The festival focuses on artistic animated film: Experience the best international animated films on the big screen at ITFS! The various competitions feature short and feature-length films that tell exciting stories using extraordinary techniques: Stop motion, cartoon, painting 2D/3D computer, puppet animation – there are no limits to the imagination in animated film. Meet the filmmakers in exclusive audience talks, presentations and get-togethers.

In the supporting programmes, we also show you films by outstanding animation artists, the country focus, and professionals give you insights into how an animated film is made.

Short and Feature-lenght Films in Competition

International Competition 1 – 5

"Ice Mechants", João Gonzalez (France/Portugal/United Kingdom, 05/2022)

The International Competition is the beating heart of the festival. The best of current animated shorts from around the world are shown in this section. Films are humorous, contemplative, creative, or critical.

Young Animation 1 -4

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The Young Animation Competition shows selected animated short films made by students of international film and art schools. Young animation artists tell touching stories, create fantastic worlds and open new perspectives.

Tricks for Kids 1 – 4

„Sandwich Cat“, David Fidalgo Omil (Spain, 09/2022)

The Tricks for Kids Competition consists of age-based programmes of selected episodes of the most beautiful, international animated series for children of all ages. Children and their families can look forward to a journey across different continents, full of surprises and discoveries.

Trickstar Nature Award


The films in the Trickstar Nature competition are all dedicated to the topics of nature and sustainability in their own special, unique way. They show the beauty of our world and humorously point out grievances. The Trickstar Nature Award is presented by the NaturVision Film Festival.



The AniMovie competition for feature films presents a selection of internationally outstanding animated films of feature length for children and adults.

Filmmakers Talks

Filmemacher Talk / Filmaker talk, Cafe le théatre

At noon, we will gather the filmmakers from the International Competition and Young Animation in Café le Théâtre for a film discussion. Here you can ask your questions about the films that were shown the day before.

Short Films in the Supporting Programme

In Persona


In the In Persona series, internationally renowned and artistically outstanding animators give a personal insight into their work and their working methods.

Best of Animation


An annual Festival highlight is the curated Best of Animation section.

Animation around Europe

ALL AT SEA (2021, 0923), Kasia Nalewajka, Animapol_1

Animation around Europe shows selected special programmes from European partner
festivals and institutions.