Best of Animation 2 - Secrets & Specials


26. April 2023    
20:30 - 22:30


Gloria 2
Königstraße 20, Stuttgart, 70173


The Friends of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (Förderverein ITFS e.V.) are delighted to be given the opportunity to organise four Best of programmes for this year’s festival. The selection of the best animated short films from the last 30 festival editions showcases the diversity of filmmakers and their works worldwide. Although the selection cannot be comprehensive, we are certain that the creativity and quality of each and every film will fascinate audiences.

In the ‘Secrets and Specials’ section you can discover special features and little secrets of the festival, such as ‘I am’ by Magdalena Pilecka, the shortest film ever shown and the very first competition film, ‘Poursuite’ by Robi Engler. Immerse yourself in the history of the festival and experience a film journey that is absolutely worth taking.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to enjoy all these film masterpieces on the big screen again!


PoursuiteDirector: Robi Engler, Robi Engler / Switzerland / 1980 / 5:03 min

Rhythmical music. A boy is alone on his skate-board. A couple of youths feel challenged by his desire for flight and waylay him. The pursuit escalates to a hunt on roller skates, bicycles, mopeds, fighter planes.

Un Matin OrdinaireDirector: Michel Gauthier / France / 1980 / 7:03 min

An “ordinary” day dawns over a city. Everyone goes about their normal business. But the maghrebi immigrant returning from his night job is shunned by the others and harassed by the police because of his “dirty mouth”.

Posledny AutobusDirector: Ivana Laucikova, Martin Snopek / Slovakia / 2011 / 15:19 min / Screenplay: Patrik Pass, Martin Snopek / Production: Feel Me Film / World Sales: Zofia Horszczaruk

When the hunting season begins, the animals of the forest have to flee. So, they board a bus to take them to safety. But when two hunters enter the bus, the animals’ cohesion is put to the test, because the two are looking for furs.

Guard DogDirector: Bill Plympton / USA / 2004 / 4:38 min

Why do dogs bark at such innocent creatures as pigeons and squirrels? What are they afraid of? This film answers that eternal question.

Rendez-Vous à MontrealDirector: Daniel Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann / Canada / 1987 / 5:49 min

The film opens with Humphrey bored in the afterlife and longing to live again. He thinks of Marilyn and asks her to return to earth with him. She agrees and Humphrey then sets up a date with her at 10 a.m. the next day at the Bonsecours market in Montreal.

WormholesDirector: Steve Hillenburg / USA / 1992 / 7:18 min

This experimental short film is about the theory of relativity and “relativistic phenomena”. It follows a fly on a man’s steering wheel as he drives along the street.

Lip Sync: Creature ComfortsDirector: Nick Park / United Kingdom / 1989 / 5:05 min / Production: Aardman

Animals in an English zoo comment on accommodations, diet and – of course – the English weather.

I AMDirector: Magdalena Pilecka / Poland / 2014 / 0:05 min / Screenplay: Magdalena Pilecka

Night, seven birds and … The shortest story ever! One second micro film sandwiched between a title card and end slate.

Mind My MindDirector: Floor Adams / Netherlands / 2019 / 29:39 min / Screenplay: Floor Adams

When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

Es hat mich sehr gefreutDirector: Mara Mattuschka / Austria / 1987 / 1:32 min

“And our old Emperor said: ‘Thank you, it´s been very nice, it was a pleasure!‘“ – Mara Mattuschka.