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2015 Stuttgart Fest to Spotlight Spain

ITFS 2015 program highlights to include stop motion specialists Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, as well as an exploration of the work of Spanish stop motion pioneer Segundo de Chomón.

STUTTGART, Germany -- The 22nd edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), taking place May 5-10, 2015, is taking shape. With more than 1,700 films submitted for the International, Young Animation and Tricks for Kids competitions, the pre-selection juries have started viewing, discussing and selecting entries.

A few competitions are still open for submissions: the deadline for the AniMovie feature film competition has been extended until January 19, 2015. Projects for the Animated Com Award, honoring advertising, technology and spatial communication as well as the Special Award, “Future needs derivation – Mobility in a digital world,” sponsored by Daimler AG, can be submitted until January 15, 2015. The German Animation Screenplay Award -- sponsored by Telepool GmbH – for animated feature film projects drafted in German language is open for submissions until February 1, 2015.

The 2015 edition of the festival will spotlight Spain as the guest country. In cooperation with the Málaga Film Festival, selected filmmakers, studios and schools will be on hand to represent the creative potential of this Mediterranean country’s animation scene. Among the guests planned for 2015 are the world-renowned stop motion specialists Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, and other program events will explore the work of Spanish stop motion pioneer Segundo de Chomón.

ITFS 2015 will also explore the interaction between comics and animation. Curated by Andreas Platthaus (FAZ, Frankfurt) and Harri Römpötti (Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki), several events are in the works, including the comic book award (Comicbuchpreis), which will be presented in cooperation with the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart on May 4.

International animation industry business platform Animation Production Day, to be held May 7-8, will kick off with a ceremony honoring the 2015 recipient of the Tricks for Kids award for best animated series for children. The event will include a reading of excerpts of all the nominated screenplays by a prominent actor or voice actor.

Source: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.