Watch the best animated Films on the big Screen!

Whether artistically unusual or pure entertainment – experience some of the best animated films from around the world in the festival programme.

Short and feature-lenght films in competition

International Competition 1 -5

The International Competition (IC) 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

TheYoung Animation Competition (YA) 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

The Tricks for Kids Competitionconsists 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 15 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.

Filmmakers Talks

At noon, we will gather the filmmakers from the International Competition and Young Animation at 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

Panorama 1 – 3

The Panorama section is a showcase for current trends in the international animation scene. Discover creative films, explore recent topics and innovative animation techniques in different short film blocks.

Best of Animation 1 – 4

Experience an exclusive selection of the most remarkable animated films since 1994 in four Best of Animation programs, with curator Mark Shapiro presenting his personal Animated Favourites from the ITFS competition history.

Animated Oscars

Member of the Academy Ron Diamond presents the award-winning and nominated animated shorts of this year’s Oscars fresh from Hollywood and chats from the secrets of the dream factory!

Animation around Europe

Come with us on a journey through Europe’s animated film scene: In 3 programs we show selected short films from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. Animation Around Europe: Bulgarian Animated Cinema we show courtesy of the National Film Center Executive Agency (NFC EA). At the open air cinema on Schlossplatz we show animated short films from Ukraine as a sign for peace and artistic freedom, curated by Linoleum Festival Kiev.

Cult Night 1 – 4

Weird, colorful, cult night! In collaboration with the Pop-Büro Region Stuttgart we will show the Best Animated Music Videos from the years 2021/22 and with the short film program Sous le tapis rouge (Under the Red Carpet) the artists of Tigobo Animation celebrate the artistic freedom beyond the usual festival circus. Animation of the Extreme takes you on a journey to the limits of the imaginable and into the abysses of animation. Pandemic Animation looks back at the highs and lows of the last two Pandemic years and shows that creativity and inspiration are everywhere and always possible.

In Persona 1 -7

In our In Persona programs, outstanding and internationally renowned animators give personal insight into their work and answer your questions.

A special highlight this year is the Music & Animation Special: we show the short films of the old master Jochen Kuhn with live piano accompaniment by Daniel Kothenschulte. In addition, for all celluloid freaks, we will be playing the three In Persona programs at the Delphi Arthaus Kino in true 35 mm style.