The 29th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (May 03-08, 2022) is planned as a hybrid event. The Festival team benefits from the successful online-only Festivals of the past two pandemic years in combining the return of ITFS to the cinemas and Schlossplatz in Stuttgart in 2022 with further professionalised online programmes.
A central component of the hybrid concept and an innovative and creative way to meet is the ITFS VR Hub – a digital multi-user experience where visitors can meet and interact virtually as avatars in numerous locations. As an equivalent festival venue, the ITFS VR Hub will also host numerous streaming events, workshops and presentations.
The ITFS VR Hub is being developed together with American XR designer and architect Allison Crank and Swiss VR expert Christophe Merkle in Mozilla Hubs. In the process, the organiser of ITFS, Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH, benefits from the VR experiences already implemented for Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media 2020 and 2021 (with agency Lightshape, among others) and from the prototype development at ITFS 2021.
The project “ITFS & Raumwelten VR Hub“ is developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.