The Festival focus is on artistic animated films, innovations in the field of interactive and transmedia projects, as well as the promotion of young talent. A total of up to 70,000 € in prize money is awarded in the various competition sections.

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

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 1000 EUR is donated by the FANtastic Jury, the most faithful fans of ITFS.

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 I m4e Media. The winner is selected by a children’s 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.

    Award for an animation-based computer game from Germany with the best visual design and aesthetics, in the amount of 4,000 EUR, sponsored by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg mbH.

    Löwe und Schriftzug der MFG Baden-Württemberg

    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 three 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 €.

    This award aims to promote excellent German screenplays for feature-length animated films. The award for the best screenplay in the amount of €2,500 is donated by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS). In addition, the ITFS 2020 will for the first time award a prize of 1,500€ for a German screenplay with the greatest international market potential, donated by PINK PARROT MEDIA.

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


    The Trickstar Nature Award honours international animated short film productions that deal with the topics of climate protection, biodiversity, environment and sustainability in an informative, entertaining but also humorous way. The prize is endowed with 7,500 €.

    Presented by NaturVision Festival.

    Prize money: 6000 € // Sponsor: SWR

    At the OnlineFestival you can vote for the SWR OnlineFilm Audience Award. It’s easy: watch animated short films of the International Competition in the OnlineFestival+ section and rate them with stars.

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