The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023!

A reason to look back on a success story that would not have been possible without the visions and commitment of the makers and the staff, the long-lasting bond with national and international animation filmmakers, the support of sponsors and politicians and the wonderful audiences. But it is also a reason to look to the future with anticipation because animation does not stand still but continues to develop.

Founded in 1982, the ITFS has established itself as a globally outstanding event for animated film that presents the enormous spectrum of animation, with its intersections with visual effects, games, architecture, art, design, and music, among others. The ITFS demonstrates how animation and games can combine technological innovation, socially relevant issues, and entertainment to appeal to different target audiences and generations. It celebrates animation in all its creativity and diversity with film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, workshop talks, master classes, VR events and animated live performances.

About us

Festival Period

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

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.


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

Tricks for 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!

Kitas & Schools

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.

Studio & 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.

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.