Germany) 11-2-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum (OR, USA) 12-6-17

Independent Frames - Lightbox Film Center, International House (Philadelphia, PA, USA) 1-20-18

The Mini Microcinema (Cincinnati, OH, USA) 3-15-18

Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia) 10-18

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-18-19

Enter the Brain Box, Barbican Centre (London, UK) 10-24-20