Free admission!


The Festival Garden with open-air cinema on Stuttgarts Schlossplatz offers free animated film fun for young and old and is considered the public highlight of the ITFS. In the heart of the city, visitors can look forward to a varied programme on the large LED screen:

Every day from 12:00 there is a colourful short film programme from the Tricks for Kids competitions of the last festival years as well as an animated feature film for the whole family. In the afternoon, current short films and music videos will be shown, followed by the presentation of the nominated games of the Animated Games Award Germany at the Games Flash.

At prime time at 8:15 p.m., thousands of visitors will gather on Schlossplatz to enjoy the ITFS animation blockbusters and arthouse gems (including “Isle of Dogs”, “Mary & Max”, “The Incredibles”, “The Lego Batman Movie”) on their picnic blankets and let the festival day come to an atmospheric close. On the last day of the festival, a production of the Stuttgart State Opera will also be presented on the big screen.

Amidst the unique backdrop of Stuttgart’s city centre, the Festival Garden with its open-air cinema will give the ITFS an incomparable atmosphere with lots of animation and a wide-ranging entertainment programme!

2021 the Open Air on Stuttgart Schlossplatz must be cancelled!

Due to the current pandemic developments and the decision of the Federal Government/States Conference on the coronavirus situation, we has decided to cancel the Festival’s Open Air.

Instead: ITFS Live Stream

OnlineFestival.ITFS.de has shown short films, live interviews, talks and special programmes every day from 4 to 9 May. In the afternoon from 2 pm there was a colourful family programme with animated short films and series episodes to make you laugh, marvel and dream, as well as great hands-on activities. In the evenings from 5-10 pm, the ITFS presented a varied programme for adults. The ITFS live stream was free of charge and available worldwide.


For the first time, ITFS has realised an amusing VR experience in Mozilla Hubs with the American XR designer and architect Allison Crank and the Swiss VR expert Christophe Merkle. Unlike many other VR experiences, the multi-user 3D world is easy to access. The ITFS VR Hub can be visited simply via your browser or for advanced techies via VR headset – no downloads are necessary. Starting from Schlossplatz, visitors can explore other locations such as the ITFS Cinema with, a lounge, a music club for chilling out and a workshop space.

Go to ITFS VR Hub