Dear friends of the animated film,

Join us in celebrating the 26th edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)! From April 30 until May 5, 2019, Stuttgart will turn into a centre of the world of animation again. This year too, more than 100,000 visitors will marvel at the best animated films from around the world. The 2,500 industry professionals expected to attend include producers, curators, purchasers, sales agents, representatives of TV channels and the media, and filmmakers.

With more than 200 events and 1,000 films, the ITFS offers a multitude of interesting and extraordinary programmes. Together with its partners, the ITFS provides a unique platform: The leading industry events Animation Production Days (APD) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media take place at the same time, attracting an additional 4,000 industry attendees.

Enjoy the benefits of industry accreditation, with exclusive access to special events and highlights:

Access to all ITFS events*, notably the opening gala, awards ceremonies and the APD Conference.

Prize-giving ceremony for the “Trickstar Professional Awards”: honouring the best innovative business models (“Trickstar Business Award”) as well as the winners of the German Animation Screenplay Award, the Arab Animation Forum (Robert Bosch Stiftung), and the pitching competition “Germany‘s Next Animation Talent” (Studio 100 | m4e).

The GameZone at Kunstgebäude with computer games, VR experiences and interactive installations on 2,000 sqm where the games nominated for the Animated Games Award Germany can be played. Further experiences are offered by selected schools, game jams, and the curated section on the topic of “Science & Games”.

World and German Premieres: Mister Link (Laika/Entertainment One), Der kleine Rabe Socke 3 – Suche nach dem verlorenen Schatz (Akkord Film/Universum), Bayala – The Movie (Ulysses/Universum), and further animated feature films.

Focus on Hong Kong: with film programmes, VJ performances and VR dance installations in cooperation with the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Studio Presentations introduce companies of worldwide renown as well as upcoming companies, such as: Sublimation (Japan), On Animation Studios/Playmobil (Canada), Normaal (France), Tumblehead (Denmark), MackMedia/Europa Park Rust (Germany) and Studio Filmbilder (Germany). School Presentations include: Gobelins (France), School of Creative Media (Hong Kong), Lodz Film School (Poland) and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany).

The In Persona programme showcases and gives insight into the work of outstanding animation artists such as Jonathan Hodgson (UK) and Ulu Braun (Germany). Screenplay Workshops on topics such as comic adaption, animated documentary, animation and the toy industry, and games with a social impact.

AI, VR and Blockchain: Case studies and presentations of new business models in animated film.

Theme-based programme “She Blinded Me With Science – Science, Games and Animation”: a curated globally unique programme presenting film screenings, games exhibitions, symposia and panel talks, linking natural science and games/animation. In cooperation with the University of Tübingen, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and Heidelberg University.

Music & Animation:  I/P/D [immersion][popculture][distraction] – Conference on pop culture & Immersive Media, Animation and Video Games Culture along with concerts with live visuals, in cooperation with Popbüro Region Stuttgart. Guests: “Der Plan” (Düsseldorf/Berlin); the visual artist Max Hattler (Hong Kong) will give a visual electronic music concert.

ITFMX Screening: Joint presentation by FMX and ITFS of the spectacular Marvel film  “Avengers 4: Endgame”.

Animation Around Europe:  The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) has been supported by the European Commission (MEDIA/Creative Europe) since 1994. The upcoming ITFS will be opened by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Evelyn Gebhardt. Hack for Europe – game jam on the topic of democracy and Europe in cooperation with the Institut français Stuttgart and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Programmes of animated films from countries such as Portugal and Poland.

Accreditation for industry professionals at the discounted early bird rate until March 7 at:

For further questions on your accreditation for industry professionals, we would be pleased to help you: Phone: +49 (0) 711-925 46-123 or via mail to

We look forward to celebrating the 26th edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film with you!

Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Director, Programme
Dieter Krauß, Managing Director, Organisation & Finances

*For our special event please note that a registration at the accreditation counter / Infotheque is necessary. It is mandatory to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the event.


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