Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)
The Worldwide Centre of Animated Film
Founded in 1982, ITFS ranks among the world’s most important events for animated film in all its aspects, and with its intersections with visual effects, architecture, art, design, music, science, games, et al. Every year, it attracts up to 100,000 visitors and industry professionals from all over the world with the best of high-quality animations and interactive works.
ITFS is organised by Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH established in 2000, who have made it their business ever since to promote high-quality media content and create outstanding film and media events, so as to achieve a sustainable strengthening of the creative industries in the Stuttgart region.
ITFS is an Oscar-qualifying festival which offers directors, production companies and distributors as well as talent and all further professionals from the animation and games industries a platform to present their films, interactive and transmedia works as well as VR and AR projects to an interested, wide audience and a large number of industry representatives. The competitions and film programmes screened at Innenstadtkinos are the heart of the festival. A total of up to 90,000 € in prize money is awarded by international expert juries in currently twelve competition categories.
“FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media” as well as “Animation Production Days” (APDs), Germany’s most important market for animation co-production and financing, take place at the same time. Thanks to the special combination of a film festival, a specialist conference and a financing market, the events have evolved into a unique platform for the financing and development of animation projects, attracting up to 6,000 industry visitors to Stuttgart each year.
The ITFS Open Air on centrally located Stuttgart Schlossplatz is one of the audience highlights of the Stuttgart region’s cultural schedule, offering barrier-free access to animation and games content of high quality. Continuously, new and exciting event formats such as the GameZone are developed for ITFS. One of the many ITFS highlights is the German Voice Actor Award with well-known actors and actresses as well as comedians.