From April 24 to 29, 2018 Stuttgart will become the centre of the worldwide animation industry for the 25th time. Join us for the celebration of the ITFS anniversary and discover the latest animated films and most innovative projects in the games, transmedia and VR sectors. With over 200 events and 1,000 films, the ITFS offers an abundance of interesting and exceptional programmes. The leading industry events Animation Production Day (APD), FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, and spotlight – Festival für Bewegtbildkommunikation all take place during the ITFS.


The first highlights:


  • 16 competitions with more than 100.000 Euro prize money.
  • The GameZone at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart with the main topics “Games & Architecture” and “e-Sports”.
  • Focus on Baltic: This programme presents the great history of animation and the latest productions from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • Studio presentations by some of the world’s leading animation studios, such as the twice Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon from Ireland (“Secret of Kells”, “Song of the Sea”, “The Breadwinner”), Qvisten Animation from Norway, Moonbot Studios (Shreveport, USA), and the innovative studio Foam from Berlin.
  • In Persona: Retrospectives on outstanding animation artists, including Ivan Maximov (Moscow), Florence Mihaile (Paris), Priit Pärn and Ülo Pikkov (both from Tallinn).
  • Music & Animation 1: Concert with live animated visuals by Canadian musician and animator Chad VanGaalen at Manufaktur Schorndorf.
  • Music & Animation 2: Cine Concert with Thomas Köner to animation classic “The adventures of prince Achmed” from Lotte Reiniger at Musikhalle Ludwigsburg.
  • Screenplay workshops, including “Comic & Graphic Novel” held by Thomas Pletzinger and Tim Dinter.
  • 16 competitions with prize money totalling over 100,000 €.
  • Distinguished associates and friends of the Festival such as David Silverman (Los Angeles), co-inventor of the “Simpsons”, director of “The Simpsons Movie” and a regular visitor to the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, David Sproxton of Aardman Animation Bristol (producer of “Shaun the sheep”, “Wallace & Gromit” and “Early Man”), Oscar-winners Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein (Hamburg) with their latest film “Luis and the aliens”, and cult cartoonist John Dilworth (New York) will honour the ITFS with their presence on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
  • “Nicht Lustig!”-iconic night with Joscha Sauer (Frankfurt). Word premiere of the most successful crowdfunding campaign for a German animation film.
  • Live animation theatre: The theatre Dortmund and the artist group sputnic will visit the ITFS with their renowned production of “The futurologic congress” at Theater Rampe.


Further programme highlights to follow!


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