International Competition

The International Competition is the Festival’s centrepiece, featuring animated shorts of high artistic quality produced in the previous year. An international jury composed of outstanding personalities from the animation scene awards the following prizes:

  • Grand Prix: State of Baden-Württemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award for Animated Film in the amount of 15,000 EUR. 

  •     Stadt STUTTGART mit Pferd Kopie

  • Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film: Award for the best graduation film by a film student in the amount of 10,000 EUR, sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg. 

  • Löwe und Schriftzug der MFG Baden-Württemberg

  • SWR Audience Award: In the amount of 6,000 EUR.


    Young Animation

    The Young Animation competition screens the best films by students of international film and art schools.

    • Young Animation Award: Prize for the best student film in the amount of 2,500 EUR, sponsored by the Landesanstalt fuer Kommunikation Baden-Wuerttemberg and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg.

    •    Löwe und Schriftzug der MFG Baden-Württemberg

    • The FANtastic Award: The prize in the amount of 1,000 EUR is donated by the  Animation Family, the most faithful fans of ITFS.

    Tricks for Kids

    The children’s film festival Tricks for Kids presents entertaining and excellent animated films and series for children.

    • Award for the best children’s animated film: comes with prize money in the amount of 4,000 EUR, donated by Studio 100 Media GmbH. The winner is selected by a children’s jury.

    • Award for the best children’s animated series: sponsored by MIP Junior 2018. The winner is selected by an expert jury.


    The AniMovie competition screens a selection of internationally outstanding, animated feature films. The Animovie Award is the prize for the best animated feature film.

    Trickstar Business Award

    The prize recognises innovative business models in the animation industry and comes with 7,500 EUR, sponsored by Region Stuttgart.

    Germanys Next Animation Talent

    Pitching competition by Studio 100 Media GmbH for a German children’s series project with international potential. The five nominees receive 1,000 EUR each, the winner will be awarded with an additional 5,000 EUR – along with the opportunity to develop the series project up to market-readiness together with Studio 100.

    Animated Games Award Germany

    Award for an animation-based computer game from Germany with the best visual design and aesthetics, in the amount of 5,000 EUR, sponsored by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg mbH.

    Löwe und Schriftzug der MFG Baden-Württemberg

    Animated Com Award International

    Award for the best applied animation in the field of advertising, in the amount of 2,500 EUR – sponsored by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.


    German Animation Screenplay Award

    This award aims to promote excellent German screenplays for feature-length animated films.

    German Voice Actor Award

    The award for the best German-language voice artist in a feature-length animated film – in cooperation with the Renitenztheater.


    Crazy Horse Session – The 48H Animation Jam

    International teams will realise an animated short film involving Trixi, the Festival mascot within 48 hours. The Crazy Horse Session is carried out in cooperation with M.A.R.K.13 electronic media and supported by MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Wuerttemberg.


        Löwe und Schriftzug der MFG Baden-Württemberg     

    You would like to submit your animation film for the ITFS? Click here for the Call for Entries.

    Info leaflet for film submissions