About us

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.

About us

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Festival period

Short & feature films

In theatres & the media library ONLINE+

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


In the heart of the city, we show animated fun for young and old every day on a large LED cinema screen. From 2 p.m. animated short films run in the family program and in the evening current animation blockbusters and cult films provide an atmospheric end to the festival day with free admission.


Onsite & online

Welcome to the GameZone! The place, where game lovers of every age meet to play or talk about the latest gaming trends.




The ITFS VR Hub is our digital Schlossplatz open air: The digital world enables casual and also random interaction between visitors with self-selected avatars.

Studio and school 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.

Tricks for Kids

Onsite & online

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!

Kitas & schools

Onsite & in the media library ONLINE+

Especially for daycare groups and school classes in grades 1-7, the short film programs and workshops created and moderated in cooperation with vhs Stuttgart – Treffpunkt Kinder offer a coordinated way to immerse yourself in the exciting world of animated films.

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.

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!

All year

Stuttgart animation fans take note: Once a month we show the best short and feature films of the past festival in the cinema.

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has been organizing a yearly tour programme with a selection of some of the best animated films from the previous Festival. The programme comprises: Best of International Competition, Best of Tricks for Kids and Best of Trickstar Nature Award.