Competitions & Prizes
The ITFS awards numerous film and project prizes to promote animated film and innovative works.
Founded in 1982, the ITFS has established itself as a globally outstanding event for animated film. It celebrates animation in all its creativity and diversity and offers directors, production companies and distributors a platform to present their films and transmedia projects to an interested broad audience and numerous industry representatives.
Artistic animated film as well as innovative interactive and transmedia works are at the heart of the Festival. Comprehensive film and competition programmes as well as curated supporting programmes ensure fascinating and extraordinary inspiration and insights.
Filmmakers give audiences the opportunity to discuss their films with them after the screenings. In addition, daily Filmmaker Talks are held to allow an exchange with the directors of the competition films.
An annual Festival highlight is the curated Best of Animation section. In the In Persona series, internationally renowned and artistically outstanding animators give a personal insight into their work and their working methods.
Thanks to the unique combination of Festival of Animated Film, Animation Production Days and FMX – Film & Media Exchange, a specialist conference organised by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, ITFS has evolved into one of the most important platforms in Europe for the financing and development of animation projects. Through their interaction, the three events make a significant contribution to internationally consolidating the Stuttgart region and the state of Baden-Württemberg as a top location for animation and visual effects and to promoting the growth of the industry. Over 6,000 trade visitors meet in Stuttgart every year for an intensive exchange of ideas.
The ITFS has a special focus on the promotion of young talents. In addition to attractively endowed competitions, the Festival offers them a great variety of educational opportunities that are practical in nature and address the diversity of topics and content as well as the rapid developments in the film, TV and media industry and the undreamed-of professional opportunities that modern animation offers.
In addition to the practical relevance of the topics, ITFS relies on the professional competence and internationality of the speakers when selecting the presentations and guarantees exciting encounters with stars and experts from the industry.
Internationally leading and distinguished as well as young innovative animation studios present their working methods and their portfolio and give an exclusive preview of new projects.
ITFS shows programmes by selected national and international institutions of higher education for film, media, and art.
Producers and directors give insights into different phases of the production of brand-new
animated feature films, short films, series, and cross-media projects.
Experts contribute their experience and know-how on selected topics and provide information on the latest developments.