Artistic animated film as well as innovative interactive and transmedia works are at the heart of the Festival. Comprehensive film and competition programmes as well as curated supporting programmes ensure fascinating and extraordinary inspiration and insights. Filmmakers give audiences the opportunity to discuss their films with them after the screenings. In addition, daily Filmmaker Talks are held to allow an exchange with the directors of the competition films.

The ITFS has a special focus on the promotion of young talents. In addition to attractively endowed competitions, the Festival offers them a great variety of educational opportunities that are practical in nature and address the diversity of topics and content as well as the rapid developments in the film, TV and media industry and the undreamed-of professional opportunities that modern animation offers. In addition to the practical relevance of the topics, ITFS relies on the professional competence and internationality of the speakers when selecting the presentations and guarantees exciting encounters with stars and experts from the industry.

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Short and Feature-lenght Films in Competition

International Competition 1 – 5

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

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

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The Young 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

„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.