The ITFS is one of the biggest and most important international festivals for animated film. It has developed into an essential event within the field of animated film in Germany and worldwide. Around 80,000 visitors attended in 2013. An extensive supporting programme offers numerous workshops, informational events, presentations and much more.
The festival takes into its scope the entire spectrum of current animated film productions, including the intersections between games, architecture, art and design. Both professionals and friends of animated film appreciate the quality and up-to-date programmes as well as the unique atmosphere at Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz. Information, networking, creativity and professional expertise are major topics of the festival.
Yet it is the art of animation and the promotion of up and coming talent that makes up the core of the ITFS. The various competition categories award the Trickstars and cash prizes totalling more than 70,000 Euros.
In 2014 the ITFS will significantly expand its Game Zone, with numerous workshops and presentations in the area of games, transmedia and digital content, such as from Matt Adams (Blast Theory), Chasing Carrots, Grandé Games, Dr. Stephan Schwingeler on ZKM_Gameplay, Prof. Frank Geßner on the cinematographic installation “Alias Yederbeck” or Olia Lialina.
Exclusive workshops, with national and international renowned animation filmmakers and authors, impart expert knowledge. Expected to attend are, among others, the industry giants Max Howard (former president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and vice president of Walt Disney Feature Animation) and Emmy winner Eric Shaw, as well as John Chambers, Studio Fizbin and many more.
Important industry prizes are awarded. The Animated Com Award (with partners like ADC and Daimler AG) is given for outstanding work in the areas of advertising, spatial communication, and technology (as well as the Special Awards “Future needs Derivation – Individual Mobility” (offered by the Daimler AG) and “Lapp Connected Award”(offered by U.I. Lapp Gmbh)). The German Screenplay Award will be given together with the Tricks for Kids series Award for the best animated series for children. The award shows take place in the framework of glamorous galas in the Mercedes-Benz Museum or Neues Schloss.
Studio presentations feature masters and milestones in the field of animation: Laika with „The Boxtrolls“, Blue Sky Studio, Sehsucht, Tegne Film, Studio Film Bilder, and DreamWorks announced their attendance.
The “In Persona” series takes a thoughtful and personal look at the work and methods of internationally renowned animators of exceptional artistry, e. g. Jannik Hastrup, Paul Bush, Chris Landreth or Mariola Brillowska. From this years’ guest country, Israel, the filmmaker Tsvika Oren presents the highlights of the Israeli short film production and the animation filmmakers Uri and Michelle Kranot take part in the International Competition with their Oscar nominated short film “Hollow Land“.
The German Voice Actor Award for the best German-language voice actor in an animated feature film will be taking place in the famous Renitenztheater Stuttgart. Nominated are among others Anna Thalbach and Ilja Richter.
National and international Film- and Art Schools present the extraordinary work of their students, for example the Minshar Art School from Tel Aviv and the Tokyo University of Arts.
Further Highlights at the ITFS are several German premieres of feature films (e. g. “The Magic House” by Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson, “Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange A rapid love story” by Mait Laas, “Giovanni’s Island” by Mizuho Nishikubo or “Cheatin’” by Bill Plympton), a special on animation in World War I and on “Barbapapa” the famous series from the 1970s.