Larger and more varied than ever before: the GameZone takes place in the Stuttgarter Kunstgebäude at the Schlossplatz on 2,000 m² and offers a unique mixture of digital adventures, games convention and interactive exhibition. Discover the latest trends for PC, console and VR!

The GameZone at the Internationale Festival of Animated Film, curated by Prof. Sabiha Ghellal (Hochschule der Medien) and Dr. Stephan Schwingeler, presents new with this year’s motto „Playful Art / Meaningful Games“ current trends in computer game culture, and future-oriented university projects at the interface between game aesthetics and social relevance. The GameZone shows the links of games and animation with the latest developments of Virtual and Augmented Reality and invites visitors to play and participate. The entrance to the GameZone is free during the festival and is accessible for everyone.

Opening hours: Tue-Thu 12 noon – 8 pm // Fri+Sat 11 am – 8 pm // Sun 11 am – 7 pm

To the events

Games flash meets Animated Games Award Germany

The five most innovative german games are nominated for the Animated Games Award Germany: daily a game is played live at the Games Flash on the open air stage. All nominated games can also be tested in the GameZone.
Tue, May 2 – Sun, May 7, Open Air Stage in the Festival Garden, each 7 pm


Presentation of the Animated Games Award Germany
The new award for game developers: The nationally-oriented prize honors the German computer game with the best visual design and aesthetics. The Animated Games Award Germany will be awarded within the framework of GameZone.
Wed, May 3, Stuttgarter Kunstgebäude, 5 PM

Tour (approx. 1 hour)

The gamezone curators, Prof. Sabiha Ghellal (HdM) and Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwingeler (mAHS) will take you on a tour through the GameZone and show you their favorite games.

Sun, May 7, meeting point: entrance Kunstgebäude, 2 pm an 4 pm

From the sketch to the game – WORKSHOP for kids (from 12 years onwards)

You want to develop your own computer game? Then you are right here! Patrick Münster, academic employee of the HdM, shows you how to implement your playing idea simply. After the workshop, you can play your new game directly with your friends. Free of charge, max. 15 participants, registration for the Kids Workshop
GameZone: p.muenster@dadracodesign.de

Thu, May 4, Kunstgebäude, 2 pm – 6 pm


Edutain Me 3.0: The panel is aimed at educators and focuses on digital games between activation and reality. In cooperation with the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg.
Thu, May 4, Kunstgebäude, 4 – 6 pm

Playful Art – Games & Aesthetics: The topic of the panel is the connection of games aesthetics and animation. This offers new perspectives for game developers, creatives and games fans. With the speakers:

  • Tobias Bilgeri (Black Pants, Berlin)
  • Mareike Ottrand (Fizbin, University of Hamburg, Hamburg)
  • David O’Reilly (Los Angeles) and many more

Fri, May 5, Kunstgebäude, 11 am – 1 pm

Meaningful Games – Games & Politics: The panel covers the political potential of computer games and how they can open critical views on issues such as the monitoring state, war, flight and migration. The speakers are:

  • Ju Row Farr (Blast Theory, Brighton) with the game project “Karen”, Big Data and psychological profiling
  • Pawel Miechowski (11bit studios, Warsaw) with “This War of Mine” – Gibt es Anti-Kriegs-Spiele?
  • Marco Williams (Gigantic Mechanic, New York) with “The Migrant Trail” – “In Your Skin” concepts in the political context
  • Michel Wacker (Gentle Troll Entertainment, Würzburg)

Fri, May 5, Kunstgebäude, 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Let’s Player

Robin Blase (NerdScope) am Sun, May 7

  • Let’s Play Talk: Gaming on YouTube – tips & ideas for creative content for creator & developer
    Kunstgebäude / Kuppelsaal, 3 pm
  • Meet & Greet – signing session & play on the GameZone
    Kunstgebäude / Kuppelsaal, 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Presentation of the Game Jam
    Kunstgebäude / Seitenlichtsaal, 5 – 5:30 pm
  • Let’s Play Event on the Open Air
    Open Air, 7 pm
(c) Goethe-Institut
(c) Feng Mengbo

Games & installations to join in

Long March: Restart // Feng Mengbo, computer game, 2008
The 16-meter-long video installation of the Chinese artist Feng Mengbo can be found in the dome of the Kunstgebäude. In the persiflage on the heroes myth of the “Long March”, you control a soldier of the Red Army through all of China. In cooperation with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

Playful Art: Digital games are one of the most multifaceted media at all, their design possibilities are endless. Here you can find cross-border games between video game and animation film.

Meaningful Games: Computer games can be political media. The combination of game and politics can be experienced at “This War of Mine” or “The Migrant Trail”.

//////////fur//// – Art Entertainment Interfaces: The artist duo //////////fur//// develops machines, which are a mixture of media criticism and apparatus parody. You can test their “PainStation” in the GameZone.

GameZone Talents

Four universities show the newly developed games of their students. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut brings along its AniPlay projects: As “Dreammakers” you create dreams for two in the laboratory. In the virtual reality experience “Heart of the Forest – Light up your Soul” you fill the forest with light and sound. The Institute for Games of the Stuttgart Media University presents games for mobile, PC and VR. Walk on the moon, find out what happened with “Elena” and save the kittens. The Trickfilmklasse of School of Art and Design Kassel presents games for console, mobile, VR and online: In “Where’s Joe” you are a giant, in “Ghost Catcher” you can be spirit or ghost hunters. The “Games” section of Zurich University of the Arts shows prototypes and (almost) finished games: here you can meet cyclops (“Monocular”), drive a curiosity vehicle or defend a castle.

GameZone Kids at the Festival Garden – Admission Free!

Opening Hours:

Tue. – Fri.: 2 – 8 pm
Sat. + Sun.: 12 noon – 8 pm

In the GameZone Kids, which is supervised by the ComputerSpielSchule and the Stuttgarter Jugendhaus Gesellschaft, children and young people can daily discover the gaming world and play together. From tournaments to workshops exciting activities take place daily. It’s worth to have a look!