The ITFS is open for submissions! Find here details on film submission to the ITFS at a glance – including submission deadlines, registration forms and regulations.

Current submission deadlines:

January 17, 2020

  • AniMovie (International feature-length film competition)

February 1, 2020

  • Crazy Horse Session – 48h Animation Jam

March 1, 2020

  • Trickstar Business Award
  • Bechstein Classic Animation Award

Entry deadline: January 17, 2020

  • AniMovie (International feature-length film competition)

To submit your film, please use our submission platform at

If you have technical problems with our submission platform please submit your film via email. For more information please click here: Problems with submission platform

Deadline expired:

  • International Competition (International short film competition)
  • Young Animation (International student film competition)
  • Tricks for Kids (International competition for short films)

The new music competition Bechstein Classic Animation Award is aimed at animation students at international institutions of higher education for film, art and the media and honours the best use / the best implementation of music in an animated short film. For this purpose, music label Bechstein Classic makes five pieces of music from its portfolio available, either for use as an integral part of an animated short film or for direct visualisation. The licence is free of charge in conjunction with a submission of the film to ITFS20. The award carries a value of 2,500 €. The call for entries will be published on on October 16, 2019. The deadline for entries is March 01, 2020.

How to proceed?

  1. Please read carefully the regulations.
  2. Choose and download one or more tracks and the licence agreement here.
  3. Complete the licence agreement and send it back to:
    Instant Music Licensing GmbH, Burgsteige 2, 73728 Esslingen, Deutschland/Germany
  4. Make/complete your film.
  5. Submit your film to ITFS 2020 using the official application form.
    Submission deadline: March 01, 2020.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2020

The Trickstar Business is an animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded during Animation Production Days (APD) 2020 by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

The Trickstar Business Award is worth 7,500 € and recognises national or international innovative and groundbreaking business models for projects or companies in the animation industry. This makes Trickstar Business the world’s first animation prize to be explicitly focused on business. The prize is being sponsored by the Verband Region Stuttgart.

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

International teams take up the challenge to make an animated short fi lm 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-Württemberg and the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg.

Award for the animation-based computer game from Germany with the best visual
design and aesthetics in the amount of 5,000 Euro, sponsored by MFG Medien- und
Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH. Call for entries: November.

This award aims to promote excellent screenplays in German or English language for
feature-length animated fi lms.

For further information on the film submission criteria, the regulations and the different competition categories please contact:

Ms. Andrea Bauer
Tel.: +49-(0)711-92546-115

For technical questions concerning the online registration and online submission procedure, please contact:

Ms. Christine Schäfer
Tel.: +49-(0)711-92546-117