May 03 – 08, 2022

Black is Back!

Animation and games are the central art forms of the 21st century and have proven to be extremely resilient in the coronavirus crisis. They combine technological innovation with social emancipation, entertainment with avant-garde, and thus reach all generations. The ITFS celebrates these art forms in screenings, exhibitions, talks, master classes, lectures, hackathons, live streams, VR events and live animated performances.

However, the pandemic has significantly changed the way festivals take place. ITFS 2020 and 2021 had to take place as online-only editions, reaching additional, new audiences in the process. But a festival like the ITFS is brought to live by personal, face-to-face encounters. We are therefore planning a hybrid version for 2022 that combines cinema screenings and games exhibitions with digital applications and experiences in virtual space.

With the motto „Black is Back!“, we would like to place the fundamentals of animation – reduction, simplification, and clarity – at the centre of ITFS and present and highlight these newly rediscovered tendencies in animation and games in various film programmes and panels. Because with the coronavirus crisis, many people have become aware of the desire to return to the essence and fundamentals of our existence in everyday life, too.

In 2022, ITFS will also focus on Austria as a partner country, which stands out in the field of animation and games particularly through innovation and experimentation. With the thematic programme „Wonderwomen – Women in Games & Animation“, already planned for 2020/21, we are taking up a relevant topic that we had already examined in 1996 with curator Jayne Pilling, asking how the situation has changed since then and which new artistic positions could establish themselves in the meantime.