Ajayu International Animation Festival Keynote

Ajayu International Animation Festival Keynote

Charlas Magistrales, Puno, Peru

September 30, 2021


Learn about the important process of animation with Joanna Priestley. This event is part of the framework of the 6th Ajayu International Animation Festival. Priestley’s work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of limits and intuitive whimsy, and is devoted to experimentation on technique, subject, and content.

Retrospective Joanna Priestley

Retrospective Joanna Priestley

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, MD, USA

October 5, 2019


Introspective, satirical, whimsical and beautiful: Joanna Priestley’s prolific body of work speaks personal truths. She’s been called “queen of independent animation.” The artist presents her work in person. Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is a three-day celebration of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky, and boundary-pushing animation. 

Animation /Joanna Priestley

Animation /Joanna Priestley

Maryland Institute College of Art, Falvey Hall, Baltimore, MD, USA

October 2, 2019


Joanna Priestley is an animator from Portland, Oregon, and has directed 27 animated films, as well as an iOS app. She'll be discussing her process as an animator, as well as talking about her new feature film, "North of Blue," which will screen later this day.

North of Blue presented by Joanna Priestley

North of Blue presented by Joanna Priestley

Cinémathèque quebeçoise, Montreal, Canada

October 2, 2018

Joanna Priestley presents North of Blue

Joanna Priestley presents North of Blue

Universidad Santo Tomas, Santiago, Chile

May 5, 2019


Within the framework of the eighth Chilemonos Animation Festival, the students of the Digital Animation and Multimedia program have the opportunity to see the American animated film “North of Blue”, with the Director of the film, Joanna Priestley, present. Priestley will recount the way in which she carried out the making of the hour-long film, an abstract experience inspired by the winter landscapes of northern Canada. It is accompanied by a musical symphony composed by Jamie Haggerty.


Conferencia Joanna Priestley

Conferencia Joanna Priestley

Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico

April 16, 2019


Cineteca Nacional in collaboration with the University of Iberoamericana of Puebla is pleased to invite you to the talk that will be offered by Joanna Priestley, director, animator and producer of more that 20 film works. Among the institutions that have dedicated retrospectves to her are the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles.


Fantoche Expanded: Retrospective Joanna Priestley

Fantoche Expanded: Retrospective Joanna Priestley

Fantoche International Animation Festival, Baden, Switzerland

September 5, 2018


Bill Plympton called her “the queen of independent animation”: Joanna Priestley has been animating and producing her own films since 1983 and is virtually peerless in her ability to animate and present aspects of human existence with a heavy dose of irony. This retrospective shows some of her narrative gems and abstract works of art. Curated by Dominique Marconi. Age recommendation: 16+.


Trailblazing Women of Animation: An Evening with Joanna Priestley

Trailblazing Women of Animation: An Evening with Joanna Priestley

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Starting her career as a film presenter in Central Oregon, Priestley made her first films using rubber stamps and sand before going on to study with legendary experimental animator Jules Engle at Cal Arts. Finding her stride with drawing and computer-based animations, and collaborating with sound artists, she has since become one the world’s most prolific independent animators.


British Film Institute: The Queen of Independent Animation: A Focus on Joanna Priestley

British Film Institute: The Queen of Independent Animation: A Focus on Joanna Priestley

National Film Theatre, London, UK

Thursday, May 11, 2017


With retrospectives, awards and a significant body of work under her belt, Joanna Priestley is a distinctive and pioneering director and producer. Despite extensive international acclaim for her work in short film, her work has been criminally underseen in the UK. We are delighted to present an exclusive look at a dozen of her finest short films spanning over 30 years in the industry including Voices (1985), Pro and Con (1993), Dew Line (2005), Split Ends (2013) and Bottle Neck (2015). The screening will be followed by a rare opportunity to hear from Joanna in person about her career to date and future projects.


Tricky Women Animation Festival: Focus on Joanna Priestley

Tricky Women Animation Festival: Focus on Joanna Priestley

Metro Kino, Vienna, Austria

March 3 and 6, 2016


We are happy to present the oeuvre of an exceptional artist who deftly turns issues such as relationship problems or the different stages in women’s lives into humorous animations. In the first part of the program Joanna Priestley presents some of her narrative works, while the second part is devoted to her abstract films and latest animations.



POW Fest: Guest of Honor - An Evening with Joanna Priestley

POW Fest: Guest of Honor - An Evening with Joanna Priestley

Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR, USA

March 9, 2014


POWFest is honored to present a retrospective of award-winning filmmaker Joanna Priestley’s films as our closing night engagement on Sunday, March 9th at 7:00 pm. Please join us for a unique evening of animated films and conversation. Reception to follow. Sponsored By: ADi & WIF-PDX.

Voices /1985--4 min., She-Bop / 1988-8 min., All My Relations / 1990--5 min., Surface Dive / 2000—8 min., Utopia Parkway / 1997--5 min., Andaluz /2004--6 min., Streetcar Named Perspire /2007--6.5 min., Dear Pluto /2012--4 min – MOV., Missed Aches /2009--4 min., Dew Line / 2005--4.5 min., Eye Liner /2011--4 min., Split Ends /2013--3.5 min.



An Evening of New Work by Joanna Priestley

An Evening of New Work by Joanna Priestley

NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA

January 28, 2012


A native of Portland, and globally recognized as one of the premier creators of independent animation art, Joanna Priestley has made 25 films over the past 30 years. Her subjects run the gamut from personal memoir and documentary to poetic adaptation and abstract phantasmagoria. Tonight we present five new films (three world premieres) by award winning independent filmmaker, Joanna Priestley.

World Premieres: Dear Pluto (2012, 4 min.), Choking Hazard (2012, 1 min.), Split Ends (2012, 4 min.), Exposé Slide Show (2012) and Clam Bake (2012, interactive). With recent films: Out of Shape (2011, 1 min.), Eye Liner (2011, 4 min.) and Missed Aches (2009, 4 min.).