Joanna Priestley



Joanna Priestley has produced, directed and animated 27 films (and one iOS app) about subjects dear to her heart: poetry, abstraction, plants, relationships and prison. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in technique and content while always exploiting mistakes and utilizing accidents. Priestley has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA), Hiroshima Animation Festival (Japan) and Stuttgart Animation Festival (Germany) and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Creative Capital. Priestley teaches animation workshops worldwide, was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1992, where she annually juries the Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Screenplay Fellowships. Her films are available at


Films on Vurchel

Jung & Restless
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North of Blue
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Bottle Neck
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