Lights out, roll it!

The world’s best films in one festival week: In five competitions we screen animated short and feature films and show you a world you’ve never seen before. In addition to the cinema thrills, you can also meet the people behind the films and find out more about their motivation and working methods during the festival week.


The ITFS is one of seven Oscar-qualifying festivals for animated film. Who wins the Grand Prix of the International Competition in Stuttgart automatically qualifies for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

International Competition

We show the best current shorts from all over the world, powerful films by young women, modern male perspectives, and confront life’s big questions. Who am I? Where do I come from, where do I belong? Socially relevant and personal topics innovatively visualised, without filters or taboos.

Student Competition

Are you ready for the young and wild? The Student Competition features short films by students from international film and art schools. Always at the cutting edge. Powerful, creative, and intense.

Tricks for Kids

This is where the cinema turns into a rollercoaster! Magical short films to discover, laugh and marvel at for all animation fans from daycare centres and primary schools to teenagers. Foreign-language films have a German live voice-over.


These films have much to offer: In this competition each film provides a cinema experience of over 60 minutes! Our feature films take you to unknown worlds. New experiences for your eyes, ears, and hearts. Big time.

Trickstar Nature Award

These short films are more explosive and topical than ever: We are confronted with conflicts and changes on earth. They expose shortcomings and mix up realities. Let nature turn your head!