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“I’ll end up sharing a cell with the Manson Girls!”

“Panic Attack!” is a 3-minute, hand-drawn animation from the point of view of a woman having a panic attack.
I wanted the transitions between reality and her imagined fears to be seamless, so there are no edits --
it is one continually transforming drawing.

Are you bothered by repetitive thoughts, like "did I leave the coffee on?" or "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?"
This hand-drawn short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

Creative Team

Eileen O'Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films “Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home” and “That Strange Person”. She created commercial spots for clients including HBO, UNICEF, and Motown, and received grants from the NEA, California Arts Council, and Women in Film Foundation.

Sound Mixer & Consultant
Tim Maloney is a filmmaker and animator who produced and directed films for the experimental band Negativland, the Walt Disney Company, Cat-Head Theatre, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Rarely has three minutes been so perfectly spent.
This charmer is one of the best films at Dances With Films,
and is absolutely something you have to track down.

Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

Michele Faggi, Indie Eye Cinema

O'Meara has established this miniature work of moving (living) art
that will resonate existentially with those who suffer and cope,
as well as thrive through the daily perils of anxiety. 
Justin Sanchez, Mulderville Courts-Métrages


Jury Prize for Animation, Jaipur International Film Festival 
Best International 2D Short, Carton International Animation Festival, Buenos Aires
Best Experimental Short, Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Spirit Award, staff pick for animation, Brooklyn Film Festival
First Prize, Animation, Benedictine Film Festival


Anchorage Film Festival
Animakom FEST International Animation Festival, Bilbao, Spain
Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson
Aspen Shortsfest
Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece
Athens International Short Film Festival - Psarokokalo, Greece
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio
Berkshire International Film Festival, Great Barrington, MA
Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Spain
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL
BOGOSHORTS - Bogota Short Film Festival, Columbia
Brainwash Movie Festival, Oakland, CA
Brooklyn Film Festival
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Boston Underground Film Festival - BUFF
Boulder Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon Short Film Competition
Cinequest Film & VR Fest, San Jose, CA
Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival - CUFF
Cineglobe Film Festival, Cern, Switzerland
Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Corfu Animation Festival
Dances with Films, Hollywood
Detroit Animation Festival
Duluth Short Shorts
Fargo Film Festival
Fest Anca International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia
Film Fest Petaluma, Petaluma, CA
Florida Film Festival  
Focus on Female Filmmakers, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
Fort Myers Film Festival
Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival
Green Bay Film Festival
Greenpoint Film Festival, Brooklyn
High Peak Independent Film Festival, New Mills, England
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Hollywood
interfilm Berlin – Berlin International Short Film Festival
International Motion Festival Cyprus
International Short Film Festival Landau - La.Meko - Germany
Jaipur International Film Festival, India
Johns Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore
Kyiv International Short Film Festival
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Landshut Short Film Festival – Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival Germany
London International Animation Festival
Lucca Film Festival, Lucca, Italy
Mecal Pro - Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival
Melbourne International Animation Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Minneapolis - St Paul International Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland
Norwich Film Festival, England
Omaha Film Festival
Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS
The Palace International Film Festival, Otmuchow, Poland
Palm Springs International ShortFest
Rainier Film Festival, Ashford, WA
Rhode Island International Film Festival - Flickers
Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
River Film Festival, Padova, Italy
Riverside International Film Festival, Riverside, CA
Raindance Film Festival, London
Shorts Attack - Berlin
St Albans Film Festival, England
St Cloud Film Fest
St Louis Film Festival
Tabor Film Festival, Veliki Tabor Castle, Croatia
Taos Shortz Film Fest
Vidlings & Tapeheads, Hamtramck, MI
Walla Walla Movie Crush
Walthamstow International Film Festival, London
Washington DC Independent Film Festival
Women in Comedy Festival, Boston


Press Kit

PDF Interviews and Reviews

Eileen O'Meara
Phone: (323) 851-1607
Contact me for password-protected, full-length screener