Panic Attack

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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
Spirit Award for Animation, Brooklyn Film Festival
First Prize, Animation, Huntington Beach Film Festival
First Prize, Animation, Queens World Film Festival
First Prize, Animation, Benedictine Film Festival
First Place, Animated/Experimental/Alternative Media, KinoDrome
Best Experimental Short, Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Best Short Film, PUSH! Film Festival
Best International 2D Short, Carton International Animation Festival
Best Genre-Bender, Sunrise 45 Film Festival
Best Animated Film, Splice Film Fest
Audience Award for Animation, Splice Film Fest
Jury Prize for Short Film under 3 minutes, Preview Film Festival, Barcelona
Jury Mention for Best International Film, Beirut International Women Film Festival
Solé Tura Award, Brain Film Festival, Barcelona
Francie Award, Animation, Clones Film Festival
Golden Sausage, Orscheler FilmFest
Honorable Mention, James River Short Film Festival
Special Mention, Animation, Pentedattilo Film Festival
Special Mention, Orvieto Cinema Fest, Umbria, Italy
Special Mention, Saint Petersburg International Film Festival, Russian Federation
Special Mention, Cortos Ganadores, Festicine Pehuajo


Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Anim’est International Animation Film Festival
Ania Grand Off, Poland
Anchorage Film Festival
Animakom International Animation Festival, Bilbao, Spain
Anima Syros International Animation Festival, Greece
Animattikon Project, Cyprus 
Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson
Aspen Shortsfest
Athens Animfest, Greece
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio
Athens International Short Film Festival, Psarokokalo, Greece
Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival - Mecal Pro
Berkshire International Film Festival
Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival - ZINEBI
Big Muddy Film Festival
BOGOSHORTS - Bogota Short Film Festival, Columbia
Brainwash Movie Festival
Brooklyn Film Festival
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
Boston Underground Film Festival - BUFF
Boulder Film Festival
Bushwick Film Festival
Carmel International Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon Short Film Competition
Carton – International Animation Festival, Buenos Aires
Certamen Cortos Soria, Spain
Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, Cambodia
Charlotte Film Festival
Cinequest Film & VR Fest
Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival - CUFF
Cineglobe Film Festival, Cern, Switzerland
Clones Film Festival, Ireland
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
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
Hamilton Film Festival, Canada
High Peak Independent Film Festival, England
Hollyshorts Film Festival
interfilm Berlin – Berlin International Short Film Festival
International Motion Festival Cyprus
International Short Film Festival Landau – La Meko, Germany
International Tour Film Festival, Rome
Jaipur International Film Festival
Johns Hopkins Film Festival
Kerry Film Festival, Ireland
Kraljevski Filmski Festival, Serbia
Kyiv International Short Film Festival
Lake Champlain International Film Festival
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Landshut Short Film Festival, Germany
Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival
Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival, Kyiv
London International Animation Festival
Lucca Film Festival
Melbourne International Animation Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee Women’s Film Festival
Minneapolis - St Paul International Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Monster Fest, Australia
Norwich Film Festival, England
Ojai Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival
Oxford Film Festival
The Palace International Film Festival, Otmuchow, Poland
Palm Springs International ShortFest
PiGrecoZen Film Fest, Ancona, Italy
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
Raindance Film Festival, London
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
Shorts Attack – Berlin
Soo Film Festival
St Albans Film Festival
St Cloud Film Fest
St Louis Film Festival
Tabor Film Festival, Croatia
Taos Shortz Film Fest
Tulsa American Film Festival
Twin Cities Film Fest
Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
Walla Walla Movie Crush
Walthamstow International Film Festival
Washington DC Independent Film Festival
Women in Comedy Festival, Boston
Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan

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