Earlier this month, during Animafest Zagreb, some members of the festival’s short film jury came to a realization. The three of them — directors Ruth Lingford and Michaela Müller, and producer (and Cartoon Brew contributor) Tünde Vollenbroek — were all women. Their jury was thus predominantly female (the two other jurors, directors Boris Labbé and Chen Xi, were men; the five are pictured above).
It struck them how rare this is at animation festivals; men generally outnumber women on juries. In some cases, there are no women at all. “We wondered, is it actually that difficult for festivals to think of women for juries?” Vollenbroek tells Cartoon Brew. “And if that’s the case, then we can help, by compiling a long list of fantastic female jury members!”
The list — which is posted below — took shape over dinner, as the jury and a few friends traded names. “We simply wrote down the first names that came to mind, thinking of women who’ve juried before, directed festival hits and/or play a prominent industry role,” says Vollenbroek. “So obviously this list is just a starting point… But if one night can bring us to 160 names already, just imagine how many more female jurors are out there.”