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ATTEND ANIMATION FESTIVALS ON YOUR COUCH - International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart, FMX, Annecy and MIFA, Animafest Zagreb

Nothing can replace watching films on a big screen and spending time with your friends catching up on the latest news at festivals, but...

International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart, FMX, Annecy and MIFA, Animafest Zagreb

     Of course, nothing can replace watching films on a big screen and spending time with your friends catching up on the latest news at festivals, but since we can’t go to the festivals right now they are coming to us.


     From May 5 to the 10th the International Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart, Germany will be offering a free festival stream.  Beginning with the opening celebration and the screening of the first competition program, throughout the online festival there will be daily family programing, interviews, masterclasses, a special children’s workshop, and the short competition, plus a lot more special programs.

  Beginning with the Opening Ceremony at 20:00 (German time) on May 5th, the festival will stream live daily starting at 12 noon with Workshops and masterclasses, ending with the 23:00 ITFS Night Stream which will feature films, concerts, and lots of surprises.

  The on line festival is free and will stream daily at:

  There are also two additional options available for a small fee.  OnlineFestival + offers the opportunity to stream current competition films on demand along with a selection of the best animated films from previous festivals and video statements from filmmakers. OnlineFestival + costs a one-time fee of €9.99 and can be purchased from May 5th at

 OnlineFestival pro, which is for professionals only, gives you all of the above as well as access to the animated video library which offers the majority of the films submitted to this year’s festival (approximately 1,900) for viewing.  Access costs a one-time fee of €19.99.

 You can read all of the details on the International TrickFilm Festival website:

Click on News to get a detailed schedule and information about the masterclasses as well as a list of films in the competition.

 FMX, designed as the technical branch of the animation festival, normally runs concurrently with the TrickFilm Festival in a nearby building.  Since it has also been forced to cancel, they will begin streaming a new series of online shows, Highlights of FMX  1994-2020.

  Beginning on Tuesday, May 5th at 18:00 (German time) Jan Pinkava, Academy Award-winning founder/creative director of  Google Spotlight Stories will give an update on his personal views on the world of animation in an exclusive interview.

  This program will be followed on Wednesday, May 6th with an interview with Volker Engle of Uncharted Territory.  On Thursday the 7th of May, Animation Director Regina Pessoa will be interviewed. She will be followed on the 8th by actor and Acting For Animators lecturer Ed Hooks.

  After the 8th of May, FMX will continue to bring you a new episode of Highlights of FMX 1994-2020 every two weeks.  There are two possible ways to join the shows:

1. Get Interactive:  Go to their website at a few minutes before the show.  By entering your name and email address, you can join the interview room, send in your questions, and chat with the other participants.  The number of participants is limited so be there on time.

2. Just enjoy:  If the interview room is full, or you’d just like to watch then you can go to the live stream at:

You can get full details at the FMX website:

Annecy Festival

Annecy 2020

    As most of you probably know Annecy Festival has been cancelled this year but portions of the film programs and MIFA will be available online from the 15th to the 30th of June.  Via and a dedicated video platform, the audience will have access to:


   Programs of the films in competition

   Exclusive and original content

   Work in Progress (Features, Series, Specials, and XR)

   Master Classes



   MIFA pitches

   Pitching – Territory Focus

   MIFA Campus (free access to all)

   Meet the . . .

   Industry Territory Focus and MIFA Special Events

   Share With Sessions

   Annecy Network

   Video Library

Two accreditation options are available:

   Festival accreditation – Gives access to the entire 2020 Official Selection, Work in Progress, Master Classes, and         Making Of, not including MIFA and Annecy Network.  The price is €15 VAT included and registration opens mid-May.

   MIFA Accreditation – Gives access to all the content provided by the festival accreditation and all of the MIFA   

   Formats and “areas”.  This accreditation also gives access to the online video library until the 31st of March      

    2020.  The price is €110 VAT included.  Registration opens from the 6th of May 2020.

Press and Buyers are asked to refer to the usual terms and conditions.

You can stay up to date with all of the current information about the on-line festival at:

  Animafest Zagreb

   Unfortunately, Animafest Zagreb has also been forced to change its plans.  Instead of an online festival, Animafest plans to reschedule for some time in the Fall.  The exact date has not been set but in the meantime, the festival is presenting ANIMAFEST INSIGHTS online free of charge.  They have just posted the excellent Amelia & Duarte, a film by Alice Guimaraes and Monica Santos along as well as an interview with the pair.  The film won the Zlatko Grgic Award (best first film production outside an educational institution) at Animafest Zagreb in 2015.  Their next work Between the Shadows had its world premiere at Animafest 2018 and won the Mr M. Audience Award for the best short film. 

  You can see Amelia & Duarte and learn more about future Animafest Insights programs on the festival website:

  While you are at the website check out the beautiful Animafest logo and trailer.  Designed by the acclaimed Japanese artist Yoriko Mizushiri and designed by kuna zlatica design studio.  It is a perfect representation of this year’s festival theme – Love!

Even if we can’t be there in person I hope that you will join me virtually at these events.