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 2022: Hybrid edition

Animation and games are the central art forms of the 21st century and have proven to be extremely resilient in the coronavirus crisis. They combine technological innovation with social emancipation, entertainment with avant-garde, and thus reach all generations. The ITFS celebrates these art forms in screenings, exhibitions, talks, master classes, lectures, hackathons, live streams, VR events and live animated performances. We are planning a hybrid version for 2022 that combines cinema screenings and games exhibitions with digital applications and experiences in virtual space.

ITFS 2022 at a glance


In 2022, ITFS will also focus on Austria as a partner country, which stands out in the field of animation and games particularly through innovation and experimentation. With the thematic programme „Wonderwomen – Women in Games & Animation“, already planned for 2020/21, we are taking up a relevant topic that we had already examined in 1996 with curator Jayne Pilling, asking how the situation has changed since then and which new artistic positions could establish themselves in the meantime.


With the motto „Black is Back!“, we would like to place the fundamentals of animation – reduction, simplification, and clarity – at the centre of ITFS and present and highlight these newly rediscovered tendencies in animation and games in various film programmes and panels. Because with the coronavirus crisis, many people have become aware of the desire to return to the essence and fundamentals of our existence in everyday life, too.

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Festival (Onsite: May 3 – 8, 2022 / Online: May 2 – 15, 2022)

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 & Live-Stream

Onsite & online

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.


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.