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28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), May 04 – 09, 2021 Calling for submissions to the 28th edition!

From now on, animated films completed after October 01, 2019 can be submitted to the main competitions of the 28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

Dear Filmmakers, dear Producers, dear Friends of the ITFS,the 28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)

From May 04 to 09, 2021  will take place. It is one of the most important events for animated film worldwide. From now on, animated films completed after October 01, 2019 can be submitted to the main competitions of the festival.

International Competition International Short Film Competition

Young Animation International Student Film Competition

Tricks for Kids International competition for animated short films for children

Trickstar Nature Award Competition for animated short films that deal with the issues of climate protection, biodiversity, environment and sustainability in a critical and informative and also entertaining and humorous way.

AniMovie International Feature Film Competition

The submission deadline is 01 December 2020.
Please read carefully the festival regulations before submitting your film.

Please submit your film through our submission platform.

The ITFS offers filmmakers, directors, production and distribution companies a professional platform to present their films to an interested broad audience as well as to industry representatives. On six days, animated film fans of all ages have the opportunity to watch and experience animated short and long films, series and games as well as VR and AR projects. The festival will show the full spectrum of current animated film production with its intersections to visual effects, architecture, art, design, music and games. The festival focuses on artistic animated film, innovative interactive and transmedia projects and the promotion of young talents. Prize money of a total of almost 70,000 € is awarded in the various competitions.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ITFS 2020 was launched as an online edition, thus reaching new, additional target audiences. However, a festival such as ITFS thrives on direct encounters. Therefore, we are planning a hybrid festival version for 2021, combining cinema screenings and game exhibitions, presentations, lectures and workshops with digital applications and virtual space. The ITFS 2020 competition entries which could be shown online only this year will be presented in 2021, on the big cinema screen!

The following competitions will be announced at a later date:

Trickstar Business Award Prize for innovative business models in the animation field (call for entries November 2020 / closing date March 01, 2021)

German Animation Screenplay Award – Award for the best screenplay for a German animated feature-length film and Award for the German screenplay with the best international market potential (Call for submissions October 2020 / Closing date February 01, 2021)

Animated Games Award Germany – Award for an animation-based computer game with the best visual design and aesthetics from Germany (Call for entries December 2020 / Closing date February 01, 2021)

The following competition will be announced again in 2022:

Crazy Horse Session 48H Animation Jam International teams face the challenge to create an animated short film about the festival mascot Trixi in 48 hours. The Crazy Horse Session takes place in cooperation with M.A.R.K.13 electronic media and is supported by MFG Filmförderungen Baden-Württemberg and the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg. The teams selected for ITFS 2020 will be invited to ITFS 2021.

More information on the different competition categories can be found here.

We are looking forward to your submissions.

Kind regards and stay healthy.

Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director
& Dieter Krauß, Commercial Managing Director