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'Oh Willy' Receives Top Prize at Stuttgart

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film announces the award recipients at the 2013 edition of the festival, with the International Competition Grand Prix 
going to Belguim/France/Netherlands co-production “Oh, Willy.”

Stuttgart, Germany –

With the 20th edition the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has strengthened its status as a highly important cultural event. Concerning the number of visitors the record of 80.000 people in the previous year has been achieved once more. The 20th edition again surprised with numerous improvements. “Since the long existing events in the local cinemas and at the Schlossplatz in the city centre of Stuttgart have won the heart of the visitors, we expanded the space of our activities in 2013,” said Dittmar Lumpp, Managing Director of Organization and Finance of the ITFS’ organizer, the Film- und Medien-Festival gGmbH. In the first days of the festival more people visited the Open Air than ever before. Many of the film screenings in the cinemas were sold out. “The crowded cinemas show that the mixture of artistic short films, art house animated films and mainstream animated films has been well received,” as the Managing Director of the Program, Ulrich Wegenast, declared gladly.

For the first time the children’s film festival Tricks for Kids took place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. “The location was well received despite its exterior position,” said Dittmar Lumpp. The new venue, the zoo Wilhelma in Stuttgart, also proved successful. The newly developed Gamezone could give the main points. Wegenast: “I am especially glad that the game scene was well represented at the ITFS and has combined with the world of animation. The composition of the jury members worked out successfully – with a mixture of well-known animators such as David Silverman or sophisticated producers and directors such as Reinhard Klooss, and also young colleagues from all over the world, such as Atsushi Wada from Japan and Solomon Maramba from Zimbabwe.

The Animated Com Award in the Mercedes-Benz Museum has further developed in 2013. “With both the event and the films we achieved a new level,” Lumpp explained. Professionals of the industry intensely exchanged experiences in the field of animation at the business platform FMX 2013 and the Animation Production Day (APD).

 AND THE WINNER IS … On Sunday evening, April 28, 2013, at 8 pm in the Stuttgart cinema Gloria the 20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film presented the winners of the competitions. Celebrities from politics, commerce and culture, such as the CEO of the MFG Film Funding in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Gabriele Röthemeyer, the founder of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Prof. Albrecht Ade, the state secretary Jürgen Walter, the Stuttgart mayoress of culture, education and sports, Dr. Susanne Eisenmann, the Simpsons animator and director David Silverman

and also the German actor, comedian and voice actor Rick Kavanian were present as the awards (Trickstars), worth over 65.000 Euro, were handed out.

The jury has judged approx. 1000 high-quality animated films in the competition categories, among them numerous German premieres for feature films such as the César-winning French film Ernest & Célestine by Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar and Michel Ocelot’s Kirikou et les homes et les femmes. Timothy Reckart’s Oscar-awarded British stop motion film Head over heels and productions of the Film Academy located in the Stuttgart region, such as Kellerkind by Julia Ocker and Oh Sheep! by Gottfried Mentor, were also included in the competition categories. Ladislav Starewitch’s production Fétiche 33-12 celebrated its world premiere in the 35 mm edition at the ITFS.

Awardees of the 20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film


International Competition Grand Prix 15.000 Euro, sponsored by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart OH WILLY… Belgium, France, The Netherlands 2011 
 Directors: Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels

Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film 10.000 Euro, sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg 
 KARA NO TAMAGO (A Wind Egg) Japan 2012 
 Director: Ryo Okawara 

SWR Audience Award 6.000 Euro 
 JUNKYARD The Netherlands 2012 
 Director: Hisko Hulsing

Young Animation Award for the best student film 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Wuerttemberg (LfK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg 
 EINE MURUL (Breakfast on the Grass) Estonia 2011 
 Directors: Erik Alunurm, Mari Pakkas, Mari Liis Rebane, Mihkel Reha

AniMovie Award for the best animated feature film 2.500 Euro, sponsored by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, SUPER RTL
 ERNEST & CÉLESTINE France, Belgium, Luxembourg 2012 
 Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar 

Tricks for Kids Award for the best children’s animated film 4.000 Euro, supported by Studio 100 Media GmbH 
 SCHRECKEN OHNE ENDE (Nearest and Dearest) Germany 2012 
 Directors: Michael Sieber, Max Stöhr

Tricks for Kids Award for the best animated series for children ROY: FOOT FAT FIT Ireland 2012 
 Director: Alan Shannon 

Cartoons for Teens Award for the best animated series, animes and cut scenes from computer games for youths 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Nippon Art GmbH and AV Visionen GmbH
 DER NOTFALL (Déjà-moo) Germany 2012
 Director: Stefan Müller 

German Screenplay Award 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Telepool GmbH 
 MOLLY MONSTER – DER FILM by John Chambers

Animated Fashion Award 2.000 Euro, sponsored by E. Breuninger GmbH 
 FREITAG X-MAS MOVIES Switzerland 2012 
 Claudia Röthlin, Yves Gutjahr

German Voice Actor Award 2.500 Euro 
 RICK KAVANIAN, Knight Rusty – Yesterday’s Hero Recycled (Knight Rusty) Universum Film GmbH, Germany 2012

Animated Com Award - Awards for the best applied animation in the fields of advertising, technology and spatial communication 
sponsored by Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart, Daimler AG, U.I. Lapp GmbH

Main prize ”THE REAL BEARS” USA 2012 
Director: Lucas Zanotto

Category Advertising 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Mackevision Medien Design GmbH 
 MTV EMA 2012 OPENER Germany 2012 
 Director: Mate Steinforth, 
Commissioner: VIMN MTV World Design Studios

Category Technology 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart 
 Director: Istvan Zorkoczy, 
Commissioner: Electronic Arts/Bioware

Category Spatial Communication SWISS PAVILION EXPO YEOUSU: THE SOURCE - IT’S IN YOUR HANDS Switzerland 2012 
 Director: Marc Tamschick, 
Commissioner: Präsenz Schweiz

Special Prize Mercedes-Benz Classic: Silver Arrows 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Daimler AG 
 Director: Falk Schuster

Special Prize Lapp Connected Award 2.500 Euro, sponsored by U.I. Lapp GmbH 
 PINBALL Croatia 2012 
 Director: Darko Vidackovic

48h Animation Jam – Crazy Horse Session TRIXI’S CURIOSITY Antonio Jesús Busto Algarin, Martin Martínez Garcia (Spain) 
In co-operation with M.A.R.K. 13, Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg

Project Competition Animation Co-Production Forum Arab World (the countries of the Arab League) and the Caucasus region 2013 
in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung 
nominated for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation

WANDERLAND Libanon/Germany 
 Sarah Kaskas and Michael Schwertel

LI.LE Georgia 
 Natia Nikolashvili

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), April 23 – 28, 2013, was founded in 1982 and is one of the largest and most important festivals for animated film worldwide. Prize money of 65,000 Euros is awarded in nine competition categories. The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film works in close co-operation with the FMX, Europe’s biggest Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia, attracting industry professionals. Together with the FMX the ITFS holds the business platform Animation Production Day.

Source: ITFS

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.