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30 years Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film - Highlights ITFS 2012

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) is one of the world’s largest and most important festivals for animated film. From May 08 to May 13, 2012 around 1,000 of the best animated films worldwide, representing the whole spectrum of the genre, were shown at the 19th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. The Festival focuses on artistic animated film and the support of young talents. With its enthusiastic audiences, a unique location and numerous guests from all over the world, the Festival of Animated Film is now a permanent fixture on the animation film scene and an outstanding cultural event in Germany.

This year, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film celebrated its 30th birthday! For six days and nights the ITFS provided a wonderful atmosphere, full theatres and well-attended open air events in Stuttgart’s city centre. More than 80,000 enthusiastic visitors participated. In addition the programme was diverse and of the very best quality: sold-out competitions, German premieres for numerous feature films such as the US box office hit, "The Lorax", programmes compiled by international experts such as "Journeying with Shadows" on the subject of silhouette films, put together by Hassan Muthalib (Kuala Lumpur) or the focus on a particular country, "Why Hungary?".

There were also numerous films and join-in activities for the young ones and events for teenagers including the new competition "Cartoons for Teens" and Machinima workshops. Furthermore, the open air cinema was held free of charge at the Schlossplatz and showed blockbusters such as "Rango" and "Tin Tin".

On Sunday evening, May 13, 2012, the Festival ended at 8 pm with the grand award ceremony. Celebrities from politics, commerce and culture such as Mayor Wolfgang Schuster, actress and former "Tatort" detective Andrea Sawatzki and actress Cosma Shiva Hagen were present as the awards, worth over 70,000 Euros were presented. The host for the evening, Markus Brock (SWR), was as entertaining as usual.

Awardees of the 19. Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart - Festival of Animated Film


We would also like to say thank you to you, our loyal audiences, for this special week, it is you that have made the Festival what it is today.
Impressions of the Festival can be found here. And for those fond memories, you will also find a super range of fan souvenirs, everything from t-shirts to sticker tattoos, at our Shop.

Just drop by for a look!


The 20. Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film will take place from April 23. til April 28., 2013 - the submission starts on September 18, 2012!

01. September 2014

Animated Spaces - Animation, architecture, and game art (Prof. Ulrich Wegenast)

Expanded Animation Symposium (Sept. 5, 2014) at Ars Electronica 2014 (Linz, Austria)

29. April 2014

ITFS 2014 - Trickstars for the best animated films have been awarded

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film ended with the big award...

25. April 2014

The Animated Com Award Ceremony held at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

April 25, 2014 in the Mercedes-Benz Museum