Cities of Ladies

“Cities of Ladies” is an immersive poetic animation documentary trilogy created through multi-disciplinary art practices to foster hope, change and promote self-development; through the exploration and recognition of personal views and ideologies.

The film is inspired by “The Book of the City of Ladies” by Christine de Pizan (1364 – c. 1430)

The film has been created in two formats: one in traditional flat screen and the other in 360 monoscopic. The film has a total of three versions. One flat screen version and two 360 versions. Each version captures a different stage of the process of thinking, making, watching and feeling the collection of voices, sharing their thoughts about today’s world.

The trilogy comprises of 3 short films

  • Cities of Ladies (WE) Flat screen
  • Cities of Ladies (YOU) 360 VR
  • Cities of Ladies (I) 360 VR

Cities of ladies has been created d by Kim Noce and produced with the support from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund, Animate Projects Arts, in association with QUAD Derby and Phoenix, Leicester.

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Cities of Ladies screening @ Indiefilmfest

Cities of Ladies will be screening on  Indiefilmfest in Phoenix, AZ. USA on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10TH + FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11TH 2022 To book tickets head here ACT 1 : OPENING NIGHT FEB 10 Location : The “Screening Room” at The Garden PHX 1509 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85015 Doors Open at 6PM February 10,11,12 of … More

Cities of ladies @ 15th British Shorts Film Festival

Cities of Ladies will be screening on Fri 21.01. 18:00 / Sputnik Kino at the British Shorts in 2022 for the 15th-anniversary edition, from 20th to 26th January at Sputnik Kino, Acudkino, City Kino Wedding, Kino im Zeiss-Großplanetarium and Kino Zukunft. 20-26 Jan 22, 15th British Shorts Film Festival., Berlin, Germany

CITIES OF LADIES 2 (YOU) @ “Courant3D / Immersity” 12-16 Oct with onsite viewing

The association “Prenez du relief”, for the festival “Courant3D” selected CITIES OF LADIES 2 (YOU) .The festival “Courant3D / Immersity” will take place in Angoulême from the 12th of October until the 16th of October, 2021. All selected films compete for a unique competition awarded with different prizes : Professional Jury Prize, Audience Jury Prize and Student … More

Cities of ladies full trilogy at  17th Athens Digital Arts Festival “Tāctus”

Cities of Ladies will be showcased as a full trilogy with Tv screen and Occulus go at Cities of ladies full trilogy at 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival “Tāctus” between 13 and 17 October You can also view the trilogy online at at The 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival “Tāctus”, will be taking place from October … More


CITIES OF LADIES 1 (WE) is screening at Encounters between the 1 and 30 September in “The Body Politic” Animation Section: The personal is political and illness as metaphor. You can buy a pass here You can view the Q&A free here : Other Q&A can be viewed here CITIES OF LADIES 1 (WE) will also be touring in … More

CITIES OF LADIES 1 (WE) at Encounter Animation Programme and in selected Cinemas across UK

CITIES OF LADIES 1 (WE) is screening at Encounters between the 1 and 30 September in “The Body Politic” Animation Section: The personal is political and illness as metaphor. You can buy a pass here CITIES OF LADIES 1 (WE) will also be touring in cinemas for Encounters 2021 – touring highlight screening from September … More

Winner Best 360 & VR at Brandenburg International Film Festival Berlin, Germany

Cities of Ladies 2 (YOU) has received and award for best VR and 360 at  Brandenburg International Film Festival  Berlin, German Brandenburg International Film Festival is powered and organized by independent directors from all over the world. So, this festival is made by engaged film creatives for engaged film creatives and their audience. Our is a new … More

Cities of Ladies at World Cinema Film Festival – Live VR screening

Cities of ladies is screening at World Cinema Film Festival between the 19th and 26th September at The Boathouse Creative Studios, Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 7BT, United Kingdom To book ticket Catalogue The World Cinema Film Festival is a hybrid film event celebrating culture and community through a universal love of film online … More


Cities of ladies is screening at Encounters between the 1 and 30 September. Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and continues to be a unique meeting place … More

Award for Best VR Animation

Cities of Ladies 2 (YOU) has received and award for best VR at Tagore International Film Festival in India

Award for Best VR for Cities of Ladies

Cities of Ladies 2 (YOU) has received and award for best VR at Roma Short Film Festival. Roma Short Film Festival is a newly-founded festival based in Rome (Italy) that aims to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Our goal is to support low budget and underground films that create new experiences and narrate unique … More

VR Award for Cities of Ladies

Cities of ladies has received two awards Cities of Ladies 2 (YOU) 2021 Winner Best VR Animation at New Wave Short Film Festival Munich Germany New Wave Short Film Festival is an Online newly-founded festival based in Munich (Germany) that aims to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Our goal is to support low budget … More

Interface Video Art Festival

Cities of ladies ins screening at Interface Video Art Festival between 14/12/2020 – 18/12/2020 The first online edition of Interface Video Art Festival begins! Interface Video Art Festival gathers video artists from around the world who are, in different ways, experimenting in video medium and pushing the boundaries of audiovisual expressions and explorations. Among the … More

9th International Video Poetry Festival

“Cities of Ladies” has been selected for the 9th International Video Poetry Festival  at the The Institute for Experimental Arts in Athens, Greece The International Video Poetry Festival in Athens attempts to create an open public space for the creative expression of all tendencies and streams of contemporary visual poetry. The IVPF has been around … More

OBSKUUR Ghent Film Festival

When Sunday, 14 February, 14.00 Sunday, 14 February, 15.30 Sunday, 14 March, 14.00 Sunday, 14 March, 15.30 ​ Where? Alfred Sküll Gallery, Alpacastraat 29, 9000 Ghent, Belgium ​ Tickets Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the allowed number of visitors is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are 4 EUR each. Get yours here. ​ COVID-19 stipulations Please … More

Premiere of Cities of Ladies (We)

I’m Only Human films premiere + artists’ Q&A We are thrilled to announce the online premiere of three new films by Sebastian Buerkner, Kim Noce, and Daksha Patel: animations, made in the context of a pandemic, that explore what it means to be human, taking us from an exploration of the internal body, by way of the perceptive connections … More

I discovered Kati Horna

In 1939, the political turmoil of World War II forced Horna to leave Europe and seek refuge in Mexico. There, she met other exiled surrealists- including Remedios Varo and Carrington. In Horna’s oeuvre, she captures the trio’s pre-occupation with the ‘masked self’ as reflected in the above piece. Varo is transformed into a dual headed … More

Interactive & Immersive Scriptwriting Workshop

I have been invited to attend the NFTS Interactive & Immersive Scriptwriting Workshop Series, Funded by the Train the Trainer programme, StoryFutures Academy Day 1 (We are here to come to experiment with stories) The mirror action : you are viewer Social interaction Cheating Space as Story Competition disengage the ability to see Woolf in … More


Animating like paintingThe processThinking the linesTai-chiDraw to perform

Cities of Ladies @ Srishti

I have been an artist in Residence at SRISHTI INSTITUTE OF ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY participant have been inspired by “Cities of Ladies”, interviewed people near them and create an animated documentary for VR and the Social Media, whilst developing their own voice and ideology to explore how the recent event affected them and their … More

2D Storyboard

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin “It is interesting for me this series of paintings is like 600 paintings in these caves of animals the people who did these paintings were called the reindeer people the hunted reindeer they ate reindeer their reindeer bones found on … More


Vermilion (sometimes spelled vermillion) is both a brilliant red or scarlet pigment, originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar, and the corresponding color. It was widely used in the art and decoration of Ancient Rome, in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, in the paintings of the Renaissance, as sindoor in India, and in … More

Point, Line, Plane and Volume: Made of Blood and Meat.

Visual research on architectural elements : point, line, plane and volume; made of blood and meat. I am thinking of a structure for the film. A simple narrative of a building being formed; like a human build him/her/itself out the architectural/ideological element. It is in this moment a thought present in my mind: it is … More

Zippy Frames

A write up by the wonderful Zippy Frames animation news platform about my film #CitiesofLadies and the search to find people that wish to “whisper” somehting to the world Written by ZF Team Category: Shorts  Published: 19 July 2020 UK acclaimed animation director Kim Noce prepares her new film, Cities of Ladies, and asks for participants. City of … More

Flesh buildings

Initial sketches “to make buildings out of flesh”, easy to animate and using the basic architectural elements to represent our city for what they maybe are and should be for: an ideology for our lives? Christine imagine to build a new city made of the ideas she cherish to create a new society. Part of … More

Emma Kunz, Paul Klee, Italo Calvino and Anais Nin

I read “The invisible Cities” by Calvino when I was very young, and it shaped my thinking. Paul Klee has always being one of my favourite artists since my late teens when i was studying Architecture. In my late twenties and early thirties I was obsessed by the “House of Incest” by Anais Nin when … More

Research Images for Recordings

I am receiving recordings from friends and strangers. It is hard to explain what I feel.  I wanted to make a film about hope inspired by Christine de Pizan,  and have people from all over the world saying something that is i important to them or how they imagine the world should be. And I … More

Location and technique

I am to make the film to be viewable both in a traditional screen format and 360 video; with a mixture of live action, time-lapse and different “traditional under the camera animation techniques ”; with music and interviews. To make the final film accessible to everyone as flat screen and as 360 video:  it will … More

Christine de Pizan

The film is inspired by the life and writing of Christine de Pizan (1364–1430). Christine lived through the year of the Black Death epidemic, losing her husband and father and to survive she became the first woman-mother in Europe to support herself by writing. Christine wrote in many different literary forms on a wide range … More

I am only human

I am glad to Announce Cities of Ladies has been selected to be made under the Scheme : I am only Human, with support from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund, Animate Projects Arts, in association with QUAD Derby and Phoenix, Leicester. The I’m Only Human is a commission from Animate project to respond to … More