Founded in 1982, ITFS ranks among the world’s most important events for animated film in all its aspects, and with its intersections with visual effects, architecture, art, design, music, science, games, et al. Every year, it attracts up to 100,000 visitors and industry professionals from all over the world with the best of high-quality animations and interactive works.

ITFS is an Oscar-qualifying festival which offers directors, production companies and distributors as well as talent and all further professionals from the animation and games industries a platform to present their films, interactive and transmedia works as well as VR and AR projects to an interested, wide audience and a large number of industry representatives.

Short- & feature films


All films, in all cinemas: Here you will find short- and feature-length films, which run in the comeptitions or special programms. International competition, Tricks for Kids or Young Animation – be inspired by the latest films of the national and international animation scene.

Open Air Programme


Right in the center of the city we present animated films for the young and the old every day on a huge LED-Screen. The family program runs from 2 pm with animated short films and in the evening we show animated blockbuster und cult films at free entrance!



Welcome to the GameZone! The place, where game lovers of every age meet to play or talk about the latest gaming trends. This years GameZone will take place at “Kunstgebäude”.

Family & Kids

You will have the chance to discover the exciting world of animated film with your children at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. In workshops and while watching animated films: The whole family can enjoy!

ITFS as a Guest

Stuttgart will be the center of Animation in April. Offside the cinemas, you will have the chance discover a lot of things, too. While accompanying us on a discovery journey you can visit all the exciting events around the topic animation!

Galas & Award Ceremonies

Red carpet feeling and being at close quaters when the desired Trickstars are awarded is possible at the galas and award ceremonies during the festival.

Music & Animation

Music meets animation! The ITFS shows in several programmes that music plays an important role in the animation. From classical opera music, to jazz or a thrilling concert!

School & studio presentations

Internationally renowned animation studios and universities are presented. You can take a look behind the scenes and learn about the latest news and insights from the experts! In addition screenplay workshops show how animation films are created.

Kitas & schools

Watch, understand, do it yourself! Especially for young kids and pupils from classes 1 to 6 the moderated short film programmes, supported by the vhs Stuttgart – Treffpunkt Kinder, offer the chance to dive into the exciting world of animation films. In complemented workshops they can get to know the first steps of producing an animation film.