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The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) Presents the OnlineFestival.ITFS.de

To offer a digital Festival feeling to all the stay-at-homes in Stuttgart and around the world,
ITFS invites everyone to the OnlineFestival.ITFS.de from May 5 to 10, 2020, true to the motto
“Stay Animated – Go Online with ITFS”.

Press Release, Stuttgart, April 6, 2020

Creative ideas in special times: Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Stuttgart
International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) cannot take place in the Festival cinemas, on
Stuttgart Schlossplatz, and at numerous further cultural venues as usual. So as to still
offer a digital Festival feeling to all the stay-at-homes in Stuttgart and around the world,
ITFS invites them to the OnlineFestival.ITFS.de from May 5 to 10, 2020, true to the motto
“Stay Animated – Go Online with ITFS”.

Ulrich Wegenast, the Festival's Artistic Managing Director, on the new format: “The new, digital
format will be a brand new, virtual experience for our guests and us alike. With many video
statements and live interviews as well as talks and panels we want to create a completely new kind of
Festival feeling. This and our exclusive programme of films, some of them previously unreleased, is
what makes the OnlineFestival.ITFS.de with its various sections so special, and what distinguishes it
from the usual streaming platforms.”

The OnlineFestival.ITFS.de consists of three sections: OnlineFestival Free (free of charge),
OnlineFestival+ (fee-based), and OnlineFestival Pro (fee-based and for professionals
only).

OnlineFestival Free: Free Festival Streaming for All

Every year, the large Festival open-air area on Stuttgart Schlossplatz is the centre of ITFS. The
OnlineFestival offers free live streaming instead – a digital version of the Festival on Schlossplatz.
Here, we offer a mix of moderated interviews, live panels, and short films each day. Highlights
include the Festival opening on Tuesday evening (May 5) and the awarding of the various
competition prizes on Sunday evening (May 10). Certain parts of the Festival programme such
as the curated Animated Music Video programme are also available on this section's playlist free
of charge, which is complemented by editorial texts including comments and guest editorials.
The free GameZone offers a selection of game options and related tips for children and adults as
well as digital, educational games; it also presents game academies and studios as well as the
nominees for the Animated Games Award Germany 2020. In addition, workshops and lectures
are available for live streaming.

OnlineFestival+: On-Demand Streaming of Current Films in Competition

OnlineFestival+ is the platform for all fans of animated film, offering a selection of films from
the current Festival competitions: International Competition for short films, Young Animation,
Tricks for Kids, Trickstar Nature, as well as feature films chosen from the AniMovie competition
along with some of the best animated films from the past few ITFS editions (a total of more than
250 short and feature-length films). Filmmakers provide viewers with an insight into their work
and further info on the films in video statements. Selected Tricks for Kids films are available
along with media-educational material for children.
Dieter Krauß, the Commercial Managing Director of Festival organizer Film- und Medienfestival
gGmbH points out: “At this specific time, it is of particular importance to establish a platform for the
filmmakers, so as to provide visibility of and audiences for their creative and artistic works. At the
same time, our fans can enjoy many artistic, animated films, if only at home this year for once.
However, it is still important to us to organise a Festival for joint cinema experiences and
opportunities for personal exchange again next year.”
The feature films include one premiere: The touching film “A Costume for Nicolas“ by Eduardo
Rivero (Mexico, 2019) about a ten-year old boy with Down syndrome: Every year, his mother
made him a costume for his birthday – until she died.
In addition, "Zero Impunity" by Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (France /
Luxembourg, 2018) from the current AniMovie Competition will be shown: an animated artistic
documentary film that gives victims of war crimes, social workers and activists a voice - from
Syria to Ukraine, the African continent and the USA. A real cult film is the feature-length film
"Mary & Max" by Adam Elliot (Australia, 2008) as a mixture of "Wallace & Gromit" and "Harold
& Maude", a suitably advertised clay animation film that will also be streamed at OnlineFestival+.
With wit and warm-heartedness as well as a sharp eye for detail, the story of two deeply sad
characters is told, who find joy in life through their friendship with each other.
The international spectrum of the short films and the variety of their topics reflect the usual,
high quality of the ITFS programmes: From VES Award winner “The Beauty” (Pascal Schebli,
Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2019) and Tomek Popakul with “ACID RAIN”
(Poland, 2019) as well as Colectif Illlogic with “Maestro“ (France, 2019) to renowned studios
such as Tumblehead Animations with “Tales from the Multiverse“ (Magnus Møller, Mette
Tange, Peter Smith, Denmark, 2019) and well-known filmmakers such as Konstantin Bronzit
with ”He Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (Russia, 2019) – the International Competition
impresses with entertaining animated shorts of high artistic quality.
Films like Ron Dyens' “Melting Heart Cake” (France, 2019) and Verena Fels’ “Tobi and the
Turbobus” (Germany, 2019) in the “Tricks For Kids” competition section will also make the
hearts of animation fans leap.
The new “Trickstar Nature” competition category presents films dealing with nature and the
environment and includes works by well-known studios such as Folimage with “Northern
Lights” (France, Switzerland, 2019) and the short film “POLARBARRY-LET’S BREAK THE ICE!!-
VLOG#207” by Wouter Dijkstra (Netherlands, UK, 2019).
The one-off charge to access the OnlineFestival+ is 9.99 €.
OnlineFestival Pro: Insights, Master Classes, and Exclusive Access to the Animated Video
Market
OnlineFestival Pro provides industry members and professionals with access to master classes
including one held by Benjamin Renner, and to professional talks and links to the Animation
Production Days (APD), Germany's most important co-production and financing market for
animation. In addition, OnlineFestival Pro gives professionals (buyers, TV representatives,
curators, etc.) the opportunity to access the Animated Video Market and view the major part of
films submitted to this year's ITFS (around 1,900 films), and thus a unique overview of current
animation productions.
The one-off charge to access the OnlineFestival Pro is 19.99 € and includes access to the
OnlineFestival+.
Contact Press and Public Relations: presse@festival-gmbh.de
Katrin Dietrich, dietrich@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711-925 46-102
Rebecca Pfister: pfister@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711-925 46-120

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