The award winning films of the 24th ITFS

Grand Prix

15,000 euros funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart

Figury niemozliwe i inne historie II (Impossible Figures and Other Stories II)
Poland 2016, 14:40 min.
Director: Marta Pajek
Production: Animoon, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej (Polish Film Institute)
Producers: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Grzegorz Waclawek


The jury’s statement: For extraodinary design and cinematic  construction and for excellence in animation and powerful concept, the jury awards the Grand Award for Animated Film  to Impossible  Figures and other Stories II by Marta Pajek from Poland.


Special Mention

L´Horizon de Bene (Bene’s Horizon)
France 2016, 12:53 min.
Director: Eloic Gimenez, Jumi Yoon
Producer: Fabrice Dugast
Production: 3xPlus

Lotte Reiniger Award for animtion film

10,000 Euro funded by the MFG Film Promotion Baden-Württemberg

Denmark 2015
Director: Juliette Viger
Producer: Michelle Nardone
Production: The Animation Workshop

The jury’s statement: The Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award to Untamed by Juliette Viger. For its atmospheric, complex portrayal of a daughter dealing with the threat of violence, and a musician father dealing with his own depression.


Special Mention:

AYNY (My Second Eye)
Germany, Jordan, Palestine 2016
Director: Ahmad Saleh
Producer: Stefan Gieren

SWR Audience Award

6,000 euros

Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon

Germany 2016
Director: Tomer Eshed
Producer: Lumatic

Animated Com Award International

Funded by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart

Gold: Johnny Walker with “Keep Walking” (Kristian Andrews, Studio AKA, GB 2016)

Silver: YP Dine: “Living Room” (Rob Shaw, Bent Image Lab, USA 2016)

Bronze: Aldi with “The Amazing Christmas Carrot” (Kylie Matulick, Todd Mueller, Psyop, USA 2016).


Special mention:

SEED Matters by Buck

Lapp Connected Award der U. I. Lapp GmbH

Funded by U.I. Lapp GmbH

“Shine” by Alexander Dietrich and Johannes Flick (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Young Animation – Preis für den besten Studentenfilm

2,500 euros funded by the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LfK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg

Happy End
The Czech Republic 2015
DIrector: Jan Saska
Producer:  Kamila Dohnalová, Ondřej Šejnoha
School: FAMU

The Jury’s statement: The film „Happy End“, the winner of the Young Animation Award, by Jan Saska brought us a joyful vision of a rather sad situation. By its unique graphic style, its black humor, its perfect timing, its clear and well-structured storytelling, it appears to us that in the end we were very happy to distinguish it!


Special Mention:

Belgium 2016
Director: Jasmine Elsen
Producer: Lai Kin Chang
School: RITCS

Tricks for Kids – Award for the best short film for children

4,000 Euro funded to Studio 100 Media GmbH

Når jeg hører fuglene synge (When I Hear the Birds Sing)
Norway 2016
Director: Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Production: Råsalt AS

The statement of the children’s jury: We chose the film because

“… because the film explains a current topic and makes one think about how hard such a war is for children.” (Nika)

“… because one should learn how people really go in the war.” (Tammik)

“Because the film is beautifully drawn.” (Yvette)

“… because it is a real and stirring film.” (Carlotta)

“… because it is important that children understand what war means.” (Charlotte)

“…. Because he communicates an acute topic in a comprehensible and easy way. “(Grik)

“… because you can show with this film how strong people have to be when they escape from their home.” (Annika)

“… because alone thinking about this topic can inspire people to help and change something in the world.” (Arne)


Special Mention:

France 2016
Director: Alexis Agliata, Théo Bonora, Arnaud Bellour, Thibaud Gambier, Juliana Berckmans, Romain Lavoine
Production: ESMA

Tricks for Kids – Award for the best animation series for children nationally

National, sponsored by MIP Junior 2017

Trude Beast – The Beauty and the Beast
Germany 2016, 6:00 min.
Director: Klaus Morschheuser
Production: Studio Soi GmbH&Co KG

International, sponsored by MIP Junior 2017

We Bare Bears: Burrito
USA 2016, 11:37 min.
Directors: Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez
Production: Cartoon Network

AniMovie – Award for the best feature-length animated film

Window Horses
Canada 2016
Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Producers: Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vecruysse, Michael Fukushima, Sandra Oh
Production: Stick Girl Productions, National Film Board of Canada

The Jury’s statement: This movie is not only a brave production with a brave subject, it’s an open window on emotion, identity , different cultures and poetry crossing any border. Thank you Ann Marie, you have touched our hearts.


Special Mention
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In this Corner of the World)
Japan 2016
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Producers: Masao Maruyama, Taro Maki
Production: Genco INC.

We would also like to highlight the film Kono Sekai No Katasumi Ni (In This Corner of the World) for its beautiful style and history.

Animated Games Award Germany

5,000 euros funded by the MFG Baden-Württemberg

On Rusty Trails
Developer: Tobias Bilgeri
Publisher: Black Pants Game Studio

German Screenplay Award

2,500 euros funded by Telepool GmbH

The Journey of the Elephant Soliman
Author: Juliette Alfonsi, Matthias Drescher

German Voice Actor Award

Alexandra Maria Lara for the role of Rosita in the film “Sing”

Crazy Horse Session – 48h Animation Jam

In cooperation with M.A.R.K. 13, supported by the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK)

Team Egypt: Islam Mazhar & Ahmad Abdelhameed


Special Mention
Team Germany: Stella Raith and Beate Höller

Amazon Audience Award

5,000 euros

France 2016
Director: Alexandre Arpentinier, Mathieu Blanchys, Lola Grand, Tristan Lamarca, Thomas Lemaille, Jean-Charles Lusseau
School: ESMA
Production: École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques (ESMA)

Pitching of the Arab Animation Forum

Nomination for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation

Project: Testimony of My Grandmother’s Transformation Into a Chair
Director: Nicolas Fattouh

The jury’s statement: The Jury would first like to congratulate all of the participants in this forum. As you can imagine, the decision was not an easy one. Nicolas’ story of a life fading out and the transformative nature of memory and its effects on the people involded was particularly compelling. We wish all the participants the best of luck for their future.

The FANtastic Prize

1,000 euros, funded by the Animation Family, the most loyal fans of ITFS

Great Britain 2016
Director: Jennifer Zheng
School: Kingston University

The jury’s statement: The film we chose pushes the boundaries between generations and nations in straightforward lines. The cultural identity of a family changes constantly to shape the individual concept of home. We congratulate our laureate to become a member of our Animation family tonight.

Trickstar Business Award

7,500 € endowed, sponsored by the Stuttgart region

Project „The Shadows“
Company: Break Thru Films, Hugh Welshman & Dorota Kobiela

The jury’s statement: At “The Shadows”, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman implement a very unusual but obvious business model and reach completely new, art-interested target groups for the animation project. The key reason for the award to the production company Break Thru Films is, however, that the concept can be derived from a generally valid, economically successful model for artistic-painterly animation film, the cinema evaluation, digital social media campaigns with the aura of a Original painting.